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Park ICM – Stanislav & Friends Benefactor Party

Park ICM recently hosted a Benefactor Party for its fifth annual Stanislav & Friends benefit. Held at the rooftop ballroom of the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, guests were treated to a performance by graduate student Ilya Shmukler, pianist. The event featured cocktails, delicious fare, and remarks from Honorary Chairmen Phyllis and Ronald Nolan […]

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Notre Dame de Sion – 38th Annual Gala

March 2nd was the date for Notre Dame de Sion’s 38th Annual Gala, which was held at The Abbott. The festive event featured a “Noir et Blanc” theme. Partygoers dressed in black and white cocktail attire and enjoyed cocktails, a delicious dinner, silent and live auctions, and bourbon and cigars, in addition to champagne and […]

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Kansas City Young Matrons’ Magic Ball – Patrons’ Party

The Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame was the site for the Patrons’ Party for the Kansas City Young Matrons’ Magic Ball on March 7th. Bonne Illig and Sue Lund served as the Patrons’ Party co-chairmen. The Magic Ball, a benefit for Inclusion Connections and its BelongKC initiative, was held on March 9th. Julie Cain […]

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The Kansas City Art Institute

While we throw around familiar terms for our beloved KCAI, we thought it might be interesting to explore who the benefactors are, what are the origins of the institution, and a brief history.  In 1885, at the suggestion of Fred Richardson of The Fine Arts Institute of Chicago, The Sketch Club was organized with the […]

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Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy – 50th Civic Service Celebration

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy hosted its 50th Civic Service Celebration at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Jane and Josh Sosland were the chairs for the March 10th event. Mindy Corporon was honored with the Civic Service Award for her exceptional community service and founding of SevenDays. More than 300 guests enjoyed performances, dinner, a program, […]

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Children’s Mercy – 20th annual Red Hot Night Gala

Guests gathered to “Light the Path” in hope for the future at the 20th annual Red Hot Night Gala, benefiting Children’s Mercy’s Illuminate Mental Health Initiative. Jon Porter and Dan Lumma were the co-chairs of the February 3rd event, which was held at the Kay Barnes Grand Ballroom. The honorary co-chairs were Becci and Jeff […]

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2024  Paw Print Issue

                                                      Additional photos featured in the April 20, 2024 issue of The Independent.

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Benedictine College – 52nd annual Scholarship Ball

More than 1,000 guests gathered at the Overland Park Convention Center on February 24th for Benedictine College’s 52nd annual Scholarship Ball. The sold-out event was a huge success. Lené Westerman and Kate and Patrick Carr were the co-chairmen, and John Holt served as the emcee. Colleen and Kevin O’Malley were honored with the Cross of […]

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The Independent – 125 Years of Tradition

“The modernity of yesterday is the tradition of today, and the modernity of today will be tradition tomorrow.” Jose Andres Tradition is a beautiful thread that weaves itself throughout the tapestry of human history. It binds our past, guides our present, and helps to shape our future. At one end of the spectrum, it is […]

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K-State Alumni Association – Wabash CannonBall

The Overland Park Convention Center was the site filled with purple for the K-State Alumni Association’s Wabash CannonBall. The 17th annual event was held on February 23rd. More than 900 partygoers enjoyed a fun-filled evening and raised valuable scholarship funds for students from the Kansas City area.                Featured in […]

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2024 Class Of Rising Stars – Jason Banks

Behind the scenes of Kansas City’s most impactful causes are some of the hardest working, mission-driven people you will meet. One such person is Jason Banks, whom The Independent has recognized as one of its Rising Stars of 2024. Jason has consistently devoted himself to a variety of charitable organizations during the years, volunteering and […]

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Inclusion Connections – 10th annual FashionAbility Gala

February 17th was the date for Inclusion Connections’ 10th annual FashionAbility Gala, which was held at the Embassy Suites in Olathe. More than 700 guests were treated to inspiring fashion presentations, heartfelt testimonials, and a fun evening to celebrate the organization’s mission of empowering individuals with all abilities. Debbie Horn, Inclusion Connections; and Jon Twidwell, […]

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Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City – 50th Anniversary Gala

Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City celebrated a milestone with its 50th Anniversary Gala. The February 17th event was held at the Kansas City Convention Center. The celebration was led by Dr. Carmaletta Williams, Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City; and Dr. Marjorie A. Williams, board chair. Michael Harriot was the keynote speaker, […]

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The American Royal Celebrates 125 Years!

The Independent is proud and pleased to be sharing a milestone anniversary with one of Our Town’s most significant civic treasures – The American Royal! As we celebrate their 125th year, we would like to share a few historical treats. Founded in 1899 as the National Hereford Show, the 300 head sold were at the […]

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BOTAR – Cocktails & Couture

The BOTAR Organization celebrated the launch of its 75th anniversary year with a glorious fashion show, Cocktails & Couture, featuring every single gown from every year of the Belles of the American Royal. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center, the showcase of the evening was the runway, adorned with large […]

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HALO – “Defying the Odds”: A HALO Art Auction Benefiting Homeless Youth

The Midland Theatre was the site for “Defying the Odds”: A HALO Art Auction Benefiting Homeless Youth on February 24th. More than 350 guests enjoyed entertainment from HALO youth, silent and live auctions, and the premiere of the HALO Short Film Documentary, Caylin. Proceeds support HALO to provide housing, healing, and education services to homeless […]

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Redefining Self-care And Mental Health For Women

In today’s fast-paced world, mental health stressors weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of women and children alike. Whether it’s the soaring cost of living, the turmoil of politics, or the heartbreaking news of violence hitting close to home, the toll on our collective well-being is undeniable. In this whirlwind, self-care often takes a […]

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Photography Project Defies Ageism and Youth Beauty Ideals for Women

Beauty standards have changed over the decades, continuously shaping the expectations that society has for women. In the 1910s, the hourglass figure with a cinched waist was de rigueur. In the 1960s, being ultra thin with no curves was all the rage. From the ‘60s to the present, beauty norms have continued to shift. However, […]

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Rose Brooks Center – 37th annual Cabaret

Rose Brooks Center held its 37th annual Cabaret on February 25th at Loews Kansas City Hotel. Michelle Emanuel Johnson and Jeff Johnson were the event chairs. Guests enjoyed a special performance by Kansas City native Willis White performing with the Willis White Project. Proceeds support Rose Brooks Center’s mission of breaking the cycle of domestic […]

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Heart of America Shakespeare Festival – ROMANtic Revels

ROMANtic Revels featured a Roman theme this year, complete with a sword fight scene by HASF actors in appropriate garb, bringing a taste of Julius Caesar to the evening! The February 10th gala was held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Partygoers enjoyed cocktails, a gourmet dinner, a silent auction, and dancing. Diana […]

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Child Protection Center – Holidays in Crestwood Luncheon

Amy Embry and Carrie McLiney served as the co-chairmen for the Holidays in Crestwood Luncheon, a benefit for the Child Protection Center. The December 1st event was held at Aixois. The cozy and festive day featured a fabulous lunch, shopping, the annual gingerbread house contest, and much fun. Ten percent of sales benefited the mission […]

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