Buck O'Neil had an enormous impact on the world of baseball and the lives of the everyday people he touched. Buck spent many days and nights supporting the Royals from the same seat behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium, both as a scout and a fan. To honor Buck, the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat program fills "Buck's Seat" for every home game with a member of the community who, on a large or small scale, embodies an aspect of Buck's spirit.2014 Nominations
Friday, April 4 – Kay McGuff
To open the Royals 45th anniversary season, we welcome Kay McGuff, the widow of former Kansas City Star editor Joe McGuff. The legendary editor played an instrumental role in securing an American League expansion franchise for Kansas City and later served on the Royals Board of directors and was enshrined in the baseball writersâ wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2006, the Kauffman Stadium press box was named after Joe McGuff to recognize his contributions the franchise.
The McGuff family not only supported the home-town team but made countless contributions to the community.
Sunday, April 6 – John and Chris Macrander
Scouting brothers, John and Chris Macrander are being honored by the Boy Scouts of America for their quick thinking and being prepared. While on a jog in March 2012, their mother began to have headaches that eventually left her unconscious. Due to their quick actions which were likely lifesaving, they were honored with the rare award: The National Certificate of Merit by the National Council of Boy Scouts of America this past February.
Monday, April 7 – Ward Foley
Born with arthrogryposis, a rare condition characterized by stiff joints and abnormally developed muscles, Ward Foley decided to use his story and struggles to bring joy to others. The hospice volunteer created Scarman, a project that encourages children to love and accept themselves and their scars.
As a part of the program, volunteers create blank dolls that Ward gives to children all over the world allowing them to draw their own scars on them.
Tuesday, April 8 – Margaret Ackley
87 year-old Margaret Ackley never misses an opportunity to help out with programs within her community. Each week she spends time in the Cross-Lines thrift store and food kitchen, and also helps with yearly events including their 5K and Gala.
Last year, at the United Way Annual Dinner, the Lenexa native was recognized as their volunteer of the year after seventeen years of helping others in the Kansas City, Kansas area.
Wednesday, April 9 – Cree Korchack
Born with an innate sense of wanting to help the community and those around her, Cree Korchak has been voluntarily doing things for others since she was little. She has been able to help her community in many ways, including organizing community gardens, planting redbud trees, and driving trucks on neighborhood cleanups. An animal lover, Cree has also devoted countless hours to rescuing animals and finding them loving homes.
Friday, April 18 – Kelly Cannova
After her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011, Kelly Cannova founded the OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Committing herself to make a difference for her and the thousands who are affected by ovarian cancer, Kelly started a 5K to offer a day of hope and support for many, and to raise money for better treatment options and ultimately, a cure.
The 5K, which in its third year will take place in November, is a race for anyone who wants to take part with all proceeds directly going to ovarian cancer research in the Kansas City area.
Saturday, April 19 – Sister Andrea Kantner
Sister Andrea Kantner, a missionary in Brazil for 17 1/2 years, is a member of the Sisters of St Francis of the Holy Eucharist in Independence, Missouri. She coordinates the Franciscan Sisters Mission Warehouse, distributing food, toys, equipment and medical supplies to poor and disadvantaged people.
Sister Kantner originally set a goal of collecting one twenty-foot container of supplies a year. However, now eighteen years later, she has distributed more than 205 shipments throughout the world.
Sunday, April 20 – Denise Herman
Inspired by her mother to help others, Denise Herman has started many programs to help the students at Olathe North High School. In 2007, Denise started the Prom Closet to ensure all students had a chance to attend their dances by offering clothing options for both girls and boys, and in 2010, started the Eagle Packs Program which helps low-socioeconomic students get the food they need on weekends.
More recently, the Olathe native started a gas card program that helps offset the cost of families driving students to college visits throughout their senior year.