34th Annual Truman Gala
Special VIP Session
Welcome from Chairman Paul Wrabec
2021 Senator Ronnie DePasco Public Service Award - Hon. Scott Burnett
Scott Burnett was elected to the Jackson County Legislature in 1998, reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, and has been involved in politics and government for much of his professional life. Following his early service in the Congressional Offices of Representative Bill Roy and Representative Martha Keys in the mid-1970's, he served as Field Coordinator in the 1976 Carter/Mondale Presidential Campaign. From 1977 to 1980 Burnett served as Special Assistant in the Carter White House, working in the areas of scheduling and advance preparations for the President. He also served as Missouri State Coordinator for the Carter/Mondale Re-election Campaign in 1980.
Scott was elected Chairman of the Legislature 4 times and has always been known as a consensus builder and problem solver, both in and out of his role in government.
From 1981 to 1993 Burnett worked for PPM, Inc., an environmental clean-up company, serving first as Marketing Director, then as Vice President of Operations. Currently, Burnett is a partner in SGB Communications, Inc., a firm assisting clients with communicating their views to government officials, key opinion leaders, the media, and the general public.
2021 Sybil Daniels Young Democrat of the Year Award - Scott Casey
Scott Casey is the Chair and co-founder of Blue Springs Democrats, a new organization working to unite Democrats for positive change in Blue Springs, Missouri, and the founder of Green Blue Springs, a group advocating for strong local environmental policies. He is proud to have partnered with local students in 2019 to expand the Blue Springs Fair Housing Ordinance to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Scott was a candidate for the Blue Springs City Council in 2017 and 2019, served on the Blue Springs Planning Commission from 2017 to 2020, and was elected to the Jackson County Democratic Committee in 2018 where he has served on the Voter Registration Subcommittee and as Chair of the Ballot Measure Subcommittee. In 2020, Scott served as a state delegate and on the Missouri State Convention Resolutions Standing Committee. He also represented Missouri as part of the state delegation to the Democratic National Convention as a member of the Credentials Standing Committee.
Scott works at Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Research Institute as a Bioinformatics Software Engineer collaborating with researchers and scientists to better understand the relationship between the human genome and medicine. He and his wife, Amanda, have three wonderful children.
2021 Harry S. Truman Award - Rodney Bland & Marsha Lerenberg
Marsha proudly serves on the Jackson County Democratic Committee in Ward 8 where she and former Committeeman Phil Glynn have been building a team of precinct captains to be the “go to Democrat” leaders in each of the fifteen precincts. Last year during the pandemic Ward 8 hosted online fundraisers for statewide Democratic candidates, and mobilized leaders and volunteers for distribution of 1,000 voter registration packets to likely Democratic households and 2,000 absentee voting information packets to Ward 8 voters over 65. In addition to building their precinct captain team, Marsha and newly elected Committeeman Ben Bullington have set their priorities for 2021-2022 to make sure every single Democrat in Ward 8 is registered and casts their vote.
Marsha is the Chair of the House District 25 Committee, serves on the Missouri Democratic Party State Committee for Senate District 7, and since 2016 Marsha has been advocating for progressive Democratic policies and legislation primarily on the state and local level as a grassroots organizer and leader with Indivisible KC and Indivisible Missouri, now Missouri Action Alliance. She is an active member of Sarah Starnes' Heartland Alliance for Progress helping to support and elect progressive Democrats and taking action on social justice issues including collecting signatures with MO Jobs with Justice for Medicaid Expansion and Clean Missouri, and with organized labor on Right to Work. Marsha has also volunteered for numerous Democratic campaigns since 2008 and is proud of her recent work for several Democratic state legislature candidates throughout Jackson County and beyond. Marsha grew up in Kansas City's Blue Hills neighborhood, attended KC Public Schools through Southeast Jr High, graduated from Bishop Hogan High School, and earned her Bachelors in Biology from Wichita State University. Prior to full-time volunteer activism, Marsha worked for Metropolitan Community College in IT and Network User Services, retiring in 2013 after 18 years of service. When she's not out working for Democratic causes and candidates, Marsha loves visiting her daughter Caitlin, son-in-law Ryan, and grand furries in Santa Fe, NM, spending time with her sister Dana and friends, listening to live music at Knuckleheads, and cheering for our Royals and Chiefs.