THE POWER OF WORDS

information and tickets for Youth Ambassadors' Annual Blue Jean Bash

Youth Ambassadors’ Blue Jean Bash 2019
April 10, 2019 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:00)


Presented by Herb & Bonnie Buchbinder and John & Marny Sherman


On Wednesday, April 10th, we will celebrate the power and resiliency of our Ambassadors at the 2nd Annual Blue Jean Bash, The Power of Words. Building on the success of the inaugural event, Youth Ambassadors will honor Karen Ball and David Von Drehle, long time supporters of the mission of Youth Ambassadors.

Karen Ball is an accomplished journalist and community volunteer whose support for YOUTH AMBASSADORS includes service on the original Board of Directors. In 2014, Karen was the principal author of the Prologue to I’m Not No One, the powerful collection of essays and poetry written by some of the earliest Ambassadors. In this way, she helped to introduce YA to the wider world. Karen is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and graduate of the University of Missouri’s famed School of Journalism. The first woman Chief of the Associated Press capital bureau in Jefferson City, she later moved to Washington where she covered labor issues, Congress, and the election of President Clinton before joining the New York Daily News as White House Correspondent. Her freelance writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and George.

David Von Drehle visited one of the first YOUTH AMBASSADORS classes in 2010 as editor-at-large for Time magazine and later served on the Board of Directors. Raised in Aurora, Colorado, he began his career in journalism as the youngest sports writer in Denver Post history before joining the news staff of the Miami Herald. At the Washington Post, he served as New York Bureau Chief, Assistant Managing Editor, and Senior Writer before joining Time, where he wrote more than 60 cover stories. Since 2017, David has been back at the Washington Post as a twice-weekly opinion columnist, and recently received Harvard’s David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism. He has also written several books.

Karen and David are the parents of four children: Henry, Ella, Addie and Clara. They live in Johnson County, Kansas.

Parking Details


The Gallery Event Space, 61 E. 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Free Parking at the H&R Block Garage (after 6pm) located underneath the H&R Block office building located at One H&R Block Way, Kansas City, MO 64106.  There is an entrance and exit on both Main and Walnut Street between 13th and 14th streets.  At entry, please take a ticket to get validated at The Gallery.  Once parked, either exit through the garage or take an elevator to 14th street.  The Gallery is located at 61 E 14th street just above the Bristol.  To get to the space, you will enter through the double doors under the black awning that says the Kill Devil Club on it and either take the stairs or the elevator to the 2nd floor and The Gallery will be on your right.

Attire: Business casual – And of course your best denim is welcome and encouraged!

Join us as a Sponsor!


Sponsor opportunities are available at a variety of levels. See our packet for more information! 

Thank You to Our Generous 2019 Sponsors!