Jewish Community Center holds reunion celebrating 100 years

Tragedy struck JCC in April

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Nearly 300 people turned out to share memories and celebrate their time at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park at Sunday reunion.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the JCC in Kansas City. Originally, the center was located in the River Market area and over the years, has moved to around Kansas City until settling in Overland Park.

Tragedy marred the center in April when a gunman opened fire in the parking lot, killing 69-year-old Dr. William Corporon, and his grandson 14-year-old Reat Underwood.

However, members said the incident has made them stronger as a community.

"I think it fortified who we are and the fact that we are a very persistent as a center. It also creates the message that we are for everybody half the people who join the center are not Jewish,” said Ken Sigman, the chairman of the JCC's board of directors. “We have people from all races, all religions, so it's about acceptance."

Sunday’s event is part of a year-long celebration commemorating the center's milestone anniversary.

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