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Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City – Most Wanted Auction

The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland was the site for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City’s Most Wanted Auction on December 14th. This year’s honorees helped to raise a record-breaking $897,336 through one-of-a-kind live auction packages and more. Nearly 1,000 partygoers celebrated life-changing friendships at the high energy evening.

Courtney and Brian Johanning, honorees



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Honoree Kaitlyn Troske energized the guests.


Most Wanted Honorees: (First row) Jeff Serven, Katasha Kumar, and Andrea Garcia (second row) Kaela Rorvig, Randi Abramovitz, Marissa Baum, Jermaine Reed, Chioma Atanmo, and Mark Collins Sr. (third row) Whitney Eagleburger, Vreni Fernandez, Kaitlyn Troske, Kasey Anderson, Matthew Schulte, and Jenna Scott (fourth row) Anthony Carey, Jen DeMeyer, Mimi Comfort, Ashley Mahoney, Brooke Alexander, and Jessica Earnshaw (fifth row) Cory Davis, Mark Comfort, Meagan Dowell, and Courtney and Brian Johanning (sixth row) Michael McQueeney, Eric Munninghoff, and Jessica Best-Stewart and Brian Stewart (seventh row) Todd Ebelsheiser, Jayson Cuba, Emily Tilgner, Dan Hilboldt, and Cori and Matt Culp

Additional photos featured in the January 25, 2020 issue of The Independent
Photo credits: Rob Smith Photography and Heather Springer


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