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The Waymaker Awards: United Way’s Annual Impact Celebration

July 11 @ 4:00 pm 9:00 pm

An awards celebration to recognize and celebrate our dedicated corporate partners and donors, while also highlighting our nonprofit partners.

Adele Hall Award

Adele Hall long epitomized the spirit of generosity in our community, working tirelessly to advance the common good in Greater Kansas City through United Way. It was in appreciation of her efforts that in 2011, United Way of Greater Kansas City established the Adele Hall Spirit of Caring Award with Adele being the first honoree. We are continuing the tradition of this award this year at our first annual recognition event, The Waymaker Awards.This award will honor those persons who exemplify the extraordinary compassion and selflessness of Adele Hall.  


  • Demonstrates passion for United Way’s mission in enhancing educational opportunities, improving healthcare and empowering economic mobility. 
  • Gives generously of their time and talents to the Kansas City community.
  • Serves as a philanthropic role model for others in our community 
  • Dedication to making Kansas City a great place for all to thrive 


  • Nominations are accepted until April 1, 2024 at this link
  • Once the nomination process closes, a selection committee will review finalists. 
  • Nominees will be informed by April 4, 2024 that they have been nominated for Adele Hall Award and will be contacted about next steps at that time. 
  • The award recipient will be chosen by the committee by May 1, 2024.
  • The award will be presented at The Waymaker Awards on Thursday, July 11, 2024 at The Midland Theater. 


2012: Peggy Dunn2017: Jeff Provost
2013: Roshann Parris2018: Don Hall, Jr.
2014: Mike Hockley2019: W. Russell Welch
2015: Bert Berkley2021: Dianne Cleaver
2016: Greg & Deanna Graves 
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We woke up as champions expecting to celebrate a day in triumph. Instead, February 14th will be remembered for its tragedy. This moment is an opportunity to turn our collective outrage into action. The Chiefs and United Way have created a special emergency fund to support our community in its efforts to heal and become more resilient in the wake of these horrific events.


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