The Branton/Hall Community Collaborator Award, presented by the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, recognizes an individual or organization in the greater Kansas City area who has played an active role in civic engagement, leadership and fostering a spirit of service to others.
The purpose of the award is to promote a spirit of collaboration for social good. It honors individuals who promote voluntarism as a means of positive societal change among the corporate, civic and community sectors.
The award is named for two Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, members – Mary Shaw “Shawsie” Branton and Adele Hall – who dedicated their lives to making Kansas City a great place to call home. Long time pillars of our community, Branton and Hall were model volunteers who worked tirelessly as catalysts for change – seeing needs in our community and then working diligently to bring the right people together to solve some of our city’s most pressing issues.
They supported higher quality care for children with disabilities in the 1940s and 50s, long before the concept of special needs even entered our consciousness as a society. They founded networks to give a voice for Kansas City women to focus on social issues. And they were among the first female board chairs of some of our city’s highest profile nonprofits. As Kansas City’s only recipients of the Association of Junior Leagues International’s highest honor, The Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award, Branton and Hall believed that every person in our community, regardless of circumstance, deserves a chance to succeed. This award honors their commitment and passion, and their ability to advocate, influence and convene leaders for positive change.
Candidates for the Branton/Hall Community Collaborator Award will meet the following criteria:
- Convening those in the nonprofit, corporate and civic sectors for positive, lasting change
- A deep sense of social responsibility
- An ability to motivate others to share their talents through volunteer service
The inaugural Branton/Hall Community Collaborator Award winner will be announced at C3KC on March 1, 2018, at Union Station. The winner will be selected by a panel of Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri members. Nominations will be accepted from League members and the community at large until December 1, 2017. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 grant to be given to the nonprofit organization of the winner’s choice.