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The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Celebrating a Century of Service Luncheon

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, celebrated 100 years of service in Our Town at its Celebrating a Century of Service Luncheon on September 20th. The event was held in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall and Lisa Schubert Hickok, Rachel Sexton and Betsy Ballard served as the co-chairmen. Hoda Kotb, correspondent for Dateline […]

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St. Teresa’s Academy Auction -You’re a Shining Star

St. Teresa’s Academy Auction, “You’re a Shining Star,”  will swing into town on November 23rd. Alumnae and friends enjoyed recent events at the beautiful homes of Julie and John Strickland and Julie and Steve Zanone to gather gifts for the 2013 Auction. Lynn and Jay Reardon, Lena and Joe Runyan and Amy and Jim Sullivan are […]

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CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties – Hops & Barley Ball

The Hops & Barley Ball, a benefit for CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties, was held on September 27th. Guests enjoyed a creative menu of comfort foods, the Dark Horse Distillery’s signature liquors, dancing, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will help train volunteers to advocate for the abused and neglected children served […]

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New Belgium Beer Tasting

On September 12th, both people and pets had a tail waggin’ good time at the New Belgium Beer Tasting at Rimann Liquors. Proceeds benefited Wayside Waifs, Our Town’s largest and most comprehensive no-kill pet adoption campus. Also featured in the November 2nd issue of The Independent  Cecil Lam, Michelle Kovacs, Dianne Siegel, Ellen Hanson posed […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City – 2013 Chiefs Charity Game

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City was chosen as the 2013 Chiefs Charity Game beneficiary. The Game was held on August 16th against the San Francisco 49ers and raised more than $500,000. Jeanette Prenger and Dave Ebbrecht were the honorary co-chairmen, and Paul Kushnir served as the chairman.  Also featured in the November […]

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Harriman-Jewell Series – Prelude

September 30th was the date for Prelude, an annual benefit to celebrate the 49th season of the Harriman-Jewell Series, at Indian Hills Country Club. Maureen and Richard Durwood were the honorary chairmen, and Pati Chasnoff, Merry Prostic and Susan Spaulding served as the co-chairmen. Guests enjoyed a performance by special guest artist, baritone Daniel Belcher, […]

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The Lyric Opera Circle

The Lyric Opera Circle welcomed five new members recently with a dinner at Brio Tuscan Grille. Members enjoyed conversation and delicious food and spirits.  Also featured in the November 2nd issue of The Independent Abby McCaffree, membership co-chairman; Amy Graham and Felicia Bondi Felicia Bondi, Amy Graham and Elaine Mann Francie Mayer, Abby McCaffree, Christine […]

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Powell Gardens – Fifth annual Under a Harvest Moon

September 22nd was the date for Powell Gardens’ fifth annual Under a Harvest Moon, “A Farm to Table Dinner.” Lory and Kevin Childress served as chairmen of the event which will benefit the youth education programs at Powell Gardens. Chef Alex Pope, Local Pig and Pigwich; prepared a multi-course feast for guests.  Also featured in […]

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The Kansas City Ballet Guild – Fall Luncheon

The Kansas City Ballet Guild’s Fall Luncheon was held at Brio Tuscan Grille on September 26th. Jeffrey Bentley, Kansas City Ballet; was the featured speaker. Guests enjoyed a delicious Italian lunch and the tables were adorned with fabulous floral arrangements by Craig Sole. Also featured in the November 2nd issue of The Independent Photo Credit: […]

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The REACH Healthcare Foundation – A Decade of REACH

On September 27th, The REACH Healthcare Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary with a community event at the Regnier Center at Johnson County Community College. Former Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and Bob Regnier were the featured speakers. On October 2nd, guests enjoyed a community luncheon at The Gallery, in celebration of “A Decade of Reach.” Brenda […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – The Gathering

September 24th was the date for The Gathering, a new event launched by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. More than 100 guests attended, and Lon Lane and Stewart Lane, both with Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions; demonstrated a variety of unique techniques for preserving and pickling. A new book, Serving Kansas City…New Roots, was released in […]

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William Jewell College – Opening Convocation Ceremony

On September 6th, William Jewell College celebrated the beginning of its academic year with an Opening Convocation Ceremony on the campus quad. Jill and Marshall Dean, Jr. and Jean and Don Wagner were awarded the William F. Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service. The event concluded with the dedication of the Pryor Learning Commons, a $15 […]

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Kansas City Ballet – KC Dance Day

On August 24th, the Kansas City Ballet presented its third annual KC Dance Day at the Todd Bolender Center. The day featured performances, classes, giveaways, and food trucks.  Also featured in the October 19th issue of The Independent Photo Credit: Brett Pruitt and East Market Studios The Creative Movement class was a hit with the […]

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The University of Kansas Hospital – 12th Annual Treads & Threads

On September 6th, The University of Kansas Hospital’s 12th annual Treads & Threads gala came roaring into the Kansas Speedway. Proceeds from the event support personalized cancer care at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated center.  Also featured in the October 19th issue of The Independent Photo Credit: Mark […]

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WIN for KC Youth Advisory Board

The WIN for KC Youth Advisory Board met at Sunnyside Park on September 29th for a Yoga class hosted by lululemon athletic Leawood and lululemon athletica Country Club Plaza. Also featured in the October 19th issue of The Independent  Eliza Little, Erin Parra, Allie Jones, Katie Hornbeck, Emily Green, Chiarra Franklin, Grace Li-Haug, Claire Vedock, […]

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The Lyric Opera Circle – Annual Fall Luncheon

The Lyric Opera Circle’s Annual Fall Luncheon was held at The Carriage Club. Members enjoyed a fascinating talk by Don Dagenais about women’s roles in opera. Bonne and Cliff Illig are the honorary chairmen of the 2014 Lyric Opera Ball, and Jeanette Prenger is serving as the chairman. Also featured in the October 19th issue of The Independent Photo […]

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Brookside Mothers’ Association – One Last Margarita Party

On September 14th, the Brookside Mothers’ Association held its annual end of summer celebration, One Last Margarita Party, at Element in Brookside. Proceeds support The Children’s Place and its mission to serve the needs of the youngest victims of abuse and neglect in Kansas City. Also featured in the October 19th issue of The Independent […]

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Renovation Sensation – Patrons’ Party

September 17th was the date for Renovation Sensation Patrons’ Party. The event was held at the beautiful home of Lynn and Joe Poskin. Deb Schneider and Sheryl Kaplan were the co-chairmen. Proceeds benefit Shawnee Mission East’s SHARE Program. Also featured in the October 19th issue of The Independent  Allison Harding, Donna Bysfield, SMSD board member; […]

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Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City – Race for the Cure

On August 11th, more than 20,000 supporters, volunteers  and breast cancer survivors gathered for the Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Race for the Cure. Guests enjoyed the Kids for the Cure Park, the Survivors Pavilion and the Survivors Parade. The annual event celebrated 20 years of breast cancer prevention and awareness in Our Town. […]

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Belles of the American Royal – Royal Welcome

On September 6th, the 2013 BOTARs, escorts, royal escorts, and their families gathered at the American Royal Complex to celebrate the upcoming Ball with a fiesta buffet, music and dancing. Laura Beachy and Kristin Patterson were the co-chairmen. The 64th BOTAR Ball will be held on October 19th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas […]

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MOCSA – Young at Art Cocktail Party and Auction

The ninth annual Young at Art Cocktail Party and Auction, a benefit for MOCSA’s art and play therapy programs, was held at the Uptown Theater. Lisa and Mike Hagedorn were the honorary chairmen, and Ali Mahaffy and Melanie Fenske served as the co-chairmen. Also featured in the October 5th issue of The Independent Photo Credit:  […]

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