Hall of Fame Dinner honors key supporters

2013 Hall of Fame honorees. Catalyst Awards: Greg and Deanna Graves (far left, standing and seated); Mary and William Reed, MD (far right, seated); Legacy Award: Gov. Bill Graves (standing, second from left); Partner in Excellence Awards: Rick Kahle and Denise Bade of Lockton Companies (center, standing); Bruce Alexander and Bob Sullivan of Standard Beverage Company (far right, standing). Also shown is Linda Graves, wife of Gov. Graves (second from left, seated). 

Hall of Fame honors hospital’s champions

Hall of Fame 2012“Our annual Hall of Fame awards celebration is a chance for us to truly say thank you – to celebrate the strong commitment of those who have helped our hospital establish the foundation for our success.” – Bob Page, President and Chief Executive Officer

The 43rd governor of Kansas, Bill Graves, was among five individuals and two organizations inducted into The University of Kansas Hospital’s Hall of Fame June 5.

2013 honorees 

  • Legacy Award: Bill Graves, Kansas governor, 1995-2003
  • Catalyst Awards: Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, and wife, Deanna; and William Reed, MD, hospital chairman of Cardiovascular Services, and wife, Mary
  • Partner in Excellence Awards: Lockton Companies and Standard Beverage Corporation
Hall of Fame 2012 video


Legacy Award

Honors a leader who has gone above and beyond in service to the hospital over many years

Watch the video  Gov. Bill Graves
Kansas governor, 1995 to 2003

As 43rd governor of Kansas, Bill Graves championed historic legislation removing The University of Kansas Hospital from state control to allow it to become an independent public authority. This move set the hospital on a transformational journey to become one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. In 2002, he and his wife, Linda, co-chaired the hospital’s first Treads & Threads cancer care benefit gala, ensuring its success.


Catalyst Awards

Honors individuals who have helped transform the hospital through support, innovative thinking and advocacy

Watch the video  Greg and Deanna Graves
Philanthropists and advocates

Civic leaders and philanthropists Greg and Deanna Graves are tireless ambassadors for The University of Kansas Hospital and The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, Greg was instrumental in securing a $1 million donation to establish a high-risk prostate cancer prevention program. The gift helped boost the cancer center’s successful quest for National Cancer Institute designation. The Graveses twice chaired the hospital’s Treads & Threads cancer care benefit gala, setting fundraising records both times.  He also serves on the hospital authority board.


Watch the video  William Reed, MD, and Mary Reed
Philanthropists and advocates

Cardiovascular Services Chair William Reed, MD, and wife, Mary, have hearts of gold in supporting the hospital’s heart program. Dr. Reed’s unwavering leadership, passion and dedication have been crucial to the success and national accolades the heart program enjoys today. The couple’s philanthropic gifts – $2.5 million pledged in less than a decade – have been pivotal in advancing the program. The Center for Advanced Heart Care features the Dr. William A. and Mary J. Reed Cardiovascular Surgery Center in their honor.


Partner in Excellence Awards

Honors companies or organizations that have invested in the hospital’s growth and success through philanthropy, volunteerism and/or business partnership.


Watch the video Lockton Companies
Denise Bade and Rick Kahle

When the hospital became an independent public authority in 1998, Lockton Companies had already been working behind the scenes to ensure our success. The insurance brokerage powerhouse worked side by side with the hospital to create employee benefits and workers’ compensation programs. They also mapped out long-term strategies for risk management, property and liability insurance needs. Nearly 15 years later, Lockton remains an invaluable hospital partner.


Watch the video Standard Beverage Corporation
Bruce Alexander and Bob Sullivan

Without the expertise and support of Standard Beverage Corporation, the hospital’s Treads & Threads benefit gala for cancer care at Kansas Speedway might have been just another party. Instead, the party with a purpose has become one of Kansas City’s top philanthropic events. It has raised nearly $6.4 million for cancer patient care since its debut in 2002. SBC has facilitated contributions of more than $265,000 in products and services to the event. One of Treads & Threads’ original partners and title sponsors, SBC has dedicated countless hours to making the gala successful year after year.

Leadership, advocacy and philanthropy

Established in 2011, the Hall of Fame honors individuals and organizations for leadership, advocacy and philanthropy. Their commitment and support have paved the way for the hospital’s transformational journey since becoming an independent authority in 1998.

Longtime hospital partner Kansas Speedway served as presenting sponsor of the third annual dinner and awards celebration. Nearly 350 guests attended the event at the Intercontinental Kansas City on the Plaza.