Toast to Our Towns Gala

Humanitarians...Our Heroes.

Each year, THCF recognizes individuals whose generosity in charitable giving and volunteerism tremendously impacts the region we serve.  We are privileged to recognize those whose philanthropy make our community a better place to live and serve.

Terry and Betty Snapp – 2016

Terry and Betty Snapp’s positive impact, both as professionals and dedicated volunteers, has elevated the level of service to our area’s most vulnerable populations for decades. Together they founded and serve as chief organizers of the Neighborhood Dinner Program hosted by Stone Church Community of Christ. By recruiting hundreds of volunteers, 10,000 warm meals are served to guests each year with an average of 175-200 meals served per week. Terry and Betty are also dedicated co-chairs of the Bess Wallace Truman Legacy Society for Community Services League. In addition to their joint service, they have both individually made a tremendous impact on in the community as well.

Throughout Terry’s career he has served the community as the Vice President for Advancement at Park University, Executive Director of Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation and Executive Director of SHARE. He is currently passing on lessons learned from his many years of experience to guide other nonprofit organizations as a consultant with Hartsook Companies. Terry has served on many City of Independence commissions, is a member of Independence Rotary and is a past board member of Camp Quality USA and Outreach International. Terry served as a self-sustaining pastor at Stone Church Community of Christ for 5 years and is past president of Mid-America Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, an association which awarded him the Fundraiser of the Year award in 2008.

After co-founding Sunshine Center, Betty served as Executive Director for 28 years. During her tenure, Sunshine Center served thousands of physically challenged pre-school children before becoming a program of the Independence School District. Betty is a sustaining member of Junior Service League of Independence and has volunteered in numerous leadership roles for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, The Groves, Stone Church, and Community Services League. She is the past recipient of TV 4 Symbols of Caring Giving Award and the Jackson County Inter Agency Council Award.

Past Recepients

Mike and Jan McGraw – 2015
Norman Swails – 2014
Dr. Bridget McCandless – 2013
Dave and Shirley Wurth – 2012
Gene and Joanne Cable – 2011
John and Nancy Kimak – 2010
Dave Jeter & Jim Kidwell – 2009
Larry Moore – 2008
Silver Legacy Award, Harry S. Truman Library & Museum – 2007
Dr. Frederick Hahn – 2006
John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil – 2005
Junior Service League of Independence – 2004
Dr. Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog – 2003
Allen Lefko – 2002
Helen French – 2001
Chuck and Colleen Foudree – 2000
Bob Reeds – 1999
David P. Ross – 1998
Barbara J. Potts – 1997
Byron Constance – 1996


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