Our annual gala event, the High Aspirations’ Annual Mentors Challenge Banquet, will be held this year on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The evening is sure to be a phenomenal gathering of Kansas City’s business and civic leaders.

The list of prior Mentors Challenge co-chairs, honorary co-chairs, co-champions and sponsors include Henry W. Bloch; William H. Dunn, Sr.Marianne & Bill Dunn, Jr.; the Honorable Brian and Michelle Wimes; Gayle and Bruce Krigel; Anita and Gary Maltbia; Dana & Doug Nelson; Karen Daniel; Tammy Edwards; Margaret and Marlin Fiola; Rico Tejeda; Thomas Bloch; and Barnett Helzberg.

This year we are supported by Co-Chairs Vicki Clayman and Debbie Swearingen and are privileged to welcome Mary and Thomas Bloch and Peggy and Terrence Dunn as our Honorary Co-Chairs. Our special guest speaker for the evening is Edward Joseph (Ed) Dwight, Jr. a critically acclaimed sculptor and former test pilot who was the first African-American to be trained as an astronaut. We will also have the pleasure of honoring Ralph Reid that evening.