San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dear KARL supporter:
Hollywood has long had a love of the Wild West and the legends who settled it. Folks like Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickock, and Calamity Jane have had their time on the screen. Who hasn’t learned leadership lessons from Roy Rogers or John Wayne? Who didn’t want to grow up to be Dale Evans or The Lone Ranger and save the day?
This year marks the 75th anniversary of when a little bit of Hollywood glamour came to western Kansas. The film, “Dodge City” had its world debut right here in Dodge City, and its stars Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHaviland came all the way to the Queen of the Cow Towns to celebrate.
That’s why our 2014 Old West Fest theme is “Reel Leadership.” This will be our celebration of the leaders on and off the silver screen who saved the day, who broke hearts, and who lead the way for the Kansas of today.
Join us Friday, Aug. 15, at the Boot Hill Museum, 500 West Wyatt Earp Blvd., Dodge City. You’ll want to wear your boots and bling to help us raise funds for the KARL Program.
Walk our “Green Carpet” to the KARL Old West Fest tent on the Boot Hill grounds at 6 p.m. We’ll start with a sponsored social hour with a cash bar to follow. We’ll also kick off our Silent Auction, with proceeds to benefit KARL Class XIII at that time.
At 7 p.m., join us for the world famous Boot Hill Gunfights on Front Street. At 7:30, Cookie will ring the supper bell, and we’ll sit down for an old fashioned Chuckwagon Dinner. Following dinner we’ll hear an update on KARL activities and announcements.
We’ll round off our evening with an exciting Live Auction of donated items with our celebrity auctioneer and featuring the Boot Hill Can-Can dancers.
Of course, we’ll also celebrate those “Reel Leaders” of the KARL Program. This would be a great time to bring those select applicants you have in mind for KARL Class XIII to meet alumni, board members and other supporters. And, to make that easier, we’re offering discounted registration rates for those potential applicants you sponsor. See the registration card for details.
A limited number of hotel rooms are available in two blocks and should be made on your own. They are:
Holiday Inn Express $95 + tax. Block is good until August 5th. Under KARL Old West Fest (www.hiexpress.com; 2320 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd.; 620-227-5000, or 888-HOLIDAY)
Other hotels in Dodge City (these do not have rooms blocked for KARL, but might be able to handle any overflow if needed):
Hampton Inn and Suites Dodge City (4002 W Comanche St., 855-271-3622)
Best Western PLUS Country Inn & Suites Hotel Dodge City (506 N. 14th Ave., 800-568-8520)
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Dodge City (2800 West Wyatt Earp Blvd., 866-599-6674)
Super 8 Dodge City (1708 West Wyatt Earp Blvd., 888-942-7383)
Comfort Inn (2000 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd., 855-849-1513)
The Dodge House (2408 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd.; 620-225-9900 or 877-619-9090)
Registration is required for an accurate meal count. You can send back the enclosed registration coupon with your $50 per person donation ($25 per sponsored potential KARL applicant), or you may register online and pay with credit card on PayPal at www.karlprogram.com. Registrations will be accepted until August 8.
When & Where
Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership
Through a two-year intensive training experience the Kansas Agriculture and Rural
Leadership (KARL) Program provides wisdom building opportunities for our emerging
Kansas leaders. KARL graduates can be a key voice of reason affecting positive change
in an ever-changing world.
Although our curriculum has evolved greatly over our 22 years, it is never at a level where
it can’t be improved. Changes that reinforce our experiential learning sessions are added
to every seminar, for every successive class.