|Kate Buenger of Osage City is new sponsorship specialist for Johnson County Park & Recreation District|
Johnson County Park & Recreation District officials recently announced the hiring of Kate Buenger as JCPRD’s new sponsorship specialist.
Buenger joins JCPRD after serving Special Olympics Kansas as the director of development specializing in fundraising efforts, special events, and volunteer coordination. Prior to working for Special Olympics Kansas, she was the community development coordinator for the city of De Soto.
“I am excited about joining an award winning organization in JCPRD and working among the best in the field,” Buenger said. “With this position, I will be afforded the opportunity to blend my love of being active and the outdoors with my desire to create a better world for generations to come.”
In her new role as sponsorship specialist, Buenger is responsible for external revenue generation and strategies for a variety of JCPRD programs, events, and facilities through the sale of sponsorships and naming rights.
“The selection committee was looking for a candidate with a wide variety of skill sets and we found a great person to represent JCPRD in our community in Kate” said JCPRD Director of Development Jay Hinrichs.
Buenger is a native of Osage City and graduated from Ottawa University with a degree in public administration and served as an Ambassador Board Member for the HALO Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association.
Buenger will start on Feb. 5 and will office in JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park.
JCPRD was recently awarded the 2017 National Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. JCPRD offers more than 4,000 programs and activities each year, and manages over 9,900 acres of parkland, more than 90 miles of trails, and multiple recreational facilities. A recent study by The Trust for Public Land, found that JCPRD parks, trails, and programs are key economic drivers which contribute more than $97 million annually in economic benefits to the community¬¬¬. Last year alone there were over 2.7 million participations in the programs presented by JCPRD, and nearly 8 million visitations to the district’s parks.