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Cristo Rey Kansas City – Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

April 2nd was the date for the 16th annual Dancing with the Kansas City Stars, a benefit for Cristo Rey Kansas City, which was held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Christina Ricci and Matt Sharples were the honorary co-chairmen, and Susan Spencer and Julie Towner served as the co-chairmen. This year’s contestants were Tara Ard, Jeff Cathey, Eric Guettermann, Andrew Marquardt, Alise Martiny, Alex Couchonnal McManus, Alena Prenger, and Bradley Wiedeman. Kathy Quinn was the emcee. 

Bradley Wiedeman with Liz Watkins


Board of Trustees: Kelli Alldredge, Ellen Martin, Jake Schloegel, Connie Fahey, Marny Sherman, Matt Sharples, honorary chairman; Vivian Avery, Scott Dillabaugh, Deborah Macon, Kathy Maguire, Paul Fenaroli, Stacy Rose, Kevin Rauckman, Sister Phyllis Stowell, and Bridget Romero


Clint Taylor, Bridget McManus Taylor, Kevin McManus, Alex Couchonnal McManus, Tim McManus, Kathleen McManus Couchonnal, and Dr. Luis Couchonnal


Malia Duncan, Belinda Counts, Tanya Childress, Kristyn Fromme, and Jessica Carr


(Front row) John Drury, judge (back row) Sister Mary Pat Johnson and Sister Janet Cashman


Eric Guettermann received the Grand Prize award from Alumni Star Kelli Alldredge.

Featured in the May 28, 2022 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Keith Gard


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