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Validated Parking at the Library Parking Garage



Sponsored by Restless Spirits Distilling Co.


$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.

2018 June Luncheon - Matthew Schulte, KC Royals & Darwin Pennye, Urban Youth Academy


  • Matthew Schulte - Sr. Manager Special Events & Promotions - Kansas City Royals

  • Darwin Pennye - Executive Director - Urban Youth Academy

Matthew Schulte
 has worked in the Kansas City Royals front office for seven and a half years.  While Matt started out in the Ticket Sales department, he has spent most of his time in various roles within the Marketing team.  He now serves as the Senior Manager of Special Events and Promotions, responsible for the giveaway items, theme tickets, and special events.  He was involved in executing MLB Jewel events that the Royals hosted, including the 2012 All-Star Game Festivities, 2014 Postseason, and the 2015 World Championship.  Mr. Schulte also serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Youth Symphony, Heartland Men’s Chorus, and the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association and he is also a member of the Centurions Leadership Program through the Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Schulte holds a Sports Management degree from NYU and grew up in Prairie Village, KS. 

Darwin Pennye is the Executive Director of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy. Pennye came to the Royals after a career as a Texas High School Athletic Director, Coach, and Educator.

Pennye will be responsible for overseeing the entire day to day operation of the Urban Youth Academy. The Urban Youth Academy will provide the youth of Kansas City with a dual opportunity, to develop into high character, productive members of society and learn the skills of our baseball and softball.

Pennye was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent five years as a minor league player in Pirates, Cubs, and Expos Organizations. Pennye’s coaching background began in 1998 as a minor league coach in the Houston Astros Organization

After a brief stint into private instruction, Pennye accepted a position as an assistant coach at St. Pius X in Houston.

In 2004 Pennye was named the Head Baseball Coach at Bay Area Christian in League City, Texas. At Bay Area Christian Pennye led the Broncos to 160 wins during his tenure. In 11 years at the helm the Broncos made 9 playoff appearances with three district titles and 5 area titles. While at Bay Area in 2008 Christian Pennye also assumed the role of Athletic Director and for three seasons was the Head Football Coach where he guided the Broncos to three district titles, three area titles, and one regional title.

In 2015 Pennye was named the Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach at Logos Preparatory Academy in Sugarland, Texas. At Logos Prep, Pennye initiated new soccer, softball and 11-man football programs during his short tenure to help develop the school’s athletic department. As the Head Baseball Coach, he led the Lions to an area championship and 15 wins.

Pennye earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies in Houston. Pennye and his wife of 28 years, Maria, currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri.

Sponsored by: Restless Spirits Distilling

Founded in 2015, Restless Spirits Distilling Company is a unique spirits company that taps into the Irish heritage of the United States. Owners, Mike and Benay Shannon’s Irish bloodline is deeply rooted in Kansas City going back to the mid-1800’s when Mike’s great-great-grandfather immigrated to the United States from Ireland. The family lived in Kansas City and identified as “Rabbits”, aligning with local political boss Joseph Shannon. Through the story of the family heritage, a unique niche market of Irish-style spirits was created to pay homage to the Irish. When building the Restless Spirits brand, the Shannon’s consistently used the symbol of the rabbit on all spirit labels and marketing materials. Restless Spirits currently offers five products: Builders Botanical Gin, Duffy’s Run Vodka, Sons of Erin Irish Whiskey, Stone Breaker Irish & American Whiskey and Padraig’s Rebellion Poitin.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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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