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Name Dropping – Symphony Ball

Mary and John M. Edgar will serve as the honorary chairmen of the 2018 Symphony Ball, “To Paris With Love,” presented by the Symphony League of Kansas City. It will be held on September 8th at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Music Director Michael Stern will present the Symphony’s first performance of the […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Michael Condon

Raised on a family farm in rural Iowa, Michael Condon is a graduate of Iowa State University. He is a Centurion, class of 2019. Michael is an active volunteer in the Shawnee Mission School District, Curé of Ars Parish and Saint Luke’s Hospice. He and his wife, Carrie, have three daughters, Lilly, Cecilia and Margaret. […]

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – 2018 Kemper Gala

Christy and Bill Gautreaux are serving as the honorary chairmen of the 2018 Kemper Gala. The event will be held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art on October 13th, and the culinary experts at Café Sebastienne are in charge of the delicious fare. Proceeds will go toward ensuring that more than 100,000 people enjoy […]

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Spotlight on Centurions –  Amy Kligman

A member of Centurions, class of 2019, Amy Kligman serves on the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Task Force and on the curriculum committee. She is the executive/artistic director at the Charlotte Street Foundation and also serves on the board of directors of Nonprofit Connect. Amy previously worked for Hallmark Creative, where her titles included art […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Jackie Vavroch

Jackie Vavroch is in-house counsel at Dairy Farmers of America and an active member of the legal community, graduating from both the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Robert T. Roberts Trial Academy and Leadership Academy. Said Trina Le Riche, Ogletree Deakins: “She has the capability to see an assignment through, going above and beyond what […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Sharon Gartin

Sharon Gartin started volunteering as a dog walker years before Kansas City Pet Project (KCPP) took charge of the Kansas City Shelter. As her Facebook friends know, she is constantly posting photos in order to help dogs find fur-ever homes. At KCPP, she is known for her caring, positive attitude and the countless ways she […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Bess Wallerstein Huff

Bess Wallerstein Huff is a native of Our Town. She became associated with Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 2010 and currently is the director of marketing. Bess is a member of Centurions, class of 2019. She serves on the diversity committee and the Arts and Culture Task Force planning committee. Bess is also […]

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Welcome House – Swing Fore Recovery Golf Classic

Milburn Country Club will be the setting for Welcome House’s Swing Fore Recovery Golf Classic on September 10th. Ryan Shriver is serving as the chairman of the inaugural event. Welcome House is one of our community’s longest-standing residential sober living organizations. It has served nearly 16,000 men seeking recovery and support for drug and alcohol […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – R.J. Trowbridge

R.J. Trowbridge is a commercial real estate broker with Cushman & Wakefield. He is a member of Centurions, class of 2019. R.J. has enjoyed learning through Centurions about the issues that impact Our Town. He has volunteered with many non profits, including Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland Chapter. R.J. is a board member of DeLaSalle Education Center. […]

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