A Legacy breakfast that was held at the Sedalia Country Club Thursday morning generated more than $14,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri.

According to BGC Development Director Emily Schmidt, the event was designed to honor Legacy Award winners Karl Kramer and Ditzfeld Container for their contributions to the BGC over the years.

“Kramer has long been an advocate for youth in Missouri, utilizing his resources and contacts to help put children on the path to a great future,” an event flyer noted. “His work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri and Greater Kansas City has already impacted thousands of school-age youth.

Kramer attended the breakfast and accepted his award.

“Our God-given abilities are not for us but for others.” he quipped after receiving the Club's Legacy Award.

Kramer added that Bret Barth-Fagan was the one who invited him to an “Evening of Heart and Hope” back in 2012, introducing him to the Club. He said he appreciates the opportunity to continue to support the Boys & Girls Club.

“Even though I don't live in Sedalia, I hope you always consider me a resource,” said Kramer, who lives in Overland Park, Kan.

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Ditzfeld Container and Trash Services, as led by the Ditzfeld family, has been a staple in the Sedalia community since 1960, the flyer stated. “Ron (Ronnie Joe) Ditzfeld (who died Dec. 1, 2020) led the way in supporting community endeavors and his sons, Steve and Sam, continue his lasting legacy today.”

Steve Ditzfeld said that his grandfather John and father Ron should be the ones standing at the podium accepting the Legacy Award. “We're just following in their footsteps,” Steve said. “Luckily we've had some great employees and great customers that have made us what we are today.”

Also during the breakfast, BGC's 2024 Youth of the Year Evelyn read her speech aloud to those attending the event. Evelyn was recognized as youth of the year on Jan. 30 at the Heckart Performing Arts Center.

To conclude the event, Trish Henson asked those attending the breakfast “to leave their own legacy.”

In the top photo: Karl Kramer receives the Boys & Girls Club's Legacy Award Thursday morning at the Sedalia Country Club. at left is the Club's new director Brooke Wilkens, and at right is Gabby White, assistant director of development for the Club.

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