Distinguished Citizen Dinner

Roshann Parris

Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner


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.

2016 Honoree: Roshann Parris—Founder & CEO, Parris Communications

Roshann is the founder of Parris Communications Inc., a Kansas City-based public relations and strategic communications firm now celebrating its 28th year. The firm has developed a reputation for its broad-based strategic and crisis communications work in both the U.S. and countries worldwide, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to governmental organizations to thriving small businesses.
While managing her energized Parris team, Roshann has simultaneously maintained an active 
Washington, D.C.-based public sector career which, since 1978, has included 6 years on the United States Senate staff and senior roles on 10 presidential campaign staffs of Democratic candidates.
Roshann is a recipient of the Kansas City Spirit Award, the Central Exchange Firehouse Award, Kansas City Woman of the Year, Public Relations Professional of the Year, Athena Award, MS Society Hope Award, William Jewell College Distinguished Service honorary degree, MS Society Hope Award, and the United Way Adele Hall Spirit of Caring Award. 

The Distinguished Citizen Dinner will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Sheraton Overland Park, Kansas. 5:30 p.m.  

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

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