Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tickets available for TAASU Silver Harvest Banquet

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- After a three-year absence, The African American Student Union at Kansas City Kansas Community College is once again hosting the Silver Banquet.
The Silver Harvest Banquet is Nov. 16 in Upper Jewell. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $10 with a current KCKCC student ID and are on sale through Nov. 7.

“The goal of the banquet is to honor members of our community who are making a positive impact and working with younger people,” said Jeremiah McCluney, a TAASU advisor at KCKCC. “We also want to highlight members of our own staff for their encouragement and helpful attitudes.”

After the dinner portion of the event, five individuals will be recognized with the Richard T. Lee Award. The award is named after former Dean of Student Services Richard Lee. He was also a former TAASU advisor who demonstrated a commitment to young people.

The 2013 honorees include Rosette Scover, owner of Rosie’s Dance Academy in Kansas City, Kan.; Commissioner Tarence Maddox, Unified Government Commissioner and Founder of the Books Not Bars Mentor Program; Rev. Walza Starr II, pastor of Faith City Christian Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Wyandotte County; Rev. Jarvis Collier, pastor of Pleasant Green Baptist Church, author and community developer and Rashanda Rhodes, College and Career Coordinator at F.L. Schlagle High School.

In addition, there are two recipients of the Shining Light Award – Roger Suggs, Fringe Benefits of Education and Vonzetta Chancellor, financial aid technical assistant.

“The Silver Harvest Banquet gives students the chance to put their leadership skills to use by designing and implementing a fundraising event,” McCluney said. “It is a chance to celebrate people, and the good deeds they are doing.”

A new piece to the banquet this year is a D.J. and dancing following the awards presentation. All of the proceeds raised from the event will go toward TAASU activities throughout the year.

“This is a great community event,” McCluney said. “It is a nice time to get together and celebrate the efforts of people within our community.”

For more information on the Silver Harvest Banquet or to purchase tickets, contact Jeremiah McCluney at or call 913-288-7602. Information and tickets are also available by contacting MaRie Hinson, or 913-288-7601.