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National WWI Museum and Memorial – Night at the Tower

September 30th is the date for the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s Night at the Tower. Kimberlee and Erik Bergrud and Katrina and Tom Henke are the event co-chairs. Members of the Bergman Family are the honorary chairs. The evening will be a celebration of everything our treasured Museum and Memorial does for our city. […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Jeff Jaworski

What’s Jeff Jaworski’s passion? Advocating for Catholic education. Since 2021, he has been the chair of the Catholic Education Foundation’s board of directors. During his tenure, CEF has been able to reach more students in northeast Kansas and offer more scholarship funds. His efforts don’t stop there – he even served as the co-emcee for […]

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MOCSA – Chiefs Charity Game

Kris Reeder is serving as the event committee chair for the Chiefs Charity Game, which will benefit MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault). He is also leading the  fundraising efforts during the final year of a three-year partnership with the Hunt Foundation. The event, which will be held on August 26th at Arrowhead Stadium, […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – The HeartLight Group at the Heartland Men’s Chorus #PRIDE

The HeartLight group at the Heartland Men’s Chorus is made up of people who don’t sing, but provide support in a variety of ways. Depending on their schedules, members of HeartLight may participate by attending the weekly rehearsals and assisting with setup, volunteering to help with events such as concerts, or in other ways, such […]

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KC Shepherd’s Center – Prom with a Purpose

Joanne Collins and Alvin Brooks are serving as the honorary co-chairmen for the inaugural Prom with a Purpose, a benefit for KC Shepherd’s Center. The September 30th event will be held at the Hy-Vee Arena. The theme will be “Dress Your Decade.” Partygoers will enjoy traditional “prom photos,” a Golden Ticket Raffle, Kansas City-inspired food […]

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2023 Class Of Rising Stars – Chris Stibbs

Meet Christopher Stibbs, an extraordinary individual whose unwavering dedication and passion have made him a force of nature in the non-profit sector. Chris has become a role model of altruism, leading the charge to address ongoing issues and bring about positive change within Kansas City. Recognized as one of The Independent’s 2023 Class of Rising […]

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KidsTLC’s Benefit23: Dream

KidsTLC’s Benefit23: Dream will be held at J. Rieger & Company on October 7th. Sarah and Ryan Owings are serving as the event chairs. In keeping with the theme, guests should envision a “sophisticated pajama party.” In addition to exploration of the J. Rieger & Company distillery, the agenda will include custom cocktails, delicious food […]

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2023 Class Of Rising Stars – Kristal Ronnebaum

Kansas City is well known for its love of barbecue, but there’s another thing we are just as passionate about – community service. From volunteering at local non profits to organizing fundraising events that benefit neighbors in need, Kansas Citians seem to always look for ways to give back to the community. Kristal Ronnebaum is […]

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Kansas City Ballet Guild – 56th annual Ballet Ball

December 1st will be the evening for the 56th annual Ballet Ball, hosted by the Kansas City Ballet Guild. Susan Lordi Marker and Dennis Marker will be the honorary chairmen. Jo Anne Dondlinger will serve as the Ball chairman, and Cyndi James is the Guild’s incoming president. The event, which will be held at The […]

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Leawood Welcomers

Two events are on the calendar for Leawood Welcomers in the coming weeks. Marcia McCoy, Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center, will address the subject of heart health at the 2023 Spring Hospitality Coffee on May 17th at Leawood City Hall. Kaite Mediatore Stover, Kansas City Public Library, will speak to the Leawood […]

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The Symphony League of Kansas City – Symphony Ball

Shirley Bush Helzberg will be the honorary chairman for the Symphony Ball, with Julie McCann and Gina Penner serving as the co-chairmen. The Symphony League of Kansas City will host the September 9th event, which will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center. “Seasons” will be this year’s theme. The Kansas City Symphony will […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Liz Rowe

Elizabeth Rowe, who is known as Liz, learned the human costs of Alzheimer’s when her mother had the disease, and her father was his wife’s valiant caregiver. Liz responded by getting involved. For years, she has participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Her Walk team, The Brainiacs, has a history of excelling at fundraising. […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Chas Vincent

Chas Vincent has served as a volunteer with Wayside Waifs since 2018. When he is working as a Meet ‘n’ Greet volunteer, he shows dogs who are available for adoption to people who are looking to add canine members to their families. His other duties include assisting at the front desk in the adoptions area, […]

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Johnson County Library Foundation – Library Lets Loose

Johnson County Library Foundation’s Library Lets Loose event will be held on September 23rd at the Central Resource Library. Julie Steiner and Stann Tate are serving as the event planning co-chairs. Library lovers can sip on the signature cocktail, “Let Loose Juice,” and enjoy music, sweet and savory bites, prize drawings to win unique experiences, […]

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Volunteer Appreciation Month at Children’s Mercy

The Good Cheer Volunteers are being applauded by Children’s Mercy during this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Month. These rays of sunshine help make the days brighter for clients and their family members and caregivers. In addition to assisting with parent programs, they help clients enjoy experiences similar to camp activities, such as crafts, games, and special […]

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Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault – 2023 Community Luncheon

Ann and Josh Rowland are serving as the honorary chairs for the 29th annual Community Luncheon, a benefit for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA). The event will be held on May 5th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The keynote speaker will be Jodi Kantor, a Pulitzer Prize […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Kansas City Women

Tandra Stacer has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City for many years. Not only is she a board member, but she is a Big. Tandra and her Little, Gabby, were matched a decade ago and have many wonderful memories of their time together. Tandra and Gabby received the Big and Little Sister […]

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TRAILBLAZERS: Kansas City Rising Stars

Trailblazer: Jennifer Matney, Rising Star Class of 2016 Jennifer Matney, Rising Star Class of 2016, is the board chair of the Women United Cabinet for the United Way of Greater Kansas City and the board president for the School of Economics. She is a member of the ambassador board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City. Jennifer […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Anne Bowling

Anne Bowling’s activities with the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City include serving as secretary and a member of the board of directors, which she has done for more than six years. That’s far from her only involvement. Anne also helps guide the organization’s social media presence. She posts updates on Facebook. […]

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The Symphony League of Kansas City – Symphony Ball, “Seasons”

The Symphony League of Kansas City’s Symphony Ball, “Seasons,” will be held on September 9th at the Kansas City Convention Center. Shirley Helzberg is serving as the honorary chairman. The event will celebrate Maestro Michael Stern’s final season with the Symphony. All members of the Symphony will perform. Julie McCann and Gina Penner are the […]

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Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy – Leading with Love

Members of the Celebration Committee for Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy’s Leading with Love event met recently at Lathrop GMP for a luncheon to kick off the inaugural event. Event Co-chair Mara Cohara was the host. Exciting plans are being made for the June 15th celebration, which will be held at Loews Kansas City Hotel. […]

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