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November 12, 2022 Issue

AFPKC’s Philanthropy MATTERS: Julianne DeLessio

To learn more about becoming a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Kansas City Chapter, please visit afpkc.org. The Independent is proud to be the exclusive media partner of AFPKC. Julianne DeLessio is employed with Union Station Kansas City as its donor and corporate relations manager, where she works with corporate partners and sponsors, as […]

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Kansas City Young Matrons – Civics and Honoring Day

Kansas City Young Matrons’ Civics and Honoring Day was held on October 3rd. The membership gathered to honor its president, past presidents, silver members, life members, and honorary members. Guests enjoyed presentations from Debbie Deere and Miranda Mendez of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Lauren Clifton-Thompson and Sarah Knopf Amelung of Amethyst Place. The morning […]

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KC Shepherd’s Center – 50th Anniversary and 5th Annual 70 over 70 Awards Celebration

KC Shepherd’s Center’s 50th Anniversary and 5th Annual 70 over 70 Awards Celebration was held on September 17th. Kathy Cox and Gary Cortes and Edith and Benny Lee were the honorary co-chairs, and Carmen Zuniga and Tanner Wycoff served as the co-chairs for the event, which was held at The Midland Theatre. Kathy Smith and […]

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Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties – 72nd Annual Community Ball and Cotillion

December 3rd is the date for the Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties’ 72nd Annual Community Ball and Cotillion. Students from 17 area high schools were selected as participants. They were chosen based on leadership, character, and service.       Featured in the November 12, 2022 issue of The Independent.

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Jackson County CASA’s fourth annual Cocktails for CASA – A Night of Hope

Jackson County CASA’s fourth annual Cocktails for CASA – A Night of Hope was held on September 30th at Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners. More than 280 guests enjoyed a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and music from the Paseo Academy Jazz Band. Proceeds help the organization and its mission to […]

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Children’s Mercy – 2022 Dream Big Day

September 24th was the date for Children’s Mercy’s 2022 Dream Big Day. The event was held at Crown Center Square. The festivities  included family-friendly activities, a one mile walk, and a lot of laughter.     Featured in the November 12, 2022 issue of The Independent.

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is grateful to have volunteers who help regularly at the organization’s South Serve and Lift Center Pantry on Longview Road. Two of them are Rosie Harrison and Janine Urness. Rosie has a welcoming manner and a calm demeanor, both assets when she calls to remind clients about their pantry […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – Snow Ball Kickoff Meeting

Committee members for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Snow Ball recently attended this season’s Kickoff Meeting at Indian Hills Country Club. The guest speakers were Lauren Solidum, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, and April, a graduate of the organization’s St. Rita program. Pam and Kevin Kramer are serving as the 2023 Snow Ball presidents. The […]

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Kansas City Ballet – 2022 Season Launch Party

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center was the site for Kansas City Ballet’s annual Season Launch Party on October 14th. Devon Carney and Jeffrey J. Bentley welcomed guests to the 65th season of Kansas City Ballet. Members of The Bolender Society enjoyed the elegant event, complete with beautiful city skyline views from Benton’s. Afterward, […]

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Kansas City Ballet Guild – The Nutcracker Ball Invitation Assembly

September 29th was the date when members of the Kansas City Ballet Guild gathered at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity to assemble invitations for The Nutcracker Ball, the Guild’s 55th annual gala. The colorful invitations reflect the Ball’s “Land of the Sweets” theme. The festive event will be held on December 3rd […]

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The 2022 American Royal Livestock Show

The American Royal Livestock Show was held from October 5th through the 23rd. This year, the Junior Premium Livestock Auction took place on October 14th. Colonel Andy White was the auctioneer. He has been honored as the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, and he is one of only two auctioneers who have won the auction […]

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The Whole Person – Night of Independence Awards Gala: The Super Ball

Jessica Barranco and Sherry Duncan served as the co-chairs for The Whole Person’s Night of Independence Awards Gala – The Super Ball. The event was held at the North Club at Arrowhead Stadium on October 1st. Adriana Davalos was the emcee. Anna Sarol, disability content creator and advocate, was celebrated as the Individual of the […]

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Congratulations, Caitlin & Brody!

Caitlin Claire Benson and Broderick Lee Johnson were united in matrimony on June 25th at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri. The bride is the daughter of Jennifer and Charley Benson of Leawood, Kansas. Caitlin is the granddaughter of William Kircher of Fairway, Kansas, and the late Susan Kircher, and the late Marilyn […]

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The National WWI Museum and Memorial – 2022 Night at the Tower

September 17th was the date for Night at the Tower, a benefit for The National WWI Museum and Memorial. Ann and Bob Regnier were the honorary chairs, and Tim Van Zandt and Chris Beal and Loren and Tom Whittaker served as the event co-chairs. The festivities included live and silent auctions, which supported the Global […]

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