Stand Up, Speak Out 2019


We'd like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their generous sponsorship of this event.


  • Ann and Kenneth Baum
  • Donna Gould Cohen
  • The Ten Ten Foundation


  • Bert Berkley
  • Drs. Barbara and René Bollier
  • Janis McMillen and Dolores Furtado
  • Melissa Rooker and Phillip Brown
  • Martha and Robert Schwegler


  • ACLU of Kansas
  • Sarah and John Baum
  • Ron Barnhart and Bonnie C. Taylor
  • Karole Bradford and Evan Zarchan
  • Dugan Schlozman LLC
  • El Centro
  • Sandi and Ed Fried
  • Teresa Erb and Becky Gunn
  • Game On for Kansas Schools
  • Barry and Renee Grissom
  • Herman Family
  • Jean Hiersteiner
  • Mandi and Brandon Hunter
  • Sally Jercha
  • Kansas Action for Children
  • Rep. Cindy Holscher and Patty Markley
  • Bill and Regina Kort
  • Rabbi Mark Levin and Kacy Childs Levin
  • David Lillard
  • Steve Lopes and Lois Orth-Lopes
  • Dr. Bob Meneilly
  • Lesa Patterson-Kinsey and Sue Walton
  • Cathy and Terry Matlack
  • Jill and Jim Quigley
  • Robert D. Regnier Fund
  • The Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman Foundation
  • Sheryl and Doug Spalding
  • Donna and Harvey Thalblum
  • George and Lois Tormohlen
  • Sen. John Vratil and Teresa C. Vratil
  • Dallas and Donna Woodard Ziegenhorn


  • Lindsay Behgam
  • Jim and Sharon Borthwick
  • Cathy Boyer-Shesol and Amelia MacIntyre
  • Liz and Pat Daniels
  • Mary Estrada and Joelsette Hernandez
  • Tamara Falicov
  • JOCO Commissioner Becky Fast and Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick
  • Brandi Fisher and Greg Raymond
  • Susan and Mike Fitzgerald
  • Paffi and Enda Flood
  • Linda Gallagher and Stephanie Sharp
  • Joy Ginsburg, Neil Robertson, Jane and Joe Martin
  • Johnson County League of Women Voters
  • Donna and Ward Katz
  • Sally Levitt
  • Karen Loggia and David Spizman
  • Rep. Nancy Lusk and Sen. Dinah Sykes
  • Carol Marinovich
  • Cindy and Larry Meeker
  • Liz Meitl and Ryan Lickteig
  • Greg and Deann Mitchell
  • Alex and Julie Passett
  • Ed Peterson and Laura Scott
  • Stand Up Blue Valley
  • Michael Poppa and Erin Thompson, Roeland Park City Council members
  • Carol and Harold Sader
  • Mary Sinclair and David Smith
  • Lisa Veglahn
  • Cynthia Wendt

The MainStream Education Foundation presents Stand Up, Speak Out 2019, its 19th Annual Cocktail Reception and Dinner Program.

Logo for SUSO 2019, titled Tuesdays Are For Politics

Being political is about being engaged, being heard, and being represented. What if everyone was political? What if everyone voted? Come to this event to meet hundreds of electeds, candidates, advocates, activists... and voters, at the only event of its kind in Kansas.

Cocktail Reception 5:30 - 7 pm

This is the premiere event of its kind in Kansas, a chance to meet and talk with hundreds of Kansans steeped in politics. These are elected officials, from statewide offices down to city councils, who understand what it takes to represent constituents well. These are candidates, working hard every day to earn the opportunity to make life better for their neighbors. These are advocates, tirelessly working to advance the causes that matter to ALL Kansans. These are activists, those grassroots people and organizations that will not say no. And these are voters, from the top all the way to you: people who know that voting is the bedrock of a better society. All of these people are political. They are engaged and informed. They are standing up and speaking out. They are doing more than voting.

Join us for the open bar cocktail reception, and don't be shy, be political.

Dinner and Program 7 - 8:30 pm

Image of Gov. Laura Kelly
Keynote Speaker
Gov. Laura Kelly

Then sit down to a meal and get ready to be inspired. Our keynote speaker is Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas, who was elected in 2018 in a race with unprecedented turnout, by Kansans from across the state and across political divides, with a mission to make life better for ALL Kansans. We will also hear about the mission of the MainStream Education Foundation going forward (now in our 26th year!) and you'll hear about our amazing Voter to Voter program, which continues to break records for voter turnout.

Master of Ceremonies: Nick Haines
Keynote Speaker: Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas

Sponsor a Youth Ambassador

Our Voter to Voter project has been reaching out to new, young voters, enrolling them as Voting Ambassadors, and helping them build a lifelong commitment to engagement and voting among their peers. For $150, you can sponsor one of these youth Ambassadors to attend Stand Up, Speak Out 2019.

Dress is Political Chic

This event is all about the need to be political in today's world. It's not enough to just vote, you have to #domorethanvote! Dress for the event in political chic to let people know you're engaged, and they should be, too. Show us your plans with #suso2019!

October 29, 2019 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66211
United States
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MainStream Staff · · (913) 649-3326