Our annual list of the people who make Kansas City a great place to live
Andrew Erdrich, Erin Olm-Shipman and Sean Starowitz
Although the trio behind Bread! KC is made up of expert bakers, the goal of their organization is raising another kind of dough.
Bread! KC dishes out microloans at its regular events, where guests enjoy a simple meal while listening to three candidates present the case for their projects and then vote for a grant recipient. For each event, Erdrich, Olm-Shipman and Starowitz sift through grant applications, sell tickets, find a venue and solicit food donations—and what isn’t donated, they cook themselves.
The grants, funded by the events’ $10 ticket sales and additional donations, have been awarded to a wide range of projects since Bread! KC launched in late 2010. To date, the organization has hosted 26 events, which have raised a total of more than $16,000 to fund artistic endeavors, environmental causes, neighborhood improvements and everything in between.
Linda Buchner – Innovative education program Minddrive helps at-risk youths improve their futures by learning critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship through real world experience. Led by marketing and PR pro Buchner as president, the after-school program has made headlines thanks to a series of car projects that allowed students to build ultra-efficient vehicles, including one powered by social media.
Nicola Heskett – With Heskett at the helm, the future looks bright for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI). As executive director, she’s helping kids with visual impairments reach their highest potential and find success in their home school districts.