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KidsTLC – Benefit18 “Transformation”

KidsTLC ’s Benefit18, “Transformation,” was held on October 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Partygoers enjoyed delicious fare, handcrafted cocktails from J. Rieger and Company, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Lucy and Andy Rieger served as the chairmen, and members of the Ives Family were the honorary co-chairmen.

Greg and Nancy Koons with Emily and Atlee Gafford



Graham Brown, Charlie Lasher, Maggie Snipes, and James Campbell


Andy and Lucy Rieger, chairmen


Lissa and Lance Melber with Lynn Porter


Donna and Nick Calvert with Tom and Donna Mertz


Rhonda and Greg Harrelson


Alex Wilson, Maddie Kupchin, Luke Driskell, and Kaileigh Kupchin


(Front row) Tommy Bickimer, Julie Bickimer, Mary Bickimer, and Carmen Bickimer (back row) Mike Bickimer, Tom Bickimer, Jenny Bickimer, and John Bickimer


Shannon Wickliffe, KidsTLC; and Stephanie Wickliffe

Also featured in the December 15, 2018 issue of The Independent
Photo Credit: Kit Doyle and Brian Rice


Phoenix Family – Un*Gala, “Friday Night Fever”

April 26th was the date for Phoenix Family’s 16th Annual Un*Gala, “Friday Night Fever.” More than 600 guests donned their favorite disco attire and enjoyed the groovy evening in the…

Wayside Waifs – Fur Ball, “Woof 66”

More than 1,000 people gathered for Wayside Waifs’ Fur Ball, “Woof 66,” on May 11th. Jill Dean and Jean Wagner were the honorary co-chairmen, and Martha and Rusty Smith and…

KC CARE Health Center – Bloom Air

April 13th was the date for KC CARE Health Center’s Bloom Air event, which was held at the Airline History Museum. James Smith, Mark Sawkin, Damian Lair, and Taylor Gozia…

Powell Gardens – Plant Preview Party and Auction

Powell Gardens recently hosted a Plant Preview Party and Auction to kick off its upcoming season. The festive weekend also featured the Plant Sale, a Fungi & Fermentation event, and…