- August 8, 1945 - December 24, 2016
- Fort Walton Beach, Florida
of Billee's Passing
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HALEY - Billee "Bee" Elizabeth, 71, formerly of Olathe, KS., passed away on December 24, 2016 in Destin, Florida. Bee was born on August 8, 1945 in Buffalo, New York to parents Charles and Billee Haley. Bee began her career in fundraising with American Cancer Society where she worked for 25 plus years and raised millions of dollars for ACS. After ACS, Bee went to work for Kansas City Hospice as the Director of Development where she worked up until her illness. Bee came to KCH during the beginning stages of their hospice house fundraising event in which she recruited volunteers and inaugurated KCH's first major event, "The Hospice Hop". She launched this campaign which resulted in $7 million for the Kansas City Hospice House. This event then became the "Angel Gala" and most recently this year it was known as "Sunday Night Live". She conceived the annual "Idiots Open", a traditional golf tournament event that draws national attention, held each February in which golfers come dressed in costumes to golf during rain, hail, sleet or snow. Bee had special skills and creativity with fundraising events and focused on keeping events lively. In the 15 years of her leadership, nearly 30 million dollars was raised through special events, memorial gifts, estate gifts, grants, Top Drawer Resale Shop and annual giving. These funds continue to support KCH's unique services to the community. Bee is survived by her daughters, Raquel and husband Kevin Sterba of Scottsdale, AZ., Nicole Ford and husband Gary Harris of Destin, FL., Grandchildren, Haley Sterba, Payton Sterba and Louden Ford, Sisters, Barbara Britten and Brenda Pixley, both of Tulsa, OK. And brother Fred Britten of Hayes, KS. Memorial service will be held at 10:00AM, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Church of the Resurrection located in Leawood, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made in Bee's name to: Kansas City Hospice, 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO., 64114.
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