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First Call's Annual Community Gratitude Breakfast celebrates
those who work tirelessly to reduce the impact of alcohol, drugs,
and addiction by recognizing champions in the field.

Thank you to those who attended our event.

Congratulations to our 2024 Honorees    

  • Lifetime Achievement: Sgt. Sean Hess, KCPD
    Given to a person who has dedicated their longstanding career to work in the substance use disorder treatment, recovery, or prevention fields.

  • Professional of the Year: Jenna Strickland, Benilde Hall
    Given to a person committed to providing quality direct services in the substance use disorder treatment or prevention fields.

  • Recovery Champion: John J. Maynie, III, Kansas City's 16th Judicial Circuit
    Given to a person who has reduced stigma and improved access to recovery through peer support, advocacy, or public policy change.

  • Young Leader: Roos for Recovery and Belton Youth Fentanyl Forum Organizers
    A youth or young adult advocate working to prevent substance use and reduce substance misuse in the community.

  • Philanthropist of the Year**: Hugh O'Donnell, Attorney and Mediator
    Given to a funder whose consistent support has had a significant impact on First Call programs and operations.

  • Volunteer of the Year**:  Terry Glenn, Retired
    Given to an individual(s) whose generosity with resources and experience significantly impacts First Call programs and operations.  


Family members of First Call employees are not eligible for consideration.

**Please note: Philanthropist of the Year and Volunteer of the Year honorees are selected by an internal committee voting process at First Call. 

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