Lamar Hunt family honored for civic contributions, quiet philanthropy

Contact: Mary Birkel, 816.604.1460, mary.birkel@mcckc.edu

(Kansas City, Mo.) Clark Hunt took a break from the frenzy of NFL draft week to accept an award Sunday on behalf of his father, Lamar, and the rest of the Hunt family.

The Five Star Award, bestowed by Metropolitan Community College, honors the Hunt family for their part in shaping Kansas City.

The Hunts received the award at the MCC Foundation’s fourth annual Five Star Gala, held Sunday night at the Kansas City Convention Center. The gala, which raised money for student scholarships and special projects across MCC’s five campuses, included accolades from other Kansas City icons, including Len Dawson, Bill Dunn, Sr., and emcee Trent Green.

The Hunt family was commended for their significant philanthropic, business and civic contributions to Kansas City. Green and Dawson spoke of Lamar Hunt’s humble and skilled leadership of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Dunn spoke of Hunt’s admirable business acumen and philanthropic nature.

The Hunt family and MCC share a unique connection: the year Hunt brought the Chiefs to Kansas City is the same year MCC began its expansion from a junior college to a true regional community college. Now, 50 years later, the Hunt name in Kansas City is synonymous with sports and recreation and the MCC name is synonymous with accessible higher education and workforce training.

Lamar Hunt was a sports and recreation pioneer at both the local and the national level. In addition to bringing professional football to Kansas City, he was also the founder of the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) and the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks. He established Hunt Midwest Enterprises, a real estate development firm that has employed 55,000 people since 1985, and created the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complexTM. On a national scale, Hunt founded the American Football League, Major League Soccer and World Championship Tennis; he is a member of the national football, soccer and tennis halls of fame. Hunt’s sports and business ventures are now managed by his wife of 42 years, Norma, and his four children: Sharron, Lamar Jr., Daniel and Clark, all of whom were in attendance to receive the Five Star Award as a family.

Past honorees of the Five Star Award include Henry Bloch and the Henry W. Bloch Scholars program; the Francis family and the Francis Family Foundation; and the Dunn family.

CiCi Rojas, president and CEO of the Central Exchange and a member of the MCC Foundation board of directors, served as chairman of the 2013 gala committee. Bill Dunn, Sr. and his wife Jean, an MCC alumna, were the honorary chairs. Popular dance band Atlantic Express provided the entertainment. The Five Star Award was an original work of art created by nationally acclaimed artist Janet Kuemmerlein.

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Metropolitan Community College, founded in 1915, has a mission of preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities. As the largest higher education institution in Greater Kansas City, MCC’s five campuses – Blue River, Business & Technology, Longview, Maple Woods and Penn Valley – serve nearly 40,000 students annually through for-credit and non-credit courses and business services. Find more information at www.mcckc.edu/foundation or on MCC’s news blog at http://blogs.mcckc.edu/newsroom.

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