Heartland Humanitarians | Jim and Mary Stilley

Toast to Our Towns

Toast to Our Towns

September 24, 2022

Humanitarians...Our Heroes.

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


The 2021 Heartland Humanitarians of the Year are

Jim & Mary Stilley

Jim and Mary StilleyJim and Mary are truly an inspiration. Their efforts to promote education, embrace science and technology, and create a healthy, thriving community have made a lasting impact in Lee's Summit and beyond. From early childhood education and historic preservation to domestic violence and genetic research, Jim and Mary are deeply devoted to improving their community's quality of life.

Serving on several Boards, both Jim and Mary are dedicated volunteers who give freely of their time and talent. Mary served many years as a Board member on the Lee's Summit School Board and Educational Foundation and was a member of her church's mission committee, local P.E.O. chapter, and the Hope House capital campaign committee. Jim kept himself busy by serving on various boards and committees for the Raytown Kiwanis Club, Jackson County Historical Society, Lee's Summit Symphony, Children's Mercy Hospital, Truman Library Institute, and Cave Springs Park. 

Stilley FamilyJim spent nearly a decade volunteering his leadership to Truman Heartland Community Foundation as a Board member and past Chair. Both Jim and Mary have served on THCF Advisory committees, are fundholders and legacy donors, ensuring their philanthropic endeavors will continue to bear fruit for years to come.

Together, Jim and Mary have selflessly given back, working tirelessly to better the lives of children and families in Lee's Summit and throughout the region.

Past Recipients

2020 – Brent Schondelmeyer and Lee Williams 
2019 – Tom and Carman Duvall
2018 – Robert (Bob) F. Glaser
2017 – Brad and Sandy Cox
2016 – Terry and Betty Snapp
2015 – Mike and Jan McGraw
2014 – Norman Swails
2013 – Dr. Bridget McCandless
2012 – Dave and Shirley Wurth
2011 – Gene and Joanne Cable
2010 – John and Nancy Kimak
2009 – Dave Jeter and Jim Kidwell
2008 – Larry Moore
2007 – Silver Legacy Award, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
2006 – Dr. Frederick Hahn
2005 – John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil
2004 – Junior Service League of Independence 
2003 – Dr. Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog
2002 – Allen Lefko
2001 – Helen French
2000 – Chuck and Colleen Foudree
1999 – Bob Reeds
1998 – David P. Ross
1997 – Barbara J. Potts
1996 – Byron Constance


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