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City Year Kansas City – Idealist Gala Awards City Year Kansas City’s annual Idealist Gala was held on April 17th at Studio Dan Meiners in celebration of its students, AmeriCorps members, and community members who challenge cynicism, and… Read More
2024 Class of Rising Stars – Amy Barnthouse Known for her extensive charitable work in Kansas City, Amy Barnthouse has earned her recognition as one of The Independent’s  Rising Stars of 2024. For many years, she has dedicated… Read More
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The Independent – 125 Years of Tradition
  “The modernity of yesterday is the tradition of today, and the modernity of today will be tradition tomorrow.” Jose Andres Tradition is a beautiful thread that weaves itself throughout the tapestry of human history. It binds our past, guides…
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My favorite book growing up had a yellow cover and a dog walking down the road, carrying all he owned in a simple knapsack tied to a stick. Cozy under the covers when my parents thought I was asleep, this…
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Wayside Waifs – Fur Ball, “Bark and Roll”
The Overland “Bark” Convention Center was the site for Wayside Waifs’ annual Fur Ball, “Bark and Roll,” on May 11th. Martha and Rusty Smith were the honorary chairs for the fabulously fun event that featured cocktails, dinner, and a silent…
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University of Central Missouri – Evening of Appreciation Gala
University of Central Missouri honored its most generous donors at the annual Evening of Appreciation Gala on April 20th. The event was held in Warrensburg, Missouri. Former UCM President Dr. Ed and Sandra Elliott were honored as Founding Philanthropists, along…
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The Children’s Place’s Party for The Place: Bloom
April 13th was the date for The Children’s Place’s Party for The Place: Bloom. More than 700 guests enjoyed the festive event, which was held at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Patty and Don Kincaid served…
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City – 28th annual Kids Night Out
Thomas Rhett took the stage for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s 28th annual Kids Night Out celebration on April 13th at the Overland Park Convention Center! Board Member Andy Burczyk led the fun-filled night as event…
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Food Truck Brings A Taste Of Hawaiian Tradition To Kansas City
Attend an event in Kansas City and chances are you may spot Irvzilla’s Hawaiian Grill, the city’s only food truck of its kind. With a unique brand, authentic Hawaiian flavors, and an equally noteworthy man behind the brand, this food…
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Kansas City’s International Dragon Boat Festival Bridges Cultures
On June 15th, Brush Creek at the Country Club Plaza will come alive with the International Dragon Boat Festival. “This family-friendly, free event features the only dragon boat racing competition held in a creek,” said Joan Pu, vice president of…
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Jasmine Thompson: Top Shelf
She loves being an advocate for women and the Asian community; she is crazy about the arts scene in Kansas City; she doesn’t fully understand the concept of downtime; and Jasmine Thompson is passionate about tequilas! This woman of many…
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Connections – Chris Constant
Chris Constant is a beautifully complicated man, yet so very humble and charming, it’s almost hard to believe that so many talents and qualities exist in just one soft-spoken man. As he unfolds, much like a piece of origami, we…
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