2014 Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards
(Kansas City, Mo. – July 17, 2014) On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will present the second annual KCATA Rosa Parks SPIRIT Awards to those who make a positive difference in public transportation and throughout the community.
This year’s awards will honor four difference makers at a reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the Urban Event, located inside the historic Firestone Building at 2001 Grand Blvd. The honorees are:
- Christopher “Kit” Bond, Hall of Fame Award. Former U.S. Senator Bond will be honored for his career as Governor of Missouri and U.S. Senator, during which time he was responsible for delivering millions to the Kansas City area for transit improvements. The Hall of Fame Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies a lifetime of public service and demonstrated support for public transportation.
- Chief of Police Darryl Forte, Community Partner Award. Forte has been a collaborator and friend in keeping bus operators and passengers safe. He has demonstrated a commitment to solve crimes committed on buses, as well as raise the level of security and safety on board. The Community Partner Award is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated collaboration and innovation to improve public transit and the quality of life in Kansas City.
- RevolveKC, Good Neighbor Award. Revolve acts on the belief that the bicycle is a simple solution for healthy lifestyles and affordable, earth-friendly transportation. The Good Neighbor Award is presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates a commitment to making Kansas City a better place to live, and has demonstrated support for public transportation.
- Reverend Wallace S. Hartsfield, Sr., Heritage Award. Hartsfield is a minister, dedicated community activist, civil servant, compassionate role model and served as co-chair of the KCATA’s 2003 sales tax campaign, which continues to secure transit service today. This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of Rosa Parks, who once said “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”
Chief Darryl Forte:
Rev. Wallace S. Hartsfield, Sr.:
Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond: