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Committee Chairperson

CiCi Rojas

Committee Members

Kathy Achelpohl
Kathy Barney
Don R. Blim, M.D.*
Tom Brusnahan*
Georgia Buchanan
Carey Casey*
Deron Cherry
Hope Cherry
Carl Chinnery*
Fred Cornwell
Jason Dalen*
Len Dawson
Carl DiCapo*
David Disney
Bob Dunn
Bill Dunn, Jr.*
John Dillingham*
John Fierro*
Julie Green
Trent Green
Mary Hunkeler*
Kent Huyser
Mark James*
Cindy Johnson
Herb Kramer*
Matt Krull
Jan Leonard
David Levy*
Matt McFadden
Ted McKnight
Anita Maltbia*
Jim Martin*
CiCi Rojas*
Tony Rohr*
Tom Vansaghi
Mariann Tow*
Carolyn Watley*
Maurice Watson*
Karen Zecy*
*MCC Foundation Board member



2013 Five Star Gala

Metropolitan Community College honored the Lamar Hunt family with the Five Star Award for their on-going dedication and significant contributions to the Kansas City region at the 2013 MCC Foundation Five Star Gala held on April 21 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

A tradition of excellence

The Hunt family and MCC share a unique connection: the year Hunt brought the Chiefs to Kansas City, establishing what has grown into the largest regional fan base in the NFL, is the same year MCC began its expansion from a junior college to a true regional community college. Now, 50 years later, the Hunt name in Kansas City is synonymous with much-adored sports teams and the MCC name is synonymous with quality higher education and workforce training.

Hunt was a sports and recreation pioneer at both the local and the national level. In addition to bringing professional football to Kansas City, Hunt was also the founder of the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) and the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks. He established Hunt Midwest Enterprises, a real estate development firm that has employed 55,000 people since 1985, and created the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, the world's largest underground business complex.

On a national scale, Hunt founded the American Football League, Major League Soccer and World Championship Tennis; he is a member of the national football, soccer and tennis halls of fame. Hunt's sports and business ventures are now managed by his wife of 42 years, Norma, and his four children: Sharron, Lamar Jr., Daniel and Clark.

Honoring those who make a difference

The Five Star Gala is the Metropolitan Community College Foundation's largest fundraising event. Past honorees include Henry Bloch and the Henry W. Bloch Scholars program; the Francis family and the Francis Family Foundation; and the Dunn family.

CiCi Rojas, president and CEO of the Central Exchange and a member of the MCC Foundation board of directors, was chairman of the 2013 gala committee. Jean and Bill Dunn, Sr. were the honorary chairs. Popular dance band Atlantic Express provided the entertainment.


The Lamar Hunt Family

Honorary Chairpersons

Jean and Bill Dunn, Sr.


Presenting Sponsor

Hunt Family Foundation/Kansas City Chiefs/Hunt Midwest Enterprises

Hero in Education

JE Dunn Construction

Champion in Education

H & R Block Foundation 

Leader in Education

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Husch Blackwell LLP
The Glass Family Foundation

Corporate and Table Sponsors

Arvest Bank
BMO Harris Bank
Brancato's Catering
Central Methodist University
Cerner Corporation
Control Service Company
Davis Sands & Collins
Debbie Goodall
Gould Evans Associates
Graceland University Professional Institute
Fred Grogan
Dr. and Mrs. John Hunkeler
Hunt Martin Materials
Mark S. James
Kansas City Southern
David & Matt Krull & Bob Fischgrund
Lockton Companies
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Park University
Pelofsky & Associates, Inc.
Piper Jaffray & Co.
Power Partners
Seigfreid Bingham, P.C.
Truman Medical Centers
University of Central Missouri
University of Missouri - Kansas City
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Maurice Watson
Zimmer Companies of Kansas City

Table Hosts

Michael Banks
Mindy McCallum

Last Modified: 7/30/13