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Cheers to Volunteers – Powell Gardens

Retired people, college interns, teens fulfilling community service for school credit, master gardeners, and master naturalists all find a place to volunteer at Powell Gardens. It takes a lot of people working hard and having fun at the same time to make Powell Gardens the beautiful place it is. Julia Hunter Graves drove the Heartland […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Deb Grimes & Ken Selzer

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is deeply grateful to Deb Grimes and Ken Selzer for their dedication and support for more than 12 years. Deb and Ken have supported the Kansas City Shoot for the Cure since its inception as sponsors and committee members and served as event co-chairmen for five years. The twosome are longtime […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Rachel Merlo

Rachel Merlo is a member of the Centurions, class of 2016 and is co-chairman of the Entrepreneurship Task Force and serves on the community leadership committee. She especially enjoys volunteering at the Downtown Outreach kitchen. Rachel will be the co-chairman of the ArtsKC Annual Awards Luncheon. She is the community impact manager for Google Kansas […]

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Saint Luke’s South Hospital – Books & Boutiques

April 29th is the date for the ninth annual Books & Boutiques at the Overland Park Convention Center. Toni and Dr. Tony Zink and Kathy Richman-Wallace and Travis Wallace are the co-chairmen, and Lesley Stahl, CBS News’ 60 Minutes; is the keynote speaker. Proceeds support the care and comfort for patients and families at Saint […]

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2016 Jewel Ball – Page Branton Reed

Page Branton Reed (Mrs. Bruce Alan Reed) will serve as the chairman of the 2016 Jewel Ball, to be held on June 18th at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Page is the daughter of Mrs. William Coleman Branton and the late Mr. Branton. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Leon […]

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Children’s Mercy – Red Hot Night

  February 20th is the date for Children’s Mercy’s 12th annual Red Hot Night at the Kansas City Convention Center. Christy and Bill Gautreaux and Gisele and Brad Sprong are serving as the honorary co-chairmen, and Bryan Andres and Steve Peppes are serving as co-chairmen. Honorary Co-chairmen Brad and Gisele Sprong and Christy and Bill […]

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Young Friends of Art – Party Arty

The Young Friends of Art’s 24th annual Party Arty: Coloring Outside the Lines is set for January 23rd at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. More than 1,400 young professionals will enjoy an evening full of big surprises. Jennifer Meyer Howerton is serving as chairman. Committee Members: Erica Boatman, Aleigh Thomas, Chairman Jennifer Meyer Howerton, Leah Vomhof, […]

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Joan and Alan Marsh will be serving as the honorary co-chairmen of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s gala, Create the Night…Masterpiece!, which will take place on February 20th at the Museum. The Karbank Family also will be the honorary co-chairmen. This black-tie affair will highlight the opening of the Museum’s exhibit, Reflecting Class in the […]

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University of Kansas Hospital – Girls’ Night In

On February 9th, The University of Kansas Hospital’s Girls’ Night In will take place at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The event will feature Gretchen Rubin, who wrote Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Sara Colt and Susan Morris are serving as honorary co-chairmen. Sara Colt, honorary co-chairman Susan Morris, honorary […]

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Angels of The Children’s Place Gala

April 8th is the date for the Angels of The Children’s Place Gala at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Wendy and Grant Burcham will serve as the honorary chairmen. Honorary Chairmen Wendy and Grant Burcham Also featured in the December 12, 2015 issue  

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Andy Schieber

Andy Schieber is one of the 1,200 Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas monthly volunteers. He helps with the Grocery Food Rescue Program. Andy picks up donated perishable food items from local grocery stores and delivers them to the Hope Distribution Center. Because of volunteers like Andy, more than 12,000 neighbors in need are fed every […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Gretchen FitzGerald

Gretchen FitzGerald is an account executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City and is member of Centurions, class of 2017. Gretchen and her husband, John, enjoy watching their kids play sports, supporting the Royals and other local teams, working on their house, and being social with family and friends. Gretchen and John FitzGerald […]

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MOCSA – Johnson County Fall Forum

Mikaela Blocher and Shelby Frigon were co-chairmen of MOCSA’s 12th annual Johnson County Fall Forum. The October 7th event was held at the Overland Park Marriott. Jeffrey Bucholtz was the keynote speaker, and Sarah and Jon Baum served as honorary chairmen. Committee Members: (Seated) Co-chairman Shelby Frigon, Michelle Neylon, Cynthia Wendt, Kathy Woodward, Co-chairman Mikaela […]

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The Lyric Opera Ball – Seduction Ball

The Lyric Opera Ball committee and board members recently had a fabulous party to kick off the Seduction Ball, inspired by the opera, Carmen. Susan Bubb, Regina Kort, Heather Ryan, and Suzanne Shank served as the hosts. The Lyric Opera Circle’s Seduction Ball will be held on April 2nd at Union Station Kansas City.  Jennifer […]

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Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation – White Coat Gala

April 9th is the date for Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation’s White Coat Gala at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Neil T. Douthat is the honorary chairman, and Rachael Weber Sabates and Dr. Nelson Sabates are serving as chairmen. Neil T. Douthat, honorary chairman Rachael Weber Sabates and Dr. Nelson Sabates, chairmen Also featured in […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Adam Gebhardt

Adam Gebhardt is the director of marketing for TIVOL and is a member of Centurions, class of 2017. He serves on the board of the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Chancellor’s LGBT Council at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. In his spare time, Adam enjoys kayaking and […]

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Community Ball and Cotillion – Fathers’ Icebreaker

October 18th was the date The Fathers’ Icebreaker for the Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties’ Community Ball and Cotillion at the Allegro Ballroom in Overland Park. The fathers of the Cotillion participants enjoyed cocktails and fun conversation. Jake Shriver, Kevin Shriver, Jeff Vestal, and Jim DeGraw Jim Kanan and Adam Elyachar David Pittman, […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Brooke Beason

Brooke Beason leads the Digital & Social Influence team at Meers Advertising. She is a member of Centurions, class of 2017 and serves on the Trip Task Force and the curriculum committee. Brooke grew up in Hopkins, Missouri, and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in interactive digital media. Brooke enjoyed visiting […]

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Catholic Charities Foundation of NE KS – Snow Ball

The 42nd Annual Snow Ball, a benefit for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas, will be held on January 16th at the Crown Center Exhibition Hall.  Four invitation addressing parties were hosted recently by Jean Aldrich, Jeni Haake, Audrey Johnson, the Santa Marta Retirement Community, P.J. Palmer, and Kris Townsend. Mary Krizman, Amy Johannes and […]

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Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas – Snow Ball

The 42nd Annual Snow Ball, a benefit for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas, will be held on January 16th at the Crown Center Exhibition Hall. The Rod and JoAnne Cyr Foundation and Family are the honorary presidents, and Marilyn and Ken Hager are the presidents. Ken and Marilyn Hager, presidents; with Cathy Nigro, Suzie […]

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