The Compassion Gala: A Great Success!

The Compassion Gala was a fun and impactful evening benefiting Heart to Heart International!  Thanks to all who made it such a wonderful success!  Access the photos, the videos and more below…

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The Compassion Gala presented by Bank of Blue Valley was held on May 9th, 2015 at The Gallery Event Space in downtown Kansas City in the Power & Light District.  Just about 400 people attended the event. We were so happy to have so many people attend that were new to HHI – what a great way to introduce Heart to Heart International’s humanitarian mission to more people.

The Gala began with a VIP Reception and as evening turned to night everyone gathered for a tasty dinner and for the evening’s program emceed by Lara Moritz & Len Jennings of KMBC-TV 9.  Two well-deserved awards were presented as you’ll read about below, and the night was capped off with an exciting Fund the Mission and Live Auction overseen by auctioneer Tanna Guthrie.  Let’s not forget about the exciting Balloon Pop – more balloons next time! – and the wonderful music provided by Angela Hagenbach.

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Photographer Scott Reynolds snapped hundreds of photos at the Gala and of all the evening gowns and bow ties on display, and we’ve collected the best in a couple of albums on our Flickr account.

See the photos from the Gala and photos from the VIP Reception.



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We presented this year’s Heart for Humanity award to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, a longtime partner with HHI, who continues to do great work with us, especially in Haiti.

Learn more about why we chose the AAFP Foundation and watch a video that showcases our partnership.


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This year’s Power of One Award was presented to Major General Gary Volesky for leading the charge in the fight against the Ebola epidemic, and by extension, all military servicemembers who took part in that fight.

Volesky could not attend the Compassion Gala, however the Power of One was accepted on his behalf by another Army officer who worked closely with HHI in Liberia.

See the video that announced the Power of One award and learn more about why Volesky and the U.S. military deserved the honor…



JosephineOne of the more emotional moments of the evening came as everyone watched the story of Josephine, a Liberian woman who survived Ebola, lost her entire family to the virus, and then came to work with HHI in Liberia to help fight the spread of the virus.  See this powerful video…

Josephine’s story debuted at the Gala, and as it happens, that day – May 9th, 2015 – is the day Liberia was declared Ebola-free.



Again, so many thanks must be given to all of our sponsors, the attendees, the entertainers, the awardees and to the Heart to Heart International staff and volunteers who made this first ever Gala such a success.

We can do more to help around the world now, thanks to your involvement with the Gala!

See you next year!



The Compassion Gala: Honorees Announced

At this year’s Compassion Gala on May 9th, Heart to Heart International will present two distinguished awards to two very deserving honorees.

Scroll down for more info on the Compassion Gala and to make your reservations!


US Army Major General Gary J. VoleskyThe Power of One

The Power of One award is presented to an individual that exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of crisis or disaster by significantly supporting Heart to Heart International’s mission to provide humanitarian healthcare to those in need.

As Commander of the military component of the United States response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Major General Volesky led U.S. troops into every corner of Liberia over the course of five months to build Ebola treatment units, establish field laboratories, and to provide logistical and operational support.

2015 Power of One Award recipient:

US Army Major General Gary J. Volesky



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The Heart for Humanity award is presented to a group, organization or company that exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of disaster by supporting Heart to Heart International through monetary, volunteer and gift-in-kind support.

The AAFP Foundation has worked side-by-side with HHI for more than 20 years in humanitarian initiatives, providing patient care, medical education and training, service to children, and support for disaster relief. Currently, the AAFP Foundation program, Family Medicine Cares International, brings volunteers and resources to improve the lives and health of the people of Haiti.

“By providing patient care, medical training and volunteer work in Haiti, the AAFP Foundation has worked with us to expand access to healthcare for so many. The AAFP Foundation has shown they truly have a heart for humanity” – Jim Mitchum, HHI chief executive officer.

2015 Heart for Humanity award recipient:

American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation



Presented by:

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Power & Light District
61 East 14th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105

6:00 pm ~ 11:00 pm


All proceeds to benefit Heart to Heart International and our humanitarian efforts around the world.