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Rising Star Reflections – Dawn Taylor

Dawn Taylor was honored as a Rising Star, Class of 2014. She has spent her career in the non-profit sector, including 17 years in fundraising roles at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Dawn is an 11-year volunteer at Operation Breakthrough and a past board member of Quixotic Fusion and […]

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Harvester’s – Chef Classic

June 29th is the date for Harvester’s Chef Classic to be held at The American Restaurant. Kent Sunderland is serving as honorary chairman and Michael Corvino, The American Restaurant; is the host chef. The visiting chefs are Gregory Gourdet, Departure Restaurant, Portland, Oregon; Gavin Kaysen, Cafe Boulud, New York City; and Stephanie Prida, Manresa, Los […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – JiaoJiao Shen

A passionate Arthritis Foundation volunteer and board member, JiaoJiao Shen is willing to emcee any event, including Art for Arthritis, the Walk to Cure Arthritis and Commitment to a Cure. JiaoJiao’s commitment to the fight against arthritis is very inspiring.  Also featured in the May 17th issue of The Independent   

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March of Dimes – Nurse of the Year Awards

November 7th is the date for the March of Dimes’ Nurse of the Year Awards to be held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. The event recognizes nurses from a variety of nursing practice settings whose strength, courage and perseverance advance their profession. Karen L. Miller, The University of Kansas School of Nursing; […]

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In the Spotlight – Treads & Threads

Treads & Threads will roar into the Kansas Speedway on September 5th to benefit The University of Kansas Hospital. Debbie and Russ Welsh are serving as chairmen of the event that will feature Grammy-nominated artist Gavin DeGraw, a packed dance floor featuring the Emerald City Band, gourmet fare, and specialty beverages. Proceeds from the event […]

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Saint Luke’s Home Care & Hospice – Golf Tournament

The 11th Annual Saint Luke’s Home Care & Hospice Golf Tournament will be held on June 16that Staley Farms Golf Club. Players will enjoy breakfast, lunch, a gift, and a great round of golf. Proceeds will support compassionate and high-quality services to patients and families in Town. Also featured in the May 17th issue of The […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Zac Richmond

Zac Richmond, the Business Intelligence Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Centurions Class of 2014, helps identify and organize community service opportunities. He has taken full advantage of the service opportunities provided by the program and currently leads his 80 classmates in service hours contributed.  Also featured […]

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Stems: A Garden Soirée

June 28th is the date for the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park’s Stems: A Garden Soirée. Co-chairmen Linda and DeWayne Bridges recently opened their beautiful home to board members and committee members to preview a tasting from the two wineries that will be featured at Stems, Dos Puentes and Don Manuel Villafañe. Josh […]

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Speaking of Women’s Health Conference

Join Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Co-Chairmen Mary Jo O’Byrne, Diane O’Byrne and Caitlin O’Byrne at the Speaking of Women’s Health Conference, to be held on October 3rd at the Overland Park Convention Center. As Our Town’s premier women’s health education program, the conference is designed to educate women to make informed decisions about the […]

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ReDiscover – Celebration

November 14th is the date for ReDiscover’s 45th Celebration to be held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Jo Ann Field and Judy and Doug Hall are the honorary co-chairmen, and Melinda Petet is serving as the chairman. The event will feature cocktails, a delectable dinner, silent and live auctions, and a performance […]

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UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance – Crescendo

Crescendo 2014 will be held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on November 7th. Deanna and Greg Graves are the honorary chairmen, and Katherine and Jim Schorgl are serving as the chairmen. Proceeds from the event will benefit the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Also featured in the May 3rd issue of […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Courtney Goddard

Courtney Goddard is a member of the Rising Stars, Class of 2014. Whenever she is asked to serve on a board or as chairman of an event, she always says ‘yes,’ asking herself, “If not now, when? If not me, who?” Courtney and her husband, Dr. Dana Hawkinson, are the parents of Caroline, age five, […]

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The Jewel Ball – Mary Shaw “Shawsie” Branton

Mary Shaw “Shawsie” Branton (Mrs. William Coleman Branton) will serve as the honorary chairman of the 60th Anniversary Jubilee of The Jewel Ball, to be held on June 21st at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Shawsie was the chairman of the 1983 Jewel Ball. Shawsie’s two daughters participated in The Jewel Ball. Leslie Branton Hoffecker […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Brett Wacha

Brett Wacha is a member of the Centurions Class of 2014. He serves on the Community Leadership Committee and co-chaired the Entrepreneurship Task Force at the Kauffman Foundation and the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Brett is a principal and co-founder of Clickfarm, an award-winning digital marketing agency located in the […]

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The Kansas City Ballet Guild – Nutcracker Ball

December 5th is the date for the Kansas City Ballet Guild’s Nutcracker Ball to be held at Union Station Kansas City. Guests will celebrate the holiday season with cocktails, dinner and dancing. Ann Dickinson is the honorary chairman, and Anna Allen is serving as the chairman. Proceeds benefit the Kansas City Ballet and the Kansas […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Anab Abdulahi

Anab Abdulahi, an active advocate for women, was on the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s board for six years. A Celebration of Women commemorative journal honored Anab, and she was on the journal committee for more than four years.  Also featured in the May 3rd issue of The Independent  

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The Liberty Hospital Foundation – Golf Classic

The Liberty Hospital Foundation’s 26th annual Golf Classic will be held on September 12th at Staley Farms Golf Club. Brett Daffron is serving as the chairman of the event that benefits the Liberty Hospital Foundation programs and services which support the Liberty Hospital community. Also featured in the May 3rd issue of The Independent  Brett […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Bridget Moss

Bridget Moss is marketing supervisor for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. She is a member of the Centurions Class of 2014 and is chairman of the Communications Committee. Bridget volunteers with Academie Lafayette and the Kansas City Community Gardens, where she participates as an urban gardener. Bridget and her husband, Patrick Murphy, have two […]

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Ozanam – Putting Kids on the Right Course

May 12th is the date for Ozanam’s Golf Classic, “Putting Kids on the Right Course,” at Ironhorse Golf Club. The four-person scramble tournament will feature a putting contest, silent auction, raffle, a delicious lunch from Panera Bread of Kansas, and an awards ceremony. Brady Wombolt is serving as the chairman. Proceeds will support the children’s […]

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Binny Pearce

Having worked as a high school teacher, assistant principal and principal, Binny Pearce knew she was not able to sit home after she retired. Beth Liebling, granddaughter of the City Union Mission founder, Reverend David Bulkley, and daughter of the director, Reverend Daniel J. Doty, was in a Sunday School class that Binny taught. Beth […]

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In the Spotlight – Kansas City Hospice House Angel Gala

Ellen Bradbury and Carol Gast are the co-chairmen of the 11th annual Kansas City Hospice House Angel Gala. “Come to the Cabaret” is the theme of the event, to be held on August 16th at the DoubleTree by Hilton.  Also featured in the April 19th issue of The Independent Photo Credit: Sally Morrow Photography Ellen Bradbury, […]

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