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Truman Library Institute – Reception and Ribbon-Cutting

Truman Library Institute held a Reception and Ribbon-Cutting at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on October 12th. The occasion was the opening of the exhibition, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, which will be on display through December 31st. Former President George W. Bush created the 66 […]

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Sheffield Place – Off the Wall

October 8th was the date for Sheffield Place’s Off the Wall at The LEX at Municipal Auditorium. Peter Sunderman and Curt Thomas served as the honorary chairmen. More than 450 supporters enjoyed dinner, drinks, and local art to benefit programs for the homeless children and mothers at Sheffield Place.       Featured in the […]

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Pathway To Hope – Night of Hope Gala

October 22nd was the date for Pathway To Hope’s eighth annual Night of Hope Gala. The event helped to support the organization’s goal of ensuring that no one has to face mental illness alone.   Featured in the November 26, 2022 issue of The Independent. 

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The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties – 2022 Dad’s Ice Breaker

The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties held its Dad’s Ice Breaker for the fathers of participants in the Community Ball and Cotillion. Everyone gathered on October 23rd at Dub’s Dread Golf Club to watch football, have some fun – and be fitted for those all-important tuxedos for the big night. (Final score? Chiefs […]

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Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri – Tough Cookies

October 27th was the date for Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri’s Tough Cookies. Joni Wickham and Sly James served as the co-chairs. The event brought individuals together in a community conversation with an hour-long presentation about developing strong, resilient, and confident girls in today’s world. Guests enjoyed listening to a teen panel […]

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New Roots for Refugees – The Gathering

October 4th was the date for The Gathering, a benefit for New Roots for Refugees. Bridget Lee was the host of the 10th annual event. Guests enjoyed remarks from Lauren Solidum, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas; and Kristin Selby, New Roots for Refugees; along with delicious fare from Páros Estiatorio, and an opportunity to shop […]

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The 72nd BOTAR Ball

October 15th was the date for the 72nd BOTAR Ball, which was held at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The Ball had a chinoiserie theme, enhanced by panels commemorating Our Town’s landmarks. The lovely floral design was created by The Little Flower Shop. The BOTARs of 2022 were attired in stunning […]

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The Family Conservancy – 11th annual Blue Carpet Event

October 7th was the date for The Family Conservancy’s 11th annual Blue Carpet Event at The Abbott. The annual Betsy Vander Velde Award was given to Jennifer Bedell, Angie Davids, Lisa Foley, and Angie Smith, the four founders of Project 39. The program featured the story of the journey of TFC clients who immigrated to […]

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Kansas City Young Matrons – Civics and Honoring Day

Kansas City Young Matrons’ Civics and Honoring Day was held on October 3rd. The membership gathered to honor its president, past presidents, silver members, life members, and honorary members. Guests enjoyed presentations from Debbie Deere and Miranda Mendez of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Lauren Clifton-Thompson and Sarah Knopf Amelung of Amethyst Place. The morning […]

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KC Shepherd’s Center – 50th Anniversary and 5th Annual 70 over 70 Awards Celebration

KC Shepherd’s Center’s 50th Anniversary and 5th Annual 70 over 70 Awards Celebration was held on September 17th. Kathy Cox and Gary Cortes and Edith and Benny Lee were the honorary co-chairs, and Carmen Zuniga and Tanner Wycoff served as the co-chairs for the event, which was held at The Midland Theatre. Kathy Smith and […]

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Jackson County CASA’s fourth annual Cocktails for CASA – A Night of Hope

Jackson County CASA’s fourth annual Cocktails for CASA – A Night of Hope was held on September 30th at Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners. More than 280 guests enjoyed a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and music from the Paseo Academy Jazz Band. Proceeds help the organization and its mission to […]

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Children’s Mercy – 2022 Dream Big Day

September 24th was the date for Children’s Mercy’s 2022 Dream Big Day. The event was held at Crown Center Square. The festivities  included family-friendly activities, a one mile walk, and a lot of laughter.     Featured in the November 12, 2022 issue of The Independent.

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – Snow Ball Kickoff Meeting

Committee members for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Snow Ball recently attended this season’s Kickoff Meeting at Indian Hills Country Club. The guest speakers were Lauren Solidum, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, and April, a graduate of the organization’s St. Rita program. Pam and Kevin Kramer are serving as the 2023 Snow Ball presidents. The […]

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Kansas City Ballet – 2022 Season Launch Party

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center was the site for Kansas City Ballet’s annual Season Launch Party on October 14th. Devon Carney and Jeffrey J. Bentley welcomed guests to the 65th season of Kansas City Ballet. Members of The Bolender Society enjoyed the elegant event, complete with beautiful city skyline views from Benton’s. Afterward, […]

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Kansas City Ballet Guild – The Nutcracker Ball Invitation Assembly

September 29th was the date when members of the Kansas City Ballet Guild gathered at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity to assemble invitations for The Nutcracker Ball, the Guild’s 55th annual gala. The colorful invitations reflect the Ball’s “Land of the Sweets” theme. The festive event will be held on December 3rd […]

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The 2022 American Royal Livestock Show

The American Royal Livestock Show was held from October 5th through the 23rd. This year, the Junior Premium Livestock Auction took place on October 14th. Colonel Andy White was the auctioneer. He has been honored as the 2016 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, and he is one of only two auctioneers who have won the auction […]

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The Whole Person – Night of Independence Awards Gala: The Super Ball

Jessica Barranco and Sherry Duncan served as the co-chairs for The Whole Person’s Night of Independence Awards Gala – The Super Ball. The event was held at the North Club at Arrowhead Stadium on October 1st. Adriana Davalos was the emcee. Anna Sarol, disability content creator and advocate, was celebrated as the Individual of the […]

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The National WWI Museum and Memorial – 2022 Night at the Tower

September 17th was the date for Night at the Tower, a benefit for The National WWI Museum and Memorial. Ann and Bob Regnier were the honorary chairs, and Tim Van Zandt and Chris Beal and Loren and Tom Whittaker served as the event co-chairs. The festivities included live and silent auctions, which supported the Global […]

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Wayside Waifs – 32nd Annual Strutt With Your Mutt

September 25th was the date for the 32nd Annual Strutt With Your Mutt. (There was no muttering about the weather – it was a beautiful day!) Proceeds support the rescue and care for the homeless animals at Wayside Waifs.           Featured in the October 29, 2022 issue of The Independent.

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Powell Gardens – Under a Harvest Moon

Under a Harvest Moon, a benefit for Powell Gardens, was held on September 25th. Cindy Judge and Jay Longbottom were the honorary chairs, with Kristopher Dabner serving as the event chair.  Committee members were David Mertz, Anne Riker Powell, Ruthie Rinehart, Susan Spencer, and Emily Uhlmann Fehsenfeld. Guests enjoyed cocktails, a silent auction, live music, […]

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Johnson County Library Foundation – 2022 Library Lets Loose

September 17th was the date for Johnson County Library Foundation’s Library Lets Loose event, which was held at the Central Resource Library in Overland Park. Guests were welcomed by Honorary Hosts Senia and Will Shields and the Shawnee Mission South Jazz Band. Partygoers enjoyed a “Let Loose Juice” signature cocktail, delicious bites from local restaurants, […]

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