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Kunal Tanna is the assistant to the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. He is proud of his Gujarati Indian heritage. A tradition he is especially fond of is Navratri, a nine-day festival, which honors Durga, the goddess. Kunal’s father was from Mumbai, India. His late mother was born in Kampala, Uganda, which she left, due to Idi Amin’s dictatorship, moving to London, England. Kunal’s advice for young people, who, like him, are first-generation Americans? “Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything you set your mind to, especially in sports. Growing up, most of us were pushed academically to become doctors, lawyers, or engineers. If you did not reach any of these professions, you were deemed as a failure. People might look at you and see your physical appearance and stereotype you. You and only YOU can create the real version of yourself.” 

Featured in the May 13, 2023 issue of The Independent.


KidsTLC – Benefit23

KidsTLC hosted Benefit23, a dreamy evening filled with pajamas and a fun celebration (sounds wonderful!) led by Chairmen Sarah and Ryan Owings. With delightful cocktails from J. Rieger & Co.,…

Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas and New Roots – The Gathering

Teresa Walsh hosted the 11th annual occasion of The Gathering, a benefit for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas and the New Roots program. Missy Kuklenski served as the chairman.…

Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties – Meet and Greet/Icebreaker

Being fitted for formalwear before the Community Ball and Cotillion on December 2nd should be fun, so the Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties hosted a Meet and Greet/Icebreaker…

The Family Conservancy’s Blue Carpet Event

The Family Conservancy’s Blue Carpet Event was held on October 13th at The Abbott. Partygoers enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live music, a wine pull, and silent and live auctions. Sly James…