A Memorable 40th Anniversary Gala Event!

By Tria Tatum

The mission of the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri- Kansas City is to advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large.

Congratulations to the Women’s Center on celebrating 40 years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City! The Center was honored on April 20th, 2012 by families, friends, community members, and musical guest –  Barclay Martin Ensemble. Throughout the months of preparation for the gala, we at the women’s center were continually reminded of the incredible support that we receive both from the university and the community.

My experience at the gala was a memorable one. I was able to meet new people and engage in fellowship with the guests throughout the evening. I danced, laughed, and munched on great food. It was a night that I was so happy to be a part of. There were women and men –  all from diverse backgrounds who came together for an unforgettable evening of celebration. I was especially inspired by all of the culture and color in one room. I look forward to continue working for the advancement of women. I wish the UMKC Women’s Center 40 more years to come!

Tickets! Get Your UMKC Women’s Center 40th Anniversary Gala Tickets Now!

By Courtney Neaveill

A buzz is in the air as the UMKC Women’s Center is preparing for its biggest event yet! TOMORROW at 7PM we will kick off our 40th Anniversary Gala Event! After days, weeks, months, and dare I say years of planning the members of the UMKC student body, staff, and faculty will come together with the Kansas City community to celebrate a momentous occasion. Over the past forty years, the UMKC Women’s Center has advocated, educated, and provided support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large. Tomorrow’s gala gives the Women’s Center a chance to thank the hundreds of community members who have been active in our events and services throughout the years. Likewise, it will also give everyone who has been involved with the Women’s Center a chance to come together for an evening of music, fun, and, celebration!

For the event tomorrow, the UMKC Women’s Center commissioned a song in honor of the 40th Anniversary. Written by local singer/songwriter Barclay Martin, the Barclay Martin Ensemble will perform the premiere of “So Beautiful.”

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In addition to performances by the Barclay Martin Ensemble tomorrow evening, you can also enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks, bid on incredible items at the silent auction, and have fun in the photobooth.

YOU will not want to miss this event! YOU still have the chance to register for tickets online until 5PM this evening. Tickets are $65 and STUDENTS TICKETS ARE $20! Click HERE to purchase tickets!

We understand that never everyone will be able to purchase tickets by 5PM this evening and therefore we will be accepting walk-in registrations at the door tomorrow, Friday April 20th!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!

All proceeds benefit the UMKC Women’s Center’s programs and services. For more information or with questions, contact us at 816.235.1638 or umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu

Join us to celebrate 40 years of telling our stories with the UMKC Women’s Center! http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/40thanniversary/

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center and our upcoming events please visit our website: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/ or call us at (816) 235-1638

ATTENTION UMKC STUDENTS!

By Courtney Neaveill

If you haven’t already heard, on Friday, April 20th – we at the UMKC Women’s Center are celebrating our 40th Anniversary! Starting at 7pm at the River Market Event space we will begin the anniversary festivities. Savor delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks, bid on incredible items at the silent auction, and celebrate to the music of the Barclay Martin Ensemble, who will premiere a song written in honor of the 40th anniversary. YouTube Preview Image

Tickets for students are available for purchase at a bargain rate of $20 per person. (Regular tickets cost $65.) We don’t want everyone showing up in their favorite little black dress for the evening or a plain old shirt and tie – we want to see your creative side! That’s why the dress code for the evening has been deemed “creative cocktail”. Be innovative with your outfit!

Come out and mingle with UMKC students and faculty, Kansas City community members, and local artists &  musicians! Friday night’s UMKC Women’s Center 40th Anniversary Gala will be a night that won’t soon be forgotten! We would love to have you celebrate with us!

 

 Click HERE to purchase tickets for the event!

Join us to celebrate 40 years of telling our stories with the UMKC Women’s Center!
http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/40thanniversary/

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center and our upcoming events please visit our website: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/ or call us at (816) 235-1638

 

Celebrating A Legacy of Community Collaboration!

By Courtney Neaveill

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As our 40th Anniversay event approaches we reflect on the history of the UMKC Women’s Center. Did you know that the Women’s Center has a history of working with the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor? “Through this relationship and programming geared towards working women, focus groups were created and indicated that a growing need for women was leadership skill development.” As a result the Women’s Bureau and UMKC Women’s Center along with a start-up grant from Skillbuilders Fund, jointly sponsored a Black Women Leaders Conference in April 2006. This collaboration is just one of the legacies of the UMKC Women’s Center that we’ll be celebrating next Friday, April 20th. Check out the entire forty year history of the UMKC Women’s Center on our website at http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/about-womenc/history.asp. While you’re there, click on over to our 40th Anniversary page and purchase tickets for the Gala event! 

Be sure to visit the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor website, and listen to a message from Director Sara Manzano-Diaz http://www.dol.gov/wb/

 

For more information about the UMKC Women’s Center and our upcoming events please visit our website: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/ or call us at (816) 235-1638

Join us to celebrate 40 years of telling our stories with the UMKC Women’s Center!
http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/40thanniversary/

“So Beautiful” Preview

As regular readers of this blog go by now, the UMKC Women’s Center commissioned a song in honor of our 40th Anniversary. Written by local singer/songwriter Barclay Martin and recorded by the Barclay Martin Ensemble, the full song will be premiered at our Gala on April 20. In the meantime, please enjoy this sneak preview.

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Silent Auction: Wine for Days…Weeks…Months…it’s up to you!

The UMKC Women’s Center is supported by a dedicated group of men and women from UMKC and the surrounding community who serve on its Chancellor’s Advisory Board. This collection of wine includes some of the board members’ favorite wine choices. Enjoy a different bottle of wine every day, week, month, or however you wish to savor it!

Value:  500

Donated by: The Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Women’s Center

Silent Auction: Ladies’ ESQ Diamond Watch

This Ladies’ ESQ watch is from the very popular Verona collection. The watch has a round case in solid stainless steel and a smooth black lacquer dial beautifully detailed by diamond and Roman numeral markers. It also features sparkling diamond case accents. Find the perfect fit with the solid stainless steel bracelet with removable links. With a Swiss quartz movement and a scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire crystal (the most sought after crystal in the watch industry) this watch is elegant, yet practical, and will go with any attire for any occasion from day to night.

Value:  $750

Donated by: Meierotto Midwest Jewelry

Silent Auction: Cape Cod Vacation Home

Experience the beauty of Cape Cod while spending a week in in this lovely 2-bedroom vacation home located in close proximity to everything Orleans, MA has to offer.  This home sleeps 4 comfortably and is equipped with A/C unit, washer/dryer, outdoor shower, charcoal grill, flat screen TV, and Wi-Fi. Located in East Orleans, nearby activities include a great swimming area just down the street, a boat launch within walking distance, and Nauset Beach and Orleans Town Center an easy, 2-mile bike ride away.  This home is on a corner lot in a quaint local neighborhood and makes a great Cape Cod vacation home any time of the year!

Availability:  1-week stay (Saturday to Saturday), September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013

Restrictions: NOT AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 1, 2012. (Transportation to/from East Orleans, MA not included)

 

Value: $900.00

Donated by: Andrea Wickerham and Janet Justus

Silent Auction: Personalized Artwork by Shane Evans

Receive a custom illustration by local artist and award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Shane Evans. Evans will create a personalized pen and ink, 11” x 14” drawing for each of the top three  bidders. Each drawing will be completed after a brief consultation with the winning bidders, in Evans’ “Oluizumz” style. Drawings will be framed and ready to take home. Each winning bidder will also receive three autographed books by  Evans: Olu’s Dream, Underground, and Chocolate Me.

Shane Evans has over 30 books to his credit as author, illustrator, or both. This year, he received the Coretta Scott King Award for his book Underground and in 2011 he received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding children’s Literature for the book My Brother Charlie. Evans is also an internationally recognized artist having lectured and offered workshops worldwide, including West Africa, South America, and all over the U.S. His work has broadened the perspective of people of color throughout the US and the world and he has colored the history of a people literally with his award-winning work.

Value: $500 per drawing (3 available)

Donated by: Shane Evans

Silent Auction: An Evening with Barclay Martin, JULIAN, and Boozefish Wine Bar

At the 40th Anniversary Gala coming up on April 20, guests will have the opportunity to bid on some amazing items at the silent auction. This is one of a series of posts highlighting the items that have been donated. Be sure to check back frequently as we will update the blog as new items come in. Make a note of your favorites and be ready to bid on April 20! For a complete list of items, please see our Silent Auction webpage.

Enjoy an evening of song, storytelling, great food, and wine in your home. Singer/songwriter Barclay Martin will entertain you with music and stories, while Chef Celina Tio’s award-winning restaurant JULIAN will provide hors d’oeuvres for up to 25 people, and local wine bar Boozefish will pour the wines.

Restrictions: Must be used between May 1 – October 31, 2012. Cannot be used on the following dates: May 4-6, May 10, May 17, May 31, June 3-9, June 28-30, July 1–14, September 21, and October 3-5. Sunday–Thursday dates strongly preferred, although a Friday or Saturday with an early start time may be possible.

Value: $1,510

Donated by: Barclay Martin, Chef Celina Tio of JULIAN, and Boozefish Wine Bar


Barclay Martin: 
Kansas City-based singer/songwriter Barclay Martin has had a successful recording career highlighted by international travel since 2000. Martin’s current projects include the founding of a hygiene and sanitation project in Mali, West Africa through Medical Missions Foundation, work in Kenya through a partnership with water.org and is the coordinator for Social Justice and Sustainability at Kansas City Academy. Martin has also invested his talent and passion in support of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. From 2007-2009, Martin traveled to the Philippines several times to work with Filipino musicians and children. There, he served as musical director for a one-day cultural festival of music and dance entitled The Gift.  Martin’s journey is the framework for the documentary film Rise and Dream, which has recently won the Audience Choice award at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton, TX.

 

 

Celina Tio of JULIAN: Now familiar as the braided powerhouse on Food Network’s hugely popular show The Next Iron Chef and most recently on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters, chef Celina Tio got an early start in the kitchen. Even at the tender age of eight, her typical day used to involve shopping lists, Julia Child re-runs, baking and cooking for family and friends. How time flies. During seven years heading the kitchen at KansasCity’s renowned American Restaurant, Celina Tio garnered both local and national accolades. These included 2005 Chef of the year by Chef magazine and the James Beard Foundation’s 2007 Best Chef: Midwest. Tio was also recently honored by KC Magazine as Chef of the Year for her first proprietary restaurant, JULIAN. At this popular Kansas City neighborhood gathering spot, she creates chef-driven “feel good food” for her guests, family and friends – just like she did in her youth.

 

 

Boozefish Wine Bar — a European Bistro. Owner Maija Diethelm-Floyd created a unique concept by opening a European Wine Bar in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, just northwest of the Country Club Plaza on Westport Road. Boozefish offers Mediterranean cuisine, an eclectic wine list, a fully-stocked bar and specialty beers on tap and bottle as well as daily specials and weekly Happy Hour specials to keep you coming back! Our extensive wine menu was designed to educate guests about wine and make wine tasting a fun experience.  We also provide unique, fully-flavored foods from all around the world. Come in to savor a glass of wine, catch up with friends, enjoy our bistro fare and relax knowing ‘The Corks Are Off At The Fish’!