Buck O'Neil had an enormous impact on the world of baseball and the lives of the everyday people he touched. Buck spent many days and nights supporting the Royals from the same seat behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium, both as a scout and a fan. To honor Buck, the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat program fills "Buck's Seat" for every home game with a member of the community who, on a large or small scale, embodies an aspect of Buck's spirit.2015 Nominations
Monday, April 6 – Dean Taylor
Dean Taylor retired from his full-time position as Royals Vice President of Baseball Operations and Assistant General Manager after a 39-year career in Major League Baseball. Dean was an integral part the 2014 American League Championship season. He worked in the Royals front office twice in his career along with stints at the MLB Commissioners office in New York, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. Dean is joined today by his wife, Susan, and family. Together they have worked in the greater Kansas City community on behalf of several charitable endeavors.
Dean will continue to serve the Royals in 2015 as a consultant.
Wednesday, April 8 – Evelyn Craig
For 12 years, Evelyn Craig has been the president and CEO of reStart, Inc., Kansas City's only homeless agency that serves a variety of people through multiple programs. Throughout her time there, Evie has secured funding for permanent housing, dramatically increased their budget, and received contracts from the Veterans' Adminstration to house homeless veterans.
Also serving on the Jackson County Mental Health Commission and the Executive Committee of the Greater Kansas City Regional Task Force on Homelessness, she and reStart has been recognized with numerous awards.
Thursday, April 9 – Russell Brown
In 2010, while part of the pastoral staff of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Russell Brown helped establish the Celebrate Recovery program, a faith based system of recovery for those who suffer from addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances. Now successful for over six years, the program now helps more than 100 people a week.
Russell now serves as the Senior Pastor at the Heritage United Methodist Church in Overland Park.
Friday, April 17 – Nate Estrella and Tim Saylor
As part of Organ Donation Awareness Night, tonight we salute Tim Saylor, from Columbia, Missouri and Nate Estrella, from Gardner, Kansas. Although they had never met before, Tim donated his kidney to save Nate's life on February 17 at The University of Kansas Hospital Center for Transplantation. Nate had been on dialysis waiting for a donor for more than three and a half years. Today, both are recovering well and enjoying life with their families.
There are currently 2,300 people in Missouri and Kansas on the organ waiting list. Learn about organ donation and how you can become a donor by visiting KUmed.com/transplant.
Saturday, April 18 – Karen Miller
Karen Miller serves as the Director of Morning Glory Ministries at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The program is designed to provide meals six days a week and emergency assistance four days a week. Last year, they served over 60,000 meals and assisted 8,000 emergency care needs to those who needed it.
Karen was chosen for the seat today for the impact she has on others lives as she upholds the personal dignity of everyone she works with.
Sunday, April 19 – Parker Ost
When Parker Ost's younger brother Andrew was bitten on the foot by a copperhead snake, Parker immediately went to action. As his boy scout troop's newly elected Senior Patrol Leader, he knew precisely what to do and what not to do in this medical emergency.
By urging his brother to stay calm, keeping his foot below his heart to prevent the spread of venom, and killing the snake for proper identification and treatment, Parker was able to save Andrew's life.
Monday, April 20 – Dan Erickson
Dr. Dan Erickson left a steady career to found People Matter Ministries, an organization that inspires and equips people to rise above their conditions, find meaning and purpose, and give back to others. For over ten years, the organization has served single moms, people living in poverty, and even organized and delivered supplies and supports to victims of the tornado in Joplin.
Together Dan and Cathy have authored three books and travel all over the nation encouraging others to live impactful lives.
Tuesday, April 21 – Laura Pyer
Laura Pyer has been a volunteer for Wayside Waifs for over ten years. Spending countless hours and energy with the shelter's long term dogs, Laura works with them, writes their bios, and creates videos to help get the dogs who are older, larger, and have special restrictions a forever home.
Recently, Laura and her husband moved back to Iowa but she has continued to do her volunteer work remotely, helping tell the dog's stories.
Wednesday, April 22 – Philicia McKee
Since 2005, Philicia McKee has been the Executive Director of Keep America Beautiful in Topeka and Shawnee County. The grassroots, non-profit organization strives to promote litter reduction, recycling, and beautification through education, business partnerships, and community involvement.
Philicia's past work and leadership has earned the local organization national attention and over 60 national awards. Today, on Earth Day, she and Keep America Beautiful encourage all of the fans at The Kto recycle their used materials here and at home.