Upcoming Events

It's a GREAT time to be in KC! If you're looking to make connections with like-minded professionals who are committed to the KC Renaissance, join us.

The Downtowners welcomes any and all newcomers. We host monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month, plus 2-3 evening social events per year. There are no membership dues or fees, just come when you can and pay as you go! Visit the FAQs page to learn more.

Become a Sponsor at an upcoming luncheon!

We have monthly luncheon sponsorship opportunities for local KC businesses to spread the word about their brand - for just $350. To participate as a sponsor at an upcoming event, contact us at info@kcdowntowners.com


Validated Parking at the Library Parking Garage




$25 with Pre-Paid RSVP


**No credit cards accepted at the door.

**Registration will be cut off two days prior to the event.

First come = first served, as the number of these seats are limited.

May Luncheon - Commissioning of the Mighty Warship USS Kansas City

Speaker: Rear Admiral Jeffrey R. Penfield, USN

Rear Adm. Jeffrey Penfield was commissioned in October 1982 via the Aviation Officer Candidate Program and earned his Navy Wings of Gold in June 1984. His operational assignments include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 136) as a plankowner, VFA-94 and command of VFA-115. While in command, he deployed on the maiden F/A-18E Super Hornet cruise participating in Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and the initial combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His shore tour assignments include Training Squadron (VT-23), Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 5, the Super Hornet Fleet Introduction Team and VX-9 where he was the lead operational test director for the F/A-18E/F operational evaluation.

Penfield retired from the Navy on 01 September 2016 after 34 years of service. Penfield has over 4,000 flight hours and 750 carrier landings. He has been recognized as the 1995 Commander, Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet Pilot of the Year and the National Defense Industrial Association Navy Military Tester of the Year for 1999. He has been awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (six awards, one individual with combat V/five Strike Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, one with combat V), and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Awards along with various other personal, unit and service medals.

Penfield is currently serving as the Chairman of the Commissioning Committee’s for the USS KANSAS CITY (LCS-22) and the USS WICHITA (LCS-13).  He is leading the efforts of the Greater Kansas City Friends of Fisher House Community Group. He is a board member for Camp Valor Outdoors, a member of the Greater Kansas City chapter of Navy League, and the Greater Kansas City chapter of People-to-People.

Sponsor: JE Dunn Construction

Founded in 1924 by John Ernest Dunn, JE Dunn Construction Company is one of the largest commercial contractors in the United States. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, JE Dunn specializes in construction management and design build projects of every size, ranking as the 17 largest domestic building contractor in the nation. With over 95 years of continuous experience, JE Dunn has 21 offices throughout the United States with more than 3,000 employees. We are ESOP as of 2011, which brings invaluable commitment to every project’s success. Work includes Healthcare, Federal, Data Centers, Corporate Spaces, Education, Civic and Community/Cultural Projects.  

We exist to enrich lives through inspired people and places. JE Dunn is proud to sponsor KC Downtowner’s luncheon in support of the fine women and men who will serve on the USS Kansas City, protecting our nation’s freedom.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Networking: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00
Luncheon: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Hosted At:

The Kansas City Central Library

14 West 10th Street

Kansas City, MO 64105

Validated Parking at the Library Parking Garage

Luncheon Tickets: $25

Catered By:

Pierpont's Restaurant

30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

*Vegetarian options available on request

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