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Jackson County CASA: Light of Hope

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national nonprofit network of 946 programs that recruit, train and support volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

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Since 1983, Jackson County CASA has existed as one of seven local CASA affiliates providing services to children and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Each year, there are nearly 3,000 children in the Jackson County court jurisdiction who suffer from abuse and neglect. And even with the involvement of every dedicated volunteer at Jackson County CASA, they can serve only 1,000 of those 3,000 children.

To better serve these children, CASA hosts an annual fundraising breakfast to raise awareness and donations for this great organization. I was proud to serve as honorary chair of the 13th Annual CASA Light of Hope Breakfast on April 18, 2013. Take a look at this video to see what this truly wonderful organization is doing to help abused and neglected children in Jackson County.

Visit jacksoncountycasa-mo.org to support CASA and/or to learn more about the organization’s programs and services.

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Mr. deSilva is president and chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corporation. He is also vice chairman of UMB Bank, n.a. Mr. deSilva joined UMB in January 2004. He is primarily responsible for UMB's fee-producing business units and product lines, including Scout Investments; UMB Fund Services, UMB Healthcare Services Payment Solutions, Prairie Capital Management. Additionally, he is responsible for all corporate operations, technology, properties, security and marketing.

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Happy Independence Day

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Happy Independence Day to our readers!

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We hope that you have a safe and happy holiday. On this day we recognize our independence and freedom as a nation. We remember those who have fought to obtain and preserve that freedom on this day and every day.


UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arizona. It also has a loan production office in Texas. Subsidiaries of the holding company include mutual fund and alternative investment services groups, single-purpose companies that deal with brokerage services and insurance, and a registered investment advisor that manages the company's proprietary mutual funds and investment advisory accounts for institutional customers.

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Big fun at UMB Big Bash®

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Last week we had BIG fun at the third annual UMB Big Bash®. Huey Lewis & The News put on a fantastic show at The Midland and we raised $100,000 for Drumm Farm Center for Children (Drumm Farm) and Turner House Children’s Clinic (Turner House).

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We want to say a big thank you to:

  • Our sponsors and additional supporters, for helping raise money for two wonderful Kansas City non-profits
  • Our vendors, for providing delicious food for the concert-goers
  • The numerous people and organizations who donated items and trips to the silent auction
  • The people of Kansas City for giving us another sold out concert for our big fundraiser

Everyone had a great time at the show. Take a look.

UMB Big Bash 2013

Photo courtesy of Mark McDonald Photography

Pictured from left to right: Jim Rine (UMB President, Kansas City region), Brad Smith (Executive Director. Drumm Farm), Kathy Killip (Board President, Drumm Farm), Peter deSilva (UMB president and chief operating officer)

UMB Big Bash 2013

Photo courtesy of Mark McDonald Photography

Pictured from left to right: Jim Rine (UMB President, Kansas City region), Skip Gast (Board President, Turner House), Janet Burton (Executive Director, Drumm Farm), Peter deSilva (UMB president and chief operating officer)

UMB Big Bash 2013

Photo courtesy of Mark McDonald Photography

UMB Big Bash 2013

Photo courtesy of Mark McDonald Photography

 

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Mr. deSilva is president and chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corporation. He is also vice chairman of UMB Bank, n.a. Mr. deSilva joined UMB in January 2004. He is primarily responsible for UMB's fee-producing business units and product lines, including Scout Investments; UMB Fund Services, UMB Healthcare Services Payment Solutions, Prairie Capital Management. Additionally, he is responsible for all corporate operations, technology, properties, security and marketing.

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UMB Big Bash® beneficiaries: Drumm Farm and Turner House are doing big things in Kansas City

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Have you heard of Drumm Farm Center for Childrenor Turner House Children’s Clinic? These two organizations are doing amazing work right here in Kansas City to support local children. And they just happen to have been chosen to be the two beneficiaries of the 2013 UMB Big Bash®.

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Drumm Farm Center for Children farmers market gardenDrumm Farm Center for Children (Drumm Farm) supports children in foster care and their foster families. Their mission is “to provide stable nurturing environments for children in foster care, keep siblings together, and inspire lifelong connections by being a resource for children and families.”

 

 

 

Drumm Farm provides support programs, counseling services and on-campus accommodations, and offer stability for children in foster care. The on-site housing combined with support from the professionals on staff creates a home environment where both the families and the children can work toward achieving permanency.

One of their more unique programs is the Drumm Farm Farmer’s Market. Open from May through September, this program includes a three-acre garden and small livestock. The children on campus help with farm operations, so they can learn valuable life skills and connect with nature. The Drumm Farm Farmer’s Market is open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday from May through September.

Drumm Farm also provides programs to transition young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. The staff provides instruction, life-skill development and supervision to prepare these children to be successful adults.

Turner House Children's Clinic flu shotTurner House Children’s Clinic (Turner House) serves low income, uninsured and underserved children in the Kansas City Metro. Their goal is “to ensure that underserved and uninsured children have a medical home in which they receive quality affordable healthcare to treat acute conditions, prevent disease through regular well-child exams and immunizations, and manage chronic conditions such as asthma and obesity.”

 

 

Turner House serves approximately 4,000 patients and completes more than 9,200 visits each year. They offer many services, including well-baby and well-child physicals; school and sports physicals; immunizations, same day sick child appointments, hearing and vision screenings, developmental screenings, referrals to specialists and Medicaid enrollment. They also provide patient and community education. Turner House is open each weekday plus two evenings a week and Saturday mornings. This expanded schedule helps keep children away from expensive, non-urgent emergency room visits.

Each year, Turner House offers Back to School Physicals. Between July 1st and Sept. 30th, they provide close to 1,000 children with physicals and immunizations before they go back to school. Without up-to-date shots, children are in danger of being exposed to childhood diseases, which can keep them from attending school and expose other children. When area school districts realized several years ago there were large numbers of children without current physicals and shots, they decided to strictly enforce state immunizations requirements. Turner House works to ensure these children are healthy and ready to go back to school in the fall.

You’re probably wondering, “What can I do to support these two fantastic organizations?” Of course I encourage you to volunteer or make a donation, but you can also have big fun supporting Drumm Farm and Turner House by attending UMB Big Bash on June 20. The annual fundraiser will include a concert by Huey Lewis and The News, as well as great food from local Kansas City restaurants and a silent auction.

 

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Mr. deSilva is president and chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corporation. He is also vice chairman of UMB Bank, n.a. Mr. deSilva joined UMB in January 2004. He is primarily responsible for UMB's fee-producing business units and product lines, including Scout Investments; UMB Fund Services, UMB Healthcare Services Payment Solutions, Prairie Capital Management. Additionally, he is responsible for all corporate operations, technology, properties, security and marketing.

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Thank you to our veterans

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I was recently at an event hosted by Facing History‡, an organization that creates history curriculum that teaches kids to be more tolerant. One of the speakers at the event was a girl who received an award for an art project. Her guest that evening was her grandmother, a holocaust survivor. They told an amazing story and I walked away from that event with a renewed commitment to never forget our men and women in uniform.

Staff Sergeant James D. Shearer, United States Air Force, and Mariner KemperUMB Bank Colorado honored veterans,
including Staff Sergeant James D.
Shearer, United States Air Force.

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As the last of the World War II survivors pass on, I am reminded that my children, and frankly anyone younger than 60, don’t really know what it is to sacrifice in a time of war. We are currently in at least two wars right now. But do you notice on a daily basis? The answer is probably no. There are no food rations. Or fuel taxes to support the war. It is a shameful reality of our society.

As our men and women return from combat duty, they are not greeted with a hero’s welcome. We expect them to reintegrate into a society that has not acknowledged their sacrifices. Or the sacrifices of their families. These people have volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. To protect our children. They ensure we can continue to live our lives uninterrupted.

My father served in the Navy and he still maintains the sense of pride they instilled in him so many years ago. It is incredible to see how these veterans have somehow managed to maintain the lost art of social graces and respect. They stand when someone enters the room and say sir and ma’am, while the rest of us seem to have forgotten how to treat each other.

So, what can we do to support these fine men and women? First and foremost, we can say thank you. We can give up our prime seat on an airplane or offer to pick up their sandwich at the local deli. A thank you can go a long way. But it’s not enough. There are numerous organizations in your communities that are specifically designated to assist veterans and their families, especially those in need. Below you will find a list of websites and resources in your community.

This has always been a passion of mine, and of UMB’s. We celebrate veterans with an annual event across our footprint and help the Marines with their Toys for Tots program. We hire as many veterans as possible. But we could, and should be doing more. Send us your ideas on how we can support veterans in our communities. This is a group effort. We should find as many ways to show our gratitude as possible.

And to veterans past, present and future: Thank you. Thank you for volunteering to protect millions of people you have never met. Thank you for ensuring we have the freedom to express our thoughts and for protecting our rights and liberties. There is no other place in the world where you have the ability to build something; to create a business in our unique free market system. And it is because of these brave men and women. Thank you, from all of us.

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Mr. Kemper is the chairman and chief executive officer of UMB Financial Corporation and UMB Bank, n.a. He joined UMB in 1997. Mr. Kemper is active in both civic and philanthropic endeavors. One of the causes he is most passionate about is the arts. He currently serves as a trustee and executive committee member for the Denver Art Museum and is a past board member for The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.

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Oklahoma tornado: How to help

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Oklahoma

 

In light of the recent severe weather in Oklahoma, many have asked how they can help. See below for information on how you can assist some of the organizations on the ground and helping those who have been impacted. Check umb.com for updates.

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American Red Cross

The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund at redcross.org. The organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank. If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. The donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.  Additional information can be found here‡.)

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore, where it is sending mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people a day, and to South Oklahoma City. Supporters can donate online via the organization’s website, SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cell phone.  To confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes”.

If you want to send a check, the Salvation Army asks that you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK, 73157.

Phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

United Way of Central Oklahoma

The organization’s disaster relief fund was activated on May 20 so that individuals can specifically donate to tornado relief and recovery efforts, the organization says on its site.

“Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested.” Donations can be made online at United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund. Donations may be made online here. Checks, with a notation of “May Tornado Relief” can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK, 73101.

Feeding America

Feeding America’s mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks”.  It is committed to providing hunger relief services during times of disaster and beyond, remaining in communities long after the first-responders leave and news of the disaster fades from national coverage. During this time, they will be mobilizing 200 hundred food banks and 61,000 agencies. To assist them in their efforts, you can donate online here‡.

Phone: 1-800-771-2303

 

When you click links marked with the “‡” symbol, you will leave UMB’s website and go to websites that are not controlled by or affiliated with UMB. We have provided these links for your convenience. However, we do not endorse or guarantee any products or services you may view on other sites. Other websites may not follow the same privacy policies and security procedures that UMB does, so please review their policies and procedures carefully.


UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arizona. It also has a loan production office in Texas. Subsidiaries of the holding company include mutual fund and alternative investment services groups, single-purpose companies that deal with brokerage services and insurance, and a registered investment advisor that manages the company's proprietary mutual funds and investment advisory accounts for institutional customers.

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