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The 69th BOTAR Ball

The Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown was the setting for the 69th BOTAR Ball on October 20th. Trapp and Company created an opulent atmosphere, with a French-inspired blue and gold design, that resembled an intimate art deco club lounge setting. The BOTARs wore beautiful red gowns designed by Mary Neddo. Flowers were everywhere: hydrangeas, lilies, orchids, and roses in hues of red, yellow, coral, and white. Guests dined on autumn salad, filet mignon, split lobster tails, and decadent chocolate desserts. Galaxy Red played for the dancers (and there were many!) until the midnight hour. Blythe Robertson served as president.

Miss Meredith Vera Sight, Miss Wesley Anne Neville, Miss Victoria Sidney Ball, Miss Claire Anne Grabowsky, Miss Kara Patricia Kahn, and Miss Carolina Cray Mach



Mr. and Mrs. Scott Morehouse Mann


The beautiful tablescapes



Mr. Benjamin Cadman Tschudy and Miss Carolina Cray Mach



Miss Mary Kate Workman




Miss Ashley Rebecca Herring with her escort, Mr. Patrick Michael McQuaid


Miss Meghan Elizabeth Shirling with her escort, Mr. Nicholas P. Curry


Mr. and Mrs. Timothy John Schaffer, Stephanie Wachter Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Manning Tetrick, and Mrs. Mark Russell Frame


Miss Molly Michelle Hiett, Miss Quincy Anne Hendricks, Miss Kirsten Clare Rasmussen, and Miss Betsy Anne Barnthouse

Additional photos featured in the November 24, 2018 issue of The Independent
Photo Credit: David Riffel, BOTAR and Anthony Mendolia


UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance – Crescendo

Suzanne Shank and Marty Smoler were the honorary chairmen, and Yvette and Joseph Miceli served as the chairmen of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance’s Crescendo. The November 2nd…

Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland Chapter – Parkinson’s Prohibition

The second annual Parkinson’s Prohibition was held on October 25th at the KCP&L Building. Kelly Kehrees and Blake Nelson were the co-chairmen. Trisha Brauer served as the auctioneer, and Neal…

March of Dimes – Signature Chefs Auction

The sixth annual Signature Chefs Auction took place on October 18th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Ted Habiger, Room 39 and Brewery Emperial; led a…

MOCSA – Johnson County Fall Forum

MOCSA’s 15th annual Johnson County Fall Forum took place on October 12th at the Overland Park Sheraton. The luncheon ensured that MOCSA’s advocacy, counseling and prevention education services reach thousands…