Distinguished Citizen Dinner

2015 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

October 15, 2015

Marriott Muehlebach



Held Since 1991, The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner honors an individual or company in the Kansas City community for their efforts in making a distinct difference in the fabric of our community. The honoree’s community involvement touches lives and improves the quality of life for all. Past honorees include Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig, Congressman Ike Skelton, Terry Dunn, Tom McCullough, Julia Kauffman, Robert Long, David Lockton, Michael Haverty, the Hall Family/Hallmark Cards, and KCP&L employees.

Proceeds from the event directly benefit Urban Scouting Programs in the 19 counties served by the Heart of America, Boy Scouts of America. The dinner highlights these programs and the in-roads Scouting is making to bring values and life skills to young people who might not otherwise be reached because of socio-economic barriers that they face. More than 6,230 youth are currently involved in these programs.

Other recognitions include the presentation of two $10,000 college scholarships awarded to Eagle Scouts with economic challenges who have provided exemplary service to the community and others.

2015 Honoree: Russ Welsh—Chairman and CEO, Polsinelli

Russ Welsh’s commitment as a philanthropist and community leader has helped shape the fabric of the Greater Kansas City Area. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Welsh has guided the firm through strategic growth that has positioned Polsinelli as a leading business and litigation law firm. The firm began and is headquartered in Kansas City. During Mr. Welsh’s chairmanship, Polsinelli has grown from 90 attorneys and 3 offices in Missouri and Kansas, to over 750 attorneys in 18 offices throughout the United States. The firm is among the 100 largest law firms in the nation. Polsinelli has been named the fastest growing law firm in the U.S. for the past 6 years by American Lawyer.

In addition to leading the firm, Mr. Welsh’s civic involvement includes service on the Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the United Way. He is Past Chairman of the Board of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Starlight Theatre, and the Board of Trustees of the Mid America Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He has served on many other boards as well. Mr. Welsh and his wife, Debbie, have chaired many civic and charitable fundraisers in the Kansas City area.

For additional information on the dinner please contact Jeromy Rutledge, Director of Development at (816) 569-4965 or by email at jeromy.rutledge@scouting.org