Sept. 7, 2019

Lee’s Summit community members are encouraged to nominate individuals demonstrating strength of character for the annual Reflections of Character Award. The awards program is sponsored by Lee’s Summit CARES, a non-profit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, promoting exemplary character and empowering positive parenting.

The deadline to nominate outstanding citizens for the Reflections of Character Award is Oct. 10, and nominations are available at this Lee’s Summit CARES webpage or by contacting or (816) 347-3298. All winners will be recognized at Lee’s Summit CARES 17th annual Mayor’s Character Breakfast, scheduled for Jan. 23 at the Pavilion at John Knox Village.

The awards honor individuals who exemplify character traits such as generosity, kindness, respect, family and appreciation. Additional information about the 12 character traits is available at this website. To be eligible for the Reflections of Character Award, nominees must either live or work within Lee’s Summit.

“Lee’s Summit CARES is honored to have the opportunity to recognize 12 citizens who represent the generous spirit and positive attitude of Lee’s Summit,” said Rachel Segobia, Lee’s Summit CARES director. “It is in honoring the good work of others, which often goes unnoticed, that we build a community grounded in character.”

The Mayor’s Character Breakfast has been a popular Lee’s Summit event for nearly two decades with close to 700 people attending the community celebration of character. The Character Breakfast will include a keynote speaker and comments from Lee’s Summit Mayor Bill Baird. A highlight of the event is the stories shared about each of the Reflections of Character winners, who receive their awards from the mayor on the Pavilion’s stage.

Through these meaningful tributes, Lee’s Summit CARES joins the community in celebrating the value of citizens demonstrating outstanding character in their daily lives. Past award winners, ranging from elementary-age children to senior citizens, have been honored for specific acts as well as long-term achievements tied to the 12 character traits.

To learn more about Lee’s Summit CARES, visit You may also follow Lee’s Summit CARES on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.