Washburn University President Named as Grand Marshal for 5th Annual Salute Our Heroes Festival & Topeka Veterans Parade.
MEDIA ALERT PLEASE HOLD UNTIL WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2017 10 A.M. ANNOUNCEMENT TO TAKE PLACE AT AZURA CREDIT UNION 1129 S. KANSAS AVENUE VETERAN’S DAY PARADE GRAND MARSHALL ANNOUNCEMENT TOPEKA, KS- Military Veteran Project is honored to announce Dr. Jerry Farley President of Washburn University will be the Grand Marshall for the 5 th Annual Salute Our Heroes Festival & Topeka Veterans Parade. On Saturday November 11, 2017 the Salute Our Heores Festival & Topeka Veterans Parade will start with hosting a Patriotic Pancake breakfast at HHB at 8 a.m., followed by the Super Heroes Run, Walk & Crawl beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the Topeka Veterans Parade will begin at 11 a.m. The days festivities are all located in downtown Topeka. Registration information and details for the days festivities are all available online at MilitaryVeteranProject.org. Azura Credit Union is the presenting sponsor for this year’s Salute Our Heroes Festival and Topeka Veterans Parade. In addition to their funding and support, they have coordinated with the Topeka Capital-Journal to sponsor a tribute to our veterans. The Topeka Capital-Journal will publish on Veterans Day, November 11 a tribute to veterans and service members. “Honoring Our Heroes, sponsored by Azura Credit Union” will include photos of men and women in uniform. Beginning today until October 27 you can submit your request to honor a veteran by submitting the high- quality photos free of charge to The Capital-Journal at cjonline.com/heroes. The Topkea Capital- Journal also will publish the veteran’s name, years of service, hometown and branch of military. “This is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the men and women who have given so much of themselves to keep our country safe,” said Tomari Quinn, Editor and Vice President of Audience at Topeka Capital-Journal. “We’re grateful to them for their service.” Military Veteran Project is honored to have the community come together to celebrate and honor all of our veterans. Special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Azura Credit Union, Northrup Grumman, NuSound Hearing and Hyvee. The addition of such a prestigious community leader with Dr. Jerry Farley as this year’s Grand Marshall speaks volumes to the communities support for our military heroes. Jerry Farley has served as President of Washburn University since 1997. Dramatic changes have occurred on campus including new academic programs, reinvigoration of a vibrant Student Life program and construction of six major new buildings, and extensive renovation of many other buildings and all classrooms. He holds a B.B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D. all from the University of Oklahoma. He is a C.P.A. and has been president and chair of the board of several state and national professional organizations. He has authored or co- authored numerous articles and books in his field – not for profit finance and accounting. Jerry has served on local and state boards for United Way, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts, Kansas Society of CPA’s, Heartland Visioning, state and local Chambers of Commerce and economic development corporations, including Go Topeka. He is past Chair of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. He serves on Board of Directors for the Security Benefits Funds Board, Westar Energy and CoreFirst Bank. He was inducted into the Topeka Business and Oklahoma Higher Education Halls of Fame and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. In 2016, he was named Distinguished Kansan of the year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.
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