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Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri – Tough Cookies

October 27th was the date for Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri’s Tough Cookies. Joni Wickham and Sly James served as the co-chairs. The event brought individuals together in a community conversation with an hour-long presentation about developing strong, resilient, and confident girls in today’s world. Guests enjoyed listening to a teen panel of Girl Scouts and remarks from Keynote Speaker Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald. A lovely cocktail reception was held afterward. 

Joni Wickham, co-chair; Troy Lillebo, Curt Crespino, and Joy Wheeler, Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri


Jan Frankenberg, Cynthia Ryan, Renny Arensberg, Katie Arensberg, Alexis Donley Brown, Susan Jarrold, and Peg Donley


Madie Waite, Beth Collins, Aaron Fulk, and Allyson Summers


Megan Stephens and Lisa Correu


Co-chairs Sly James and Joni Wickham


Noor Haideri, Marissa Johnson, Emily Nitz, Caroline Place, Alissa Harris, and Ella Swanson


Shanita Bryant, Julie O’Neill, Keli O’Neill Wenzel, and Pat O’Neill

Featured in the November 26, 2022 issue of The Independent.
Photo Credit: Alyssa Broadus


Powell Gardens – 2023 Under A Harvest Moon

This year’s Under A Harvest Moon, a benefit for Powell Gardens, was a special one. Chairman Susan Ambler Spencer created a delightful evening where two special people were honored: Courtney…

UMKC Conservatory – Crescendo Brilliant Together

November 3rd was the date for the UMKC Conservatory’s Crescendo Brilliant Together, which was held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Co-chairs Bev and Erik Elving and Peter…

KidsTLC – Benefit23

KidsTLC hosted Benefit23, a dreamy evening filled with pajamas and a fun celebration (sounds wonderful!) led by Chairmen Sarah and Ryan Owings. With delightful cocktails from J. Rieger & Co.,…

Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas and New Roots – The Gathering

Teresa Walsh hosted the 11th annual occasion of The Gathering, a benefit for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas and the New Roots program. Missy Kuklenski served as the chairman.…