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Hundreds will be gathering on the Country Club Plaza on Saturday afternoon to remember the life and many accomplishments of local broadcasting legend Walt Bodine.

What's being called "A Celebration of Life," is being held at the Unity Temple on The Plaza, and what a remarkable life it was.

Among those speaking to Bodine's many accomplishments will be Monroe Dodd, a former Kansas City Times and Kansas City Star editor, and a co-host of some of Bodine's last shows on history.

In an open format, anyone who wants to share a comment about Bodine or tell a story will be welcome to speak, according to his son Tom who adds, "We're hoping for a diverse group of spontaneous speakers."

The family has arranged two opportunities to make donations in Walt's honor: The Walt Bodine Scholarship in Communications Studies Endowment Fund and Children's Center for the Visually Impaired.

Checks for the prior should be made payable to the UMKC Foundation and mailed to: Walt Bodine Scholarship Fund, UMKC Office of Development, 202 AC 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110

The second option, the visual center, readies children with visual impairments to reach their highest potential. Bodine, who lost his sight in his later years, and his late wife, Bernie, were supporters of the center's work.

To donate, make checks payable to CCVI with "in honor of Walt" in the memo line and mail to: Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, 3101 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Bodine passed away on Sunday, March 24 at the age of 92.

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