Foundation Events

MCC-Penn Valley Jazz in the Valley

Kansas City has a strong history of Jazz. Music legends like Charlie “Bird” Parker visited the Musicians Foundation on Vine for late-night jams, and Count Basie performed at the Drum Room. A variety of legendary Jazz musicians made Kansas City a frequent stop. Director and Kansas City native Robert Altman produced his Jazz-Age movie “Kansas City” here, using local talent. He revitalized the area for his set and expressed that there was no other place to produce his movie. Because Kansas City was considered the “Paris of the Midwest”, Jazz helped cultivate the persona. Jazz greats, Lonnie McFadden, Charles Williams, and contemporary artists have continued to keep this genre alive.  

To honor this history, the MCC-Penn Valley campus hosts Jazz in the Valley every September. Proceeds from this event will support the creation of a Music Engineering program at MCC.  

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Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

The Chancellor's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon is a Metropolitan Community College Foundation benefit held each winter in honor of Dr. King's legacy. The thought-provoking program features a national speaker each year and focuses on current events through the lens of Dr. King's teachings.

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She Is conference

Metropolitan Community College presented the inaugural She Is conference, in honor of Women's History Month, in March 2021. That first event was virtual.

She Is is expected to return in spring 2023. Attendees will hear from a distinguished panel of women who are passionate about supporting and empowering femme lives through diversity, equity and inclusion. Breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics will provide opportunities for participants to focus on their unique wellness, personal or professional goals or other areas of interest.

Everyone is welcome to attend this phenomenal event regardless of gender identity or background. Participants should expect to leave feeling emboldened and supported after a day of basking in what it means to be one's best self.

MCC-Blue River Aiming for Success

Proceeds will benefit the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute police and fire academies.

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