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2021 Directors of Philanthropy

In the Directors of Philanthropy issue, The Independent celebrates the remarkable people in Our Town who donate so much of their time and talents to charitable organizations.    Also featured in the October 2, 2021 Signature Issue    

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Kansas City Ballet Guild – Kick Off Party

Members of the Kansas City Ballet Guild, along with Kansas City Ballet dancers and staff members, enjoyed a Kick Off Party to celebrate the Ballet’s 2021-2022 season. The August 29th festivities, which were held at Lidia’s, included remarks by Peggy Beal, Guild president, and Jeffrey J. Bentley and Devon Carney, both with Kansas City Ballet, […]

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MOCSA – 2021 Chiefs Charity Game

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) has been chosen as the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game for the next three years. The 2021 game was held on August 27th at Arrowhead Stadium. MOCSA’s mission is to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and assault and to prevent sexual violence in […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City – 2021 Kids Night Out

Paul Fischer, Ray Kowalik, and Zalman Kohen served as the honorary co-chairmen for the 25th annual Kids Night Out, a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Andy Burczyk was the chairman of the August 13th event, which was held at the Overland Park Convention Center. The fun included cocktails, dinner, […]

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Lyric Opera Circle – 2021 Summer

Members of the Lyric Opera Circle had a full calendar of fun this summer. Instead of having the organization’s annual Ball this year, two outdoor events and a Spring Luncheon were held. Chaz at The Raphael was the site for a five-course benefactor dinner and wine pairing, with Peggy Beal as the chairman. Karen Yungmeyer […]

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2021 Summer Celebrations

The residents of Our Town love the summer months, and The Independent delights in sharing your special moments.  Harris, Blair, Foster, and Rhett Jackson at Mission Hills Country Club’s Fourth of July Celebration   Tommie Busch, Abby Lubischer, and Patrick Busch at the Sporting KC versus Austin FC match   Chelan David and Isabel Salgado at the […]

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Wayside Waifs – 2021 Fur Ball

Wendy and Dean Guillies and Kathleen Boyle Dalen and Jason Dalen served as the co-chairmen for the 2021 Fur Ball, a benefit for Wayside Waifs. The August 7th event featured cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and a program. Gary Lezak was the emcee, with the assistance of his dogs, Sunny, who is a Wayside alum, […]

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The Independent – Rising Star Reception

Stargazing has always been a favorite pastime for many, and the evening of July 29th was no exception. The gifted and generous Rising Stars of 2021 were honored by The Independent at a soiree at the 1900 Building, complete with recognition, gifts, a lovely buffet, and lots of applause. Luke Deets, Deanna DiSalvo, Jessica James, […]

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The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens – Stems: A Garden Soirée

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens was the place for Stems: A Garden Soirée. Anne and Wayne Byrd served as the honorary chairmen. The June 26th event benefited The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park and its support of the Arboretum, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, and public arts projects in the City of […]

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Community LINC – 2021 Rent Party Kickoff Event

The Rent Party Kickoff Event for Community LINC was held recently at the lovely home of Christine and Sandy Kemper. The organization is focused on ending homelessness for this generation and the next. Peggy and Terry Dunn, the 2021 Hometown Heroes, were among the guests, as were past honorees, board members, and friends of the […]

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Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City – JA BizTown

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Reception for the opening of the new JA BizTown on June 10th at the JAKC Youth Learning Lab in the Northwood Shopping Center. JA BizTown immerses students in fourth through sixth grades in a simulated economy where they practice crucial real-world skills and […]

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Cristo Rey Kansas City – Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

Cristo Rey Kansas City’s 15th Annual Dancing with the Kansas City Stars was held on June 26th. Kathleen Couchonnal and Melissa Skeens were the co-chairmen, and Kristi and Larkin O’Keefe served as the honorary chairmen. Guests enjoyed an all-star dance competition that featured Nick Durand, Phil Glynn, Mike Jackson, Mary Haggerty Kroening, Kate O’Keefe, Julie […]

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Family Health Care – Tacos & Beer on the Boulevard

Bradette Groves and Lisa Tucker were the co-chairmen for Family Health Care’s 10th Anniversary Tacos & Beer on the Boulevard on June 10th. The sold-out event was hosted by Boulevard Brewing Company. Guests enjoyed the musical stylings of DJ Billy Santoro, as well as a silent auction and a raffle. Proceeds support Family Health Care, […]

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The Folly Theater – Folly Golf Classic

Deer Creek Golf Club was the site for the Folly Golf Classic, which was held on June 18th. Alex Solorio served as the chairman.       Also featured in the August 7, 2021 issue of The Independent Photo credit: Markline Tournament Photography

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City – Legacy Invitational

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City held its Legacy Invitational on May 24th at Loch Lloyd and June 14th at The National. When not on the links, guests enjoyed a variety of amenities, including hot towel shaves, chair massages, a cigar emporium, and a gift salon, in addition to a gourmet breakfast and hospitality tents […]

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C&C Group Alphapointe Pro-Am

June 7th was the date for the C&C Group Alphapointe Pro-Am, which was held at Loch Lloyd Country Club. More than 100 golfers from around the country participated in the event. Proceeds are earmarked for youth programming at the organization, which offers comprehensive rehabilitation services for people who are blind or visually impaired. Also featured […]

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The 2021 KidsTLC Open

The KidsTLC Open was held on June 7th at Shadow Glen Golf Course. Libations and food stations, along with games, added to everyone’s enjoyment of the day. KidsTLC provides services for children who are facing challenges with mental and behavioral health, developmental trauma, and autism.   Kristen Tyson, Lauren Roberts, Matt Mayer, and Dan Novascone, event […]

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Life Unlimited – Hats Off for Mothers

This marks the 18th year for Hats Off for Mothers, which was held on May 27th at the Boulevard Drive-In. The fun festivities featured a ‘50s theme and a parade of convertibles with the honorees. Ellen Merriman served as chairman, and John Holt was the host. The honorees, who were chosen for their ability to […]

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Kansas City Young Matrons – New Member Luncheon

May 20th was the date for Kansas City Young Matrons’ New Member Luncheon, which was held at the clubhouse. Two classes of new members were recognized at the event. New Member Class of 2021-22 Jacqueline King, Tina Bender, Shari Olander, Debra Nichols, Jan Morgan, Edie Downing, new member chairman; Maureen Lillard, new member advisor; Jenny […]

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The Children’s Place – Patio Party

The Children’s Place’s Patio Party was held on May 15th. Mindy and Meyer Sosland were the honorary chairmen, and Katie McCune and Carrie McLiney served as the co-chairmen. Hundreds of guests gathered at more than 35 patio parties around Our Town to watch the livestreamed event, which featured a mission-filled program and silent and live […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – 40th Annual Ben and Betty Zarda Family Golf Classic

Lake Quivira Country Club was the site for the 40th Annual Ben and Betty Zarda Family Golf Classic. More than 200 golfers hit the links on May 10th to support Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ summer food initiatives. Ernie Straub, Tony Winslow, Baile Stephenson, and Zac Clark   (Front row) Leslie Zarda, Scott Sayler, Bernie […]

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