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Panera Bread of Kansas Donates over $32,000 to Gilda’s Club of Kansas City

November 30, 2011


Panera Bread of Kansas Donates over $32,000 to Gilda’s Club of Kansas City
4th Annual Swing for Life Golf Tournament and Pink Ribbon Bagel Sales Help Support Gilda’s Club


Prairie Village, Kansas – Panera Bread of Kansas, with 23 Kansas City metro locations, 4 in Wichita and additional locations in Lawrence, Manhattan, Topeka and St. Joseph, was proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. The 4th Annual Swing for Life Golf Tournament was held at Leawood South Country Club on October 10th, 2011.

Through sponsorships, entry fees, mulligan sales, raffle tickets and in-kind donations the one day event raised over $25,000 to be donated to Gilda’s Club of Kansas City, an organization that provides networking and support activities to cancer patients.

In addition to the Golf Tournament proceeds, Panera Bread of Kansas also donated 10 cents from every Pink Ribbon Bagel sold and $1.00 from every baker’s dozen sold during the month of October to Gilda’s Club of Kansas City. Because of the amazing support of our customers, the sales of the Pink Ribbon Bagels and baker’s dozen added another $7,300 for the charity for a grand total of $32, 965.83 to be donated.

Gilda’s Club of Kansas City, an affiliate of The Cancer Support Community, opened its clubhouse near the Country Club Plaza in October. It is named for and inspired by comedian Gilda Radner of “Saturday Night Live” fame, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. The core components of Gilda’s Club are support, education, healthy lifestyle, social connection and resources and referral. All programs are free of charge.

According to Vanessa Finley, Executive Director for Gilda’s Club of Kansas City, “This very generous donation from Panera Bread will go towards providing emotional and social support to people in the Kansas City area who have been impacted by any type of cancer. Specifically, this contribution will cover a portion of the annual costs of providing two critical components of the full Gilda’s Club Program. The first is the Healthy Lifestyle component where members participate in a variety of nutrition activities. The second component is Noogieland, the children’s program that provides a warm, supportive environment for children whose lives are affected by cancer in some way.”

About Panera Bread of Kansas

Panera Bread of Kansas operates 31 bakery-café locations in both Kansas and Missouri, including the Kansas City metro area, Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan and St. Joseph. Coming soon to Derby, KS, Brookside, KCMO and Sedalia, MO.

Founded in 1993, Panera Bread of Kansas takes pride in providing great customer service from friendly associates who offer an “everyday oasis” for valued guests. For more information, please visit   


CSC Named #6 Most Impactful Non-Profit in the Field of Cancer Care

October 27, 2011

Cancer Support Community Named #6 Most Impactful Non-Profit in the Field of Cancer Care

Gilda's Club Kansas City is an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) and is honored to announce that CSC has been recognized by Philanthropedia, a Guidestar organization, as the 6th most high-impact non-profit working in the field of cancer in the U.S.

Read more about this recognition on our headquarter's webpage.

Buy Pink Ribbon Bagels at Panera Bread and Support Gilda's Club KC!

October 01, 2011

The 31 Panera Bread locations in the KC Metro Area, Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, and St. Joseph are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign, which has raised $1 million for breast cancer charities.

This year, Gilda's Club Kansas City has been chosen as the benefiting charity. For every baker's dozen of the Pink Ribbon Bagels you purchase in October, one dollar will be donated to Gilda's Club KC! They will also donate ten cents of every single Pink Ribbon Bagel sold.

What a delicious way to support Gilda's Club Kansas City. For more information, visit Panera Bread's community events website page

Golfers Weather the Heat to Golf Fore Gilda

July 19, 2011

The sun was shining bright and smiles abounded as 120 registered golfers teed off to support Gilda's Club Kansas City on Monday, July 18th. To view select pictures of the day, please visit our Facebook photo album. To see ALL the pictures and/or to download them in high-resolution, feel free to peruse our Flickr set.

Thank you to all who supported this fun event at Creekmoor Golf Course!

Gilda's Club KC selected as charity partner by Outdoor Living Show Home

May 10, 2011

Gilda's Club Kansas City is proud to announce a partnership with the Outdoor Living Show Home! Learn about today's shift from house size to house performance, and about the ever-increasing shift toward outdoor living. As a charity partner, Gilda's Club KC is working with Forner - La Voy Builders, Rockwood Falls, and the Will To Succeed Foundation, as they provide a unique opportunity for you to experience what it is like designing and building your own custom home! 

Follow along with the homeowners, and we will take you inside the construction process as we chronicle each step, with both pictures and narrative. Plenty of tips, insight, and know-how await, whether you are considering a new home, a remodel, or just have an interest in the home building process.

Follow along at the Outdoor Living Show Home's website And in July of 2011, you'll get to actually tour the home and help a great local charity -- Gilda's Club Kansas City!

Click here for tour dates and times.

Giggle with Gilda 2011 - "I was laughing so hard my cheeks hurt!"

April 18, 2011

Giggle with Gilda - April 16, 2011

Giggle with Gilda 2011 starring The Second City National Touring Comany and featuring Kansas City's own Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis was a great success! More than 1400 people attended the event at The Midland by AMC. Surprise guests George Wendt and Kim Kazurinsky arrived in time to help with the raffle drawing for tickets to see Saturday Night Live in New York and Second City in Chicago. It was a great night of fun and laughter for a great cause - Gilda's Club KC!

To view pictures from the night, check out the Gilda's Club KC Flickr page or the Gilda's Club KC Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who attended. A very special thank you to our Giggle with Gilda sponsors:


HCA Midwest Health Systems

Lathrop & Gage LLP

MarketSphere Consulting LLC

The Midland by AMC

Dr. Bill Smith, Director of Breast Imaging, Univ. of KS Hospital




Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cosentino’s Downtown Market

Craig Sole Designs

Genentech Inc.

Joni & Chuck Etherington

Marlene & Mike Fishman

Kain-McArthur Inc.

The Q Hotel

Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute

VML Foundation



FUNNY 102.5




The Belden-Stratford Hotel & Suites

Big Foot Creative

Carey of KC, Kansas City Transportation Group


Country Club Bank

Drunken Fish

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

Frontier Airlines

Jeff Hoffman, ColorJar

Improv Thunderdome

Todd Lamanske, Magician

The Last Tangle Salon

Lockton Cos. LLC

Marc Moreano Foundation

The Roasterie

Debbie Sauer Photography

Smart Cookies Bakery

Tenman Design

Trabon Cos.

Treat America Food Services

US Bank

Steve & Marta Williamson

Henry Wurst Inc.

Gilda's Club featured in the Kansas City Star

April 15, 2011

There is a great article on the front page of the Kansas City Star today about the importance of social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer. Gilda's Club Kansas City and the upcoming Giggle with Gilda fundraising event at the Midland by AMC are featured. What a wonderfully reasearched and written article by KC Star journalist Lisa Gutierrez!

GCKC Begins Recruitment for Program Director

March 23, 2011

Gilda's Club Kansas City has begun the search to fill its vacant Program Director position. If you are interested in applying please review the position announcment, which includes instructions for application.

Brandon Carr and Shatory Campbell Selected as Honorary Chairs for Giggle with Gilda

March 07, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs starting cornerback Brandon Carr and Shatory Campbell, will serve as Honorary Chairs of Giggle with Gilda on April 16, 2011, at The Midland by AMC. Attendees of the the after-show VIP Cast Party will have an opportunity to meet Brandon and Shatory along with Jason Sudeikis and the Second City National Touring Company cast.

Event tickets are still available. Click here for more information.

Gilda's Club KC Joining Panel on "Anything Goes" on KKFI Today

March 04, 2011

Tune it to KKFI (90.1 FM or online at at noon today to listen to "Anything Goes" with Charles Ferruzza. The panel will include Gilda's Club Kansas City's Executive Director/CEO, Vanessa Finley.

Watch Us on KCPT on Friday, March 4th!

March 03, 2011

Gilda's Club Kansas City and its upcoming Giggle with Gilda event at The Midland by AMC will be featured during the KCPT March pledge drive. Specifically, volunteers will be staffing the phones on Friday, March 4, 2011, during the the airing of SCTV (Second City TV) Golden Classics starting at 8:30 p.m. 

Additionally, Giggle with Gilda event tickets along with limited after-show meet-and-greet cast party tickets will be given as member gifts for those who pledge at specified levels throughout the pledge drive.

Watch us Friday night and support TWO great causes KCPT public television AND Gilda's Club Kansas City!

Jason Sudeikis, headliner for Giggle with Gilda, featured in the Kansas City Star

February 25, 2011

There is a great article about Kansas City's own, Jason Sudeikis, written by Robert Butler in today's FYI section of the Kansas City Star. Jason will be our headliner for this year's Giggle with Gilda starring The Second City National Touring Company at The Midland by AMC on April 16th. Tickets go on sale to the public today!

Chiefs Cornerback Brandon Carr Hosts Fundraiser for Gilda’s Club

January 05, 2011

On Tuesday, January 4, 2011, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr held an autograph session and raffle at Rumors Steakhouse in Lee’s Summit to raise funds for Gilda’s Club Kansas City. After being interviewed by Nick Wright on What’s Wright on 610 Sports Radio, Brandon Carr signed autographs for those who made a contribution to Gilda’s Club.

Additionally, Brandon Carr very graciously donated memorabilia for a raffle at the end of the evening. Items included the pink gloves he wore during the October 24 game, the pink cleats worn during the October 24 game, a football signed by Matt Cassel, and a football signed by the entire Chiefs team. The event was attended by more than a hundred people and raised $2000. Thank you, Brandon, for hosting such a memorable and fun event. Good luck in the playoffs!

Visit the photo album on Gilda’s Club Kansas City’s Facebook page to see additional photos of the event. To hear Brandon's interview on What's Wright click here.

Gilda's Club Holds Holiday Open House

December 14, 2010

On December 13, 2010, Gilda’s Club Kansas City hosted a Holiday Open House. This was a great opportunity for visitors to see the progress we have made with the Clubhouse, meet our staff, and to learn about healthy eating and cold & flu prevention techniques. Approximately fifty people come by to have a tour and/or sit in on one of the two presentations. A big “Thank You!” to Cancer Treatment Centers of America for sponsoring this event.

The evening’s formal activities began with a cooking demonstration from Lisa Markley, healthy eating specialist from Whole Foods in Overland Park. She made a salad featuring kale, which is one of the healthiest vegetables out there but can be quite difficult to make tasty. With Lisa’s recipe, though, she made a delicious salad that is sure to be incorporated into many of the attendees’ home menus. 

After Lisa’s demonstration, Gilda’s Club CEO, Vanessa Finley, introduced Katherine Anderson of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). Katherine is director of naturopathic medicine at CTCA in Tulsa, where she is part of a unique approach to patient care. She and her team of naturopaths work with oncologists to complement patients’ traditional cancer treatments with natural therapies, such as nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and counseling. Katherine provided naturopathic prevention and treatment tips to help us all through the cold & flu season.

Gilda's Club Hosts CTCA Cancer Fighters Group

November 09, 2010

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Kansas City chapter of Cancer Fighters of CTCA held its inaugural meeting at Gilda's Club Kansas City. The Cancer Fighters group is made up of patients and their families who have or continue to receive treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which is national network of hospitals providing a comprehensive, fully integrative approach to cancer treatment through its locations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Tulsa, and suburban Phoenix. The newly formed Kansas City Cancer Fighters helped with holiday decorations at the Clubhouse and will look for other volunteer opportunities through Gilda's Club.

For more information about Cancer Treatment Centers of America visit their website at  

Gilda's Club is recruiting for Program Director

October 22, 2010

We are currently accepting resumes for our Program Director position. The deadline to apply is November 5, 2010. For the position description and application instructions, please click here.

Local Celebration for Lee National Denim Day

October 11, 2010

With Lee Jeans headquartered in the Greater KC area, a special celebration was held for local supporters on October 8, 2010. Lee National Denim Day Ambassador, Felicity Huffman, was in attendance to announce at the Power & Light District the estimated funds raised for 2010, which was $4 million nationally! The Gilda’s Club crew was out in force and a fun time was had by all. For more information about Lee National Denim Day click here.

Cancer Awareness Night at the Wizards

September 27, 2010

Thank you to the Kansas City Wizards for including Gilda’s Club Kansas City in its Cancer Awareness Night activities as they faced Dallas on September 25, 2010, to a sold out crowd. Representatives staffed a booth with Gilda’s Club information and several cancer survivors were recognized at halftime.

Gilda’s Club Participates in Sixth Annual Whisper Walk

September 27, 2010

The Sixth Annual 5K Whisper Walk for Ovarian Cancer was held at Zona Rosa on September 26, 2010. There was a great turnout of walkers and Gilda’s Club Kansas City participated again this year by staffing a booth and sharing resources with the participants. For more information, visit here.

Volunteers have a (Kick)Ball for Gilda’s Club

September 25, 2010

Several kickballers representing Gilda’s Club Kansas City signed up as a team to participate in the KickFall Classic 2010 on September 25, 2010. The KickFall Classic originated from a passion that its founders had for improving the Kansas City community. They set out to create a family-friendly event unlike any other in Kansas City that allows the participants to designate which organizations will receive the proceeds. Our Gilda’s Club Kansas City made a strong showing in this double-elimination tournament. They won their first game before losing the next two rounds. It was great way to enjoy the gorgeous Saturday afternoon and to show support for Gilda’s Club.