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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Ivy Community Service and Education Foundation’s 68th Debutante Ball

The Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Ivy Community Service and Education Foundation hosted the 68th Debutante Ball on February 26th. The theme for the virtual event was “A Celebration of Grandeur and Grace.” Twyla Woods-Buford, the midwestern regional director, gave a special greeting. Kimberlyn Jones choreographed the waltz for the […]

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Kansas City Monarchs: Rebranded And Reborn

Of course, we are all aware of times when rebranding didn’t work. Coca Cola comes to mind first. The new Coke was the new disaster. No one wanted it, protests happened, surely some jobs were lost, and it finally went away. The Gap rebranded the logo of the clothing retailer during a holiday season… confusion […]

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Children’s Mercy – Red Hot Night, “Virtually Over the Rainbow”

Randy Pope and Walter Porter were the co-chairmen, and Chanie and Tom Mitchell and Drs. Susan and Greg Sweat served as the honorary co-chairmen of The Hands and Hearts Auxiliary of Children’s Mercy’s Red Hot Night, “Virtually Over the Rainbow.” The 17th annual event, a benefit for the new Children’s Mercy Research Institute, was held […]

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Forty Years Of Hope – reStart

It’s really quite simple. Homelessness is defined as the lack of permanent housing. That means no roof, no electricity, no running water, no heat, no security, no place to put the keys – because no keys exist. The condition of homelessness has been a challenge throughout Kansas City’s history. The onset of a pandemic has […]

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Welcome House – 50 Years Of Service

“My story is not unique or unusual. It’s about falling to depths never expected. It’s about all hope being gone,” said Jamie Boyle, CEO and president of Welcome House. Jamie talks the talk and walks the walk, every single day: the walk of sobriety, the walk of redemption, the walk of hope being right around […]

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The Independent’s 2021 Class of Rising Stars

Luke Deets, Vice President, McCownGordon Construction As the leader of McCownGordon Construction’s K-12 market sector, Luke Deets provides client, design, and student-focused solutions for pre-construction and construction services. Luke exemplifies the McCownGordon core values of integrity, relationships, and performance. “Luke is a natural leader, motivator, mentor, and philanthropist,” said Sheri Johnson, McCownGordon. “Through his volunteer […]

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Celebration of Philanthropy 2020

The Independent is delighted to share some of the many wonderful philanthropic endeavors from 2020. Kansas City is filled with fabulous volunteers and organizations that stepped up for our community during the pandemic. Join us as we celebrate their hard work and kindness. Kelly Van Allman, Kate Cullinane, and Marcus Rhodes, board member; participated in […]

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The Thin Margin – OWNKC

Sometimes, there is a very thin margin in life.  Often we search for meaning, question our place, or look for guidance in the direction our lives might take. Sometimes the signs are small – almost undetectable. And, other times we literally get knocked off of our feet by a message where immediate heed must be […]

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Have A Heart – Valentine’s Day 2021

Back in the 1920s, The Independent recorded the lament of a world-weary kindergartener who said she just had no idea who she would wed when she grew up – most of the men she knew seemed to be married already. We understand her feelings completely. Here we sit, reading of Valentine’s Days past, and leaving […]

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals GKC Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Celebration

November 12th was the date for The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Kansas City Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day Celebration virtual program. Honorees were congratulated for work done in their respective fields of non-profit fundraising. Included in the event were the following awards: Spirit of Philanthropy – Individual given to Marylou Turner and nominated by the […]

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JCRB|AJC – 2020 Virtual Human Relations Event

November 1st was the date for Jewish Community Relations Bureau|AJC’s 2020 Human Relations Event, “Pursuing Justice Standing Together,” which was held via private broadcast. The evening featured the presentation of the Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award to Debbie Sosland-Edelman, as well as a roundtable discussion and thought-provoking conversations. Michael Abrams, Merilyn Berenbom, Margi Pence, […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City – Virtual Most Wanted Auction

December 12th was the date for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City’s virtual Most Wanted Auction. This year, 31 individuals were honored as Kansas City’s Most Wanted. A record-breaking $1.35 million was raised to support the mission of creating life-changing friendships and changing futures for young people. Honoree Reed Erickson      (Front […]

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The Folly Theater – 6th Annual Folly Frolic

November 21st was the date for the Folly Theater’s 6th Annual Folly Frolic (a socially-distanced benefit concert). The Folly was able to stage a live performance, as well as a virtual stream of the event, which featured blues singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt, joined by folk singer-songwriter Kelly Hunt. Co-chairmen Stacy Purvis and Gregory Porter arranged a […]

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Kansas City Ballet Guild – 2020 Nutcracker Ball Private Broadcast

November 21st was the date for Kansas City Ballet Guild’s 2020 Nutcracker Ball private broadcast event. The event was led by Co-chairmen Edie Downing and Gail Van Way. Guild President Juliette Singer Spinks presented the 2020 Pirouette Award to Bank of America for its contributions to the performing arts in Our Town.   Also featured […]

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HALO – Virtual ArtReach Auction, “The Main Event”

February 26th is the date for HALO’s Virtual ArtReach Auction, “The Main Event.” The action-packed evening will feature the HALO documentary short film premiere, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and Special Guest Oprah Winfrey interviewing HALO Alumni, Marjai. Proceeds support homeless and at-risk children around the world.

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KVC Health Systems – Groovy Virtual Gala

Shelley and Evan Howe served as chairmen of KVC Health Systems’ Groovy Virtual Gala. The November 13th event was a celebration of the organization’s 50 years of service to children and their families. Guests enjoyed the 1970’s-themed event at home, complete with a “Funky Epiphany” cocktail, auctions, celebrity appearances, and lots of period music. Proceeds […]

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Phoenix Family

The smiles in the photos tell the story. Every person, regardless of station in life, deserves dignity and respect. Phoenix Family is a non-profit organization that provides integrated social services to anyone living in low-income circumstances. Phoenix Family serves more than 6,000 people per day. Clients can learn skills and gain perspectives that make dreams […]

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Wayside Waifs – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

October 28th was the date for Wayside Waifs’ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, which celebrated the completion of its $8.7 million expansion. Campaign Co-chairmen Sandy and Dave Johnson and Jill and Tom Turner hosted a limited number of guests as they celebrated the new Education and Training Center and the Canine Behavior Center. The project, which was […]

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Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City – Ribbon Cutting

October 23rd was the date for the Ribbon Cutting at the new Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City. Also featured in the November 28, 2020 issue of The Independent  

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Children’s Mercy – Nick & Jake’s Fore the Kids Golf Tournament

Nick & Jake’s Fore the Kids Golf Tournament, a benefit for Children’s Mercy, was held on October 5th at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate and Blue Hills Country Club. Proceeds were earmarked to address mental health issues for patients at Children’s Mercy and in our community. Also featured in the November 28, 2020 issue of […]

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Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault – Community Luncheon

Kristen Gibbons Feden, an attorney who served as the prosecutor in the trial and retrial of Bill Cosby, was the keynote speaker for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault’s (MOCSA) Community Luncheon. This year, it was a virtual event with a set of small, socially-distanced watch parties on October 14th. Jill and Ray Kowalik […]

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