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Ages of Excellence Celebration Set For Oct. 22


Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect co-hosts, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, will be the featured guest speakers at Village Shalom’s seventh annual Ages of Excellence Celebration to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. Bruce and Eileen Kershenbaum are co-chairing this year’s event which will be held at the Overland Park Sheraton.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Proceeds from the Ages of Excellence Celebration will provide financial assistance to Village Shalom residents who rely on the community for vital programs and services. 

“Eileen and I are pleased to chair this year’s event,” said Bruce Kershenbaum. “The financial assistance raised from the evening will go a long way in serving the community’s needs at Village Shalom.”

Halperin and Heilemann are managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and regular contributors to MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mark Halperin served as editor-at-large and senior political analyst for TIME. A career-long political reporter, Halperin has covered every American election since 1988. John Heilemann joined Bloomberg after serving as national affairs editor for New York magazine. He previously covered politics, business, and their intersection in America as a staff writer for The New YorkerWired and The Economist. Halperin and Heilemann co-authored Game Change – the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicling the 2008 presidential campaign – and its recently published New York Times best-selling sequel, Double Down: Game Change 2012

“Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are a very entertaining political duo that will certainly make for a special evening as we enter the national political cycle,” said Kershenbaum. “We look forward to seeing a strong contingent of the community there to enjoy it on Oct. 22.” 

The evening will include an elegant buffet dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by the presentation. A champagne dessert reception will conclude the evening.

Ages of Excellence sponsors will have the opportunity to personally visit with Mr. Halperin and Mr. Heilemann at a private cocktail reception preceding the event. Prospective sponsors and those who wish to purchase multiple Dinner or Presentation Tickets are encouraged to directly contact Village Shalom Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement, Michelle LaPointe, at 913-266-8412 or 

General and sponsorship information for the Ages of Excellence Celebration can be found at