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Community LINC – The 2019 Rent Party

Joanne and John Bluford, Peggy and Terry Dunn, Karen and Hank Herrmann, Jeanette and Kevin Prenger, and Aviva Ajmera and Wayne Strickland served as honorary co-chairmen of The Rent Party. The October 5th event was held at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall. Proceeds support Community LINC, which aims to end family homelessness for this generation and the next.

Honorary Co-chairmen Wayne Strickland and Aviva Ajmera, Hank and Karen Herrmann, Terry and Peggy Dunn, Joanne Bluford, and Jeanette and Kevin Prenger (out of camera range) John Bluford


Hometown Hero Award Honoree Leo Morton


Teddy Hernandez, Aviva Ajmera, Dr. Michelle Robin, Crystal Jenkins, Neelima Parasker, and Cindy Reynolds


Jeni Abel, Precious Stargell Cushman, Community LINC; and Co-chairman Greg Porter

Additional photos featured in the November 23, 2019 issue of The Independent
Photo credit: J. Robert Schraeder Photography


Empowering Women By Anne Potter Russ

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Fountains In Our Town – William Volker Memorial Fountain

William Volker was born in 1859 in Germany. He came with his family to the United States in 1871, and he settled in Kansas City in 1882. A newspaper advertisement…

Art Scene – Onnissia

Twenty-seven-year-old Onnissia (pronounced oh nee see yuh), born in South Central Los Angeles, became interested in art when she was seven years old. “I was told by everyone that I…

Symphony Ball – Stardust

On March 11th, members of the Symphony Ball Committee gathered at Kate Banks’ lovely home to celebrate the revealing of the plans for this year’s Symphony Ball, “Stardust.” Melanie Fenske…