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First Call – Celebration Evening

September 16th is the date for First Call’s Fourth Annual Celebration Evening, “A Night of Courage and Recovery with Chris Herren” at The College Basketball Experience. Lena Price and Tom Cohen are the chairmen. NBA legend Chris Herren is the featured speaker.  Also featured in the August 9th issue of The Independent  Tom Cohen and […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Annie Hellweg

Annie Hellweg is a treasured volunteer at Variety of Greater Kansas City and Young Variety. She was the co-chairman of the marketing committee for the 2014 Variety Show and co-chairman of marketing and public relations for Young Variety. Annie is the public relations coordinator at Populous, a sport and convention center architecture firm in the […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson is a managing director at CBIZ and leads the non-profit practice and audit department. He is a member of the Centurions, Class of 2014. Brent and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Quin and Luke. Brent serves on the boards of Westridge Christian Church, the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Accountancy, […]

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27th annual Holiday Mart

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri’s 27th annual Holiday Mart  will be held October 16th through the 19th at Bartle Hall. Erin Lambert and Kristen Brought are serving as the co-chairmen. Also featured in the August 9th issue of The Independent Photo Credit:  Andrea Nigh Photography Kristen Brought and Erin Lambert, co-chairmen  

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The Symphony League – Symphony Ball

The Symphony League’s Symphony Ball, “The Sun, The Moon and The Stars,” will be held on September 6th. Kathy and Mario Scaglia were the hosts of a recent gathering at the Sulgrave Regency where members enjoyed lunch and assembled Ball invitations.  Also featured in the August 9th issue of The Independent  Karen Hardcastle displayed the […]

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Crittenton Children’s Center – Toast For The Children 

Crittenton Children’s Center’s 11th annual Toast For The Children will be held on October 9th at Starlight Theatre. Ellen Hockaday will be honored for her service to Crittenton and advocacy for children. Guests will enjoy a wine tasting, hearty hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event support children who are dealing […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Lauren McCarthy

Lauren McCarthy is a Rising Star, Class of 2014. Lauren works in public relations for the McCarthy Auto Group. She is a proud supporter of Catholic education and sits on several boards at Avila University. Lauren was the co-chairman of Avila’s 37th Annual Steer Dinner and Auction. She is also a member of Young Variety […]

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MOCSA – Johnson County Fall Forum

MOCSA’s 11th annual Johnson County Fall Forum will be held on October 10th at the Overland Park Marriott. Dr. Alan Heisterkamp is the featured speaker. Judy and Chuck Wells are the honorary chairmen, and Maureen Brady and Lucy McShane are serving as the co-chairmen. Also featured in the July 26th issue of The Independent Photo Credit: David […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Dustin “Jensen” Adams

Dustin “Jensen” Adams is a member of the Centurions, Class of 2014. Jensen works for the Kansas City Public Schools in a newly created role as the districtwide Energy and Sustainability Manager. For the last decade, he has worked with federal, state and local government and regional energy utilities to administer innovative energy-efficiency programs. He […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Heidi Kalin Whitehill

Heidi Kalin Whitehill is a wonderful asset to the Notre Dame de Sion School community. Heidi and her husband, Ethan, are the parents of two sons at the Grade School campus. Heidi was co-chairman for this year’s annual Book Fair and helped coordinate the Battle of the Books. In addition, Heidi was co-chairman of the […]

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Gilda’s Club Kansas City – Gilda’s Night with a View

September 27th is the date for Gilda’s Club Kansas City’s Gilda’s Night with a View. Savory sweets and treats and a unique live auction will be featured. Michelle and Joshua Kurzban, who are serving as the chairmen, have both been impacted by cancer and are excited to help others in Our Town, so that no […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Brandon Fancher

Brandon Fancher is serving as the board president of the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center Auxiliary as well as volunteering at the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend. He has been involved in a variety of roles with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. He is very proud to call Our Town his home. Brandon is a Rising Star, […]

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Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Julie Randolph

Julie Randolph is honored to serve as the president of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, during the 2014-2015 year.  Holiday Mart, the League’s largest fundraiser, will be held at Bartle Hall from October 16th through the 19th. A celebration of the fifth and final year of the League’s community impact area focuses on […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Dorothy Claussen & Ernestine White

Twice a week, Dorothy Claussen and Ernestine White cook lunch for the National Parkinson Foundation Heartland’s Wellness Classes for up to 25 people each time. They also are full-time caregivers to their spouses who have Parkinson’s. Susan Varner, who has Parkinson’s and multiple system atrophy (MSA), volunteers at least once a week in the office […]

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Women’s Foundation – Golf Classic

The Women’s Foundation’s 15th Annual Golf Classic will take place on August 25th at Oakwood Country Club. Valerie Coyazo and Sharon Cruz are serving as co-chairmen of this 18-hole, all-women tournament. Also featured in the July 12th issue of The Independent  Valerie Coyazo and Sharon Cruz, co-chairmen  

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In the Spotlight – Kansas City Young Matrons

The Kansas City Young Matrons’ new president is Peggy Beal. Peggy has been a member of KCYM since 2004, and has held many positions including president-elect, director of administration, director of programs, treasurer, and project coordinator for the Gillis Christmas Store. KCYM’s Do You Believe in Magic? Gala will be held on January 24th at […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Joshua Brewster

Joshua Brewster grew up in Our Town and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Saint Louis University and earned an MBA from Rockhurst University. He works at Trozzolo Communications Group as account vice president. Joshua is a member of the Centurions, Class of 2014. He volunteers at St. Elizabeth School and […]

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Johnson County Community College Foundation -Some Enchanted Evening

The Johnson County Community College Foundation’s 28th annual Some Enchanted Evening will be held on November 8th at the Overland Park Marriott Hotel. Gary Morsch will be honored as the Johnson Countian of the Year. Mary Birch is the chairman of the event that will feature a gourmet dinner, entertainment and dancing. Proceeds will support […]

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March of Dimes – Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Auction will take place on October 13th at Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Chef Jimmy Bannos, Sr. is one of eight chefs who will be featured. For 34 years, his Heaven on Seven restaurants have been some of the most popular dining destinations in Chicago. Chef Jimmy […]

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Union Station Kansas City – Centennial Weekend Open House

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Union Station Kansas City will host a Centennial Weekend Open House on November 1st and 2nd. Lynn Devins and Patty Kincaid are serving as the co-chairmen. Guests will enjoy entertainment, featured films and performances, building tours, history lectures, and historic trains on display.  Also featured in the July 12th issue […]

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Sheffield Place – Off the Wall

October 23rd is the date for Off the Wall, an art event benefitting Sheffield Place.  There will be delicious food, libations, raffles, live and silent auctions of original art, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit children and family services that empower homeless children and families to heal from their trauma and break the generational cycle of homelessness, […]

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