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November 27, 2021

Philanthropy MATTERS

To learn more about becoming a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Kansas City Chapter, please visit afpkc.org. The Independent is proud to be the exclusive media partner of AFPKC. Lorraine Moore is the development director at Park University. Her undergraduate degree is from William Jewell College. Lorraine earned a master’s degree in communication and […]

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FALSETTO THAT’S ANYTHING BUT FALSE: Series presents countertenor who is radically altering expectations

Countertenors have been with us for hundreds of years. If it seems that they are suddenly everywhere, it’s partly because the demand for them internationally has spurred conservatories toward a new level of training, to the point where we suddenly have dozens of really great ones. It took the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions nearly […]

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REVIEW: Lyric Opera finally able to present its innovative Amahl to live audiences

Most of us have experienced at least one extraordinary moment in our lives in which we feel we’ve been visited by a miracle: and perhaps we have been. Such a moment is at the heart of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, which despite being a specifically Christian story contains fundamental truths that […]

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Children’s Mercy – Red Hot Night 22

April 2nd is the date for Red Hot Night 22, a benefit for Children’s Mercy. The event will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center and as a virtual event. Ellen and Peter Clune and Kim and Nick Warren are serving as the honorary co-chairmen. Joe Podrebarac and Rod Eisenhauer are the co-chairmen.    […]

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A Toast To Olde Tymes – The Wenner-Grens

Richard Liggett owned and operated several movie theaters and then, at the behest of his brother-in-law, he went to work for a company that made and sold vacuum cleaners.  You’re not riveted? Let’s try this: One of Richard’s theaters was the Gene Gauntier in Kansas City, Kansas. He named it after his sister, who was […]

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BOTAR – Faulkner’s Ranch Party

BOTARs and Escorts enjoyed a delightful fall evening at Faulkner’s Ranch on October 1st. Partygoers enjoyed a sumptuous barbecue dinner, line dancing, square dancing, and bull riding. Bridget and John Brandmeyer, Jennifer and Tommy Clemente, Anne and Kevin Connor, Stephanie and Doug Dockhorn, Katie and Ryan Duffy, Kathy Dussold, Laurence Frazen, Sharon and Dan Keller, […]

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Art Scene – Melanie Nolker

With a degree in psychology from Avila University, and many years teaching at the Multiply Handicapped Preschool at The University of Kansas Medical Center, and later as an administrator at St. Michael’s Day School helping mainstream children with special needs, Melanie Nolker seemed to have a comfortable niche in life. Although, she said, “I come […]

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BOTAR – Studio 54 Party

The Lead Bank Rooftop in the Crossroads was converted into Studio 54 for a party hosted by BOTARs Meg Burditt, Anna Harding, Tyler Lockton, Bonnie Longan, Maddie Mann, Claire McCann, Emerson Peavey, Alice Rowland, and Ellie Rose Sachs. The vibe at the October 9th event was distinctly ‘70s, and the music was divinely danceable. BOTARs […]

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – The Gathering

The Gathering is an annual event, now in its ninth year, that benefits Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ program, New Roots for Refugees. October 5th was the date, with Missy Kuklenski serving as the chairman, at the lovely home of Elin Murphy. The speakers were Lauren Solidum, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, and Meredith Walrafen, […]

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