October 7, 2017 - Westin Crown Center Hotel - Doors open at 6:00 pm

Community LINC is proud to announce that W. Russell Welsh is the 2017 Karen and Hank Herrmann Humanitarian Award recipient!

W. Russell Welsh is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polsinelli, a law firm that provides legal advisory services to corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs nationally.


With three decades as a commercial trial attorney and 18 years as Chairman and CEO of Polsinelli, W. Russell Welsh is known for developing strong business and personal relationships. His leadership style demonstrates an uncompromising work ethic, business insight, trust and honesty.


Russell has directed the expansion of the Polsinelli’s national practices in Financial Services, Health Care, Real Estate, Business Law, and Litigations. He has received a host of distinctions. Highlights include: the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Kansas City’s Most Powerful 100 by the Kansas City Business Journal. He was the recipient of the Law Firm Leader Award in 2012 and 2014 and is a permanent fixture in the Best Lawyers of America as he is acknowledged across four categories from 2007-2017.


As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1998, Russell balances his attention to the firm’s growth with an impressive list of civic responsibilities in the arenas of community development and healthcare. His service includes sitting on the boards of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater Kansas City and the Civic Council. Russell is past Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, of the Board of the Starlight Theatre and the Board of Trustees of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mid-America chapter. He has also served on the boards of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Kansas City Area Development Council, and the Community Blood Center.


The Karen and Hank Herrmann Humanitarian award is presented each year to a person who demonstrates extraordinary philanthropy in the Kansas City community.  We are proud to honor W. Russell Welsh for his undying commitment to our beloved community.


Save the date for the 2017 Rent Party October 7, 2017 at the Westin Hotel at Crown Center! Be the Key to Opening Doors and join us for a fun-filled night of auctions, dinner, drinks and dancing!


With your help, Community LINC raised over $600,000 at last year's Rent Party, "Be the Key!"


For 28 years, Community LINC has transformed lives for over 4,000 families with nearly 9,000 children. These families were once homeless and hopeless. With your help, we have changed their lives.


Rent parties originated in 1920s Harlem in the heart of New York City. Tenants hired a musician or band to play for the neighborhood or building and then passed the hat to raise money for their rent. Naming our signature fundraising event in celebration of the rent parties is a perfect fit for Community LINC. We gather at the Rent Party to celebrate life in the heart of Kansas City and pay the rent for the families we serve as they transition from homelessness into self-sufficiency.


We hope you will join us in October for another night of fun and philanthropy to change lives and end homelessness.



For any questions or further information regarding the Rent Party Event, please contact Tiffani Kintchen at 816.389.8255 or tkintchen@communitylinc.org.





Community LINC is also honored to announce Roshann Parris and Jeff Dobbs as the 2017 Rent Party Event Chairs

Honorary Sponsors

Karen and Hank Herrmann

Stabilizing Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors

Rehousing Sponsors

Empowering Sponsors

Aspen Products


Blue Cross Blue Shield


Citizens Bank & Trust


Roshann Parris and Jeff Dobbs


Deb and Mark Eveans


Cassie and Joshua Landy


Meritage Portfolio Management




Mylinda and Gil Scott


Sioux Chief Mfg.

Haven Sponsors



Rita and Irwin Blitt


Brad Korris LLC


Bonnie and Herb Buchbinder




Country Club Bank


Crawford 360


Dunn Family Foundation


ECCO Select

Hallmark Cards, Inc.


Husch Blackwell, LLP




McCullough Family Foundation


Robinson Family Foundation


Synchrony Financial


The Tiehen Group


Paul Thomas


Rita and Jim Tiehen

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