KCATA Recognizes Community Leaders with first annual KCATA Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards

KANSAS CITY, MO — On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will present the first annual KCATA Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards celebrating individuals and organizations who, in the spirit of Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks, are making a difference in Kansas City and in public transit.

KCATA will honor four winners during an awards reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. on June 19, at the American Jazz Museum located in Kansas City’s Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. Winners include: Kansas City, Missouri City Councilman Dick Davis, Truman Medical Centers, The University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC), and retired KCATA bus driver, Ray Harris, Jr.

“Over 50 years ago, Rosa Parks took a courageous stand on a public bus to make sure that access would be available, to all,” said KCATA General Manager Mark Huffer. “It is in this spirit that we recognize the four honorees who embody the spirit of public service while making our community a better place to live.”

Proud supporters of the first annual KCATA Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards include Gold Sponsors: The City of Kansas City, Missouri, and HNTB; Silver Sponsors: Alston & Bird, LLP; CBIZ, Inc.; and Lathrop & Gage. LLP; and Bronze Sponsors: Littler Mendelson; Lockton Companies; Missouri Gas Energy (MGE); McGladery, LLP; Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates; SK Design Group, Inc.; Taliaferro & Browne, Inc.; Thomas McGee Insurance; and Zimmer Real Estate Services.

About KCATA: The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) operates local and express routes, demand-response, bus rapid transit, paratransit and vanpool services. The mission of KCATA is to improve the quality of life of our customers by providing access to employment, health, educational, and social opportunities.

For ticket information, visit www.kcata.eventbrite.com. To schedule an interview with KCATA or this year’s winners, contact Michelle Webb at michelle.webb@cpgcommunications.com or 913.317.2888.

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