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Wayne Basso Named Honorary Chair for Celebration Walk

Topeka, KS – April 19, 2017 – Local, not-for-profit health care provider Midland Care has selected Wayne Basso to serve as honorary chair for this year’s Celebration Walk, scheduled for May 12, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to dusk at Midland Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle in Topeka.

Honorary Chair Wayne Basso, President of UMB's Eastern Kansas Region and Topeka's UMB Community Bank President, kicked off a fundraising campaign at the Celebration Walk Breakfast on March 31, 2017 by announcing the event’s goals and extending an invitation to the community. He has had family members served by Midland Care. He is actively involved in the community as a member of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, the Washburn University Alumni Association and the St. Francis Health Board of Directors.  He is also past president of LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center.  

The Celebration Walk is held one evening each year to honor loved ones who have died. Hundreds of local families attend annually to participate in children’s activities, enjoy live music and release butterflies in memory of loved ones. The event is known for the thousands of luminaries lit at dusk across Midland Care’s 22-acre campus. The Celebration Walk is a fundraiser that offers free admission with multiple opportunities to donate in support of Midland Care. The event is open to anyone in the community, including those who have never used Midland Care’s services or who are visiting campus for the first time. The event does not feature a scheduled or timed walk, but is an opportunity for the public to stroll Midland Care’s scenic campus. 

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Funds raised at the Celebration Walk support Midland Care’s mission, ensuring that the not-for-profit healthcare provider is able to serve anyone, regardless of ability to pay. Families who would like a luminary lit in honor of a loved one may purchase one for $10. Sponsorships are also available.
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About Midland Care: Midland Care is a local, not-for-profit organization offering help aging at home, support for family caregivers, senior living options, end-of-life care and grief and loss services. Since 1978, Midland Care has touched lives through a range of health care services. Learn more at