Legacy of Justice Foundation Named December’s Hats Off To Heroes Winner in Topeka

Congratulations to December’s Hats Off To Heroes Winner in the Topeka area, Legacy of Justice Foundation.  The Legacy of Justice Foundation was established to support the mission of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association through preserving and enhancing the civil justice system in Kansas in order to protect the rights of Kansans.

The Foundation distributes resources to further this mission through such means as:

1. Promoting education and other activities to continually raise the standard of client representation by the plaintiff’s bar

2. Providing scholarships to worthy students at law schools in Kansas

3. Building community supports and services for vulnerable populations to help insulate them against the possibility of catastrophic injury or loss due to the actions of others

PLG was also honored to support the ALL IN 2020 campaign, which paves the way for better rights for all Kansans within the civil justice system.


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Midwest Adaptive Sports Named December’s Hats Off To Heroes Winner in St. Joseph

Congratulations to December’s Hats Off To Heroes Winner in the St. Joseph area, Midwest Adaptive Sports. 🎉🎉🎉  Midwest Adaptive Sports positively impacts the lives of those with physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral challenges through adaptive recreational and competitive sports. Their objective is to have fun, build independence, self-esteem, confidence, physical development and socialization.

To learn more about this organization, visit www.midwestadaptivesports.org.


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SILBERBACKKS Named Topeka Non-Profit Hero For November

Congratulations to November’s Hats Off To Heroes Winner in Topeka, Silverbackks!!! 🎉🎉🎉 🔹LEAD. HELP. BUILD. PROTECT🔹

The SILVERBACKKS are a troop of volunteers standing with those who need help standing on their own. Core programs include providing meals Sunday – Thursday, and providing hygiene kits and other necessary items.

Learn more about this wonderful organization at www.silverbackks.org.

Thanks for all you do in the community!!!!! 💙


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Open Door Food Kitchen Named St. Joseph Non-Profit Hero For November

Open Door Food Kitchen

Congratulations to November’s Hats Off To Heroes Winner in the St. Joseph area, Open Door Food Kitchen🎉🎉🎉

The Open Door Food Kitchen feeds the hungry in St. Joseph a nutritious lunch 365 days a year. Approximately 40 churches, businesses and individuals volunteer to cook and serve sometimes 200 or more patrons a day.

“The greatest good is what we do for one another.”

~Mother Teresa

Nominate a non-profit hero that you think deserves to be recognized today. Selected heroes will be featured on a News-Press NOW Story and receive a $1,000 check.

2020 Hall of Heroes

Colonel John Buckley
Wichita State vs. Tulane
February 16, 2020

Colonel John Buckley served 33 years in the Army. During his service, John commanded infantry soldiers in combat and peacekeeping operations. After retiring, he continued to be a tremendous advocate for veterans. John now works at Koch Industries and has developed a sustainable military veteran recruiting and retention program. He volunteers his time to help prepare veterans for employment as well as mentors local and national companies to place veterans with jobs. John has been active in Passageways, Advance Kansas, and the Greater Wichita Veterans Advocacy Board. He is now developing recruiting and employment programs for people with criminal records. Colonel Buckley is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and a Combat Infantryman’s badge. Thank you for your dedication and service, John!

Gary Bartlett
Wichita State vs. Cincinnati
February 6, 2020

Gary Bartlett was drafted into the Army in 1966, days shy of his 20th birthday. After training, he was sent to Vietnam where he served in the 25th and 4th Infantry Divisions as a foot soldier. In 1968, Gary stepped on a land mine and suffered nearly fatal wounds that resulted in the loss of his legs. After returning to the states, he spent nearly 2 years in and out of hospitals and was told he couldn’t ride horses, one of his life passions. In the early 1970s, Gary defied the odds and had a special saddle created for team roping in junior college finals. He has also led demonstrations for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Finals. Gary is a recipient of the Army’s Purple Heart Medal, an avid fisherman, and hunter. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Gary! 

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HEARTS Named Topeka Non-Profit Hero for October

Congratulations to October’s Hats Off To Heroes Winner in Topeka, HEARTS (Helping Empower Adolescents Reject Thoughts of Suicide). This organization is rooted on the premises that we will overcome suicide through faith, hope, love and education. Their mission is to educate adolescents and parents about suicide prevention in order to empower them to use their voice to save a life.

To learn more about this wonderful organization, visit www.rejectsuicide.org.


Is there a non-profit hero that you think deserves to be recognized? You can nominate them online now. Selected heroes will be featured on a WIBW News Story and receive a $1,000 check.

School Supply Drive supporting The Pando Initiative

The team at Patterson Gives Back organized a school supply drive supporting The Pando Initiative. Their mission is to connect with students to help them engage and thrive in education and their future. We are truly fortunate to have The Pando Initiative in our community and can’t thank them enough for all they do!

A big thanks to PLG team member Laura Valle for organizing!

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Friends of the Animal Shelter Named St. Joseph Non-Profit Hero for September

Friends of the Animal Shelter St Joseph

Patterson Legal Group & News-Press NOW are honored to recognize Friends of the Animal Shelter as September’s Non-Profit Hero in the St. Joseph area!

Friends of the Animal Shelter works to increase animal adoption and redemption rates while minimizing the number of euthanized animals; educating the community regarding animal care and welfare issues; and helping care for the medical needs of all sick and injured animals that come through the Animal Shelter.


If you would like to nominate a non-profit hero that you think deserves to be recognized, visit our nominate a non-profit hero page for more information. Selected heroes will be featured on a News-Press NOW News Story and receive a $1,000 check.

Pet Assistance Network of Topeka Named Topeka Non-Profit Hero for September

Patterson Legal Group & WIBW teamed up again to honor Pet Assistance Network of Topeka as September’s non-profit hero in the Topeka area.

The mission of the Pet Assistance Network of Topeka is to provide temporary shelter consisting of healthy, appropriate and compassionate living conditions, enrichment activities, and personal care, to those pets whose owners are homeless or currently out of home who are being served by one of PANT’s partner agencies. At such time as the owner is no longer homeless or out of home, the pet will be reunited with its owner, preserving the human/animal bond.

To learn more about this wonderful organization, visit their website at http://www.topekapant.org/.


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The Best Coffee Shop Ever Named St. Joseph Non-Profit Hero for August

The Best Coffee Shop Ever St. Joseph Central High School

Patterson Legal Group & News-Press NOW are honored to recognize THE BEST COFFEE SHOP EVER as the Non-Profit Hero in the St. Joseph area for August!

The student-led coffee shop is based at Central High School and serves school staff, allowing the students to practice money skills, professional conversations and professional dress so they are prepared to begin a job once they leave high school.

Ashley Stanton, Special Education Teacher, received a grant through the St. Joseph School District Foundation to start the classroom coffee shop.


Nominate a non-profit hero now that you think deserves to be recognized. Selected heroes will be featured on a News-Press NOW News Story and receive a $1,000 check.