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The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has extended an invitation to the Marion Club for a coffee and pastries get-together. The event will take place at the Kauffman Center on Wednesday, July 31, from 9:30am to 11:00am.

A short presentation about the Center will be given by Paul Schofer, the President and CEO of the Kauffman Center. He worked at Marion Laboratories from 1986 to 1990. Additional comments will be made by Jim McGraw. In addition, a building and backstage tour will be offered for anyone interested.

In order for us to prepare for this event, we ask that you confirm your attendance by July 24, by sending an e-mail to Jo Keatly at jkeatley @ kauffmancenter.org with your name and number of guests that will attend. Underground parking in the Arts District Garage adjacent to the Center is $3.00. After parking, please proceed to the main entrance next to the box office. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Carla and Don

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Mr. K at the OS-CAL Packaging Line.

60+ Years Marion Labs

More than sixty years ago, in June of 1950, Mr. Kauffman founded Marion Laboratories and embarked on a journey of entrepreneurial success that still resonates with us today. On June 4th and 5th, 2010, hundreds of Marion Associates and guests gathered in Kansas City to celebrate Mr. K’s vision and legacy during a fun filled weekend.

Mr. K and Royals – Sport Illustrated Article from 1968

For pictures, check out our picture gallery.
Hugs, Hoopla and Memories 
Events kicked off with a winning Royals game and tailgate party on Friday night (6/4/2010).  Hugs, hoopla, laughter and more than a few trips down Memory Lane marked the day for nearly 500 associates and guests. Reminiscent of the “Old Days” everyone continued the festivities inside Kauffman Stadium, where three sections of seats had been set aside so everyone could sit together.  Special thanks go out to Mollie and Phillip at Brancato’s Catering and their staff for providing excellent service, delicious food, libations and a big tent for shade.  Thank you also to the Boy and Girl Scouts from St. John Francis Regis school in Kansas City, Mo, who helped with handing out the T-Shirts.  On Saturday morning about 200 attendees marveled at the soon to open Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  Julia Irene Kauffman, Chairman and CEO of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, and Jane Chu, President and CEO for the Center, welcomed everyone to a special hard hat tour of the construction in progress.  Associates of the J.E. Dunn Construction Companyprovided fascinating insights into the behind the scenes work and planning details that are sure make the Center a showpiece far beyond Kansas City.  Kudos to everyone for accommodating such a large group!Closing the celebrations on a festive note, nearly 300 associates and guests gathered at the Kauffman Foundataion for a reception and catching up with new and long time friends.  Julia Irene Kauffman rejoined the group and thanked everyone for their service over the years before introducing a video tribute to Mr. K.  Throughout the evening, video from the early days of Marion Labs played in the background while everyone shared updates and hilarity.   Many people at Kauffman Foundation ensured that the evening would a success, including their culinary wizards who conjured up many tasty morsels for everyone to enjoy.  What a weekend!

Although unable to attend the festivities, Fred Lyons wanted to send this special message to all Marion Associates and their families.

The Marion Spirit Lives On In time for the anniversary weekend, the Kansas City Business Journal took a look at how the Marion Spirit lives on in various companies founded by former associates.

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