KC Healthy Kids Honors David Ross at I Am Here Awards on March 2

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David Ross was instrumental in founding KC Healthy Kids in 2005. The award recognized David's impact and leadership in the community.

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“David Ross has proven himself as a ‘Friend of Ivanhoe,’ said Margaret May, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council. "We will always be grateful to David for introducing us to KC Healthy Kids. We appreciate all that David has done for Ivanhoe through the years."

On March 2, KC Healthy Kids was thrilled to honor David Ross, who has been making a difference for Kansas City’s kids and communities for the last forty years. David was presented with the Champion For KC Healthy Kids award.

Early on, David understood the importance of preventative health for kids. He knew that by creating a connected organization, by deepening the knowledge and readiness of partners and by supporting communities, KC Healthy Kids could together advance the health of children.

The award was presented by Jerry Glazier, a member of KC Healthy Kids board of directors.

“We realize not all heroes wear capes,” Jerry said from the podium. “Some of them wear glasses and are retired from the banking industry. Because of David’s leadership, we are leading the way in supporting healthy kids and reshaping the world in which they live.”

The award, an inscribed crystal bowl, was filled with locally-grown produce.

KC Healthy Kids reached out to David’s friends, partners and colleagues, who shared some stories of their own.

“David Ross has proven himself as a ‘Friend of Ivanhoe.’ We will always be grateful to David for introducing us to KC Healthy Kids. We appreciate all that David has done for Ivanhoe, through the years, and we, especially, enjoy his visits to our office- he has such a good sense of humor!” said Margaret May, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council.

“David absolutely changed the world of philanthropy in Kansas City. He was a champion of those he worked with and encouraged people to continually push their nonprofit thinking,” said Linda Endicott.
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About KC Healthy Kids

KC Healthy Kids rallies the people in our communities to improve access to affordable fresh food and safe places to walk and play. When our neighborhoods support healthy habits, we are less likely to suffer from obesity, which is linked to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and poor mental health. To make a lasting impact, we shape policies that improve our food system and physical surroundings and ultimately, the places where we live, work, learn, and play.

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