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Kansas Advocates for Better Care Announces Annual Fundraiser

Sandy Praeger
Sandy Praeger
2014 KABC Caring Award Recipient
"Stand By Me" is an annual charity event that benefits the non-profit work of Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC). KABC is unique in the work it does to provide guidance and assistance to elders and family caregivers faced with life-changing long-term care decisions, as well as the public policy work KABC does on behalf of elders for improved care. Stand By Me 2014 will be held on Sunday, October 26 from 2-5 p.m. at Maceli's in Lawrence, KS, 1031 New Hampshire. The 2014 KABC Caring Award will be presented to Sandy Praeger to honor her leadership for better elder care in Kansas.

Stand By Me offers up live music, dance, and an auction hosted by Kim Murphree for an afternoon of relaxed fun. All proceeds from Stand By Me support KABC’s work to improve elder care including caregiver training, guidance for elders and families facing long-term care decisions and problems, educational resources, and advocacy with those who set our public policies.

Guest emcee Kim Murphree, owner of the Lawrence-based Murphree Network, will lead the live auction bidding on items such as a new art piece by renowned crop artist Stan Herd, a stay in a Taos NM condo, football autographed by members of the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors (Retired Players), performing arts tickets for Johnson County Community College and KU Lied Center, basketball autographed by KU Coach Bill Self, airtime on Kansas Public Radio, Big Band Jazz Tickets, New Theatre Restaurant Tickets, children's books autographed by local artist Stephen Johnson, and much more.

Light refreshments will be served. The Fabulous Torque's will perform favorites and features Kansas Music Hall of Famer, Johnny Isom.

KABC is grateful for the generous support of Stand By Me sponsors," Board President Linda Carlsen said. "Through their financial support KABC can continue its education and training efforts to prevent elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Funds raised will support advocacy for better quality care and safe nurse staffing in Kansas nursing homes."

There is no cost to attend Stand By Me, and all donations are appreciated. The event is open to the public, however RSVPs are required by October 13th. Guests are asked to register by contacting the KABC office at (785) 842-3088 or toll free 1-800-525-1782. Email registrations can be made at

2014 Stand By Me sponsors to date include:

  • Protectors: William Dann, Jay Wachs/BriarCliff Group
  • Guardians: Linda & Chuck Carlsen, Earl Nehring, Stevens & Brand LLC.
  • Patrons: Betty Bowen, Jo Bryant, Janet Buttery & Alan Williger, Douglas Co. Visiting Nurses Assn., Dr. George & Mary Edwards, Margaret Farley.
  • Advocates: Peggy & Andrew Beal, Barbara & Mick Braa, The Fabulous Torque's, Phil Hemphill/Big Blue Property Management, Lee Ketzel, Mitzi McFatrich, Cathy Reinhardt, Emily Russell, Miles Schnaer/Crown Automotive, Fowler Pickert, LLC.
  • Friends: Elvira Angeletti, Deanne & Lou Bacco, Dee Bisel/ Minuteman Press, Rosemary Chapin, Evie & Bob Curtis, Lowell Davis/State Farm, Douglas Co. Bank, Janet Dunn, Marlene Finney, "Friends of Sandy Praeger Coffee Group", Webster & Joan Golden, Steve & Kristin Kibbee, Jean Krahn, Life Transition Resources LLC, The Manhattan Trust Co., Will Orvedal, William Pendleton, Dee Ann Raker/Keller Williams, Richard & Barbara Schowen, Artie Shaw, Shawnee Mission Health Center, Fred & Lilian Six, Dolph Simons Family Fund, Wilkerson, Saunders & Anderson DDS, and KABC Facebook Friends.

About Praeger as this year's KABC Caring Award honoree, President Linda Carlsen said, "This is our opportunity to publicly thank Sandy Praeger for her many years of leadership and work in promoting good quality health and long-term care for older Kansans. She has made it a priority to advocate for government accountability in fulfilling its oversight and enforcement roles for long-term care, support quality standards for the long-term care workforce, and promote greater access to healthcare and support services for elders living at home." As a new legislator, Praeger was mentored by KABC founder, Petey Cerf. Praeger worked with Mrs. Cerf and the organization to pass several bills which supported independence - enabling elders to receive care at home - and better care policies for elders living in nursing homes. While chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Praeger supported creation of the Home and Community Based Services waivers that continue today to provide elder and disabled Kansans with quality long-term supports and services.

Praeger is the sixth recipient of organization’s highest award. Past recipients include journalist Dave Ranney; former Secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Dr. Robert Harder; University of Kansas professor Dr. Rosemary Chapin; former Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson, and former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore.

KABC is a non-profit organization beholden to no commercial interests. It is supported by individuals who support the organization’s mission of improving the quality of care in all long-term care settings.

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Sandy PraegerKansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC) has announced that it will honor Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance Commissioner, with the KABC Caring Award. KABC, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for good quality long-term care, annually honors an individual who has demonstrated advocacy and commitment which significantly improves the quality of care and life of older Kansans needing long-term care services.

The KABC Caring Award will be presented to Praeger on October 26, 2014 during the organization’s annual Stand By Me benefit event in Lawrence.

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