Come RISE with us!

Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC) invites you to attend our annual RISE Gala on Saturday, September 15th at Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom.

Guests will enjoy dinner and drinks, the opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items with auctioneer, Yve Rojas , and a special message from keynote speaker, Kevin Morris, of the University of Denver Institute for Human-Animal Connection.   All proceeds will benefit our life-changing vocational education program, The Grooming Project.

    2017 Achievements


Job placement within 60 days


Job Retention at 6 Months


Self-sufficient within 2 years

Katie Horner

We are thrilled to have Katie Horner, meteorologist for KMBC, as our special guest and emcee.

Silent & Live Auction with Yve Rojas

Concert tickets, Sporting KC events, unique group experiences, travel, pickleball and more will be available during our silent and live auctions!

Kevin Morris

We are honored to have Kevin Morris as our keynote speaker. Kevin is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection. He will be sharing his extensive knowledge about the human-animal bond, a factor that has proven to be a integral part of our student’s success at The Grooming Project.

Our Sponsors



Pat & Janet Curran

Tom & Jill Turner


Atterbury Family Foundation

Alan & Mary Atterbury

Tom & Cynthia Burcham and Mary & John Hunkeler

Bruce & Liz Pendleton

Fred & Jami Pryor

John & Debby Walker

Beverages provided by:

Register Now!

The poverty cycle won’t be broken with buzzwords. Families rise above the odds
when they have support and direction, when parents grab opportunity with both
hands and change the trajectory of their kids’ futures. The Grooming Project provides that opportunity – and that hope.
Join us. Rise with us.
“I am calmer at home now because I know everything is taken care of. We’re able to have some extra things that we couldn’t have before. We have reliable transportation. I can get my kids the clothes they need for school. Going to work, I feel like I’m not working at all. The dogs are helping me as I’m helping them.” Christine, 2016 Graduate