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Newhouse – 2021 Imagine a Day Gala

November 13th is the date for Newhouse’s Imagine a Day Gala. Terri and Phil Thomas are the honorary chairmen, and Moira Holland is serving as the chairman. Guests may choose to join the festivities at Loews Kansas City Hotel or attend virtually. Gabriella Pagan will be the keynote speaker, with Darren Story serving as the […]

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The Jewel Ball – 2021 Honorary Chairman

Ellen Jurden Hockaday is serving as the honorary chairman of the 2021 Jewel Ball. Ellen is a member of an extended family known for philanthropy and accomplishments. Her maternal grandparents, Dr. Emma Arabella Thompson and Dr. Oscar N. Thompson, were physicians in Breckenridge, Missouri, and Emma was honored as the 1949 Missouri State Mother. Ellen’s […]

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Lyric Opera Circle – Lyric Opera Ball, “Una Notte a Roma”

Loews Kansas City Hotel will be the site for the Lyric Opera Circle’s Lyric Opera Ball, “Una Notte a Roma,” which will be held on April 9th. Proceeds from the event are earmarked for the upcoming production of Tosca. Partygoers will enjoy a silent auction, dinner, dancing, and beautiful decor which will feature elements reminiscent […]

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UMKC Conservatory – Crescendo Gala 2021

November 12th is the date for UMKC Conservatory’s Crescendo Gala 2021. The evening, which will be held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, will be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event. Honorary Chairmen Mary Kay and Charles Horner bring a long, familial testament of support for the Conservatory, and this […]

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Sheffield Place – Off the Wall

October 16th is the date for Sheffield Place’s Off the Wall event, which will be held at The LEX at Municipal Auditorium. Curt Thomas and Peter Sunderman are serving as the honorary chairmen, with Steven St. John as the emcee. The festivities will include a reception with live art, silent and live auctions, dinner, and […]

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KVC – Friday Night Live! Gala

Maria and Sean Hurley are serving as chairmen of KVC’s Friday Night Live! Gala. The November 12th event will be held at The Abbott. Partygoers will enjoy delicious fare, lively music, and some fun surprises. Christa Dubill and Kevin Holmes will be the hosts of the event. Proceeds support the mission of KVC to strengthen […]

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2021 BOTAR President – Julie Miller McCann

Julie Miller McCann is serving as this year’s BOTAR president. As excited as she is about the upcoming Ball, she treasures the memory of her time as a BOTAR and counts members of her BOTAR class among her dearest friends. “My BOTAR year was also the first year for The Concert for Champions. The Kansas […]

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2021 Class of Rising Stars – Luke Deets

Family is a driving force in Luke Deets’ philanthropic work. He is a humble, relationship-driven leader who sees opportunities to provide support to those in need and does not hesitate to raise his hand. Married to an educator, both Luke and his wife see volunteerism as fundamental to their family values and traditions. Luke seeks […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City – 2021 Empower Breakfast

André Davis is serving as the chairman for the 2021 Empower Breakfast, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City. André’s dedication to the organization has included stints as a board member, advocate, and Match Maker. The event, which honors the Bigs and Littles of the Year and teaches guests about the Match Makers […]

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Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri’s – Holiday Mart Beneficiaries

Bartle Hall will be the site for the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri’s Holiday Mart. The annual shopping event will be held September 30th through October 3rd. This year’s beneficiaries are Bridging the Gap, Inclusion Connections, Lazarus Ministries, MINDDRIVE, Phoenix Family, Solace House, and Wayside Waifs. Also featured in the September 4, 2021 issue […]

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Night Out With MOCSA – Cocktail Party and Auction

October 23rd is the date for the annual Night Out With MOCSA Cocktail Party and Auction, a benefit for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. Lindsey Anderson, Melanie Gaona, Susan Hoppe, Jamie Howard, Stacey McLey, Deana Werkowitch, and Danielle Willmore, all members of the Crestwood Women’s Network, are serving as the honorary co-chairmen for […]

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2021 Class Of Rising Stars – Jessica James

Philanthropy is more than a concept to Jessica James, it is a core value that she embodies in all that she does. As a child, Jessica excelled in school and her inquisitive and innovative nature set the stage for her future roles in the culinary arts. Since she was not encouraged to go to college, […]

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Starlight Theatre – Starry Night at Starlight

Denise Dibben and Kristen Whalen are serving as co-chairmen of Starry Night at Starlight. The event, which will be held on September 11th at Starlight Theatre, will pay homage to an inaugural class of All-Stars, known for charitable endeavors in Our Town, plus an honorary All-Star. The fun will include tickets to a performance of […]

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The KC Shepherd’s Center -70 Over 70 Awards Celebration

The KC Shepherd’s Center fourth annual 70 Over 70 Awards Celebration will be held virtually on November 4th. SuEllen Fried and Bert Berkley will serve as the honorary co-chairmen as 70 honorees who are all more than 70 years of age are recognized for their significant contributions and achievements in Kansas City. RAlso featured in […]

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The Whole Person – Night of Independence Awards Gala – An Evening in Paris

Dr. Mark T. Fisher, the late Mona Randolph, the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation, and Worcester Investments will be honored at The Whole Person’s Night of Independence Awards Gala – An Evening in Paris. Jennifer Salva and Logan Weed are co-chairmen of the event, which will be held on September 24th at […]

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National World War I Museum and Memorial – 2021 Night at the Tower

September 18th is the date for the seventh annual Night at the Tower, a benefit for the National World War I Museum and Memorial, which will be held as a virtual event. Members of the Rowland Family will be the honorary co-chairmen; the late Landon Rowland was a trustee and devoted supporter of the organization. […]

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2021 Class Of Rising Stars Katasha Kumar

Katasha Kumar has a deep passion and commitment to philanthropy that developed early in her childhood. Growing up in Chicago, Katasha’s family introduced her to volunteerism and community engagement, not as something to do, but as a way to demonstrate their long-held family values. From her time in Girl Scouts to volunteering at senior centers, […]

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United WE – We Work For Change

September 29th is the date for We Work For Change. United WE, formerly the Women’s Foundation, will host the afternoon event, which will celebrate equity, diversity, and 30 years of empowering women. The festivities will include both virtual activities and an in-person VIP exclusive. The featured speakers are Mellody Hobson of Starbucks, Tina Tchen of […]

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2021 Class Of Rising Stars Danny Ritz

Danny Ritz is a storyteller and whether reading a story to a child through the Lead to Read program or telling stories about Kansas City through his podcast, he is committed to sharing the stories that matter most. Danny is multitalented and his varied interests and community engagement have made an immeasurable impact on our […]

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The Symphony League of Kansas City – 39th annual Symphony Ball

September 11th is the date for The Symphony League of Kansas City’s 39th annual Symphony Ball, which will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center. “Stardust” will be the theme. The event will feature a Kansas City Symphony performance led by Maestro Michael Stern, as well as dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to […]

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Folds of Honor Kansas City – Colleen and Everett Katzenberger

In 2015, Colleen Katzenberger was awarded the Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship, and her son, Everett, was awarded a Future Use Scholarship. Colleen graduated in 2016 with a master of education degree from Rockhurst University. Colleen’s husband, and Everett’s father, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Katzenberger, was killed in the line of duty in 2011 while […]

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