Vaughan named honorary chairman for United Way campaign

Joe H. Vaughan is returning to his roots in Wyandotte County this fall as the honorary chairman of the United Way of Wyandotte County’s 2014 campaign.

Vaughan grew up in Wyandotte County and is a graduate of the Kansas City, Kan., Public School System and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

“We are happy to have Mr. Vaughan as our honorary campaign chairman,” said Wendell Maddox, president-CEO of the United Way of Wyandotte County. “He has a great history of service to his community and will bring a unique skill set and perspective to our upcoming campaign.”

Graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, Vaughan was a broadcast journalist in the Midwest until 1990 when he founded Joe Vaughan Associates, a publishing services company.

Since then he has published “coffee table” books for the 50th anniversaries of several Johnson County municipalities as well as monthly newsletters and other publishing services. For more than a decade he has been a guest lecturer for KCKCC’s Regional History class. Invested in the communities that surround him, Vaughan received numerous community services awards for the work he has done on multiple boards and associations.

Vaughan is excited about United Way of Wyandotte County’s annual campaign coming up this fall which has recently announced its 2014 campaign theme “Live Heroic.”

“It’s an honor to be on the United Way of Wyandotte County team,” Vaughan said. “With all of the funding cutbacks at the state and federal level, it is more important in 2014 that folks support the campaign. Lots of folks in Wyandotte County need the United Way now more than ever!”

United Way of Wyandotte County will kick off its Live Heroic annual campaign with its annual kick-off luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the KCKCC Technology Center. United Way encourages the community to support the Wyandotte community by attending this luncheon or by donating to the Live Heroic campaign. Further information can be found at the United Way of Wyandotte County website, www.unitedway-wyco.org or by calling 913-371-3674.

KCK resident has role in ‘Honk’

Joy Richardson of Kansas City, Kan., will play the role of Henrietta in the production of “Honk,” the Ugly Duckling musical, today at Theater in the Park, Shawnee, Kan.

This tale is about overcoming prejudice and finding joy in one’s differences.

Because the opening of “HONK!” coincides with Independence Day, Theatre in the Park is offering special July 4th activities for the entire family to enjoy including large inflatable bouncy house, slide and obstacle course, face painting, balloon artists and free hot dogs and lemonade for the first 500 people through the gates. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the play starts at 8:30 p.m.

The theater is joining with Reach Out and Read for a book drive. Patrons are asked to bring with them to theatre new or gently used children’s books to donate to Reach Out and Read. In thanks for their gesture, TTIP will provide them with a coupon for free popcorn at the show!

The play will open Friday, July 4, and continues July 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 at the community theater, which is at 7710 Renner Road, in Shawnee, Kan. Midland Drive is the preferred exit to the theater off I-435 while there is construction work on Renner Road.

For more information, see www.theatreinthepark.org.