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Spotlight on Centurions – Jen Houston

Jen Houston is a senior vice president and community relations manager for UMB Financial Corporation. As a member of Centurions, Jen is the chairman for the Centurions’ Spring Cohort’s Environmentalism Task Force, and she has served on the steering committee. Jen has a bachelor of journalism degree and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – The Salvation Army

Sometimes the simple solution is the best one. The Salvation Army relies on a multitude of bell ringers stationed beside their signature red kettles for fundraising. Last year, volunteers spent more than 5,000 hours ringing bells. The sound of the bells draws attention to the kettles, and attracts passersby to donate their change – and […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars Chuck Cuda

Chuck Cuda is a principal/broker at Opes Commercial Real Estate. He is on the board of trustees of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mid-America Chapter. Chuck has served as a member of the Light the Night executive leadership committee and was chairman of the event in 2018. Chuck organized his own event, Green Tie Gala, […]

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Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Karen Crnkovich

Karen Crnkovich has been a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri for 16 years and is serving as the 2020-21 president. Karen has served on the board of directors for four years and in many other roles, including director of fund development, director of training, board assistant, Holiday Mart co-chairman, and advocacy […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Moe Chizari

Teaching math might not be everyone’s idea of happiness, but for Moe Chizari, it’s exactly what the semi-retired accountant and volunteer loves to do. Moe spends his free time working with Literacy KC’s program, High School Equivalency Test preparedness. Giving back motivates Moe to do the work of teaching, and the joy comes when students, […]

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Fifties Freedom In The Village

If you’re driving by 71st Street and Mission Road in Prairie Village, you’ll notice that there’s a new kid in town. He is part of the sculpture Fifties Freedom In The Village. Brad Johnson wanted to honor his bicycle-riding friends, and E.S. Schubert, who is known as Spencer, created the artwork. Both men graduated from […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Karly Scholl

Karly Scholl is in her second year as a Centurion, where she has served on the Education Task Force and is on the projects committee. This married mother of two earned a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from Iowa State University. She joined CommunityAmerica Credit Union in 2017,  tasked with […]

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Kansas City Young Matrons – Anne Keil

Anne Keil was recently elected president of the Kansas City Young Matrons, where she has been a member since 2013. Anne previously served as admissions chairman, new member chairman, and director of community service for the organization. Anne, and her husband, Bruce, are the parents of two adult children. Kansas City Young Matrons is in […]

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The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Holiday Mart

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri’s Holiday Mart is known as “the mart with heart,” and as such the organization selects beneficiaries as partners for each year’s shopping event. One of the community partners is Solace House. Solace House brings expert care, comfort, guidance, and hope to approximately 2,500 families per year dealing with life-threatening […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Nancy Phelps

Nancy Phelps is a member of Centurions Spring Class of 2021. She is the director of community impact at JE Dunn Construction, where she promotes corporate and employee engagement throughout JE Dunn’s 21 offices. She works with the Dunn Family Foundation and JE Dunn’s corporate philanthropy. Nancy completed her undergraduate degree at Tabor College, and […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City – Dr. Dred Scott

The name might sound familiar, but the individuality, work ethic, and passion are completely original for locally born President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Dr. Dred Scott. Being named for the figure in the 1857 legal case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, Dr. Scott is […]

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The Whole Person – Gatsby Gala Night of Independence

The Abbott will be the site of The Whole Person’s Gatsby Gala Night of Independence on September 26th. CJ and Scott Charbonneau will be the honorary chairmen, with Jordan Ward and John Miller as co-chairmen. Honorees will be individuals, businesses, and organizations that are working to further The Whole Person’s mission to assist people with […]

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Kansas City Young Audiences – Spark the Arts in Young Hearts

October 14th is the date for Kansas City Young Audiences’ (KCYA) Spark the Arts in Young Hearts luncheon, which will be held at The Madrid Theatre. Michael Fields is the honorary chairman, and Jill Warren is serving as the chairman. Guests will experience inspiring performances by students and teaching artists. This year, KCYA is pleased […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars Jason Carter-Solomon

Jason Carter-Solomon is vice president of commercial real estate and commercial banking at Enterprise Bank & Trust. He specializes in helping business owners, real estate developers, and investors purchase commercial real estate and businesses and manage their working capital. In 2013, Jason was the first Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Real Estate graduate at the […]

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The Belles of the American Royal – Julie Miller McCann

The Belles of the American Royal are pleased to announce the selection of Julie Miller McCann as the 2020 BOTAR president. Julie is a BOTAR, class of 1988, and has served on the Executive Committee as recording secretary in 2002, BOTAR Ball vice president in 2004, and vice president of BOTAR activities in 2018, as […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Sarah Reape

Sarah Reape, a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020, traversed Missouri to end up in Kansas City. This St. Louis native is the regional director of The Literacy Lab, a non profit that places full-time, professional literacy tutors in schools, preschool through third grade, to help struggling readers. Married with two dogs, Sarah […]

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High Aspirations – Mentors Challenge

Barry Sanders, former NFL running back and Hall of Fame inductee, will be the keynote speaker at High Aspirations’ Mentors Challenge. The 10th annual event will be held on November 20th at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Mark Brandmeyer will be honored with the Robert B. Rogers Legacy Award. High Aspirations helps to raise African […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Nancy and Phillip Reicher

Nancy and Phillip Reicher have given 6,000 volunteer hours to the Grand Lady of Twelfth Street, The Folly Theater! Since 1999, these two dedicated theater lovers have been on call for any last-minute requests, and are always on hand for assisting with the Folly Kids’ Series shows. Also featured in the May 30, 2020 issue […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Suzie Carpenter

Suzie Carpenter is a senior project manager at Black & Veatch, where she works in the water and wastewater industry. Suzie is in her second year of the Centurions Leadership Program, where she has volunteered for Starlight Theatre, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, and Giving the Basics. She served on the Centurion Education […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars Chris Miller

Chris Miller is a commercial insurance advisor at The Miller Group. The company motto is to help clients do what they do best. “I strive to do that every day in my job. I love to help others, a quality derived from my grandpa, Bob Miller. Being in this position allows me to build relationships […]

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Safehome – Write Your Story

August 6th is the date when Safehome will present Write Your Story at Fiorella’s Event Space. Jen Hatmaker is the guest speaker. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You, and the host of the award-winning For the Love Podcast. Also […]

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