KCSC crowned kings and queens at their Prom with a Purpose event. LTR Senior Prom King Dr. Lee Norman, Queen Melinda Ryder, Junior Prom Queen Ryana Parks-Shaw and King Ryan Long.

In a night filled with glamour, dancing, and heartfelt philanthropy, the KC Shepherd’s Center (KCSC) inaugural Prom with a Purpose was a fundraising success. Held on Sep. 30 at Hy-Vee (formerly Kemper) Arena, the event raised a remarkable $186,500. 

The money goes towards programs that help older Kansas Citians including the KCSC’s Meals on Wheels, Phone Pals, Adventures in Learning, and the center’s care management programs. 

The KC Shepard’s Center has served KC’s elderly population for over 50 years by offering peer-to-peer programs that increase social activity, reduce food insecurity, and provide peace of mind, aiming to eliminate feelings of isolation and loneliness.

In its first year KCPC’s Prom with a Purpose had a raffle for a tropical get away and took donations for VIP and table sponsorships. The theme of the event was to dress your decade or formal prom attire. 
It wouldn’t be a prom without the crowning of Prom Kings and Queens, so KCSC honored individuals who stood out for their fundraising efforts and enthusiasm. Crowned Junior Prom King and Queen were, Ryan Long and Mayor Pro-Tem Ryana Parks-Shaw.  

Mayor Pro-tem Ryana Park-Shaw with her husband Mike Shaw.

“The night was magical, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to support such an important cause,” said Parks-Shaw. “We should all do better by our older adults.”

Senior Prom King and Queen honors went to Dr. Lee Norman and Melinda Ryder, who KCSC says embody the values and mission of KC Shepherd’s Center.

“It was an honor to participate in the KC Shepherd Center’s inaugural Prom with a Purpose event, “ said Ryan Long, Junior Prom King. “The event helped raise money and bring awareness to KC Shepherd’s Center and the positive impact the organization has on older adults in our community.”
For more information visit kcshepherdscenter.org

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