Community Luncheon

MAY 3, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm
Muehlebach Tower Kansas City Downtown Marriott

Honorary Chair Sheila Kemper Dietrich


May 1, 6-8pm
Hosted by Christine & Sandy Kemper


Ken ArmstrongMOCSA announces Ken Armstrong, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist as the keynote speaker for the 25th Annual Community Luncheon on May 3. Author of A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America, slated to be an eight-part Netflix series, Mr. Armstrong will give a riveting keynote about his joint investigation into the story of Marie, an 18 year old, former foster child, who reported being raped. Within days, her report was met with skepticism by the police and even her foster parents.  She recanted under the pressure and was later charged and pled guilty to filing a false report. 

Mr. Armstrong and his co-author, spent years investigating Marie’s case and reveal how the capture and prosecution of a serial rapist could have happened sooner if only Marie had been believed. Mr. Armstrong’s story will highlight the consequences and impacts that happen when we don’t believe survivors, impacts on not only the survivor, but on the safety and well-being of our communities.  This is a story and message you won’t want to miss! Learn more about this story:

This year’s event leadership includes:

  • Honorary Chair: Sheila Kemper Dietrich
  • ​Event Co-chairs: Alicia Starr and Polly Kramer
  • ​Community Support Committee Co-chairs: Kimberlee Ried and Erik Bergrud

Event Underwriters: Kemper Family Foundations, UMB Bank, NA, Trustee | Jennifer & Chuck Laue

Americo Life Inc.
Marlys and Michael Haverty
Lockton Companies
Ron and Kelly Lockton
The McDonnell Foundation, Inc.
Debra and Allen Parmet
Martha Jane Phillips Starr Field of
   Interest Fund
Sherman Family Foundation
Ten Ten Foundation





Jennifer Atterbury and Ed Stevens
Jeanne and Joe Brandmeyer Family
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Crestwood Midstream Partners
The DeBruce Foundation
Kevin Fitzgerald
The Illig Family Foundation
Kansas City Power & Light
Lathrop & Gage
Lead Bank
Kate and John Mitchell
Elizabeth and Will Souder
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
TriCom Technical Services


2018: MOCSA welcomed Academy Award-winning Actress and human rights activist, Mira Sorvino, as keynote speaker. As one of the earliest and most prominent women in Hollywood to confront Weinstein's years of predatory behavior, Mira was instrumental in the #MeToo movement. Her inspiring point of view empowered all of us to stand up, speak out and forever end the injustice against victims of sexual violence. Tavia and Clark Hunt served as Honorary Chairs; Denise Delcore and John Green, Community Support Committee Co-Chairs; Becky Loboda and Alicia Starr, Event Co-Chairs. Images on Facebook.

2017: Byron Hurt, filmmaker, writer, speaker, and anti-sexual violence activist, was the keynote speaker and shared an inspiring message about how we all have a part to play – men and women – in helping to end sexual violence. Nancy & Steve Hooley and Kelly & Ron Lockton served as Honorary Co-Chairs; Event Co-Chairs, Julana Harper-Sachs and Becky Loboda; Community Support Committee Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Souder and Matt Sharples. Images on Facebook.

2016: Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, Director of We End Violence, was the keynote speaker. Attendees walked away inspired, empowered, and knowledgeable about what we can do in our daily lives to support survivors and help prevent sexual violence in the Kansas City community.  Carole & Bill Cobb and Debbie & Kevin Crull served as Honorary Chairs; Ed Ossie and Elizabeth Souder, Community Support Committee Co-Chairs; Beverly Brooks and Julana Harper-Sachs, Event Co-Chairs. Images on Facebook.

2015: Lara Logan spent two decades as a war correspondent. As our keynote speaker she shared her story of survival after a experiencing a brutal sexual assault while working in Egypt in 2011. Michelle & Peter deSilva and Jordan & Marcelo Claure served as Honorary Co-chairs; Stacey McLey and Ed Ossie, Community Support Committee Co-Chairs; Carole Cobb and Beverly Brooks, Event Co-Chairs. Images on Facebook.