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Adele Hall: A model of giving in Kansas City

Adele Hall helped push many charitable endeavors forward in Kansas City, with uncommon grace and humility. The 81-year-old, who died Saturday, epitomized the city’s spirit of giving.

Hall, who was married to Donald Joyce Hall, the chairman of Hallmark Cards Inc., effectively and generously served this community through decades of advocacy. She led such organizations as the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Heart of America United Way and Children’s Mercy Hospital. Her multimillion-dollar fundraising ability benefited many organizations, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Symphony.

Hall also worked to bring diverse communities of greater Kansas City together, serving as vice chairwoman of the United Negro College Fund and on advisory boards of DeLaSalle Education Center, Genesis School and the Rose Brooks Center. She co-founded the Central Exchange and the Women’s Public Service Network.

Hall won numerous awards for her tireless volunteer and philanthropic work for children, education, health and civic betterment of Kansas City. Her death in Hawaii was unexpected, and as a pillar of the community and a genuinely kind and gracious person, Hall will be missed.

Hall’s lifetime of giving selflessly to the community represents a model for future generations to follow. As others step forward, her legacy will grow, expanding the Kansas City spirit of service to others.

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