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Cheers to Volunteers! – Colin Woods

Colin Woods helps HappyBottoms by delivering orders to diaper distribution agencies and hospitals, entering data, contacting families who need information, and much more. He has volunteered for more than 100 hours with the organization. Thank you, Colin, for helping to alleviate diaper need in Our Town.  Featured in the February 18, 2023 issue of The […]

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Truman Library Institute – Wild About Harry

Ursula Terrasi and Jim Miller are the honorary chairs for Truman Library Institute’s Wild About Harry, which will be held on April 20th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The 24th annual event will celebrate the 75th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s “Year of Great Decisions,” 1948, which paved the […]

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Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy – Leading with Love

Leading with Love, a benefit for Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy, will be held at Loews Kansas City Hotel on June 15th. Christine Kemper, founder and board chair, will lead this inaugural event, with Debby Ballard, Mara Cohara, Tammy Edwards, Jeanette Prenger, and Laura Welch as co-chairs. Ann and Andrew Tisch will be the special […]

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HALO – “Defying the Odds”: A HALO Art Auction Benefiting Homeless Youth

HALO, which provides housing, healing, and education services to thousands of HALO youth, will hold “Defying the Odds”: A HALO Art Auction Benefiting Homeless Youth on February 24th at Hotel Kansas City. The event will feature live and silent auctions, as well as musical performances and special guests. Auction items will include artwork by HALO […]

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2023 Jewel Ball Chairman

Anne Potter Russ (Mrs. Norbert Russ) will serve as the chairman of the 2023 Jewel Ball. The event will be held on June 17th at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Anne is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George William Potter, Jr. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Webster […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Carrie McDonald

Carrie McDonald has been a volunteer with Literacy KC for nine years. She donates to the organization and has volunteered there for more than 1,000 hours. Carrie is an active tutor who assists students with reading, writing, and comprehension skills. She also volunteers in the Community Garden, where she helps each week with watering, harvesting, […]

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Lyric Opera Circle – The Lyric Opera Ball

The Lyric Opera Ball, hosted by the Lyric Opera Circle, will be held on April 1st at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Mary Beth Gentry is serving as the president of the Lyric Opera Circle, and Edie Downing and Juliette Singer are serving as the co-chairmen for the Ball. The event will […]

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Lyric Opera Circle’s 35th Lyric Opera Ball – Honorary Chairmen

Karla and Dr. Ivan Batlle are serving as the honorary chairs for the Lyric Opera Circle’s 35th Lyric Opera Ball. The Batlles have made their home in Our Town since leaving New Orleans, Louisiana, following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Karla is a member of the Lyric Opera Circle, and Ivan is a member of the […]

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Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy – Civic Service Award Celebration

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s Civic Service Award Celebration will be held on January 22nd at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Alan Edelman will be this year’s honoree. The honorary co-chairs are Merilyn Berenbom, Marcia Karbank, and Roshann Parris. Susie Azorsky and Mike Abrams are the event co-chairs, and Carl Puritz, school founder, and […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Kathleen McCullough

Band of Angels is very grateful to have a volunteer like Kathleen McCullough. Kathleen is a retired orchestra director who serves on the organization’s board of directors. She also leads the music camp scholarship program, is developing the college scholarship process, and volunteers at every Band of Angels’ event. Kathleen’s unflappable dedication ensures that students […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is grateful to have volunteers who help regularly at the organization’s South Serve and Lift Center Pantry on Longview Road. Two of them are Rosie Harrison and Janine Urness. Rosie has a welcoming manner and a calm demeanor, both assets when she calls to remind clients about their pantry […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Jim Keller

Jim Keller is a longtime volunteer with Pathway To Hope. The organization’s motto, “Because no one should face mental illness alone” resonates with him. A quarter of a century ago, someone close to him died after struggling with bipolar disorder. Jim was the original Night of Hope event coordinator. He guided the gala planning efforts […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – 49th Annual Snow Ball

The Overland Park Convention Center will be the site for the 49th Annual Snow Ball, a benefit for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, on January 21st. The black-tie event will include a cocktail reception, a delicious dinner, and dancing. Marcia and Nelson Newcomer and The Newcomer Family are serving as the honorary presidents, and Pam […]

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2022 Class Of Rising Stars – Alisha Thomson

For some, service is what they do, and for others, it is an extension of who they are. Alisha Thomson is the latter; engaging in volunteerism is something that is woven through every stage of her life story and is the backdrop of her career success. Alisha grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and later moved […]

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Night Out with MOCSA Cocktail Party and Auction

November 5th is the date for Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault’s (MOCSA’s) Night Out with MOCSA Cocktail Party and Auction. The 18th annual event will be held at The Midland Theatre. The glamorous evening will feature a “Glitterati” theme. Partygoers will enjoy cocktails, delicious fare, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. Denise Delcore and […]

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Kansas City Pet Project – 10th Anniversary Gala / Love Finds A Way

Kansas City Pet Project will host its 10th Anniversary Gala / Love Finds A Way at Loews Kansas City Hotel on September 30th. Lisa Epps and Tim Clark, Roshann Parris and Jeff Dobbs, Cathy and Steve Doyal, Jenny and Warren Erdman, Bonne and Cliff Illig, Angelea Busby and Jake Jacobson, Christine and Sandy Kemper, CiCi […]

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2022 Class Of Rising Stars – Mark Nuss

Mark Nuss is a humble leader with a heart for service. One of Mark’s most memorable service activities was when he joined his fellow Centurions and collected 3,990 boxes of cereal and proceeded to break the Guinness World Record for “Most Cereal Boxes Toppled in a Domino Fashion.” The project, which benefited Harvesters, mirrored Mark’s […]

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – Kemper Gala 2022: PRISMATIC

Kemper Gala 2022: PRISMATIC will be held on October 8th at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Liz and Greg Maday and Lindsey Patterson Smith and Matt Smith are serving as the honorary co-chairs, and Elizabeth Bennett and Paul Gutiérrez are the co-chairs. The festivities will include delicious cuisine and entertainment, as well as dancing. […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! Betsy O’Brien

Betsy O’Brien joined Lead to Read KC as a reading mentor because she believes, “Time is the biggest gift we can give to a child. By helping students develop early reading skills and gain confidence, we help open doors for their future.” Betsy makes an immeasurable impact with students by taking the time to read […]

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2022 Class Of Rising Stars – Gene Willis

Gene Willis believes in the power of community. He was raised in a neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, that fostered his belief in the importance of supporting others, even when resources may have been scarce. Whether volunteering at church, serving as helpers in the food pantry, or assisting with rides to extracurriculars, his family instilled […]

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KC Shepherd’s Center – 50th Anniversary and 5th Annual 70 Over 70 Awards Celebration

On September 17th, The Midland Theatre will be the site for KC Shepherd’s Center’s 50th Anniversary and 5th Annual 70 Over 70 Awards Celebration. Edith and Benny Lee and Kathy Cox and Gary Cortes are serving as the honorary co-chairmen. Carmen Zuniga and Tanner Wycoff are the event co-chairmen. The evening’s agenda includes a pre-event […]

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