Angie Blumel, vice president for donor relations and resource development with Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), talks Royals, philanthrophy and more

Hometown: Lenexa

Current neighborhood: South Kansas City

What I do: I have the honor of working with our amazing supporters to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and assault and prevent sexual violence in our community.

What’s your addiction? Good coffee. Fortunately for me, KC does coffee really well. I frequent Second Best, PT’s, Thou Mayest, Filling Station and Parisi. Did I mention I like coffee?

What’s your drink? Whatever interesting new beer my husband has in the fridge. He has great taste in beer. One of my local favorites is Crane Brewing. They did a special brew for an event I attended recently. It was delicious! Hey, Crane, call me.  

Where’s dinner? Lately, dinner is at Room 39 in Mission Farms. Dinner to go is at Taqueria Dos De Oros.

What’s on your KC postcard? I am stealing a great quote from the hilarious and creative folks at Raygun: “Kansas City: Too much city for just one state.”

Finish these sentences: “Kansas City got it right when …” Our business and community leaders fostered a culture of philanthropy. Our community has world-class arts, culture and social programs and services, thanks to the generosity of Kansas Citians.

“Kansas City screwed up when …” It removed the streetcar system in the first place. At one time, we had one of the most extensive streetcar systems in the nation.
“Kansas City needs …” Another World Series win!  

“I always laugh at …” Myself. I am what you call accident prone.

“I’ve been known to binge watch …”
John Hughes movies — Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, etc. Should we be concerned the hair and clothes in these movies are back in style?

“I can’t stop listening to …” The food critics — Charles Ferruzza, Mary Bloch and Jenny Vergara — on KCUR’s  Central Standard. Great restaurant recommendations, humorous commentary and the occasional inappropriate caller. Highly entertaining.

“My dream concert lineup is …” Primarily local bands. The lineup for Middle of the Map is amazing. You have to see Dreamgirl.

“I just read …”
Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. Don’t dismiss it because of the title. It is a fascinating and compassionate read.

What’s your hidden talent?
Parallel parking. We lived in Chicago for about five years, and I became really good at fitting a truck into a parking space made for a moped. Also, I am ambidextrous in that I can park from the left or right. Totally useless talent.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Doughnuts. Fluffy Fresh in Mission, to be exact.

The best advice I ever got: From my parents: Girls and women can do anything. Consequently, my two sisters and I grew up believing we could, and still do. 

My sidekick? More of a gang, really. One husband and two ridiculously good looking and charming rescue dogs.

What is your spirit animal?
I am hard-working, loyal, fun-loving and happy to meet new people, so I guess that makes me a Labrador retriever?

Who is your hero? My parents.

My favorite toy as a child: My big wheel. My friends and I would build ramps and obstacle courses for our big wheels.

My dating triumph/tragedy? Meeting and marrying the funniest person I know.  

My brush with fame: My family has been Royals season-ticket holders since the stadium opened in 1973. As a result, I have been about 10 feet away from famous baseball players throughout the years. Even with this close proximity to greatness, my closest brush with baseball fame is that my high school boyfriend was a batboy for the Royals.  

My soapbox: Knowing how to react when someone discloses experiencing sexual violence can be the difference in the way they seek justice, and, more important, how they heal.

My recent triumph: At work, we are busy preparing for our annual Community Luncheon, our largest event of the year to raise awareness about sexual violence and funds for MOCSA. Because of the generosity of our amazing sponsors and supporters, the event is sold out. Thank you, Kansas City! •

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