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Spirits of Folly: A Spooktacular Benefit for Kansas City Young Audiences

Kansas City Young Audiences and the Folly Theater are joining forces to bring a dynamic evening of entertainment to Our Town on November 4th at the Folly with Spirits of Folly: A Spooktacular Benefit for Kansas City Young Audiences. Featured are Kansas City’s own dazzling performer, Bryonha Marie, and the local bands Gullywasher and Hudspeth […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Lead to Read KC

At Westside CAN’s Back to School Pep Rally on July 28th, Lead To Read KC volunteers distributed free books to children and families and recruited reading mentors for the upcoming fall semester. Lead to Read KC’s mission is to support the social, emotional, and reading skills that are foundational for student success by advancing their […]

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The Kansas City Museum – 2024 Derby Party

The Kansas City Museum’s annual Derby Party will be held on May 4th on the historic grounds of the Museum. Amy and David Embry are the honorary hosts of the much-anticipated event. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of cocktails, mocktails, southern bites, live music, dancing, and the best Derby fashion in Our Town. Proceeds support […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Julie Arnold

How does Julie Arnold help HALO? Many ways! Beginning in 2017, she has led workshops for young people who are homeless or at-risk. She launched and still supports the HALO Makers program. Young people create serving trays from reclaimed wood, and the trays are then sold at HALO events. This benefits the participants in the […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – 50th Annual Snow Ball

January 20th is the date for The 50th Annual Snow Ball, which will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center. Veronica and Peter Mallouk are serving as the presidents, and Kathy and Jack Newman are the honorary presidents for the black-tie evening. The Emerald City Band will provide the entertainment following a cocktail reception […]

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AFPKC’s Philanthropy MATTERS: Julianne DeLessio

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. Julianne DeLessio is employed with Union Station Kansas City as its donor and corporate relations manager, where she works with corporate partners and sponsors, as […]

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JCRB|AJC – Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Event

November 19th is the date for the Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Event, hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Bureau|AJC. Bill Berkley, Lisa Ginter, Gordon Lansford, Madeleine McDonough, Jeff Simon, and Bridgette Williams are the co-chairs for the festivities, which will be held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Joe Reardon will be […]

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2023 Class Of Rising Stars – Anna Bazan-Munguia

In Kansas City’s philanthropic circles, one vibrant and beloved personality stands out as a Rising Star – Anna Bazan-Munguia. As the youngest of 27 grandchildren, Anna’s journey to local prominence is intertwined with her family’s rich history and a deep sense of community spirit.  Anna’s grandfather, a skilled tailor who once worked for President Harry […]

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American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Kansas City

October 28th is the date for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Kansas City, which will be held at Crown Center. The Walk is a celebration of courage and hope, and a movement to unite communities to end breast cancer. Proceeds from the event fund lifesaving breast cancer research, with a commitment […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Charlie Lynn

Charlie Lynn volunteers at the SKC Serve & Lift Center of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. What does he do there? He helps in any way he can. Charlie has been described as humble and strong. In addition, he is always smiling.  Featured in the September 2, 2023 issue of The Independent.

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Night Out with MOCSA Cocktail Party and Auction

The 19th annual Night Out with MOCSA Cocktail Party and Auction will be held at The Midland Theatre on November 4th. Tiffany Melton Meeks and Lisa New are serving as the event co-chairs. Partygoers will enjoy cocktails, delicious bites, and wonderful art and music celebrating the Paris of the Plains and highlighting Kansas City’s jazz […]

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2023 Class Of Rising Stars – Amy Guerich

As a model of Kansas City’s civic spirit, Amy Guerich’s steadfast altruism has earned her the title of Rising Star by The Independent. With a diverse range of philanthropies and a particular focus on education and the arts, Amy’s story is one of passion, commitment, and an unwavering dedication to making Our Town a better place. […]

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The Symphony Ball – 2023 Auction

The Symphony Ball auction items are here, hooray! Nervous spouses and significant others are concerned that their loved ones may be bringing everything home. So do your part by planning to bid. The Symphony League’s Symphony Ball will be held on September 9th. Julie McCann and Gina Penner are the co-chairmen, and Shirley Bush Helzberg […]

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Kansas City Ballet Guild – Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen

Susan Lordi Marker and Dennis Marker will be the honorary chairmen of the Kansas City Ballet Guild’s 56th annual Nutcracker Ball. The December 1st event will be held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Jo Anne Dondlinger is the chairman. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Proceeds support Kansas City Ballet performances, […]

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JCRB|AJC – 2023 Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award

The Jewish Community Relations Bureau|American Jewish Committee will honor Joe Reardon with the Henry W. Bloch Human Relations Award at the annual Human Relations Event on November 19th at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Joe’s career highlights have included serving as mayor and chief executive officer of the United Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas […]

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2023 Class Of Rising Stars – Sarah Owings

Kansas City may be landlocked but that hasn’t stopped a local rising star from making waves with her contagious energy for making a difference. Meet Sarah Owings, a compassionate individual  whose volunteerism has brought joy and positive change to the lives of many. Recently recognized as a Rising Star by The Independent, Sarah has made her […]

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The Symphony League of Kansas City – Shirley Bush Helzberg

Shirley Bush Helzberg is serving as the honorary chairman of the Symphony Ball, which is hosted by the Symphony League of Kansas City. The September 9th event will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center. Julie McCann and Gina Penner are the co-chairmen.  At the Kansas City Symphony, Shirley is chair emerita of the […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Becky Wiseman

Becky Wiseman’s networking abilities are greatly appreciated by JDRF. She helps secure funding for the organization, which focuses on type 1 diabetes research. Becky is a corporate development committee member and Kansas City community board member. Becky and her husband and their children served as the Fund A Cure Family at the 2022 JDRF Dream […]

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MOCSA – Giving Circle

For more than 16 years, Erik Bergrud and Kimberlee Ried have been loyal supporters of MOCSA. They have served as community support committee chairs and are members of the organization’s Giving Circle. These enthusiastic donors shared, “We are honored to support MOCSA, whose activities and programs improve individuals’ lives, elevate awareness of sexual abuse and […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Lead to Read KC

Ryan Banes has been involved with Lead to Read KC since 2018. In that time, he has been a reading mentor at three different schools: Brookside Charter School, Crossroads Academy – Quality Hill, and Indian Creek Elementary School. Ryan knows that mentoring makes a difference. That’s not all – he also serves as the fundraising […]

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2023 Class Of Rising Stars – William Block

Kansas City shines brighter with each passing year, thanks to the spirit of individuals who devote themselves to making a positive impact. Within this constellation of changemakers is William Block, an exceptional volunteer whose philanthropic endeavors have earned him a well-deserved place among The Independent’s 2023 Class of Rising Stars. Will, as he prefers to […]

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