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Spotlight on Centurions – Nikki Howell

Nikki Howell is originally from Independence, Missouri. She is the managing shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. To stay connected in the community, Nikki serves on the steering committee for Centurions. She is extremely proud of the Centurion’s legacy project this year, which supports Learn, Grow, Give – a partnership between Centurions, the […]

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Kauffman Ambassadors – Winter Meeting

January 24th was the date for the annual Winter Meeting for the Ambassadors of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres at the Grand Street Cafe. Special entertainment was provided by Shanice Hayes and Maurice Hayes. The father and daughter vocalist team from Our Town were finalists on the television show, America’s Got Talent. Dick […]

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Shawnee Mission Medical Center – 50th Anniversary

April 17th is the date for Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s 50th Anniversary at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Jeannette Nichols, J.C. “Jay” Nichols III and Loretta Nichols are the honorary co-chairmen, and Jeanne Olofson is the chairman. Shawnee Mission Medical Center was built back in the 1960′s when members of the New Haven Seventh-day Adventist […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Mary and Richard Wetzel

Mary and Richard Wetzel were members of the Rising Stars, Class of 2011 and their service and commitment to our community has continued. They are the co-chairmen for the Kansas City Art Institute’s Art and Design Auction on June 1st at the KCAI campus.  Also featured in the April 6th issue of The Independent Richard and Mary […]

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The Westport Garden Club – Entertaining Gardens

The Westport Garden Club will host Entertaining Gardens on May 18th. Marilyn Hebenstreit and Ginny McCanse are the co-chairmen. The tour will feature six private gardens, with three of them including part of the homes. Each garden will be prepared for a festive occasion to inspire outdoor entertaining. Proceeds from the event will benefit Powell Garden’s “Good to […]

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In the Spotlight – Angel Gala

August 24th is the date for the Kansas City Hospice House’s annual Angel Gala at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Carol and Arnold Caviar are the honorary chairmen, and Carol Barnett, Sharon Mallin and Jill Shapiro are the co-chairmen.  Also featured in the April 6th issue of The Independent Carol Barnett, Sharon Mallin and Jill Shapiro, co-chairmen  

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Cabot Westside Medical and Dental Center at KC – Cinco de Cabot

Performers Aztlan and Sugar Ray will take the stage on May 3rd at Cinco de Cabot, a benefit concert for Cabot Westside Medical and Dental Center at KC Live! in the Power and Light District. Sara and Dr. Terry Curran, along with Manny Lopez and his family are the honorary co-chairmen, and Cori Turner, Lolita Ayala and […]

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Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon

The Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon will celebrate its 10th anniversary on May 10th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Patricia Scott is the chairman. The event will honor ten mothers in the Kansas City area who have the remarkable ability to balance family life, personal achievement and civic engagement. Proceeds from the Luncheon benefit United […]

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Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Gala

May 4th is the date for the 6th Annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Gala. The event is a benefit for The Mission Project and will be held on May 4th at Carriage Club. Jennifer and Doug Crable are serving as the honorary chairmen of this year’s gala. The Mission Project recently thanked past and […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Art of the Car Concours

Marshall Miller is the founder and chairman of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Art of the Car Concours. Marshall’s obsession with vintage vehicles dates back to the 1950s. Marshall has recruited hundreds of community volunteers who join with the KCAI staff each year to support the event which raises funds for student scholarships. The 2013 Art of the […]

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Wild About Harry – Addressing Party

The 14th annual benefit for the Harry S. Truman Institute, Wild About Harry, will take place on April 11th. An addressing party was held on February 28th at the home of Cathy Schultz. Cathy Hedlund and Cathy Schultz served as the co-chairmen for the party. Proceeds from the event will support educational programs, museum exhibitions, forums, […]

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Rock Chalk Ball

April 27th is the date for Rock Chalk Ball, “Crimson and Blues.” Debbi and Howard Cohen and Clare and Nick Blasi are serving as co-chairmen of the event.  Jayhawks will celebrate Kansas City’s rich jazz traditions at the Overland Park Convention Center. Proceeds will support Alumni Association events all over the country.   Also featured in the March […]

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Great Plains SPCA – Pawtini

What happens in Vegas stays at…Pawtini, Great Plains SPCA’s signature event, which will be held on April 6th at Sporting Park. Julie Nelson Meers and Sam Meers, along with Kevin Westrope and Jason Holmes will be the honorary co-chairmen. Great Plains SPCA is Our Town’s most comprehensive resource for pets and their human companions. Also […]

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Ben and Betty Zarda Family – Golf Classic

Get in the swing and attend the Ben and Betty Zarda Family 32nd Annual Golf Classic: Generations of Giving Back. The event will take place on May 13th at Lake Quivira Country Club. There will be lunch, golf, a dinner reception, and an awards ceremony. Each year, more than 150 golfers and volunteers participate in this day of […]

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