2017 Global Honors Evening
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Please save the date and join the IRC on Thursday, November 9, as we celebrate international statesmanship and Kansas City's connections to the global community at our 2017 Global Honors Evening. The celebration will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dessert, live entertainment, special recognitions, and the chance to meet some of Kansas City's most notable and beloved global citizens. Individual registrations will open September 1, but sponsorships are available now.

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When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
6-9 p.m.
Where: The Gallery Event Space
61 E. 14th Street
Kansas City, Missouri  64105
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

Online registration is available until: 10/31/2017
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About the Event
Each year since the early 1980s, the IRC has recognized individuals or organizations for a variety of contributions – to foreign policy and global affairs, to international commerce, or to the Kansas City community. In 2017, we're pleased once again to celebrate a range of individuals and groups that make Kansas City a shining global community, this time with a special evening in Kansas City's downtown Power & Light District.

2017 Awardees
This year's awardees include General Richard Myers (U.S. Air Force, ret.), Kansas City native, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and recently inaugurated president of Kansas State University. Additional awardees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship
For more than 30 years, the IRC has been honored to confer this special recognition on dignitaries and thought leaders who have made outstanding contributions in international commerce, diplomacy and education. Past recipients have included Janet Napolitano (2014), David Petraeus (2012), Madeleine Albright (2006), John Danforth (2005), Robert M. Gates (2003), Alan Mulally (2001), Robert J. Eaton (1993), and William G. Hyland (1984). The 2017 honoree is General Richard Myers (U.S. Air Force, ret.).

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers has returned to his home state and alma mater to serve as Kansas State University President. He graduated from the university in 1965 with a Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering and joined the Air Force through K-State’s ROTC program.

The native Kansan from Merriam loyally served his country and retired as a four-star general. From 2001-2005, he served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As chairman, Myers was the highest-ranking uniformed officer of U.S. military forces and served as the principal military adviser to President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the National Security Council.

As a command pilot, Myers logged more than 4,100 flying hours, including 600 combat hours. His significant commands included North American Aerospace Defense Command; U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; and the 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. He was appointed Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Clinton in 2000. He has received numerous awards and decorations for his service, which include Legion of Merit, French Legion of Honor, and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Schedule for the Evening
6-7 p.m.         Registration and reception with cocktails and appetizers. Meet-and-greet reception for VIP guests.
7-8:30 p.m.   Program with theatre-style seating (no tables)
8:30-9 p.m.   Coffee and dessert reception

Individual Tickets & Sponsorship Opportunities
Registration for individual tickets will open Friday, September 1. Until then, we encourage your business or organization to consider sponsoring this special event, whose proceeds benefit the work of the International Relations Council, at one of the levels below.

Individual Options

General-Admission Ticket – $100
General-admission reception with two complimentary beverages

VIP Ticket – $200
Meet-and-greet reception, valet parking, premier seating, and an additional complimentary beverage

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsor – $6,000
Ten (10) VIP tickets, ten (10) general-admission tickets, logo on website and event signage, verbal acknowledgment from stage, a full-page program ad, and the opportunity to introduce an awardee

Gold Sponsor – $3,500
Six (6) VIP tickets, four (4) general-admission tickets, logo on website and event signage, verbal acknowledgment from stage, and a full-page program ad

Silver Sponsor – $2,500
Four (4) VIP tickets, six (6) general-admission tickets, logo on website and event signage, verbal acknowledgment from stage, and a half-page program ad

Bronze Sponsor – $1,500
Two (2) VIP tickets, eight (8) general-admission tickets, logo on website and event signage, and verbal acknowledgment from stage

"Table of Ten" – $1,000
Ten general-admission tickets and acknowledgment as an event sponsor. (Please note that program seating is theatre-style.)

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