Sept. 6, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center
3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City MO

Join the Kansas City Recovery Coalition as we celebrate the unsung heroes in the treatment/recovery field and in our community.

Special Missouri Legislative Guests: Sen. Kiki Curls,Rep. DaRon McGee, and Rep. Ingrid Burnett 

At this year’s luncheon, we will recognize legislators who have been tireless advocates for recovery in the legislature. Recently, they played a large role in the passing of the bill to provide $2.6 million for Recovery Support in the 2019 Missouri budget.

Rep. DaRon McGee, a Democrat, represents South Kansas City in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first term of office in 2015. Rep. McGee graduated from Grandview High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received his Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harry S. Truman School for Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, a Democrat, represents part of Jackson County (District 9) in the Missouri Senate. She won a special election to the Missouri Senate in Feb. 2011 after having served in the Missouri House since 2007. In addition to her legislative duties, Sen. Curls works in real estate development and currently serves as the 14th Ward Democratic Committeewoman in Kansas City. Senator Curls received her education from St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Rep. Ingrid Burnett represents the Northeast area of Kansas City, and parts of Sugar Creek, Independence and Jackson County (District 19) in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was elected to her first two-year term in November 2016. In addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Burnett has worked as an educator since 1979. During her 37 years in the education field Rep. Burnett worked as a counselor, teacher, and principal in the Catholic and Independence Public School Systems.



Special Recovery Testimonial: Holly Rehder, Missouri State Representative

Rep. Holly Rehder of Sikeston introduced legislation to establish a prescription drug monitoring program to assist providers in identifying prescription drug abuse. Missouri is the only state without a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP).

Because she has experienced recovery closeup in her own family, Rep. Holly Rehder has also been a tireless advocate for recovery support and worked on the effort to include funding for our important work in the 2019 Missouri budget. Rep. Holly Rehder, a Republican, represents parts of Scott, and Mississippi counties (District 148). She was elected to her first two-year term in November 2012.  She is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications, Public Relations.


Unsung Hero Award Categories:

Kansas City Unsung Hero Award: The nominee is a person or agency/unit who has impacted the substance use disorder services field in the Kansas City, Missouri metro area.

Shari Morlang State of Missouri Unsung Hero Award: The nominee is a person who has furthered the field of substance use disorders prevention, treatment or recovery services who is employed by the state of Missouri or has made significant impact to recovery services on a statewide level.

Sgt. Gary Cooley Law Enforcement Unsung Hero Award: The nominee is a person employed by law enforcement or law enforcement unit that has made a difference in the lives of individuals and/or agencies served by the Kansas City Recovery Coalition.

Michael Williams Professional Unsung Hero Award: The nominee is an individual who provided exemplary service in all areas of the substance use disorder field including but not limited to: Prevention, mental health or substance abuse treatment, faith-based, assessment, recovery services, re-entry, employment, street outreach, detoxification, aftercare, therapy, and administration.

Community Volunteer Unsung Hero Award: The nominee is an individual who has a heart for the recovery community and has given of their time & passion to those suffering from addiction.

Achieving Youth Unsung Hero Award: The nominee is a youth that has been affected by addiction and has overcome obstacles and soared like an eagle accomplishing goals & achievements.