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Spotlight On Centurions – Jacqueline Erickson Russell

Jacqueline Erickson Russell grew up in California and graduated from Yale University. Jacqueline fell in love with Kansas City when she moved here to participate in Teach for America. A member of Centurions, class of 2019, she a senior program officer on the education team at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  Frank White III, Jacqueline […]

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The Symphony League – Symphony Ball

September 8th is the date for The Symphony League’s Symphony Ball, “To Paris With Love,” to be held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Guests will enjoy French music performed by the Kansas City Symphony, a silent auction, cocktails, and delicious cuisine with a French flair. Laurie Burgess is the chairman, and Mary […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Karen Downing

Karen Downing is the auction chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Kansas City Shoot for the Cure event. She is known for her ability to procure highly desirable items for the auction – a great many of them! The total raised by the silent auction just keeps rising. In addition, Karen and her husband, Doug, […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Caitlin O’Byrne Waters

Caitlin O’Byrne Waters is an employee benefits consultant at CBIZ, where she helps companies develop strategies that will attract and retain employees. As a member of Centurions, class of 2019, she is serving on the diversity and inclusion committee. In addition, she is part of the Benchmarking Trip Task Force. Destination? Cincinnati. Caitlin has a […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Alvin Ward

Alvin Ward has donated more than 600 hours of his time to Spay and Neuter Kansas City. He has provided customer service at the wellness clinic and assisted as a vet tech at a mobile clinic. Alvin is very knowledgable about the organization and its programs. He also is noted for his patience and decisiveness. […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Nicole Jacobs Silvey

Nicole Jacobs Silvey is an associate director at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and is a Rising Star, class of 2018, with more than 20 years of experience in the non profit sector. She currently serves on the board of HappyBottoms.  According to Maria Dickson, Friends of University Academy; Nicole has been on the University […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Anastasia Huggins

Anastasia Huggins and her husband, Eddie, returned to Our Town two years ago, after spending nearly a decade away. Anastasia earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kansas State University, and she is an architect with BNIM. She joined Centurions soon after moving back to Kansas City and is a member of the class of […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Diane Gallagher

Diane Gallagher is a member of Centurions, class of 2019. She is a vice president of client marketing with American Century Investments. Diane and her family live in Prairie Village, where her husband, Terrence, is a member of the City Council. The Gallaghers are the parents of 21-year-old Jillian, 17-year-old Elizabeth and 14-year-old Mary Katherine. […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Chris Jagoda

When Chris Jagoda began his career at Lockton Companies, he embraced the company’s strong commitment to the community and quickly became involved with a wide variety of service activities, including Christmas in October, Great Strides, Walk MS, and The Hospital Hill Marathon. Said Erin Gabert, American Heart Association: “Chris found his niche volunteering with the […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Marc Shaffer

Wildcat! Marc Shaffer is a Kansas State University graduate who stays true to his roots. He is a past president of the school’s human ecology alumni advisory board. Marc is the incoming president for the Kansas State University personal financial planning advisory board, and he serves on the Kansas City K-State alumni planning committee. He […]

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Kansas City Zoo – Jazzoo

June 1st is the date for the Kansas City Zoo’s Jazzoo, “Rub Elbows. Touch Fins.” Kelly and Ron Lockton are serving as the chairmen of the 29th annual event. Partygoers will enjoy tasty tidbits from more than 70 of Our Town’s best restaurants, signature cocktails from 10 specialty and full service bars and live entertainment […]

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Synergy Services – Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

Synergy Services’ Honorary Stars for the 28th Annual Kindest Kansas Citian Awards are Anita Gorman and Christy and Bill Gautreaux. Brynn McCan is the chairman for the event, which will be held on May 4th at the Kansas City Zoo. More than 5,000 students have written essays nominating people they know, and the evening will feature […]

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THE INDEPENDENT’S 2018 CLASS OF RISING STARS

Shelly Doucet, Director of Development, University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Education “Shelly’s passion is serving and fundraising for non profits. In her professional and personal time, she is always considering how she can make her community stronger. She constantly sees potential community connections – encouraging cross-collaboration between non profits, philanthropists and businesses.” Jennifer Ingraham, UMKC Foundation […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Tom Reorda

Last summer, the Kansas City Royals invited Tom Reorda to sit in the Buck O’Neil legacy seat during a game. At a September luncheon, Tom received the Harvesters’ Circle of Hope Award as Hunger Champion – Individual. These are huge honors — what did Tom do to deserve them? The answer: Plenty! Tom first volunteered […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Jason Webb

As a member of Centurions, class of 2019, Jason Webb is supporting the February STEM Task Force and planning the Women’s Leadership Forum, which will be held in early March. The Kansas City Anti Violence Project (KCAVP) is an organization that is important to him, and he serves on its board and the executive committee. […]

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Truman Library Institute – Wild About Harry

Truman Library Institute’s Wild About Harry event will be held on April 19th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning Truman biographer, will be the featured guest. He will receive the 2018 Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award. Jo Ann and Bill Sullivan are the honorary chairmen, […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Sue and Lewis Nerman

Sue and Lewis Nerman have been championing the Kansas City Art Institute for many years. Most recently, the couple served as honorary chairmen of the 2017 Art & Design Auction, where more than $500,000 was raised for student scholarships. As a board member, Sue serves as an advocate for the college and her passion for […]

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Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation – White Coat Gala

April 12th is the date for Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation’s third annual White Coat Gala, which will “Illuminate Kansas City’s Healers and Heroes.” The festivities will be held at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Live music, a cocktail hour and dining are merely the beginning of the fun. There will […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Brooke and Jeffrey Kuntz

Brooke and Jeffrey Kuntz strongly support First Call’s mission to reduce the impact of alcohol, drugs and addiction by providing quality resources to individuals, families and the community. Together, they spearheaded a successful 2017 Celebration Evening: A Night of Recovery & Hope with Mackenzie Phillips. As chairmen, their hard work and dedication resulted in 10 […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Trevor Flannigan

Trevor Flannigan is a native of Blue Springs, Missouri, where he spent his formative years. After sampling a variety of Midwestern locations, he now resides in the City of Fountains. He and his wife, Courtney, share their home in the Waldo neighborhood with their adorable dog, Maeve. Trevor manages a website chat company in Lee’s […]

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WIN for KC – Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon

WIN for KC’s 24th annual Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon will be held on February 7th in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. Olympic Bronze Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad is the keynote speaker. Ibtihaj is a member of the United States Fencing Team. In August of 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman […]

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