Blochs, Halls named honorary chairs of Five Star Gala

Planning for MCC’s 2012 Five Star Gala officially kicked off this month when four well-respected civic leaders were announced as honorary chairs for the third annual event.

Don & Adele Hall and Henry & Marion Bloch will fill this important role for the gala, which will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Sheraton Crown Center.

Don Hall, chairman of Hallmark Cards, Inc., and Adele Hall, a treasured philanthropic leader and volunteer, have been staples in Greater Kansas City’s civic landscape for decades. Adele, who has chaired dozens of boards and committees and served as a hands-on volunteer for countless organizations, has been named both Kansas Citian of the Year and Johnson Countian of the Year. Don, whose father, Joyce, founded Hallmark, worked his way up from assistant salesman to chairman, president and CEO. Thanks to Don and Adele’s generosity, the Hall Family Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the country, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars every year to local and regional charities.  

Likewise, Henry and Marion Bloch have provided immeasurable support to metropolitan Kansas City through their business, civic and philanthropic efforts. As the co-founder and chairman emeritus of H&R Block, the world’s largest tax services company, Henry’s entrepreneurial and business acumen helped put Kansas City on the map. Marion, a community volunteer and lover of art, has long shared her husband’s enjoyment of what the couple refers to as “pretty pictures,” paintings they amassed over the years because of their beauty, not necessarily their value. Henry and Marion are now considered among the preeminent art philanthropists in the country and are largely responsible for the creation of the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Their benevolence also led to the establishment of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC and MCC’s own Bloch Scholars program. The scholarship program, created by the H&R Block Foundation in honor of Henry’s retirement in 2000, has provided access to higher education for hundreds of students whose grades may be average but who, like Henry, have the drive to succeed. 

The Halls and the Blochs were introduced as honorary chairs of the 2012 Five Star Gala at a reception at the MCC-Penn Valley Carter Art Center gallery in mid-November.