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2019 Community Leadership Award Recipients Image

2019 Community Leadership Award Recipients

2019 Non-Profit Partner

Accepting the award is Erin Kalkbrenner
For nearly a decade Giving-The-Basics has grown by teaming up with more than 140 non-profit organizations and 350 local schools to distribute personal care items in the KC area (in both Missouri and Kansas). Our partnership with Giving-the-Basics helps extend the mission of The Salvation Army as we strive to consistently provide hygiene items to our clients.




Generous Heart Leadership Award
Merlyn and Rhonda Tenclay

As a volunteer, Merlyn regularly picks up food from the Food Bank, build ramps and racks for various projects. He even created a spreadsheet to calculate our food distribution numbers quickly and efficiently. Both Rhonda and Merlyn prep our food commodity distribution and help during fan and school distributions. When Rhonda retired several years ago, Merlyn recruited her to help with our food distribution and she greets each client as they sign out. The Tenclay’s can always be counted on and help at a moments notice. They are kind and loving to our volunteers and staff and have some great grandchildren stories. The Salvation Army is blessed by their work and passion for the mission.



Generous Heart Leadership Award – Young Lawyers Association
Wichita Young Lawyer Association

Accepted by Jessica Leavitt, Young Lawyers Association Board President, the Association has hosted a holiday party for the past 20 years for the Homeless Services residents. Not only have they made arrangements for the party, they invite local mascots (including Santa), purchase gifts for every child and adult. In addition, they have raised more than $200,000 for the program during this 20 year period, which has allowed Homeless Services to meet the needs of residents and also helped purchase gifts for the adults who may have not been living in the shelter when the party was held.


2019 Corporate Partner Community Leadership Award
SPIRIT AeroSystems

Accepting the award was Advisory Board member Ron Rabe, Senior Vice President Operations and Chief Procurement Officer; and Vince McMullen, Senior Vice President Boeing Operations.

Spirit has proven to be an extraordinary supporter, not only providing volunteers for all our seasonal events, the Spirit Employees created their own Holiday Motorcycle Toy Run course which literally runs through their facilities, coordinated an employee Fall Car Show with over a 100 entrants, and recently completed the annual Spirit Tools-For-School school supply campaign raising over $55,000 in donations and school supplies.  On top of the amazing accomplishments and support for seasonal events, during significant challenging times…Spirit AeroSystems has shown an unprecedented commitment by recently donating a refurbished forklift that now helps The Salvation Army save dollars from rental costs, unload food and equipment shipments in less than half the time, and most importantly, keeps volunteers and staff safe.