Thursday, May 2, 2024, 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

The Austin, 1720 Cherry, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Become a 2024 Celebration of Heroes Event Sponsor

Sponsorship not only helps fund SMVC and the event, but it also comes with incredible benefits that can range from premier seating and event tickets to printed recognition, exhibit space, and reception signage. Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits at the Sponsorship Packet button below or HERE.

Nominate an organization or individual for a 2024 Celebration of Heroes Guardian Award

The Guardian Awards shine a light on groups and people who go above and beyond to help the Kansas City veteran’s community. You can learn more about nominating deserving organizations and individuals using either the Guardian Award Nomination Packet PDF or the online nomination form.

Thank you to our amazing community of supporters and sponsors for making our 2023 Celebration of Heroes event such an incredible success! Together, we raised over $87,000 to support our mission which provides permanent, affordable housing, social services, and a vibrant community for veterans experiencing homelessness or living with a disability.

Enjoy this video message from SMVC veterans who are grateful for your support.

Special thank you to emcee, Jennifer Bertrand, and honorary co-chairs, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Mark Nutsch, Honorary Co-chairs.

Congratulations to the 2023 Guardian Award honorees: Rob Hughes, Gary Swanson, Garmin GPSVets and Carl Yonkers.

Thank you to the 2023 Celebration of Heroes sponsors!

The Col. Roger H.C. Donlon Patriot Award

One of the highlights of the evening was the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the United States Army honoring Art Fillmore with the Colonel Roger H.C. Donlon Patriot Award for his lifetime service to veterans. SMVC would not exist without Art’s vision and leadership and we are forever grateful for his selfless service to others.

Congratulations to the 2022 Guardian Award recipients – Bob Waechter, Robin Johnson, Stuart Hunt and the Veterans Treatment Court.