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Community DevelopmentKansas Masons Sponsor NextGen Under30 Kansas Program
180 Masonic Lodges Help Recognize Exceptional Individuals Across the State of Kansas
Topeka, Kansas (July 6, 2022)—As the philanthropic arm of Kansas Masons, the Kansas Masonic Foundation is dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities and individuals. In recent years, Kansas Masons have displayed their commitment to the success of local communities by supporting various charitable endeavors, contributing over $200,000 worth of scholarships annually to local students, offering free cancer screenings to Kansas residents through the Masonic Cancer Alliance, sponsoring the Kansas Entrepreneurial Challenge, and participating in the Kansas PRIDE Program.
Continuing with their support of local communities, the Kansas Masons have decided to serve as the Title Sponsor for the new NextGen Under30 Kansas program, an organization endorsed by Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland, that recognizes Kansas’ next generation of leaders and achievers who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities. The 180 various state lodges will be able to help nominate exceptional individuals under 30 from their local communities while encouraging innovative, creative, and inspiring people to push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor. The Kansas Masons are excited to announce their partnership with the organization and look forward to utilizing their members and lodges to help identify and recognize local talent.
“Recognizing exceptional individuals in Kansas is essential to the success of our state and the future of our economy,” said David Toland, Lt. Governor and Secretary of Commerce.
By organizing such a program to recognize local talent and contributions, the Kansas Department of Commerce hopes to encourage Kansas residents to continue working and residing in the state while also attracting prospective out-of-state students to attend local universities. Award winners will be selected based on their participation and contribution to their communities, and a panel of respected business and civic leaders will serve as program judges. Nominations officially launched on March 15, 2022, and all honorees will be announced on September 12, 2022, followed by an Annual NextGen Under30 Kansas Dinner and Award Ceremony in November.
About the Kansas Masonic Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Kansas Masons, the Kansas Masonic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities and supporting fellow Masons and their families. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $50 million in Kansas communities and individuals through funding academic, scientific, and charitable endeavors. For additional information about the Kansas Masonic Foundation and to get involved, click here.
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