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Manhattan Entrepreneur Blade Mages Receives Award, Gives $10,000 to Local Charity on February 26th

Manhattan, KS, February 21, 2018 --( Blade Mages, owner of 502 – A Strategic Marketing Agency, has been announced as the 2017 Kansas Katalyst recognizing his outstanding leadership, entrepreneurial ventures and active participation in his local community. Mages was chosen from an immensely talented and deserving group of nominees spanning the entire state of Kansas. He will be honored during an award presentation on Monday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m. at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, 315 South 3rd Street, in Manhattan, Kan. The presentation can also be streamed live on Facebook at

“It is truly humbling to receive this recognition,” Mages said. “This award does not represent the act of any one person but rather our team’s collective efforts over the years and we are honored to be a part of making our local community better, every day.”

The Kansas Katalyst Award comes with a $10,000 cash prize donated to a charity of the winner’s choice. Mages has chosen Flint Hills Foster Teen Camps (FHFTC) to receive the $10,000 award.

The goal of FHFTC is to provide a place where foster teens are safe and can relax from the stress of their uncertain lives while experiencing activities that allow them to be kids, to build trust and give them hope. More information can be found online at

“We are truly honored and humbled Blade has chosen Flint Hills Foster Teen Camps. What an exciting opportunity,” Lisa Irvin, co-founder of FHFTC, said. “This gift will be used to help build our Homes of Hope house for girls that are aging out of the foster care system that have been abused, abandoned and neglected. Statistics show that over 51 percent of aging out teens are immediately homeless and over half of the girls are pregnant in the first year. We are building a home that will house eight girls to help them get on their feet, and stay on their feet, while also learning everyday life skills.”

The Kansas Katalyst Award annually recognizes one Kansas entrepreneur or business owner who inspires others to do something faster, better and with a larger result; someone who sparks inspiration. Anyone with an inspiring story about an incredible Kansan is encouraged to submit nominations online at 2017 award sponsors include Rocking M Media, Weddle & Sons Roofing, Inc., CoreScore Organizational Achievement Solutions and Strawn and Associates.

About the Kansas Katalyst Awards
The Kansas Katalyst Awards were created in 2015 by a group of Kansas entrepreneurs to recognize innovative, socially conscious and community-driven business owners. For more information about the Kansas Katalyst Awards, to submit a nomination or to become a sponsor, visit Connect with the Kansas Katalyst Awards on social media at

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