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War Horses For Veterans – The Derby Party

War Horses for Veterans, founded by Andy and Patricia Brown, held its third annual fundraiser, The Derby Party, on May 4th. More than 400 guests watched the Kentucky Derby race live on the big screens and celebrated with fun food, drinks, music, dancing, and an auction led by the Nigro Brothers. Frank Boal served as […]

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Symphony League of Kansas City – Spring Luncheon

Lidia’s was the lovely location for the Symphony League of Kansas City’s annual Spring Luncheon on May 8th. Mandy Burditt and Trish Mayer were the co-chairmen. Nearly 60 members and guests enjoyed delicious Northern Italian cuisine at beautiful tables decorated with spring florals.  Featured in the June 15, 2024 issue of The IndependentPhoto credit: Rita […]

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Symphony League of Kansas City – Ball Kickoff

Symphony League members gathered at Amy Volini’s beautiful home recently to kick off preparations for the 2024 Symphony Ball, “NOVA.”Amy and Julie Sykes hosted the fun event, where Ball Chairman Barbara Haviland shared exciting plans for the evening. The September 7th event will be held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and Matthias […]

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Saint Luke’s Foundation – Spirit of Philanthropy Awards

In the spirit of gratitude, Saint Luke’s Foundation hosted its Spirit of Philanthropy Awards celebration on April 18th at the 1900 Building. Being honored this year are: Philanthropists of the Year, Irv and Ellen Hockaday; Foundation Fellow, Dr. Tracy L. Stevens; Champions of Philanthropy – Corporate, JE Dunn Construction; Champions of Philanthropy – Foundation, Marion […]

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Kansas City Rose Society – Spring Tea

Being the largest Rose Society in the United States is something to celebrate, and that’s exactly what members of The Kansas City Rose Society did at their annual Spring Tea on May 5th at Mission Hills Country Club. Co-chairmen Margie Paxton and Vicki Riffle provided cocktails and appetizers, and more than 20 guests won raffle […]

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MOCSA – Community Luncheon

May 1st was the date for Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA’s) Community Luncheon, which was held at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Sarah Klein, former competitive gymnast and now a trial attorney who represents victims of sexual abuse and assault, was the keynote speaker. Heather Bortnick and Kathy Koehler […]

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KC Pet Project –  Love Finds A Way

May 1st was the date when supporters of KC Pet Project gathered at the Kansas City Campus for Animal Care for the Kick-off Party for the organization’s LOVE FINDS A WAY gala. The biennial event will be held on August 16th at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Jami and Fred Pryor are […]

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Kansas City Museum – The Derby Party

An elegant Benefactor Party was held at the beautiful home of Erin and Stephen Mos on April 30th in anticipation of the Kansas City Museum’s Derby Party event. Patrons enjoyed cocktails and delicious bites from Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions. The ninth annual Derby Party was held on May 4th at the Museum. Featured in the […]

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Job One “Cause-ino Night”

April 19th was the date for Job One’s third annual Cause-ino Night,  which was held at Arrowhead Stadium. More than 400 guests enjoyed Vegas-style games and supported the organization’s mission to create employment opportunities and meaningful days for adults with disabilities. Brya Berry served as the emcee. Featured in the June 15, 2024 issue of […]

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Jewish Family Services – Wipe Out

Jewish Family Services’ newly appointed executive director and CEO, Kelly Davydov, had a chance to chat with community members at Menorah Medical Center recently. Kelly was excited to promote the annual summer Wipe Out toilet paper drive, which seeks to collect 3,000 rolls, equivalent to a month’s distribution from the organization’s Food Pantry. In addition, […]

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Lyric Opera Circle – Benefactor Party

Jerry Katlin and Dan DeLeon opened their stunning home for The Benefactor Party for the Lyric Opera Circle’s Lyric Opera Ball, “A Toast To Opera.” The beautiful Kansas City skyline served as a backdrop as guests enjoyed cocktails and delicious fare in anticipation of the Lyric Opera Ball. Deanna Diebolt and Sharon Barry were co-chairmen […]

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Kansas City Ballet Guild – Spring Luncheon

Oakwood Country Club provided the gorgeous backdrop for the Kansas City Ballet Guild’s annual Spring Luncheon on May 2nd. Cindy Wurm, Julia Kim Malter, and Jessica James were the hosts. Guild President Cyndi James presented the ceremonial check to the Kansas City Ballet, installed new board members, and handed over the gavel to Incoming President […]

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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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CITYSCAPES: The Rabbit hOle

My favorite book growing up had a yellow cover and a dog walking down the road, carrying all he owned in a simple knapsack tied to a stick. Cozy under the covers when my parents thought I was asleep, this book taught me to be courageous, to fight the bad guys, and to not be […]

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Wayside Waifs – Fur Ball, “Bark and Roll”

The Overland “Bark” Convention Center was the site for Wayside Waifs’ annual Fur Ball, “Bark and Roll,” on May 11th. Martha and Rusty Smith were the honorary chairs for the fabulously fun event that featured cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction. The evening celebrated the organization’s 80th anniversary of saving the lives of homeless animals. […]

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Tech Savvy And Tying The Knot

Love in the digital age knows no bounds, and neither do the ways we celebrate it. This year, Kansas City offers new ways for couples to show their devotion and document their unique love stories. In 2024, planning a proposal no longer requires going it alone, and the term, “wedding content creator,” has evolved.  Riley […]

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It’s All About The Hair

In terms of miles, there are 6,826 of them between Stilwell, Kansas, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and Ezoza Khashimova travels those miles quite often – as do her husband, children, parents, and in-laws. She is originally from Tashkent, and her sisters, brother, parents, and in-laws still live there. She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to […]

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Micro Weddings: The Evolution Of The Modern Wedding

When you think of a wedding, what comes to mind? Is it a large formal affair with hundreds of people in attendance? Or, is it an intimate scenario in a backyard with only your nearest and dearest with you? According to the co-owners of Kansas City’s Cakewalk Events, Amy Rizzo and Kristen Bushmoyer, most people’s […]

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Documenting Weddings with Bailey Pianalto

Capturing, saving, and presenting the images of a wedding celebration is a process that requires a lot more thought and effort than just throwing a few photos in a scrapbook and calling it a day (although back in the day, that’s what we did!). Today’s couples want to preserve the feeling, the journey, the people, […]

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The Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory – Sophisticated Ladies Spring Luncheon

Indian Hills Country Club was the site for The Women’s Committee for the UMKC Conservatory’s Sophisticated Ladies Spring Luncheon, which was held on April 17th. Michele Hamlett-Weith served as the chairman, and Linda Eddy and Barbara Lutman served as auction co-chairmen. UMKC Conservatory Dean Courtney Crappell introduced the program, followed by remarks from Stephen Steigman, […]

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University of Central Missouri – Evening of Appreciation Gala

University of Central Missouri honored its most generous donors at the annual Evening of Appreciation Gala on April 20th. The event was held in Warrensburg, Missouri. Former UCM President Dr. Ed and Sandra Elliott were honored as Founding Philanthropists, along with alums Rand and Kelly Harbert.      Featured in the May 18, 2024 issue […]

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