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The Whole Person – It’s Magic! Night of Independence Gala

The Whole Person’s It’s Magic! – Night of Independence Gala was held on September 22nd. Sally Firestone, 2017 Paul H. Levy Founder’s Award winner; was the honorary chairman, and Morgan Perry served as the chairman. The event featured a video message by Magician David Copperfield, a cocktail reception, live magic and aerial performances, silent and live auctions, a dinner, an awards ceremony, and dancing. The Whole Person’s mission is to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

Larry Baker and Michael West, Volunteers of the Year Award winners


Rigoberto Jurado, Jennifer John, Jordan Ward, Shannon Blackwell, and Victor Le’Yon


Lindsey Denney with Shari and Chris Albright


Keynote Speaker Sarah Castle, Individual Award winner; addressed the guests.


Aerial Arts performer, Samantha Davis


Carla Oppenheimer, board president; Julie DeJean, The Whole Person; Christopher Herzog representing Cerner, Corporate Volunteer Group of the Year Award winner; and Morgan Perry, chairman


Julie Corrigan, Ashley Frerking, Jeff Stanturf, Carla Norcott-Mahany, Aaron Dubois, and Carole Thomas


Nick Vasos, emcee


Carla Oppenheimer, board president; Julie DeJean, The Whole Person; Travis Bryant representing the Kansas City Royals, Corporate Award winner; and Morgan Perry, chairman


Mark Kneib, Julie DeJean, The Whole Person; Susie Haake and Michael Riley

Also featured in the November 10, 2018 issue of The Independent
Photo Credit: Roy Inman


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…