Barron Prize Doubles Award 

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes announces that it is doubling the award amount, from $5,000 to $10,000 per winner. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, or the environment. The top winners each receive a monetary award to support their service work or higher education.

Applications for the Barron Prize are accepted online only and are due by April 15, 2018.  The winners will be announced in September.  For more details and to apply, please visit

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates social entrepreneurship spearheaded by young people from diverse backgrounds across North America. Since its inception, the Barron Prize has recognized 417 young leaders and has won the support of the National Geographic Education Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, and National Youth Leadership Council, among other organizations.

J. Rieger & Co. Partners with 
Hy-Vee Market Grille on New 
Cocktail Menu

J. Rieger & Co. has partnered with the Hy-Vee Market Grille and Hy-Vee Market Grille Express bars and restaurants across Kansas and Missouri to create a dedicated cocktail menu. J. Rieger & Co. co-founder and acclaimed bartender Ryan Maybee developed all the drinks for the program, and conducted staff training for Hy-Vee Market Grille in Missouri and Kansas to support each location. The program launched this month, and includes 17 participating locations in Missouri and 6 in Kansas.

The new J. Rieger & Co. cocktail menu will be in place until April 2018.  Highlights include regional favorites such as the Horsefeather (Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey, Angostura bitters, ginger beer) and KC Ice Water (Rieger’s Midwestern Premium Wheat Vodka, Rieger’s Midwestern Dry Gin, fresh lime juice, Hy-Vee club soda), as well as some exclusive creations that are inspired by Hy-Vee Market Grille. The Helpful Smile Punch (Rieger’s Premium Wheat Vodka, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters) pays tribute to Hy-Vee’s stellar service reputation, while the Beautiful Red Bell (Rieger’s Midwestern Dry Gin, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, red bell pepper, mint) is a nod to Hy-Vee’s outstanding produce selection.

In all, there are seven J. Rieger & Co. cocktail selections available for purchase at participating Hy-Vee Market Grille and Hy-Vee Market Grille Express locations. Prices range from $5 to $8 per cocktail. Select drinks will be featured on recipe cards for guests to take and create their favorite recipe at home. J. Rieger & Co. products are sold at Hy-Vee stores in Missouri.

Park University Student Takes 4th Place 

Park University International Center for Music graduate student Laurel Gagnon placed 4th at the Singapore International Violin Competition. By finishing in fourth place, Gagnon won $6,000 and a three-year loan of a rare violin from the Rin Collection.

Gagnon, who earned a Bachelor of Music Performance in applied music/violin in May 2017 from the Park ICM, was one of 34 competitors from 11 countries (and one of five from the U.S.) invited to compete in the event…Just 12 advanced to the semifinals, and Gagnon was one of six (and the only American) to advance to the finals.


Councilwoman Heather Hall Appointed to National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee

Heather Hall, 1st District In-District Councilwoman, City of Kansas City, Missouri has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Community and
Economic Development (CED) federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing,
community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. The appointment was announced by NLC President Mark Stodola, mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas.

As a committee member, Councilwoman Hall will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the
administration and at home.