Jayhawks’ Bill Self, Actor/Comedian Rob Riggle Headline KVC Hero Luncheon for Charity

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The fifth annual KVC Hero Luncheon will take place June 16 at the Olathe Conference Center at the Embassy Suites in Olathe, Kan. The event raises funds for children who have experienced abuse or neglect and need heroes in the form of foster parents, financial supporters and mentors.

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Coach Bill Self of the University of Kansas men’s basketball program and actor/comedian Rob Riggle will headline KVC Health Systems’ fifth annual KVC HERO LUNCHEON taking place June 16 at the Olathe Conference Center at the Embassy Suites in Olathe, Kan. The event provides an exclusive opportunity to hear insider commentary on Self’s recent basketball season and witness Riggle's comedy and improvisational skills. It also raises funds for children who have experienced abuse or neglect and need heroes in the form of foster parents, financial supporters and mentors. Tickets and details are available at http://www.kvc.org/heroluncheon.

The event is presented by TransAm Trucking and KVC Health Systems. Lead sponsors for the event include Garmin, Bank of Blue Valley, Holmes Murphy, Anthem Media, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Community America Credit Union, IMA and Hill Cattle Company. See website for a complete list of corporate sponsors.

In addition to Self and Riggle, the event features 41 Action News (KSHB) anchor Christa Dubill emceeing the event for the third year in a row and Sports Radio 810 WHB host Nate Bukaty facilitating the discussion with Self and Riggle.

KVC Kansas, a subsidiary of nonprofit child welfare and behavioral healthcare leader KVC Health Systems, is responsible for more than half of all children and families who interact with the Kansas child welfare system due to a unique and successful 20-year partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). This means KVC cares for more than 3,500 Kansas children each day in highly-trained foster families and other community-based programs, plus thousands more children in other states.

In addition to foster care, KVC’s services include in-home family support, adoption and children’s psychiatric hospitals. KVC is known nationally for its achievements such as keeping up to 94% of families safely together without disruption to foster care by providing high-quality, in-home family preservation services; caring for 95% of children in foster care in family homes as opposed to group settings; safely reducing the average length of stay for children in residential psychiatric treatment to about 80 days as compared to 9-12 months in other states; and earning recognition as a national leader and trainer in integrating trauma-informed care into child welfare and related systems.

Individual tickets to the luncheon are $100 and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Buy tickets at http://www.kvc.org/heroluncheon.

About KVC Health Systems, Inc.

KVC Health Systems, headquartered in the greater Kansas City area, is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that enriches and enhances the lives of nearly 60,000 children and families each year by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services, and education. KVC’s diverse continuum of services includes foster care, adoption, in-home family therapy, behavioral healthcare, and children’s psychiatric hospitals. In its 46-year history, KVC has grown since from a single Kansas home for boys to a national organization serving tens of thousands of children and families in Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska and West Virginia. Due to KVC’s leadership in the use of research-based practices to improve outcomes, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has endorsed KVC as a national best practice organization. Learn more at http://www.kvc.org.

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