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THE INDEPENDENT’S 2018 CLASS OF RISING STARS

Shelly Doucet, Director of Development, University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Education “Shelly’s passion is serving and fundraising for non profits. In her professional and personal time, she is always considering how she can make her community stronger. She constantly sees potential community connections – encouraging cross-collaboration between non profits, philanthropists and businesses.” Jennifer Ingraham, UMKC Foundation […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Tom Reorda

Last summer, the Kansas City Royals invited Tom Reorda to sit in the Buck O’Neil legacy seat during a game. At a September luncheon, Tom received the Harvesters’ Circle of Hope Award as Hunger Champion – Individual. These are huge honors — what did Tom do to deserve them? The answer: Plenty! Tom first volunteered […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Jason Webb

As a member of Centurions, class of 2019, Jason Webb is supporting the February STEM Task Force and planning the Women’s Leadership Forum, which will be held in early March. The Kansas City Anti Violence Project (KCAVP) is an organization that is important to him, and he serves on its board and the executive committee. […]

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Truman Library Institute – Wild About Harry

Truman Library Institute’s Wild About Harry event will be held on April 19th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning Truman biographer, will be the featured guest. He will receive the 2018 Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award. Jo Ann and Bill Sullivan are the honorary chairmen, […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Sue and Lewis Nerman

Sue and Lewis Nerman have been championing the Kansas City Art Institute for many years. Most recently, the couple served as honorary chairmen of the 2017 Art & Design Auction, where more than $500,000 was raised for student scholarships. As a board member, Sue serves as an advocate for the college and her passion for […]

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Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation – White Coat Gala

April 12th is the date for Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation’s third annual White Coat Gala, which will “Illuminate Kansas City’s Healers and Heroes.” The festivities will be held at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Live music, a cocktail hour and dining are merely the beginning of the fun. There will […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Brooke and Jeffrey Kuntz

Brooke and Jeffrey Kuntz strongly support First Call’s mission to reduce the impact of alcohol, drugs and addiction by providing quality resources to individuals, families and the community. Together, they spearheaded a successful 2017 Celebration Evening: A Night of Recovery & Hope with Mackenzie Phillips. As chairmen, their hard work and dedication resulted in 10 […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Trevor Flannigan

Trevor Flannigan is a native of Blue Springs, Missouri, where he spent his formative years. After sampling a variety of Midwestern locations, he now resides in the City of Fountains. He and his wife, Courtney, share their home in the Waldo neighborhood with their adorable dog, Maeve. Trevor manages a website chat company in Lee’s […]

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WIN for KC – Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon

WIN for KC’s 24th annual Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon will be held on February 7th in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. Olympic Bronze Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad is the keynote speaker. Ibtihaj is a member of the United States Fencing Team. In August of 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman […]

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