Chicken N Pickle’s Alldredge Wins KC Dancing With the Stars

The 8th annual Dancing with The Kansas City Stars brings in local celebrities to compete and raise money for needs-based tuition assistance for students at Cristo Rey. This year Chicken N Pickle Charity and Community Coordinator, Kelli Alldredge, took home the mirror ball trophy.

On March 30, nearly 1,000 Kansas Citians attended Dancing with the Kansas City Stars – selling out the event before invitations were even sent out – at the Sheraton Hotel in Crown Center.

Eight local celebrities were selected for this event, each paired with a professional dancer, and competed for audience votes and judge approval. Guests came to support the local students and their favorite Star by casting votes for $10. The money raised is used for scholarship funds for students at Cristo Rey Kansas City.

Winner Kelli Alldredge and her professional dancing partner, Jacob Marshell, were honored to be named the 2019 Champions.



Reed Buick GMC Celebrates 30 Years

June 29th will be an event to remember as Reed Buick GMC celebrates 30 years in the Northland. To celebrate, they are inviting guests to enjoy themselves at a day long customer appreciation event. Guests are welcome to enjoy food, bounce houses for the kids, and a live performance by Nashville recording artist and Kansas City native Noe Palma. 

An Iowa native, Randy Reed learned the automotive business from his dad who opened a small dealership when Reed was a young teenager. He later carved out a career in the Air Force, having attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and serving as an F-15 pilot, instructor, flight examiner and 9th Air Force Top Gun. He left the Air Force as a Captain.

He returned to Iowa to assist his father at his successful, growing dealership. He wore many hats, learning the business from the inside out, until hearing about the opportunity in 1989 to turn around a failing dealership in Kansas City. He took on the challenge and built Randy Reed Pontiac-Buick (original name) into a thriving enterprise. 


North Kansas City Hospital CEO to Retire

Peggy Schmitt, president and chief executive officer of North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health, has announced her retirement, effective at the end of 2019.

“It has been an incredible privilege and honor to be a member of the North Kansas City Hospital team for over 25 years,” she said. “I will be forever grateful for the confidence and trust that I have been given over the years by our Board of Trustees, our medical staff, our leadership team and our employees.”

Peggy served as a vice president and the hospital’s general counsel for nearly two decades before being named president and CEO in 2012.

During Peggy’s tenure, the expansion of hospital access points, services and specialized medical staff enabled the hospital to achieve significant market share and volume growth. Also under her leadership, NKCH established an oncology partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center in 2014. Furthering efforts to enhance patient care in the Northland, this collaboration gives NKCH patients access to clinical trials only available at the nation’s leading cancer centers.


KC T-Bones and Humana Fight Food Insecurity

The Kansas City T-Bones and Humana Inc., will bolster the fight against food insecurity among veterans through a food drive and Veterans Night at T-Bones Stadium. The goal of the food drive is to raise 5,000 meals for veterans and their families. On June 8, along with other activities pegged for Humana’s 2019 partnership with the T-Bones, a unique family and veterans fair will be hosted in the stadium parking lot.

At the T-Bones game, fans, veterans, and their families can meet with veteran service organizations and other local nonprofits where they can access the vital information and services. Organizations include Harvesters, After Action Network, Partners In Primary Care, among others. The T-Bones will also wear military-inspired jerseys especially designed for this game. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game with proceeds going to the Veterans Community Project.

Ahead of the game, a community-wide food drive is underway and people can drop off non-perishable food items in barrels at several locations including participating HYVEE stores, Partners In Primary Care centers and VFW Posts.