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.
This year's awardees include the Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City, the University of Missouri–Kansas City, and 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.
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.
Award for Contributions to the Community
The Award for Contributions to the Community is given to local individuals or companies who have contributed to economic growth in the area and have shown exemplary service to their community. Past recipients have included Julian Zugazagoitia (2014), R. Crosby Kemper III (2013), Sporting Kansas City (2012), Seaboard Corporation (2010), and John P. McMeel (1998). The 2017 honoree is the Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City.
The Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City exists as a group to foster and advance an esprit de corps amongst our members; and to promote and foster goodwill and cooperation between our countries and the United States.
The CCGKC presently consists of more than 20 consulates, including one career consulate. Career consular officers are appointed by their Head of State or Foreign Minister and are full-time servants of their government. Honorary consular officers are United States citizens and need not possess the nationality of the country they serve and are generally appointed to provide a degree of Consular representation in areas not covered by career consular officers. All career and honorary consular officials are accredited by the U.S. Department of State in accordance with the terms of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
The corps strives to increase cooperation and communication among its members; increase awareness of foreign and international issues in the region; and provide information to area residents about visas, laws, regulations, passport issues, and more that pertains to each host country.
Award for Academic Leadership
The Award for Academic Leadership is given to local individuals or educational institutions that contribute to global education in the Midwest. Past recipients have included the Stowers Institute (2009), KU Confucius Institute (2008), KCPT Public Television (1999), and Dr. E. Grey Dimond (1989). The 2017 honoree is the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Dr. Linna Place, UMKC director of International Academic Programs, retired at the end of spring 2017, and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton recently announced his upcoming retirement. This award is an opportunity to recognize them and the work of the entire UMKC community in advancing an international focus in education.
UMKC has been developing international initiatives for many years to provide an integrated strategy and educational opportunities for all students and faculty. Each year, more than 300 UMKC students participate in study-abroad opportunities around the world. Many of these are faculty-led programs, bringing together faculty and students in innovative curriculum-based experiences. UMKC partners with more than 100 academic institutions in other countries to develop a variety of student and faculty exchanges, research collaborations, and scholarly dialogue. UMKC students have done very well in rigorous nationally competitive fellowship competitions such as the Fulbright, Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship, and German DAAD, spending up to a year in study, research, and language immersion in another country. Each year more than 1,000 international students come to UMKC to earn their degrees in all the academic disciplines. UMKC recognizes the vital importance of bringing individuals together from across the world and from many different backgrounds in friendship and commitment to working with one another.
Schedule for the Evening
6-7 p.m. Registration and reception with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. 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.
General-Admission Ticket – $100
General-admission reception with two complimentary beverages
Student Rate – $75
General-admission ticket for students age 25 and under
VIP Ticket – $200
Meet-and-greet reception, valet parking, premier seating, and an additional complimentary beverage
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.)
We recognize that weekday downtown traffic can pose a challenge, depending on where you are coming from, so we have compiled a variety of transportation and parking options for your convenience. Open the map in a new window for clearer viewing.
- Valet parking at the Gallery Event Space is complimentary for VIP guests.
- Free validated parking is available for vehicles in the KC Live garage. (P5 on the map below.)
- Free parking is available in the River Market; take the streetcar to the Power & Light stop.
- Parking is available in the Union Station garage for $5; take the streetcar to the Power & Light stop.
- Other parking garages and street-parking locations are available on the map below.