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Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City – Most Wanted Auction

The Arvest Theatre at The Midland was the site for the Most Wanted Auction on December 1st. Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City select honorees – this time, there were 40. Nearly 1,000 guests bid on amazing, once-in-a-lifetime auction packages.

Honoree Amy Grothaus and Liz Lewis


Adam Miller with Sean, BBBS Voice of Potential (and a Little Brother)


Honorees Trent and Erica Jones with Tanna Guthrie, emcee


Little Brother Brian and Big Brother Tim Desett


(Front row) Kirk Molacek, Brian Mankameyer, Maggie Hubbard, Joyce Layman, Melanie Holt, and Sherrie Balmer (second row) Mike Meek, Amy Grothaus, Frank White III, Chelsea Laub, Catie Smith, Molly Britt, and Stephen Elias (third row) Gerron Blackwell, Scott Havens, Elise Kirchhofer, Matt Baysinger, Reggie Britt, and Nathan Oleen (fourth row) Duane Joseph, Michael Carmona, Victoria Mechtly, Erica Jones, Katy and John Hornaday, and Michael Keenan (fifth row) Pat Frederick, Trent Jones, Eric Kelting, Colin Quinn, and Michelle and Josh Kurzban (back row) Tim Grunhard and Steve Moore

Also featured in the January 5, 2019 issue of The Independent
Photo credits: Rob Smith Photography and Adam Kaleikau


Phoenix Family – Un*Gala, “Friday Night Fever”

April 26th was the date for Phoenix Family’s 16th Annual Un*Gala, “Friday Night Fever.” More than 600 guests donned their favorite disco attire and enjoyed the groovy evening in the…

Wayside Waifs – Fur Ball, “Woof 66”

More than 1,000 people gathered for Wayside Waifs’ Fur Ball, “Woof 66,” on May 11th. Jill Dean and Jean Wagner were the honorary co-chairmen, and Martha and Rusty Smith and…

KC CARE Health Center – Bloom Air

April 13th was the date for KC CARE Health Center’s Bloom Air event, which was held at the Airline History Museum. James Smith, Mark Sawkin, Damian Lair, and Taylor Gozia…

Powell Gardens – Plant Preview Party and Auction

Powell Gardens recently hosted a Plant Preview Party and Auction to kick off its upcoming season. The festive weekend also featured the Plant Sale, a Fungi & Fermentation event, and…