Executive Director


MoI New Office/Grand Opening

March 22, 2019

Miracle of Innocence would like to acknowledge and give gratitude to Mr. Thomas and Donna Mertz, for donating new office furniture, 2 room office, 4 cubicles and access to conference room, cafeteria and more. Click here to view photos by photographer Tom Bradley. 


We, say "Thank you" to donors and staff Volunteers for your patience and continuous support in making this miracle come true for such a new organization after 6 months of launch in September 2018. We are grateful for your donations: Mr. Ron & Susan Olson and Nanette & Doug Smith.


Please contact info@miracleofinnocence.org for specific details. Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Main Office: 913-717-5080 Ext. 101 (Research Team) and Ext. 102 (Executive Team).  



On September 8, 2018, we held our inaugural gala to celebrate "10 Years of Freedom" for our founder, Darryl Burton. It was held at the Foundry @ Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Over 575 guests and volunteers were in attendance to make this an evening to remember and launch Miracle of Innocence to the public.  Mistress of Ceremonies, Dr. Cynthia Johnson, led us through and evening of celebration, joined by the Exoneree Band, and keynote speaker Milton C. Grimes from Los Angeles and Centurion Ministries founders Kate Germond and James McCloskey.  

Congratulations to this year's Champions of Innocence Award Winners:

Paul Casteleiro, Dan Clark, Kate Germond, James McCloskey, Cheryl Pilate, and Charles Rogers

Christopher Iliff, Executive Director, is a lawyer licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Missouri. After 29 years with Swiss Re, where he was a senior vice president, he left to do private insurance consulting and pro bono legal work in Kansas City.  Mr. Iliff has been chairman of the Johnson County, KS planning commission for many years.  He joined the Miracle of Innocence board out of a commitment to righting the evil of wrongful convictions. 

10 Years of Freedom Gala

Sponsors & Donors

Thank you for attending the Gala on September 8, 2018, and

special thanks to our Event Sponsors and Donors listed below!​ 

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Mr & Mrs Michael Jefferies

Managing Director, UBS


Clinical Research Consultants

The Clune Family Foundation


Miss Debbie Dickinson-Coppola

Kevin & Debora Crull


Christopher Barnds

William Bergerson

Bloom, Hamilton, Shoup & Stella

Tom & Lana Bohanon

Darryl & Valerie Burton

Joan & Edward Carhart

Debbie Goodin

Justice Seekers - COR Small Group

Gepford Law Group L.C.

Lauro Law Firm

Legal Staffing Solutions, LLC / Attorney Recruiters

Loch Lloyd Men's Bible Study Group

Mariner Wealth Advisors

Oller Law Firm

Timothy & Kay McCarthy

The Leo Morton Family

Don Sewing Family Trust

Saint Paul School of Theology

Gisele Shore

Betsy & Tim Triplett

Dr & Mrs Barry Wood (2 tables)

Trial Lawyers College of Wyoming (2 tables)

Yedlin Associates of Princeton


Brenda & Barry Wood ($2500 Exoneree Band Travel)

Bob & Janice Day, Marvin & Fay Beasley (Exoneree Band Travel)

Katherine Berger, Kathy & Bruce Durkee, Matthew Locke,  Julia Bacon, Mark & Megan Callanan, Maren Chaloupka, Victoria Rusk


Fay Beasley, Paul Becker, Brass OnionBravo Cucina ItalianaBristol Seafood GrillBrookridge Country ClubCheesecake Factory, Valerie Burton, Debbie Coppola, Dazzle PawzDeer Creek DentalDogtopia, The Dragon Master, EJ's Urban Eatery, Friends of MOI, Gel-Real Leadership (Harry & Kris Campbell), Deanna Gish, Jim Granger, Great Life Golf & Fitness, Trent Green, Mary Haines, Rob Hallifax, Marlene Hamp, Johnson County Funeral ChapelKansas City Royals, Land of Paws, Leawood Fine Art, Montopoli Custom Clothiers, Museum at Prairie Fire, Pamela Myerson, Nails by Karla, Nick and Jake's, Old Chicago, On The Border, Pig and Finch Leawood, Polished Nails & Wax, Red Rock Canyon GrillRed Door GrillSeasons 52Sheridans Unforked, Donna Shetler, Shop Beautiful, Paul Snyder, Spring Cleaning, Starbucks at 135thStick SistersThe Tavern, Ellen and Dave White, Ellen Williams​, Barry and Brenda Wood, YaYas Euro Bistro

Gala Travel Info



The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is located 39 miles from our Gala venue. Here is a link to airlines and ground transportation from the Airport.


Nearby hotels to the Gala venue:

TownePlace Suites Overland Park 

Fairfield Inn Overland Park 

Hampton Inn Overland Park South

Hyatt Place Overland Park

Sheraton Overland Park

Holiday Inn Convention Center

Marriott - Overland Park

Embassy Suites - Overland Park 

DoubleTree - Overland Park

There are also many nice hotels in nearby downtown Kansas City and the famous Kansas City Plaza area.