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In The Spotlight – Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation’s 2021 Gala: Magic Mirror Ball will be held on October 23rd. Susan Gordon and Scott Francis are the honorary chairmen, with Toma Wolff and Jon Taylor serving as the co-chairmen. The organization’s new headquarters in Midtown will be the site for the event, which will feature immersive design installations, performances, and interactive […]

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Cheers to Volunteers – HappyBottoms

When HappyBottoms received a donated shipment of diapers recently, the volunteers from Henderson Engineers came to the rescue. Unloading cases from broken pallets, and reorganizing them by size and quantity was the help HappyBottoms needed. Many thanks to these willing and able volunteers for saving the day! Brian Gilges, Johanna Ruder, Brian Majors, and Amy […]

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Ability KC – 2021 Ability Luncheon

Linda and Dr. Robert Jackson are serving as chairmen of the 2021 Ability Luncheon. The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center will be the site for the event, which will be held on September 30th. In 1947, Ability KC began helping those with disabilities achieve independence at home, school, work, and in the community. […]

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Philanthropy MATTERS

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. Neil Robertson hails from New England. After graduating from Fairfield University, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he lived for nine years, while working as […]

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2021 Class of Rising Stars Danielle Trabon

Dynamic, compassionate, and mission-focused, Danielle Trabon is committed to supporting the causes she most believes in such as financial literacy and early childhood education. Danielle was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and after moving to Kansas City to start a life with her husband, she quickly immersed herself in the non-profit community. A […]

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In The Spotlight – Kansas City Ballet Guild

Tempe Ostergren Elsberry and Karen Yungmeyer are serving as co-chairmen of Kansas City Ballet Guild’s 2021 Nutcracker Ball. (Both are Ballet Guild members, and Tempe is also a former Kansas City Ballet dancer.) The 54th annual event will be held at Loews Kansas City Hotel on November 20th. The festivities will include cocktails, dinner, and […]

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Cheers to Volunteers – MOCSA

Lana Franco has been a volunteer with MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) since 2019, giving more than 600 hours to support survivors of sexual assault in local hospitals. The pandemic has not stopped Lana, as she has made a commitment to support MOCSA’s mission to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual […]

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The Mission Is The Rock

While the 1970s might have been idyllic for some of us (the author was in junior high and high school and worried about dates, disco, and the right Gunne Sax dress for the occasion), many in our community and around the country were struggling. It was a time of political divisiveness (history has a way of […]

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Cheers to Volunteers – National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is very grateful for the Aces volunteers. Each member of this remarkable and dedicated crew has donated more than 500 hours (in 2019 and again in 2020) of community service to the Museum and Memorial. They help support the organization’s mission by making sure guests have a memorable and wonderful experience at the […]

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