Community Education Breakfast

The breakfast event, which takes place at the Lawrence DoubleTree by Hilton, provides an opportunity for local businesses and community members to demonstrate their support for public education.

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Time: 7:30-9:00 am (Doors will open at 7:15 am)
Location: DoubleTree By Hilton – 200 McDonald Drive
Click Link Below For 2021 Guest Speaker!

This high-profile event will be held to kick off the 2021-2022 school year and will feature alumni guest speaker Spencer Lott, Free State High School Class of 2006. 

Did you know, 2006 FSHS grad, Spencer Lott, recreated the iconic puppets from Mr. Rogers neighborhood in immaculate detail for the new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers?

Spencer is a maker, writer and puppeteer based in Brooklyn. In addition to playing Samuel on Sesame Street, some of his puppetry credits include A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, America’s Got Talent and Scarecrow. Spencer has been the recipient of multiple Jim Henson Foundation Grants for his original theatrical work. Lott was the first recipient of the Jim Henson Foundation Puppetry Residency at the O’Neill Theater Center. He was named a “Hawk to Watch” by the University of Kansas Alumni Association. Currently, he is a resident artist at
HERE Arts, a member of the teaching artist ensemble at BAM and the New Victory Theater and is the Associate Artistic Director of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (NYC).

We are beyond excited to announce that Spencer will be our 2021 featured guest speaker at our Annual Community Education Breakfast event! Mark your calendars – as you aren’t going to want to miss this one!

Spencer Lott, Community Education Breakfast Featured Guest 2021

Thank you to our 2021 event sponsors:

Platinum Major Sponsors

Gold Table Sponsors

Emprise Bank
US Bank
LMH Health
McDonalds of Lawrence
Security Benefit
Mainstreet Credit Union
Intrust Bank
Advanco, Inc
Marsh & McLennan Agency
Edmonds Duncan Advisors
First STudent, Inc.
Kindred CPA
Commerce Bank
CEK Insurance
City of Lawrence
Meritrust Credit Union
P1 Inc
Gould Evans

Silver Table Sponsors

Landmark National Bank
Central Mechanical Construction Co.
Douglas County Community Foundation
Security Benefit
First Student, Inc.
Kurt Goeser State Farm Agency
Stevens and Brand, LLP

Bronze Small Business Sponsorship

BG Consultants,  Inc.
Sunflower Bank
First State Bank & Trust


Dobbins & Letourneau

As we’re sure you’re already aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to a need for social distancing to help prevent the spread. For this reason and in following Douglas County phased guidelines for reopening, the 2021 Community Education Breakfast is scheduled for September 24, 2021 and will allow us to host a maximum of 200 people at the socially distanced event (our typical in-person attendance at this event is 600 people).


 As much as we want to see a packed event, doing our part to keep you safe is important to us. We will be limiting our in person seating but will also be offering a virtual sponsorship option so that our guests can still be a part of our event!

Please be sure to contact the Lawrence Schools Foundation staff if you wish to attend (in person or virtually), and our team would be happy to assist you in signing up.

Dena Johnston
Executive Director

Foundation Board Members

Special Funds

Grants & Awards


Get In Touch

Location: 110 McDonald Drive Lawrence KS 66044

Telephone: (785) 330-1941