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Patton and Patton Chtd from Topeka. celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding.

Lawyer Joe Patton began his legal career in 1977 after graduating from Washburn Law School. Patton and Patton was founded in Topeka in October 1981. Based in Topeka, the company now has a branch in Lenexa. The firm provides client service in a variety of legal areas including personal injury, nursing home negligence, estate planning and long term disability insurance claims.

Joe Patton is the firm’s senior partner, which also includes Mike Patton, Joey Patton, Matt Patton, Abby Peoples and Elizabeth Pendergrass.

Joe Patton was named Top Ten Attorney of the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2020 for the State of Kansas, named American’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys, and co-authored, with his son Mike, the book “Every Person’s Guide to Saving Thousands of Dollars: your auto accident claim. “

He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from Topeka, former chairman of the Safe Streets advisory board, life member of the Optimist Club, member of the Christian Legal Society, allied lawyer of the Defending Freedom Alliance and founder of Kansans for Life.

TFI celebrated on October 8 the Grand opening a new health and wellness center for Pathway Family Services, a residential psychiatric treatment facility based in Topeka. The commemorative event included a Kansas Gas Service check presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony with The Greater Topeka Partnership, The MCP Group, Schwerdt Design Group, Deputy Mayor Mike Padilla and other donors and community partners. MCP Group also presented a donation of essential items to TFI’s Independent Living Program.

The new facility, which has been under construction since February 2021, will serve as a safe and secure place for the children it serves to exercise, host group therapy sessions and large family events, among many others. uses. The 7,257 square foot health and wellness center has partly rubber sports flooring for safer play. The wellness center will also include an interactive Gamezone system with Wi-Fi, virtual reality for therapy sessions and colors selected by our therapy team that stimulate the brain for physical activity.

The new Gamezone activity will allow children to play the piano, dance through hardbait or participate in a competitive soccer game. The goal of adding FX Gamezone is to increase daily physical activity, support physical development, provide healthy interaction and the development of social skills. The facility also includes six basketball goals, the possibility of three volleyball courts, a kitchen, and a gym that could be used for yoga and meditation.

Trusted clothing, a black and women-owned business founded in 2011, has been certified by the State of Kansas as a Minority company. The application process through the Kansas Department of Commerce involves the submission of detailed financial and management documents, reference checks, interviews with key executives, and an on-site review. The process is renewed every three years and is subject to an assessment of the management and control of the company’s operations before the renewal is granted.

“We are proud to receive this ‘seal of approval’ from the State of Kansas recognizing our minority ownership status,” said Clinton Appelhanz, co-owner and president of Reliant Apparel. “For companies looking for supplier diversity, this is an assurance from a recognized objective third party that they are doing business with a minority-owned company that has been vetted prior to receiving the title. “

Founded in 2011 by Clinton Appelhanz and her sister Anna Stauffer, Reliant Apparel offers personalized products and gifts to businesses of all sizes. In 2016, Reliant received the Minority and Women Business of Distinction award from GO Topeka.

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