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KU Jayhawks Alumni Selden & Traylor to Headline KVC Hero Luncheon

2019 KVC Hero Luncheon featuring Wayne Selden, Jr. and Jamari Traylor

This event has passed. You can see photos of the event on Facebook and read the event recap. We hope you’ll join at the KVC Kids Classic Golf Tournament on August 12, the KVC Gala at the Abbott on November 8, or the next KVC Hero Luncheon in 2020!

Wayne Selden, Jr. and Jamari Traylor, two former University of Kansas men’s basketball players turned pro, will headline KVC Health Systems’ 8th annual KVC HERO LUNCHEON presented by Holmes Murphy on June 19. The business networking opportunity and fundraiser takes place at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas.



The event provides an exclusive opportunity to hear behind-the-scenes stories of what it’s like to be an athlete who competes at the highest levels and to be inspired by how Selden and Traylor’s heroes impacted their lives. (KVC has written about Traylor’s remarkable path: Jamari Traylor’s Journey from Homeless Teen to College Graduate.) Selden currently plays for the Chicago Bulls and Traylor plays basketball professionally overseas. The luncheon raises awareness of local children who have experienced abuse or neglect and need Everyday Heroes in the form of foster and adoptive parents, financial supporters and advocates. Tickets are available at

Lead sponsors for the 2019 KVC Hero Luncheon are Holmes Murphy, Garmin, Bank of Blue Valley, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City, Hays Companies, and the University of Kansas Health System. Additional sponsors are Company Kitchen, JE Dunn, Olathe Health, Pepsi, Netsmart, ConvergeOne, Lockton, Kansas Speedway, Hen House, Ultimate Software, BKD CPAs & Advisors, SumnerOne, SpencerFane, Lincoln Financial Group, McCartney Stucky, Parris Communications, Madden-McFarland Furniture & Design Boutique, Michelle & Jason Hooper, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, 435 Magazine, and Renny and Mark Arensberg.

In addition to Selden and Traylor, 41 Action News (KSHB) Emmy award-winning anchor Christa Dubill will emcee the event and Sports Radio 810 WHB host Nate Bukaty will facilitate a lively discussion with the VIP guests.

Proceeds from the KVC Hero Luncheon help give children in crisis a safe place to stay and the caring treatment they need. KVC Health Systems’ local subsidiary KVC Kansas is a lead agency working in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families to provide child welfare services to half of the state. KVC cares for appx. 3,700 Kansas children in foster care each day by through relative care and highly-trained foster families. KVC Kansas also provides parent training, in-home prevention programs, family reunification services, adoption, and in-home and outpatient therapy. Its sister organization, KVC Hospitals, provides children’s psychiatric treatment through its network of behavioral health hospitals and residential treatment programs. Each year, KVC Hospitals serves over 3,000 children experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, thoughts of suicide, and other mental health crises.

KVC is known nationally for exceeding federal outcome standards in areas such as child safety in both prevention and foster care programs, placement in family-like settings as opposed to group homes, and placement with relatives. It has embedded trauma-informed care and the latest neuroscience-based resilience-building throughout its programs. KVC is accredited by The Joint Commission, considered the gold standard in healthcare.

Individual tickets to the luncheon are $100 and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Buy tickets today at

To inquire about corporate sponsorships, contact Kim Madden at (913) 322-4942 or Media inquiries, contact Jenny Kutz at (913) 322-4994 or

About KVC Health Systems, Inc.

KVC Health Systems, headquartered in the greater Kansas City area, is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that enriches and enhances the lives of over 60,000 children and families each year by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services, and education. KVC’s diverse continuum of services includes in-home family support, behavioral healthcare, foster care, adoption, substance abuse treatment, and children’s psychiatric hospitals. KVC cares for thousands of children and families in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and West Virginia. Learn more.