Patron Luncheon



The 2019 Patron Luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 7 in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center at 11:30 am.

The Patron Luncheon is part of the Heart of America Council's annual "Friends of Scouting" campaign that raises much needed funds to support Scouting in the 19-county area in and around Kansas City. Scouting teaches leadership skills and ethical decision-making. The Heart of America Council serves more than 29,000 young people through the work of more than 15,000 adult volunteers.

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Col. Nicole Malachowski
Ret. United States Air Force Officer and Thunderbird Pilot

A 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) wanted to fly military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show when she was five years old. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, an instructor, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole's Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams.


Clifford W. Illig
Co-Founder of Cerner Corporation | Principal Owner of Sporting Kansas City

Clifford W. Illig is co-founder of Cerner Corporation and principal owner of Kansas City’s Major League Soccer franchise, Sporting Kansas City. A distinguished Eagle Scout, Cliff serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America. In addition, Cliff serves on a number of significant civic boards and economic development organizations and is a passionate supporter of many regional charitable organizations.

Thanks to the generosity of luncheon sponsors, contributions to the Heart of America Council for this event are 100% tax deductible.

To learn more about the Patron Luncheon or to RSVP, contact Blair Allen at (816) 569-4922 or

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