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2016 Class of Rising Star – Beth Haden

Beth Haden is a senior associate at Bryan Cave, practicing law in the areas of financial services and bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights. In addition, she is on the Recruiting and Summer Associate Committees, is vice chairman of the Women’s Forum and participates in the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. Said Michael […]

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Urban Ranger Corps – Urban Rendezvous VII

Julie and Chris Thompson are the honorary chairmen for Urban Ranger Corps’ Urban Rendezvous VII. The October 21st event will be held at the College Basketball Experience. Partygoers will enjoy cocktails, a raffle, silent and live auctions, and a dinner. Proceeds support the programs and services offered to young men, ages 12 to 18, living […]

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JLKCMO – Holiday Mart

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri’s Holiday Mart will be held at Bartle Hall from October 20th through the 23rd. Megan Allen and Casey Brownsberger are the co-chairmen of the special shopping event that features more than 200 specialty retailers. Co-chairmen Megan Allen and Casey Brownsberger Also featured in the August 6, 2016 issue […]

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Spofford – Butterfly Gala

Spofford’s Butterfly Gala will be held on October 8th at the Overland Park Sheraton. Teresa and Ryan Keller and Christian and Jim Brown are serving as the co-chairmen. The 17th annual event will celebrate Spofford’s 100th birthday.  Teresa and Ryan Keller and Jim and Christian Brown, co-chairmen Also featured in the August 6, 2016 issue […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – HappyBottoms

At HappyBottoms, a committee of Junior League volunteers counts, wraps and fills diaper orders, which run more than 130,000 diapers per month. They spend time individually creating special marketing pieces such as handouts for the clients and identifying the locations of diaper programs. During fundraising events, they have been invaluable, selling raffle tickets, arranging silent […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Jennifer Berhorst

Jennifer Berhorst moved to Kansas City in 2006 to attend law school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is an attorney at Bryan Cave and focuses her practice on business litigation and employment litigation. Jennifer is a member of Centurions, class of 2017, and serves on the projects committee. She enjoys playing […]

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Symphony Ball – Christine and Ford Maurer

The Symphony League’s Symphony Ball is fast approaching and promises to be the premier kick-off event of the fall season. Christine and Ford Maurer will serve as the honorary chairmen, to be held on September 10th in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. Barbara Storm is serving as the chairman. Christine is […]

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KidsTLC – United for Kids Gala

November 5th is the date for KidsTLC’s United for Kids Gala in the North Club at Arrowhead Stadium. Laura and Brian Dolezal are serving as the honorary chairmen. The 20th annual event will feature a “Journey of Hope” travel theme. Brian and Laura Dolezal, honorary chairmen Also featured in the July 23, 2016 issue  

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Carla Duryee

Carla Duryee is a fabulous volunteer for KCU. She recently served as chairman of KCU’s community engagement committee, where she helped launch the Leading the Way Centennial Campaign. Carla served on the board of trustees for nine years and is busy planning KCU’s Centennial Gala. Also featured in the July 23, 2016 issue Photo Credit: […]

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The University of Kansas Hospital – Hall of Fame Dinner Awards Celebration

The University of Kansas Hospital held its sixth annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Celebration at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza on June 7th. Dr. Marc A. Asher and Frank J. Ross, Jr. received Legacy Awards for their leadership and service. Lisa Hale and the Hale Family Foundation and the Sunderland Foundation, […]

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2016 Rising Star – Terri Barnes

Terri Barnes is a versatile business leader with a unique blend of customer service and operations experience in the financial service and health care industries. She received her bachelor of science degree in business administration at Park University. Terri was a call-center manager for 22 years at American Century Investments, Upromise Investments and Amerigroup Insurance […]

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BOTAR President – Missy Love

BOTAR President Missy Love has been active in American Royal activities since she was presented at The BOTAR Ball in 1984. She served as corresponding secretary in 1991, vice president of public relations in 1994 and vice president of the BOTAR Ball in 2009. In addition, she has been co-chairman of the decorations committee, co-chairman […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Gina Lange

Gina Lange is a seventh and eighth grade health teacher at Heritage Middle School in Liberty, Missouri. She is an amazing volunteer for Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City. When the organization began piloting its new Girls on the Run curriculum for middle school girls, Heart & Sole, Gina was asked to lead […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Aaron Siders

Aaron Siders graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in business and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He is a member of the Centurions, class of 2017 and serves on the recruitment committee and the Dividing Lines Task Force. Aaron and his […]

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MOCSA – Young at Art Cocktail Party and Auction

August 27th is the date for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA’s) 12th annual Young at Art Cocktail Party and Auction at The Gallery Event Space. Guests will enjoy drinks, delicious fare, silent and live auctions, and entertainment from 2Proud2Beg. Debbie and Russ Welsh are the honorary chairmen, and Ingrid VanBiber and Denise […]

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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – Centennial Gala

October 22nd is the date for Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ Centennial Gala at Union Station Kansas City. Mayor Sly James is the honorary chairman, and Carla Duryee is the ambiance chairman. Partygoers will enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing to the tunes of Lost Wax. Carla Duryee, ambiance chairman Mayor Sly James, honorary […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Maggie Fitzgerald

Maggie Fitzgerald is a member of the Centurions Class of 2016. She has spent nearly two decades sharing her passion for strategic marketing, branding, and communications in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and recently completed the Kauffman Foundation’s TechVentures Entrepreneurship Program. She […]

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2016 Rising Star – Karen Abramowitz

Karen Abramowitz is delighted and honored to be a 2016 Rising Star and to be included in the company of such remarkable professionals who make a difference in Our Town. The award also serves as a humble reminder of the importance of giving back.  She began her career in journalism, working as an associate producer […]

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2016 Class of Rising Star – Greg Porter

Unlike many community leaders in Our Town, Gregory Porter had to overcome a myriad of difficulties in his early life. His mother, who spoke and read very little English, came to the United States from Korea to follow her American husband. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she was then forced to support herself and her three […]

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Kansas City Symphony League – Symphony Ball

Christine and Ford Maurer will serve as the honorary chairmen, and Barbara Storm is the chairman of the Kansas City Symphony League’s presentation of the Symphony Ball’s “Evening Overtures.” The event will take place on September 10th in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. Guests will enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Styler Phelps

Skyler Phelps is a treasured volunteer at Sheffield Place. He serves as a board member and also as the chairman of the Off the Wall art event. Skyler gives his time and talents to Sheffield Place and its mission of healing and self-sufficiency for homeless mothers and their children. Curt Thomas, Kelly Welch, Sheffield Place; […]

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