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KU football coach Charlie Weis’ Hannah & Friends celebration a wild success during first year in Kansas

By Matt Tait

Over the weekend, I was one of a group of five or six media members who got the opportunity to participate in the Hannah & Friends 10th anniversary celebration at Prairie Band Casino and Firekeeper Golf Course, just north of Topeka.

Hannah & Friends, as most of you surely know by now, is the non-profit charity founded by Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and his wife, Maura, to help individuals with special needs like their daughter Hannah.

Last summer, I did an in-depth story on Hannah & Friends and how it came to be, and, in the month or so that I worked on it, came away believing I knew just about all there was to know about the heart-felt charity.

But it wasn’t until this past weekend, when I met people who have so graciously donated their time and money to the cause and saw the looks in the eyes of those for whom a weekend like this is an annual occurrence, that I really felt like I understood what Hannah & Friends was all about.

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Hannah and Friends big hit locally

By Jon Kirby

When you walked into the ballroom at the Prairie Band Casino it didn’t take long to recognize some of the people in the room. From Rob Riggle, who hosted the ESPN Espy’s last year to several NFL players, the Hannah and Friends Celebrity Golf Classic showed off some star power.

It also didn’t take long to realize why over 200 people attended the auction on Friday night and the golf classic on Saturday.

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Firekeeper event hits close to home for KU’s Weis

By Austin Meek

Charlie Weis leaned back at a table in what could have passed for an NFL war room on draft day and pulled out his phone.

This was the room at Prairie Band Casino & Resort where Weis and his wife, Maura, planned the annual fundraiser for their Hannah & Friends charity. It was no small task — there was the ice sculpture, the band flown in from New York, the prime-rib buffet, the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting to celebrate Charlie and Maura’s 21st wedding anniversary. With all the details finally in place, Weis pointed to a picture on his phone that illustrated the reason for the event.

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Weis family’s Hannah & Friends foundation celebrates 10 years of success

By Rustin Dodd

For nearly 10 years, Charlie and Maura Weis thought about this day. They would go to South Bend, Ind., drop their daughter Hannah off at her new home, and brace for tears.

For 10 years, they had planned. Maybe, Maura says, it would feel like they were dropping her off at college. One could hope. But in the end, they knew it. This would be different.

“That weekend…,” Maura says. “I was really a basketcase.”

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Happy anniversary: Charlie Weis fundraiser star-studded affair

By Matt Tait

On the 21st anniversary of their wedding night, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and his wife, Maura, celebrated by honoring the 10th anniversary of the charity that changed their lives.

A decade ago, the Weises started Hannah & Friends in honor of their daughter, Hannah, who struggled with developmental delays. At 12, Hannah was diagnosed with Electrical Status Epilepticus of slow wave sleep, a rare epilepsy syndrome that affects cognitive function.

The Weises wanted the best for Hannah, of course, but hoped to help others as well. Hannah & Friends was created.

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