2020 Variety International Presidential Citation Nomination

Kansas City Councilwoman Heather Hall gets it done! She’s the perfect combination of navigating the way local government works and having great passion for the mission of Variety KC.

Her efforts for both the city and Variety go largely unrecognized, but she’s making things happen behind the scenes and her determination to help is tremendous. Most recently, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. This culminated with a celebration parade of nearly a million people in the downtown area. With so much going on, Heather Hall thought of the Variety Kids!  Would kids with special needs, and their families, have a place to access the parade and be included in the festivities? Through Heather’s help, a dedicated area was set up right in the heart of the action!

As a champion for Variety KC, Heather has driven the push to put custom Variety parking signs in all municipal venues and parking areas. She brought Variety to the public’s attention by introducing an official City Resolution for Variety KC and by pushing for Variety partnerships with local park projects and community projects such as the first ever nationwide inclusive zoo exhibit!

One of the most heartwarming elements of Heather’s support is her physical presence and engagement with Variety KC Kids. If we have an opening or launch, she’s there to publicly support it. If we need interviews or MC type presentations – she steps in. And, whenever Variety Kids are gathered to have fun and celebrate inclusion, Heather is there – engaging and encouraging kids in a one-on-one manner.

It’s said it is not what you know, but who you know. Variety KC is blessed to know a secret weapon (and mother herself) named Heather Hall! She’s our unsung hero and we hope to soon be signing her praises with the prestigious Presidential Citation!