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A Giving Culture in a Corporate World

May 31, 2019 |

First Hand has always been a way for Cerner associates to give back to the community around them and fill the gaps in health care that they see in their roles. If you ask Cerner leadership, you’ll discover that First Hand is more than just a part of what we do – it is the... Read more

Building healthy generations in school, work and life

February 1, 2019 |

Through your support and generosity, First Hand is helping children, families and communities achieve their full health potential. We’re thrilled to share our annual report for fiscal year 2018 with you. At the end of the day, First Hand’s work – driven by your resources and financial gifts – is about making a difference around... Read more

Recap – 2018 Golf Tournament

May 15, 2018 |

During two beautiful days on The National Golf Club of Kansas City’s Signature and Deuce courses, First Hand ushered in a new generation of our annual golf tournament. As a tribute to two of our founders, the annual event has been renamed the Jeanne and Neal Patterson Legacy Golf Tournament. Now its 23rd year, the... Read more

Welcome First Hand Court Members!

April 20, 2018 |

Meet the 2018 First Hand Court members! These philanthropic community members will support raising funds, awareness and excitement for the foundation’s 2018 Masquerade Ball. We are honored to have this amazing group of individuals working with our team. Check back for their individual fundraising websites to help them reach their goals! Name Title, Company Abby... Read more

Give Love this #GivingTuesday

November 20, 2017 |

Black Friday bargains, Cyber Monday sales… the headlines are full of opportunities for us to get deals in the next week. On #GivingTuesday (November 28), make plans to give by supporting First Hand Foundation’s Love Bag program. A Love Bag is a backpack full of essentials for children facing difficult situations. Last year, First Hand... Read more

Congratulations to our Court MVPs

November 3, 2017 |

What a fundraising season! This year’s First Hand Court had record-breaking numbers, bringing in over $112,000. They sold sponsorships and tickets to the Masquerade Ball and also secured silent auction items for the event. Through a long season of fundraising, we had two individuals who earned this year’s Court MVP award as our top fundraisers.... Read more

Jeanne and Neal Spirit of Giving Award Winners

November 2, 2017 |

At our annual Masquerade Ball, we traditionally recognize our top sponsor and Cerner associate, and this year’s recipients received the newly-named Jeanne and Neal Patterson Spirit of Giving Award. These individuals truly embody the giving spirit and philanthropic heart that two of our co-founders so beautifully exemplified during their lifetimes. Join us in congratulating and... Read more

Remembering Jeanne Lillig-Patterson

September 4, 2017 |

We are heartbroken to share the news of Jeanne Lillig-Patterson’s passing. Today, September 4, she passed to the hands of her Lord, joining her beloved husband Neal Patterson. Jeanne lived an extraordinarily generous life as a devout Catholic who loved her family and friends dearly. As Cerner’s seventh associate (007), Jeanne had a determination and... Read more

Remembering Neal Patterson

July 10, 2017 |

It is with a heavy heart that we write this note about the passing of Neal Patterson. After a hard-fought battle with cancer that began in January of 2016, Neal passed away on July 9th. He taught us to be bold and embrace the complex. Neal, together with Jeanne and Cliff, did just that when... Read more

2017 Golf Tournament Recap

May 16, 2017 |

On Tuesday, May 9th, we were privileged to host several First Hand recipient families and welcome many friends and supporters during our 2017 Golf Tournament. We had an incredible day on the beautiful National Golf Club of Kansas City’s Signature and Deuce courses. After a fun-filled 18 holes of golf, the Morgan Stanley team prevailed... Read more