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Mary Buche, who is of Korean ancestry and was born in Seoul, South Korea, is the first Asian American to serve as the chair of the Community Bank Advisory Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is senior vice president, fair banking & CRA officer at Lead Bank. (CRA stands for Community Reinvestment Act, a regulation meant to ensure that banks serve people with low to moderate incomes and  small businesses in their communities.) Mary views mentorship as important and is thrilled that she has just been accepted as a Big by Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City. “I want young Asian females to see they have resources of support and that they belong in all places,” she said. Mary hopes they will feel more confident than she did in her youth. “I had to work to advocate for myself and it felt unnatural, as I was raised to not speak up and be modest,” she noted. In addition to her other responsibilities, Mary is a board member of Resurrection Catholic School and serves as the chair of the table committee for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Snow Ball.


War Horses For Veterans – The Derby Party

War Horses for Veterans, founded by Andy and Patricia Brown, held its third annual fundraiser, The Derby Party, on May 4th. More than 400 guests watched the Kentucky Derby race…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Spring Luncheon

Lidia’s was the lovely location for the Symphony League of Kansas City’s annual Spring Luncheon on May 8th. Mandy Burditt and Trish Mayer were the co-chairmen. Nearly 60 members and…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Ball Kickoff

Symphony League members gathered at Amy Volini’s beautiful home recently to kick off preparations for the 2024 Symphony Ball, “NOVA.”Amy and Julie Sykes hosted the fun event, where Ball Chairman…

Saint Luke’s Foundation – Spirit of Philanthropy Awards

In the spirit of gratitude, Saint Luke’s Foundation hosted its Spirit of Philanthropy Awards celebration on April 18th at the 1900 Building. Being honored this year are: Philanthropists of the…