The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF) elected Greg Bentz as president effective immediately. He replaces outgoing president Alan Gallas. Bentz, a litigation attorney at Polsinelli, will serve as president for the Bar Foundation which is the charitable arm of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. The Bar Foundation serves the community by creating, supporting and funding public service and education programs which promote the administration of justice, professional development and respect for the law.
“I’m deeply honored to carry out the mission of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation,” said Bentz. “This year will be an exciting time for the Foundation as we strive for new and exciting ways to reach out to our colleagues for assistance in making life better for the less fortunate.”
The Bar Foundation was formed 34 years ago as an ancillary of the KCMBA. The Bar Foundation’s signature event is the annual Liberty & Justice Gala. This year, the Gala grossed nearly $113,000 which the KCMBF will proudly divide between various worthwhile organizations and scholarships. The 2013 Foundation grants to help those in need include the Midwestern Innocence Project; Legal Aid of Western Missouri; Child Protection Center; Kansas City Anti-Violence Project; Hope House; Sunflower House, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault; Jackson County CASA and the Naillings/Files Scholarship at UMKC.
“Even in tough economic times, we are fortunate that the legal community rallies together to help others,” said Bentz. “I anticipate 2013 will be another strong fundraising year.”
Polsinelli has a long tradition of involvement with the KCMBF and the KCMBA. Five Polsinelli attorneys have led the KCMBA as president including Greg Bentz, Jack Brady, Tom Kokoruda, Harland Stamper and Larry Ward.