KC takes part in worldwide New Year's meditation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Several dozen members of interfaith religious groups in Kansas City gathered to ring in the New Year with peaceful meditation Tuesday.

As part of the 28th Annual Meditation for World Peace, the Rime Buddhist Center, located at 700 W. Pennway, Kansas City, Mo., hosted the peace gathering at 6 a.m.

Prayers for peace were offered by 15 different faith leaders, including local Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Muslims.

The Kansas City meditation was part of a peace prayer event happening worldwide.

One highlight of the event was a presentation of the Bodhisattva Award.

The award this year was given posthumously to Robert "Bob" Hentzen, the visionary president and co-founder of Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA).

He died on Oct. 8, 2013, in Guatemala, at the age of 77. He co-founded CFCA, which has grown into a movement of more than 250,000 sponsors who support more than 300,000 children, youth and aging friends worldwide.

Former 41 Action News anchor Elizabeth Alex was there to accept the award on Hentzen's behalf.

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