17th Annual Genevieve Byrne Speaker Series

  • Western MO - Speaker Series
An evening of celebration to honor the beginning of our next 100 years of the American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City.

This special event, held on October 18th, recognized local Heroes and featured nationally known speaker and author, Laura Ingraham.

Learn more about this event below.

Genevieve Byrne

Genevieve Byrne

The Story of Genevieve Byrne and Our Local American Red Cross

From the time Clara Barton made a “cross” from red ribbon and pinned it to her bodice while caring for soldiers on the Civil War battlefield, the American Red Cross has depended on volunteers.

In Kansas City, World War I prompted community leaders to join together to form what is now the Greater Kansas City Chapter. Early on, the Chapter distinguished itself by sending the first Red Cross ambulance corps to France.

In the years to follow, local Red Cross volunteers have always answered the call to humanitarian service.

Miss Genevieve Byrne first became a Red Cross volunteer during the final years of the Vietnam War, driving service personnel back and forth between Fort Leavenworth and Kansas City. After a long and varied volunteer career spanning nearly two decades, Miss Byrne lent financial support in her later years, joining the Kirkwood Society as a charter member and ultimately leaving a generous bequest in her estate. In honoring Genevieve Byrne, we pay tribute to the many thousands of volunteers, like her, who have chosen to serve others through the American Red Cross.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham is the most listened-to woman in political talk radio in the United States. "The Laura Ingraham Show" is heard on hundreds of stations nationwide and has been addicting legions of listeners since its launch in 2001. Always smart and entertaining, Laura is a regular Fox News contributor and the principal substitute host on The O'Reilly Factor.

Laura is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of five books: The Hillary Trap, Shut Up & Sing, Power to the People, The Obama Diaries, and new smash hit Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots. A former litigator and Supreme Court law clerk, Laura is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Law and Dartmouth College. She is also an avid supporter of our troops and a variety of military organizations.

Laura lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her three children.




Hero and Champion

  • Bartlett and Company Grain Charitable Foundation
  • Cerner
  • Cloud L. Cray Foundation
  • Tom and Ellen Cray
  • Laura and Bill Frick
  • Block Real Estate
  • H & R Block Foundation
  • Jill and Donald Hall, Jr.
  • Harry Portman Charitable Foundation
  • Imperial PFS
  • Ingram’s
  • Diane and Bob Johnson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kevin R. Jones
  • Kansas City Life Insurance
  • Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund
  • Kansas Gas Service–A Division of ONE Gas
  • Lockton Companies
  • Scott and Patty Mach
  • Caroline Price McCallister
  • Cappy and Peter Powell
  • Lisa and Charles Schellhorn
  • Don and Jean Wagner Charitable Foundation
  • Visionary

  • Atterbury Family Foundation
  • Black & Veatch Foundation
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Capitol Federal
  • Country Club Bank
  • Bill and Jill Coughlin and George K. Baum Foundation
  • Ann Dickinson/Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Everist
  • Hallmark Corporate Foundation
  • Hartley Family Foundation
  • Susie and Spence Heddens
  • Mary and John Hunkeler
  • Charlie and Kay Newell
  • Susan and Tuck Spaulding
  • Leader

  • Arvest Bank
  • Kathy and Perry Atha
  • Peggy and Michael Borkon
  • Jill and Marshall Dean
  • German May, PC
  • Gerson Family Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. William T. Grant, II
  • Donald J. Hall
  • Betsey Hughes
  • Alison and Eric Jager
  • JE Dunn Construction Company
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bradford M. Johnson
  • Audrey and Asher Langworthy
  • Lynn and Robert Mackle, Jr.
  • Missouri Bank
  • Kathleen and David Moore
  • Matt and Suzy Meyer
  • Nick and Mary Ann Powell
  • David Raffel
  • Page and Bruce Reed
  • Bob and Jeannette Reintjes
  • Tom and MaryMichael Sterchi
  • Randy and Leslie Treas
  • Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Williams
  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    To view the 17th Annual Genevieve Byrne Speaker Series photographs, please visit:

    Rivas Media Photography - KC Red Cross Genevieve Speaker Series