The AdHoc Group Against Crime, affectionately referred to as “Kansas City’s social service emergency room,” will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a special fundraising dinner on Tues., Nov. 15, at Drexel Hall, 3301 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO.  

The organization was formed in 1977 when a group of concerned citizens came together to address the unsolved murders of nine African-American women. 

Alvin Brooks was one of the founding members and led the organization in combating crime and violence in the Kansas City metropolitan area until the year 2000.

The organization provides a primary support system for families who are victims of murder or other violent crimes, those dealing with family members who are missing or have run away, or simply facing the emotional stress of living in high-crime areas. The organization journeys with them as they seek healing and justice, and also serves as a trusted bridge between the community and the criminal justice system.

Since 2015, the organization has been led by Damon Daniel with a supportive team of program administrators, community resource officers and licensed clinical professionals in counseling and treating trauma.  

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, former Kansas City Mayor Sly James, and current KC Mayor Quinton Lucas are jointly serving as honorary chairs of the fundraising dinner.  

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception. Dinner with music by Amber “Flutienastiness” Underwood and Soul Patrol begins at 6:30 p.m.  

Individual tickets are $145 and can be purchased on Eventbrite at

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Simone Garza

Simone Garza was a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....