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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.


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…