Community Education Breakfast

Community Education Breakfast – September 18, 2020


Lawrence Schools Foundation 2018 Breakfast




Pre K students


As we’re sure you’re already aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to a need for social distancing to help prevent the spread. For this reason, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone our Annual Community Education Breakfast until further notice. While we know this is disappointing, we hope you understand this is a necessary step to help keep each other safe in these unprecedented times.
We’ll update you with the new date and location as soon as they’re confirmed.
We were so excited to produce this event, but canceling is the right decision for the health of our staff, students and community attendees alike. We appreciate your sponsorship of the Breakfast event and your support of the Lawrence Schools Foundation.

With schools remaining closed for the start of the academic year, students and teachers alike will need more support than ever. We continue to work closely with the district in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and have offered to help as we are able. We appreciate your support of Lawrence Public Schools, especially in this trying time.

Stay safe and well,

Dena Johnston
Executive Director

This high-profile event will be held to kick off the 2020-2021 school year and will feature alumni guest speaker Spencer Lott, Free State High School Class of 2006.

Did you know, 2006 FSHS grad, Spencer Lott, recreated the iconic puppets from Mr. Rogers neighborhood in immaculate detail for the new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers?

Spencer is a maker, writer and puppeteer based in Brooklyn. In addition to playing Samuel on Sesame Street, some of his puppetry credits include A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, America’s Got Talent and Scarecrow. Spencer has been the recipient of multiple Jim Henson Foundation Grants for his original theatrical work. Lott was the first recipient of the Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry Residency at the O’Neill Theater Center. He was named a “Hawk to Watch” by the University of Kansas Alumni Association. Currently, he is a resident artist at
HERE Arts, a member of the teaching artist ensemble at BAM and the New Victory Theater and is the Associate Artistic Director of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (NYC).

We are beyond excited to announce that Spencer will be our 2020 featured guest speaker at our Annual Community Education Breakfast event! Mark your calendars – as you aren’t going to want to miss this one!

2020 Keynote Speaker Spencer Lott

The breakfast event, which takes place at the Lawrence DoubleTree by Hilton, provides an opportunity for local businesses and community members to demonstrate their support for public education. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are now available online at or by calling the Foundation at 785-330-1941.

The breakfast will also feature an address from new school superintendent Dr. Anthony Lewis, recognition of student champions and a performance by local Lawrence Public School students.

Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 am (Doors will open at 7:15 am)
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton – 200 McDonald Drive

~ Sponsorship & VIP Tables Available
~ $40 / Individual Open Seating

The Community Education Breakfast has featured former Lawrence Public School graduate speakers such as Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motors, Srinija Srinivasan, former editor of Yahoo, Inc., and Brian McClendon, inventor of Google Earth.

Questions? Contact Us


Platinum Major Sponsors




Gold Table Sponsors

Advanco, Inc.

Capitol Federal Foundation

CEK Insurance

City of Lawrence

Commerce Bank

Dance Gallery

Edmonds Duncan Advisors

Gould Evans

John and Rosy Elmore / Bill and Cindy Self

First Student, Inc.

Gail and Kevan Vick

Hy-Vee, Inc.

Intrust Bank

Lifetouch National School Studios

Mainstreet Credit Union

Marsh & McLennan Agency


McDonald’s of Lawrence


Mize Houser

P1 Group, Inc.

University of Kansas / Kansas Athletics

U.S. Bank


Silver Table Co-Hosts

Barb & Jon Heeb, MD

Central Mechanical Construction

Clark / Huesemann

Douglas County Community Foundation

Emprise Bank

Gene Fritzel Construction

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Henderson Engineers

Hi Tech Interiors

Saundra Gautt

SS&C Solutions, INC

Stephens Real Estate

Stevens & Brand, LLP

Bronze Small Business Sponsors

Bert Nash

BG Consultants

Central Bank of the Midwest

Central National Bank

Colliers International

CSL Plasma

Envista Credit Union

Equity Bank

First State Bank & Trust

Hallmark, Inc.

Keller Williams Integrity

Kurt Goeser – State Farm

Lawrence Journal World

Lied Center of Kansas

Mar Lan Construction

McGrew Real Estate

Meritrust Credit Union

Mid American Credit Union

Midwest Concrete Materials

River City Engineering

Scott & Kathleen Morgan

Silver Lake Bank

Sunflower Bank

The Bureau of Lectures and Concert Artists

The Dole Institute