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Kansas City Ballet – 60th Anniversary Celebration

April 8th was the date for The Kansas City Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Julia Irene Kauffman and the late Muriel McBrien Kauffman were honored, as well as many others from Kansas City Ballet’s past and present. Former and current dancers each introduced an era of the Kansas City Ballet’s history that was followed by a video montage: Michele Hamlett-Weith for Tatiana Dokoudovska, founder; Kimberly Cowen for Todd Bolender, Logan Pachciarz for William Whitener and Tempe Ostergren for Devon Carney.

Diana Poccia, Christopher Barksdale, Rick Poccia, and Carol and David Sindelar


Claire and Joe Brand


Barbara Spilker and Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley


Dave Lady, Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, honoree; Sharon Smith and Barnett and Shirley Helzberg


(Front row) Michele Hamlett-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Chairman Barbara Storm, and Logan Pachciarz (back row) Jeffrey J. Bentley, Kansas City Ballet; Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, honoree; Devon Carney, Kansas City Ballet; and Kathy Stepp, board president

Additional photos featured in the May 12, 2018 issue of The Independent
Photo Credit: Larry F. Levenson


Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – 45th Annual Snow Ball

The Overland Park Convention Center was the setting for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ 45th Annual Snow Ball on January 19th. More than 1,800 partygoers enjoyed a formal dinner and…

Olathe Health Charitable Foundation – Yuletide Gala

Maria and Blake Heid served as chairmen for Olathe Health Charitable Foundation’s 47th annual Yuletide Gala. The event, which featured cocktails, dinner, and dancing, was held at the Overland Park…

Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties – Community Ball and Cotillion

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown was the site for the Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties’ Community Ball and Cotillion. Stephanie Wilken served as Ball chairman, with Monica Browne…

Kansas City Ballet Guild – Nutcracker Luncheon

On December 13th, the Kansas City Ballet Guild gathered for the delightful Nutcracker Luncheon at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. President Susan Meehan-Mizer and members of…