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Philanthropy MATTERS

To learn more about becoming a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Kansas City Chapter, please visit afpkc.org. The Independent is proud to be the exclusive media partner of AFPKC. Andrew Garton is the assistant director of philanthropic giving at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. He leads a team of philanthropic advisors at Children’s Mercy, where […]

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Night Out with MOCSA Cocktail Party and Auction

November 5th is the date for Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault’s (MOCSA’s) Night Out with MOCSA Cocktail Party and Auction. The 18th annual event will be held at The Midland Theatre. The glamorous evening will feature a “Glitterati” theme. Partygoers will enjoy cocktails, delicious fare, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. Denise Delcore and […]

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Kansas City Pet Project – 10th Anniversary Gala / Love Finds A Way

Kansas City Pet Project will host its 10th Anniversary Gala / Love Finds A Way at Loews Kansas City Hotel on September 30th. Lisa Epps and Tim Clark, Roshann Parris and Jeff Dobbs, Cathy and Steve Doyal, Jenny and Warren Erdman, Bonne and Cliff Illig, Angelea Busby and Jake Jacobson, Christine and Sandy Kemper, CiCi […]

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2022 Class Of Rising Stars – Mark Nuss

Mark Nuss is a humble leader with a heart for service. One of Mark’s most memorable service activities was when he joined his fellow Centurions and collected 3,990 boxes of cereal and proceeded to break the Guinness World Record for “Most Cereal Boxes Toppled in a Domino Fashion.” The project, which benefited Harvesters, mirrored Mark’s […]

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – Kemper Gala 2022: PRISMATIC

Kemper Gala 2022: PRISMATIC will be held on October 8th at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Liz and Greg Maday and Lindsey Patterson Smith and Matt Smith are serving as the honorary co-chairs, and Elizabeth Bennett and Paul Gutiérrez are the co-chairs. The festivities will include delicious cuisine and entertainment, as well as dancing. […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! Betsy O’Brien

Betsy O’Brien joined Lead to Read KC as a reading mentor because she believes, “Time is the biggest gift we can give to a child. By helping students develop early reading skills and gain confidence, we help open doors for their future.” Betsy makes an immeasurable impact with students by taking the time to read […]

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2022 Class Of Rising Stars – Gene Willis

Gene Willis believes in the power of community. He was raised in a neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, that fostered his belief in the importance of supporting others, even when resources may have been scarce. Whether volunteering at church, serving as helpers in the food pantry, or assisting with rides to extracurriculars, his family instilled […]

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

On September 17th, The Midland Theatre will be the site for KC Shepherd’s Center’s 50th Anniversary and 5th Annual 70 Over 70 Awards Celebration. Edith and Benny Lee and Kathy Cox and Gary Cortes are serving as the honorary co-chairmen. Carmen Zuniga and Tanner Wycoff are the event co-chairmen. The evening’s agenda includes a pre-event […]

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Opes Charitable Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Green Tie Gala

David Frantze will be honored at the fourth annual Green Tie Gala, where guests will enjoy a surf and turf dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by Lonnie McFadden and the band Twice on Sunday. The event will raise funds for the Opes Charitable Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Featured in the […]

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