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Kickstarting the next 50 Years: The Northland Symphony Orchestra

header37Although I gave up my attempt to be an accomplished pianist when I was in eighth grade, I never gave up my love of live music.  All types of live music inspire me, but when I hear a well orchestrated symphony, my fingers start twitching as I begin practicing my scales thanks to my muscle memory!

The Music

The Northland Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1967 and has three primary goals. The first is to provide young people the opportunity to broaden their musical horizons by performing quality music with seasoned performers and community players; in that way, students can see, in a practical and real way, that music can remain an avocation throughout their lives even if it’s not one’s vocation. The second is to provide quality musical performances to those who otherwise might not have the opportunity or resources to experience it. The third is to provide elementary students with an opportunity to perform in front of a sizable audience and their families, all the while singing with a quality orchestra.

The Northland Symphony performers are equally split between professional musicians, community members, and students. The students are primarily college students, but some are high school students. Many of the professional musicians have been with the symphony for ten or more years-many of them much longer.

The Northland Symphony does all of this as a nonprofit organization without paid staff members. It relies on a working Board of Directors, grant funds, volunteers and donations to produce five shows every season. From just a few musicians at the beginning, the orchestra has grown to the extent that there is now a waiting list of players that wish to perform. This growth is driven by their passion in their mission.

The Kickstarter

The 2016-17 season marks the 50th anniversary for the symphony. The Symphony has launched their first ever public giving campaign, setting a goal of $75,000 to help kickstart the next 50 years and to help grow some of their non-concert initiatives, like student performances and the young artist competition.

There are plenty of ways to get involved. The Symphony’s largest fundraiser of the year – Taste of Zona Rosa – is in just a couple of weeks. The evening event features delicious cuisine from a variety of Zona Rosa restaurants, wine and other beverages, a fabulous silent auction, and live music from members of the Northland Symphony.

Even if your 2016 giving budgets are full, the orchestra is accepting pledges for the second half of their season which goes through June 30, 2017. They also have concert sponsorships available, as well as many other opportunities throughout the season, the celebration of which culminates at their April 9th concert at the Kauffman Center. Like all the others, this concert will be FREE, so be sure to put it on your calendar and bring your family.


I hope you will join Haas & Wilkerson Insurance in supporting the Northland Symphony and that I get to see you at the Taste of Zona Rosa on Sunday October 23.

Kimberly Wilkerson loves music, family friendly festivals, and her community!  Community engagement is just one of her hats at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance where she serves as an owner and vice president.
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Building a Mighty Culture and Community

At Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, we take our commitment to our culture and the Kansas City community seriously—so seriously that we don’t leave that commitment to chance. We leave it to some MIGHTY DUCKS! Yes, I said MIGHTY, and yes, I said DUCKS! What started as a social committee many years ago has morphed into a six-person team that serves not only as the driver of all team celebrations and community activities but also serves as an important liaison between our staff and leadership team. Continue reading

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Insuring Safety and Fun: Boulevardia 2016

School’s out, pool’s open—summer is here! It’s also fairs and festivals season, and there’s no better event to kick off the summer season in Kansas City than Boulevardia. Held June 17-19 in the historic West Bottoms, Boulevardia is a celebration of beer, food, music and the best of Kansas City, brought to you by one of our favorite homegrown breweries—Boulevard Brewing Company. It’s a great way to spend Father’s Day weekend with family and friends.

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Walk With Us to Get Heart Healthy! Featuring the AHA Kansas City Heart Walk

I suppose it goes without saying the heart is an important organ. But lately, I’ve been thinking about just how much we use the heart as a metaphor for the important things in life. We’ve published a few posts recently about the people who serve our organization with a lot of heart. We’ve also focused on groups that have contributed to the heart of our community. We’ve even had a few heart-to-hearts with some of our amazing clients.

But for Ryan and I, the heart has a particular significance. Back in 2004, our father, Bill Wilkerson, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of 58. The impact of his passing touched not just the Haas & Wilkerson Insurance family but the greater Kansas City community. We’ve always been grateful for the legacy our dad left behind by how involved he was in the insurance world and in our local community.

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How Baseball Taught Me (Nearly) Everything I Needed to Know About Business

While March Madness has given way to April Sadness for many of us in Kansas City, I’m pretty optimistic about the state of KC sports—mostly because we’ve arrived at baseball season and I get to watch the Royals. While it’s certainly easy to be a fan when your hometown team is the reigning world champion, baseball has long been my favorite sport. From the days of Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig, all the way to Hosmer’s slide in game five, baseball has a rich history of amazing moments, broken records and interesting characters.
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It Takes a Village: Celebrating Our Communities, Big and Small!

Just a few weeks ago at our monthly Accelerant breakfast, I had the pleasure of introducing our guests to Girls on the Run, a nonprofit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grades. Girls on the Run uses running to motivate girls and build confidence through accomplishment. Through my own experience teaching and mentoring many young women in my educational background, I know just how much confidence and purpose that participating in programs like this can provide. With their commitment to mentorship and running buddies system, Girls on the Run does an awesome job of enabling young women to reach their goals.The organization is a great example of how a community coming together to look out for one another can make a big difference in the lives of many individuals. The breakfast got me to thinking about how many levels of community that our own organization is involved in.
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A Day in the Life at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance: A Peek Inside Our World

It’s no secret our day-to-day keeps us pretty busy. From onboarding new clients, participating in community events, and consulting with our clients, there's always plenty to do. While some people might think all of this makes us a pretty exhausted group of people, I actually think the challenges and business of our daily schedule actually keep us pretty dang energized. While no two days are ever alike, here’s a little sneak peek into what a day in the life looks like at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.

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