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February 18, 2023

The Loop KC – Taylor Limoges

The Loop KC brings together similar yet unique minds to create genuine friendships and ignite the next generation of business leaders in Kansas City. Members of The Loop KC are required to give back to local non-profit organizations. Learn more about The Loop KC, here.   “I’m fortunate to say that I work for one of […]

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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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Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy – Civic Service Award Celebration, “A Family United”

Alan Edelman was the honoree at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s Civic Service Award Celebration, “A Family United.” The event, a brunch this year, was held on January 22nd at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Merilyn Berenbom, Marcia Karbank, and Roshann Parris were the honorary co-chairs. Susie Azorsky and Mike Abrams served as the […]

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Toast To Olde Tymes – Gertrude Freyman

“I work quickly, without trying to put any message into my painting,” Gertrude Freyman told the Kansas City Star in 1959. She added, “I don’t think too much about what I am doing. Perhaps, unconsciously, I seek a kind of design, but I paint what I feel.”  Her artwork, and particularly her whimsical pictures of […]

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PLAYING WELL WITH OTHERS: New program for young chamber musicians stresses collaboration and fun

Young classical musicians often dream of stardom. But the reality is that even if they make it to the big time, they will probably be playing with other musicians for much of their careers. Performers on strings, winds, or brass might be playing in an orchestra, and professionals on keyboard instruments will most likely be […]

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BOTAR – Winter Meeting

The BOTAR Winter Meeting was held at the Carriage Club on January 18th. Members gathered to watch as a check was presented to the American Royal, and to hear the words of Freshman BOTAR Scholar Annamarie Stone (in person) and Senior BOTAR Scholar Destiny Switzer (via video). The agenda also included the election of  the […]

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The Independent’s Top Ten Events of 2022

THE TOP FIVE WALK/RUN EVENTS OF 2022  Head for the Cure Foundation’s 20th Annual Head for the Cure 5K – Metro KC: $492,443 Down Syndrome Innovations’ Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk: $255,854 Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired’s CCVI Trolley Run: $213,509 Ability KC’s Groundhog Run 2022: $144,838 Wayside Waifs’ Strutt With Your Mutt: $137,472   THE TOP TEN NATIONALLY SPONSORED EVENTS […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – 49th Annual Snow Ball

Pam and Kevin Kramer were the presidents of the 49th Annual Snow Ball. The black-tie benefit for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas was held on January 21st at the Overland Park Convention Center. Lauren Solidum, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, welcomed guests, and a film about the newly reopened Shalom House Men’s Transitional Living Program […]

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Congratulations, Hannah & Robert!

Hannah Margaret Arnspiger and Robert Eugene Freeman were united in matrimony on December 3rd at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri. The bride is the daughter of Susan and Dr. Richard Arnspiger II of Fairway, Kansas. Hannah is the granddaughter of Charlotte Matthews of Kansas City, Kansas, and the […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Colin Woods

Colin Woods helps HappyBottoms by delivering orders to diaper distribution agencies and hospitals, entering data, contacting families who need information, and much more. He has volunteered for more than 100 hours with the organization. Thank you, Colin, for helping to alleviate diaper need in Our Town.  Featured in the February 18, 2023 issue of The […]

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