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Opes Charitable Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Green Tie Gala

David Frantze will be honored at the fourth annual Green Tie Gala, where guests will enjoy a surf and turf dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by Lonnie McFadden and the band Twice on Sunday. The event will raise funds for the Opes Charitable Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Featured in the […]

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The Whole Person – Night of Independence Awards Gala: The Super Ball

September 16th is the date for The Whole Person’s Night of Independence Awards Gala – The Super Ball. The event will be held at The North Club at Arrowhead Stadium. Jessica Barranco and Sherry Duncan are the co-chairmen. Abby Eden will serve as the emcee. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, […]

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2022 Class Of Rising Stars – Missy Andeel

When Missy Andeel offers to volunteer her services for an organization, she extends not only her time but also her passion for supporting others. Missy is a talented leader whose sought-after skills have been instrumental in the on-going success of several organizations. She has long volunteered her time at three organizations whose missions she works […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! Donna Jacobson

Donna Jacobson has devoted the last 13 years to volunteering for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. With her background in social work, she gravitated towards helping the families of sick children navigate the difficult world they were entering. Donna has been a housewarmer volunteer, a house dog walker, a special events volunteer, and, […]

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2022 Class of Rising Stars – Keith Stanfield

Keith Stanfield is a multi-faceted leader with a passion for engaging with his community and providing opportunities for others to experience the power of music. This talented, accomplished, and classically trained violinist is the artistic executive director of the Opus 76 Quartet, concertmaster of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and the Kinnor Philharmonic Orchestra, and […]

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The Jewel Ball – 2022 Honorary Chairman

Mary Jane Young Barnes (Mrs. Bryant Page Barnes) is serving as the honorary chairman of the 2022 Jewel Ball. She was the chairman of the 1995 Jewel Ball, following in the footsteps of her mother-in-law Margaret Ott Barnes (Mrs. Frederic Page Barnes), who headed the event in 1958.  Originally from Illinois, Mary Jane attended Northwestern […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! Steve Denny

Steve Denny is a wonderful volunteer for Jackson County CASA. He visits the children and is a great resource for many older youth. Steve also helps with and attends the events for CASA volunteers. Elizabeth Lee, Jackson County CASA; said, “Steve is always willing to teach, mentor, and give lessons to older youth on changing […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Rachel Rindner

Rachel Rindner started volunteering at a young age. She was only eight years old when she served as a peer model at Camp Determination, an overnight camp for youths with autism. Kelly Lee, who directed the camp, was impressed by Rachel’s “sweet nature, sensitivity, and kindness.” When Kelly founded Camp Encourage, Rachel was eager to […]

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Johnson County Library Foundation – 2022 Library Lets Loose

September 17th is the date for Johnson County Library Foundation’s 2022 Library Lets Loose event, which will be held at the newly-renovated Central Resource Library. Senia and Will Shields will serve as the honorary hosts. Partygoers will enjoy drinks, delicious fare, and music. Proceeds will support resources for lifelong learning programs at Johnson County Libraries.  […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! Debbie Brock

Debbie Brock has been a wonderful volunteer with Wayside Waifs for 10 years. She is a dog socializer, works the reception desk, and helps at the front desk in Adoptions. Debbie also trains new volunteers, helps with shy and fearful dogs, and is a foster parent to cats and dogs. Thank you, Debbie, for sharing […]

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Truman Library Institute – Wild About Harry

Deanne Porter and Patrick Ottensmeyer are the honorary chairmen for Wild About Harry, the 23rd annual event benefiting Harry S. Truman’s legacy and presidential library. Tamara and David Campbell are serving as the chairmen, and the gathering will be held on April 28th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The festivities […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Andrea Nelson

Andrea Nelson spearheaded the organization of the third annual Green Tie Gala, which benefited the Opes Charitable Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her tireless efforts included interacting with sponsors and securing live and silent auction packages – and that was in addition to creating all visual aspects of the event. Thank you, Andrea, […]

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MOCSA – 28th Annual Community Luncheon

Ann Abercrombie and Kristin Tyson are serving as the honorary co-chairmen of the 28th Annual Community Luncheon, a benefit for Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA). The event will be held on April 29th at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The community support committee co-chairmen are Janea and JP Roberts […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – KC Shepherd’s Center

KC Shepherd’s Center relies on volunteers to make its mission run, and Krucial Staffing has come to the rescue more than once! This group of helpers has done double duty on raking yards twice for older adults in our community. The eager bunch helps KC Shepherd’s Center provide programs, leadership, and advocacy to help both […]

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The Children’s Place – Party for The Place: Pure Imagination

The Children’s Place’s Party for The Place: Pure Imagination (formerly known as the Angels’ Gala), will be held on April 2nd at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Melanie and Jim Rine will be the honorary chairmen. The Children’s Place has entered a new era of its 40-year history with a move […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Brandy Reed

Brandy Reed is an active volunteer with Reach Out and Read Kansas City. She served on the event committee for Books on Tap. Her responsibilities included fundraising and securing silent auction items, and she also recruited family members and friends. In addition, Brandy helped host the Kendra Scott Gives Back event in September. According to Ellen […]

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Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy – Civic Service Award Celebration

Jenny and John Isenberg will be honored with the Civic Service Award by the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy at the Civic Service Award Celebration, which will be held as a private broadcast on April 3rd. Jenny and John are outstanding examples of people who “light the path forward” for the Academy and other civic organizations. […]

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2022 Jewel Ball Chairman

Kathy Hunt Woodward (Mrs. Phillip Scott Woodward) will serve as the chairman of the 2022 Jewel Ball. The event will be held on June 18th at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kathy is the daughter of Mr. Graham Thomas Hunt and the late Judy Henry Hunt (Mrs. Graham Thomas Hunt), who was Jewel Ball chairman […]

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HALO – Defying the Odds: A Livestream HALO Art Auction

HALO, which provides housing, healing, and education services to young people who are homeless, will hold Defying the Odds: A Livestream HALO Art Auction, on February 25th. Auctioneer Tanna Guthrie and Rebecca Welsh, the organization’s founder, will serve as hosts of the live auction, and Rebecca will also be the speaker. The event will feature […]

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Sherwood Autism Center – Beat the Blues 2022

Beat the Blues 2022, a benefit for Sherwood Autism Center, will be held on January 29th at The Abbott. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment, and a program. Katie Lord and Julie Steenson are serving as the co-chairmen. Proceeds will support Sherwood Autism Center’s mission to educate, equip, and empower […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Janet Nash

Janet Nash, who careers with American Century Investments, put her love of music to work when she started volunteering with the Northeast Community Center’s Harmony Project KC in 2019. She has inventoried sheet music and assembled class folders. Janet and her husband, Dean, are the parents of three sons, Reilly, Spenser, and Riordan. All three […]

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