CampBiz- August, 2009

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New executive director at KCAVP
Staff member Beth Savitzky has accepted a position as executive director of the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP), effective Aug. 1.

Savitzky joined KCAVP as the victim advocate in 2005 and she became the outreach and education coordinator in 2007.
“I feel honored to have the chance to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in this capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for me to continue KCAVP’s important work in a different way, providing leadership and vision,” Savitzky said.
“Beth has been a driving force in the success of KCAVP through her different roles in the organization.” said Ken Hagenback, president of the board of directors. “We couldn’t be more excited to be able to further utilize Beth’s strengths and vision to take the organization to the next level.”
Savitzky replaces Doug Riley, who announced his resignation in May.
KCAVP is a nonprofit corporation that provides services, advocacy and education for LGBT victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes in the metropolitan Kansas City area. For more information, visit or call 816-561-0550.

‘The Rose’
“The Rose: The 30th Anniversary Musical” will be running through the 9 p.m. show on Aug. 10 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, Mo. I hope to see it soon, but everyone tells me Spencer Brown and the entire staff, music and production by Chadwick Brooks and Ron Megee is superb. Reserve your tickets now at, or buy tickets the night of the event. This is an incredible theater bargain at $15, so don’t miss out if you have not seen it. Look for a review coming soon at
Missouri Gay Rodeo Association
The Missouri Gay Rodeo will be here on the Labor Day weekend, and the crew is working feverishly to make it their best ever in the new venue. The arena has indoor and outdoor facilities for the best of both worlds. The MGRA has been doing fundraisers around town and in Missouri. The next one is at 9 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Pla-Mor Lounge in Joplin, Mo., and their big kickoff at 9 p.m. Sept. 3 at Sidekicks. (Address information is on page 23 of this issue of Camp.)
Look for the official MGRA Rodeo supplement in the September issue of Camp with all the details. The group is still looking for sponsors, so if you’re interested in this great venue, contact Mike Jackson at 816-522-1630, or email him at For more information, visit
Gay Pride Update
Rick Bumgardner, president of Kansas City Gay Pride, reports: “Probably the biggest thing I would like for you to tell the community about is that we are having our first meeting on August 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte, KCMO. We would like anyone who wishes to come say what they’d like their Pride to look like, include, exclude, change, etc…… It’s an open forum for the community to express their interests and desires – whether they want involvement on a continued basis as part of the committee or not.

“We ended up with an $8,000 profit this year. I am still awaiting funds to come in to repay the loan that I advanced Pride; however, I should see some of those this week and then we’ll be on the right path there as well.

“We are looking forward to starting the new year with fresh faces, fresh ideas, and a fresh festival.”

For more information, visit

OutThere closing
We received notice from OutThere, formerly Larry’s Cards & Gifts, that they are closing their doors after 20 years. The store has been a great resource for all of us in Kansas City, and we have also appreciated their advertising in the past. We wish Larry Gilbert and Brian Heinen well in their future endeavors and thank them, Phil Hooser and others involved with the recent coffeehouse/smoothie bar for all the years of business and hard work they gave to our LGBT and allied communities. They’re officially closing on Aug. 2 but selling everything including store fixtures right now at discounts up to 75 percent.
Changes at ‘Tenth Voice’
After being the voice of this great Saturday afternoon radio show on KKFI since May 2001, Mark Manning will not be hosting “The Tenth Voice” anymore and he has resigned from the board.
Manning told me: “There’s no way I can explain it. I just have had disagreements with the station. After eight managers in five years, I just can’t deal with it anymore.”
He will continue doing the weekly “Wednesday MidDay Medley”. He told me that he joined KKFI during a tumultuous time.
Manning thinks “The Tenth Voice” will continue for awhile with Linda Wilson doing the engineering, and Elaine Meizlish and others hosting.
“I was trying to work out a deal with a lot of different groups that could rotate hosting on our first Saturdays.”
He said he was proud of the fact that they brought on-air programming to the show, something that had not been done in prior years.
“When you’re the host of “The Tenth Voice”, you’re the producer, host, engineer – you do the work of like five or six other people at other radio shows.”
“Who knows what the future will hold,” Manning said. “and I hope good things.”
“I think it’s healthy for people to sometimes step back and take a break for themselves and also in my case, KKFI. That show [The Tenth Voice> alone is much of the mission of KKFI, whether they know it or not.”
I asked him whether he’d host another LGBT show if asked by a radio station, and his reply was, “Of course I would, definitely.”
Manning’s full-time work is for the Kansas City, Kan., Community Garden Project in seven different gardens. The project has been running for about 10 years, and it provides garden education for between 1,000 and 2,000 students each year. Manning does 300 garden workshops a year.
“We built gardens at seven different schools. They incorporate science benchmarks into the actual gardens.” The students bring home the food they harvest in the gardens. The largest crop they grow is sweet potatoes, which he said they use to create sweet potato French fries.

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