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Spotlight On Centurions – Ryan Gray

Through his childhood and early adult life, Ryan Gray was constantly a man on the move. He estimates that he has moved around the country 20 times. Education? Northwest Missouri State for his bachelor’s degree, the University of Florida for his master’s degree and additional study in marketing and economics at Zuyd University in the […]

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Inclusion Connections – PawsAbilities

If you’re looking for gifts for your furry friends, look no further than items made by members of Inclusion Connections, a non profit that provides social, educational and employment opportunities for young people with developmental disabilities. One of the organization’s programs is PawsAbilities, a job skills training and placement program for individuals with disabilities in […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Ryan Shriver

Ryan Shriver is a producer in the commercial insurance division at Haas and Wilkerson Insurance and has more than 13 years of experience in the industry. In addition to his day-to-day sales responsibilities, Ryan’s clients represent non-profit, human services and professional organizations, and he focuses on providing risk management to them. He enjoys serving on […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Caroline Heckman

Caroline Heckman is a valued volunteer with Girls on the Run – and she is making sure the next generation will be involved. Her daughter, Jocelyn Heckman, is on the Union Chapel Elementary School team that Caroline coaches. Caroline ensures that girls at the school, and throughout the Kansas City area, have the opportunity to […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Morgan Franklin

Morgan Franklin is the senior business development officer and manager of marketing and communications at the Economic Development Corporation Kansas City. A native of Blue Springs, Missouri, Morgan is a graduate of the University of Missouri. She is a member of Centurions Spring Class of 2020. Morgan enjoys volunteering with Uplift, Giving the Basics and […]

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Chelsea Clinton – Start Now! You Can Make a Difference

Author Chelsea Clinton believes children hold the keys to a successful future. In her new children’s book, Start Now! You Can Make a Difference, Chelsea seeks to inspire children with tactical and practical ways they can change the world for the better. On October 16th, Chelsea came to Our Town and spoke about her book […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Alex Callow

Alex Callow is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020. Growing up on the family farm in northwest Missouri, he was encouraged to explore the world. Architecture provided him with opportunities, but he still has ties to the farm. Alex is an architect with Finkle + Williams, and his wife, Lauren, is a […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Ben McAnany

For Ben McAnany, getting ready for a golf tournament doesn’t mean just working on his backswing and practicing putting. For three years, he has served as the golf committee chairman for a tournament that benefits Sheffield Place. Ben works with other dedicated volunteers and makes the process fun. Each year, the event has raised more […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Derek Klaus

Derek Klaus graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism at The University of Kansas in 2006. He is director of communications with Visit KC. As a member of Centurions Spring Class of 2020, Derek is a member of the social committee and the Trip Task Force – this year, the destination is Salt […]

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Lyric Opera Circle – Lyric Opera Ball

April 13th is the date for Lyric Opera Circle’s Lyric Opera Ball, “For the Love of Opera,” to be held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Marilyn and Kenneth Hager are the honorary chairmen, and Pamela Bruce and Barbara Haviland are serving as the co-chairmen. The gala will feature a program of […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Tricia Scott

For 15 years, Tricia Scott has been a tireless volunteer with the Lyric Opera Circle. She was chairman of the Lyric Opera Ball in 2009 and was elected president in 2010. Tricia is now serving as president for the second time. Also featured in the October 27, 2018 issue of The Independent Photo Credit: Strauss […]

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The Epsten Gallery – House Party

October 24th is the date for The Epsten Gallery’s House Party. Lori Kallaher and Laura Mombello are serving as the co-chairmen of the event that will be held in a lovely, private home in Union Hill. Regina and Bill Kort are the honorary chairmen of the cocktail party that will feature a fantastic collection on […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Leanne Breiby

Leanne Breiby grew up in Olathe, Kansas, and graduated with honors from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas. She now lives in downtown Kansas City with her boyfriend and two cats.  Leanne assists donors in establishing charitable funds at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, where […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Tekia Thompson

See that smile? That’s what you first notice about Tekia Thompson. As a volunteer with Friends of University Academy, she helps in numerous ways, including stuffing envelopes and updating the database. In addition, she also works at After the Harvest and runs her own catering company.  Also featured in the October 13, 2018 issue of […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – 45th Annual Snow Ball

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ 45th Annual Snow Ball will be held on January 19th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Patty and Don Kincaid are the honorary presidents, and Fran and Neil Douthat are serving as the presidents. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, a formal dinner and dancing into the night. Proceeds […]

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UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance’s Crescendo – Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown is the Crescendo featured performer. His early interest in music was fueled by Earth, Wind & Fire and James Brown. What most fascinated him were the horn sections. He first learned about jazz from his father, a decade ago. Matthew was a senior at the Chicago High School for the Arts when he […]

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Urban Ranger Corps – Urban Rendezvous IX

Urban Ranger Corps’ Urban Rendezvous IX will be held on October 25th at The College Basketball Experience and The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Dr. Kimberly Beatty and Dr. Vince Key will be honored with Urban Ranger Corps’ 2018 Community Service Award. Nicole Jacobs Silvey is serving as the honorary chairman. Also featured in […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang is a member of the Spring 2020 Class of Centurions, where he serves on the recruitment committee and the Wildcard Task Force. His title at Starlight Theatre is development coordinator. Andrew’s home life is centered around his wife, Katherine, and their dog, Carter. Volunteering is an important part of his life. Among the […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Libby Irving

Libby Irving is a dedicated volunteer at The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. She also brings her attention to detail and zest for life to the leadership roles she has held on the Friends of the Arboretum Advisory Board and for events such as Stems: A Garden Soirée and Botanical Brewfest. Libby Irving and […]

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2018 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. Wonderscope Children’s Museum To spark a lifelong love of learning through the power of play. Board Members: (Front row) Katie […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Ryan Shreve

Ryan Shreve is the chief financial officer for Fishtech Group and is a Rising Star, class of 2018. After serving six years on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, he is currently a member of the Ambassador Board. He enjoyed spearheading the agency’s largest annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, […]

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