The Kansas Children's Service League, 3545 SW 5th, Topeka, celebrated a new facility Friday. The ribbon was cut and the doors were opened! KCSL named the new building the Bette and Mark Morris Center for Children and Families. The Morris' have been long time supporters and major donors for the project. The facility will be used to introduce new parents to their adopted kids, also for early childhood education programs and other services the KCSL provides in Northeast Kansas.
What better way to celebrate a new facility to help Kansas children and those who contribute than with smooth jazz? The Irving Curtis Group kicked off the Kansas Children's Service League event with smooth tunes. They'll also be a part of the Coleman Hawkins neighborhood festival June 6th through June 8th. The festival honors the 101st birthday of Coleman Hawkins, a famous jazz musician who attended Topeka High School.
Celebrations at the Kansas Children's Service League didn't end there.
Awards were presented during the board of director's annual meeting to WIBW-TV for being a corporate friend of children. Also, Lori Hutchinson received the Distinguished Service to Children award, honoring her "Wednesday's Child" reports reaching more than 70,000 viewers each week on 13 news. Lori has presented "Wednesday's Child" for nearly 8 years. It offers Northeast Kansans a video chance at meeting some of the 800 Kansas children in foster care needing adoption. Lori thanked the 13 news photographers for helping her get great shots!
Nancy Perry also received a new Community Collaboration award. In future years, the award will be given in Perry's honor. Perry is retiring after more than 20 years leading the United Way of Greater Topeka.