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Tomorrow RDA Celebrates 40 Years of Neighborhood Service and Community Building
Theatre at 1405 Southwest Blvd. to celebrate Rosedale Development Association’s (RDA) 40th
anniversary as a nonprofit in Rosedale. The event will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., where
guests will join RDA board and staff in enjoying light food and drinks, share stories and
accomplishments from RDA’s collaborative community work over the last 40 years, and discuss
visions for the future of Rosedale -- a dynamic, four-square mile neighborhood in southeast
Kansas City, Kansas that over 14,000 people call home.
Unofficially organized as the Rosedale Community Council in 1945 as a grassroots,
community-centered organization addressing issues such as neighborhood blight, business
development, crime, zoning, and flood control, RDA received official nonprofit status in 1978.
Today RDA remains committed to work with residents, businesses, and institutions to develop a
thriving Rosedale community through advocacy, programs, leadership development, and
In honor of this history, three of RDA’s Executive Directors from the past and present plan to
attend tomorrow’s event. Current Executive Director, Erin Stryka, says of the special occasion:
“We’re thrilled to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the many, many people who
have worked for the past four decades to build a thriving community in Rosedale.
Rosedale owes its reputation as a vibrant, diverse, health-oriented and business friendly
community to years of strategic effort by the people who live, work and play here. The
40th anniversary celebration is a chance to honor their work and look forward to the next
The event will also recognize the many volunteers and donors who make RDA’s work possible.
There is no charge to attend the celebration, though donations to support RDA’s work in
Rosedale will be appreciated. For additional details, please visit http://rosedale.org/celebrate40
or contact RDA Development and Event s Coordinator, Alissa Workman, at 913-677-5097 or