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KACF members in region III hosted a peer learning event at the Prairie Band Casino on October 13, 2011.

A social hour was followed by a dinner and a program on professional advisor relationships. Invitations to participate on the panel were extended to three panelists representing the professional advisor and the community foundation. Plenty of time was allotted to visit with the peers and the panelists to learn more about the essential role that professional advisors play in the growth and notoriety of a community foundation. As an extra added attraction, all attendees were offered the opportunity to play golf that afternoon on the new Firekeepers course.

Event participant Anne Allen from the Parsons Are Community Foundation comments: "The Region III golf outing and professional advisor dinner presentation was another terrific KACF learning event for me, and I would like to thank Roger Viola, Chip Blaser, Svetlana, KACF, and the Kansas Health Foundation for making this possible. Besides the golf being a tremendous amount of fun, I was able to utilize the time in the golf cart with Roger to talk about how to set up appointments for face-to-face meetings with potential donors as well as ideas and materials for presentations. Should PACF be accepted into the GROW II Program, our board wants to hit the ground running to elicit support for that. The opportunity for me to "pick the brain" of someone having great experience in this area was very helpful.

The social hour preceding the dinner was also beneficial in being able to visit with the panelists, and informally hear about community foundations from their viewpoint. The actual panel presentation showed a marked difference in the way clients interact with their money manager and the way they interact with an attorney. However, it still underlined the importance of giving professional advisors the knowledge and understanding for all the charitable possibilities available to their clients through the community foundation."

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