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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


First Hand in Color Recap

October 11, 2017 |

On a beautiful Friday evening, we enjoyed a spectacular view of downtown Kansas City while mingling and bidding during the inaugural First Hand in Color event. Our First Hand Ambassadors Board (FHAB) hosted 90 guests in an intimate gallery-like setting at Three Points Event Space on October 6th, sharing the story of world-renowned artist Brady... 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


Rolling for First Hand 2017 Recap

August 1, 2017 |

On a steamy, typical-Midwestern summer day, motorcyclists, volunteers and Corbin and his family braved the weather for our 8th annual Rolling for First Hand. In total, 149 riders were revved up and ready to rock the beautiful back roads of the Northland, even with a 110-degree heat index! The day was a success because of... 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


Westport Bounce 2017 Recap

June 28, 2017 |

On Saturday, June 24th, a few hundred First Hand supporters made their way through Westport eating and drinking with friends. During the second-annual Westport Bounce event, 300 attendees made their way to eight different restaurant and bar hot spots. Perfect weather, friendly volunteers and eager participants made for a fun-filled and rewarding day. All proceeds... 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


Jeanne Lillig-Patterson Receives Honorary Doctorate

May 15, 2017 |

Jeanne Lillig-Patterson, First Hand’s founder, received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater during Avila University’s May 13th commencement ceremony. She received the Doctor of Humane Letters – the highest honor that Avila can bestow on an individual – for demonstrating outstanding service and leadership to humanity, outstanding service to her community, outstanding contributions to... Read more


Welcome new First Hand Court Members!

April 18, 2017 |

Meet First Hand’s 2017 Court members! These philanthropic community members all share a passion for First Hand’s mission. They will support raising funds, awareness and excitement for the foundation’s 2017 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... Read more


FHAB Liftoff Happy Hour 2017

April 5, 2017 |

The First Hand Ambassadors Board (FHAB) hosted their first event of 2017 in style at the Boulevard Brewery Brewhouse Bar located in downtown Kansas City. A sold out crowd indulged in a variety of Boulevard beers, chowed down on Minsky’s Pizza, entered to win raffle prizes, and talked all things FHAB in 2017. FHAB committee... Read more