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The Independent’s 2022 Class of Rising Stars!

Missy Andeel, Human Relations Consultant, American Century Investments Missy Andeel’s career has taken her to a variety of cities. Fortunately for Our Town, she has now lived here for more than a decade. There’s an old adage, “Bloom where you’re planted,” and Missy is someone who believes in putting down roots. Missy spent 12 years […]

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The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas – 71st Annual Community Ball and Cotillion

December 4th was the date for The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas’ 71st Annual Community Ball and Cotillion, which was held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Laurel Thomas and Sara Willimon were the Ball co-chairmen, and Marsha Oyer served as the Cotillion chairman. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, elegant decor, […]

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The HALO Foundation – #ArtDoesGood

The HALO Foundation’s #ArtDoesGood Campaign was a huge success. More than $22,260 was raised to help provide a haven of creativity, future-focused art and life skills programs, and professional development training for 111 kids in a HALO Learning Center for one year.   Read more in the January 8, 2022 issue of The Independent

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The Folly Theater – 2021 Folly Frolic

The Folly Theater’s annual Folly Frolic was held on November 20th. Guests enjoyed a ’20s-themed reception, followed by a performance of Two Lost Souls with Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery.          Read more from the January 8, 2022 issue of The Independent Photo Credit: Kelly Powell

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Cristo Rey Kansas City – 16th Annual Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

The 16th Annual Dancing with the Kansas City Stars, a benefit for the students of Cristo Rey Kansas City, will be held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The Kansas City Irish Cultural Center was the setting to announce the eight hometown heroes who will dance for the students of Cristo Rey […]

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Family Health Care KC’s Champagne & Chocolate

Family Health Care KC’s Champagne & Chocolate event was held on November 6th at The Loretto Grand Ballroom. Alisyn and Charles Earnest and Katie and Ryan Gound were the co-chairmen. Greg Carroll and Midnight Blue Jazz performed. Partygoers enjoyed delicious sweets from Kansas City’s finest restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers. Proceeds support Family Health Care KC, […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – 48th Annual Snow Ball

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ 48th Annual Snow Ball will be held on January 15th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Friends from St. Ann Catholic Parish gathered to garner support for the Ball at the beautiful home of Fran and Neil Douthat. More than 100 young professionals attended the annual Snowflake Happy Hour at […]

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Kansas City Ballet Guild – Nutcracker Ball

Loews Kansas City Hotel was the site of the Kansas City Ballet Guild’s Nutcracker Ball on November 20th. Michael D. Fields served as the honorary chairman, and Karen Yungmeyer and Tempe Ostergren Elsberry were the co-chairmen. Peggy Beal, Guild president, and Jeffrey J. Bentley, Kansas City Ballet, presented the Pirouette Award to Dr. John D. […]

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The American Royal – 2021 Season

Friends and supporters of The American Royal celebrated another successful season with many special events, including the World Series of Barbecue, the 122nd American Royal Livestock Show, the Chairman’s Uptown Hoedown, and six equine events. The organization also brought barbecue back to the West Bottoms with the first American Royal Backyard Barbecue Competition. Proceeds from […]

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