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I ON PHILANTHROPY

Spotlight on Centurions – Nancy Curran

Nancy Curran earned a bachelor of arts degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University. Her title at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is senior strategic sourcing specialist. Nancy is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020. During her first year as a Centurion, she was a member of […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Janet and Dave Loftus

Janet and Dave Loftus are dedicated volunteers for Growing Futures Early Education Center. Dave is a wealth advisor with Mainstreet Retirement & Investment Center. He contributes to Growing Futures and encourages his family and co-workers to give, too. In 2012, he began to organize donation drives at the Credit Union where his company is located, […]

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Philanthropy Matters – Reid Samuel

Reid Samuel is the annual fund manager for the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, which was founded in 1925 and has its headquarters in Kansas City. His responsibilities include managing direct response, online giving, and sustaining giving programs. In addition, he had a key role in the organization’s first-ever capital campaign, which drew $4.25 […]

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Philanthropy Matters – Karen Massman VanAsdale

As director of corporate relations for the Kansas City Ballet, Karen Massman VanAsdale is excited to connect her dots – a passion for the arts, extensive storytelling and marketing experience, and a lifelong commitment to contributing time, talent, and treasure to causes and organizations that are important to her and the community. According to Karen, […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Dr. Monique Johnston

Dr. Monique Johnston is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020 and is co-chairman of the recruiting committee. Family fun time with Zahra, age six, and Theo, age four, makes her smile. Monique is the director of education programs at the Missouri Humanities Council. She earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate […]

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Philanthropy Matters – April Padgett

April Padgett began her career in development five years ago. She came to Our Town in the summer of 2018. April is director of individual and corporate giving for Vibrant Health, a network of safety net health clinics in Wyandotte County, Kansas. She enjoys interacting with donors and colleagues. “One of the best parts of […]

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In the Spotlight – Snow Ball

Jo and Mike Kuckelman are the presidents for the 46th Annual Snow Ball, with Mary McGowan Swartz, representing the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, serving as the honorary president. Cocktails, dinner, and dancing are on the agenda for the evening of January 18th at the Overland Park Convention Center. The event is a benefit for […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Michael Comer

Michael Comer is a graduate of Kansas State University and a vice president with JE Dunn Construction. He is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020. The May Task Force, of which he was a member, focused on Kansas City’s past and future. He is currently serving as chairman of the legacy committee, […]

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2019 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. They make Kansas City a better place to live. Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation To provide support in the greater Kansas City area for crisis related medical assistance, neighborhood […]

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