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Lyric Opera Circle – Spring Luncheon

The Lyric Opera Circle’s Spring Luncheon was held on May 4th at Lidia’s Kansas City. Members gathered to celebrate the success of the 2022 Lyric Opera Ball, which was held on April 9th at Loews Kansas City Hotel. The new class of Circle members were welcomed, and the 2022-2023 Circle officers were installed. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, beautiful flowers from Studio Dan Meiners, and a wonderful performance by LOKC Resident Artists Aubrey Odle, mezzo-soprano, and Yang Lin, pianist.

Eileen Everett, Elaina Sansone, Kelly Privitera, and Marilyn Gaar


Lucinda Rice-Petrie, Diana Cusser, Jo Anne Dondlinger, and Mary Beth Gentry, 2022-2023 Circle president


Craig Evans, Lyric Opera board of trustees chairman; Mary Leonida, 2021-2022 Circle president; Deborah Sandler Kemper, Lyric Opera; Trudy Gabriel, and Mary Beth Gentry, 2022-2023 Circle president


Linn Gretzinger, Mary Staton, Nan Chapman, and Katie Delzer

Featured in the June 11, 2022 issue of The Independent.
Photo Credit: Strauss Peyton


First Tee Greater Kansas City – Day For Kids Golf Tournament

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Awesome Ambitions – Purse-onality 2023

The Gallery Event Space was the site for Awesome Ambitions’ Purse-onality 2023. The festive event featured two fashion shows, a brunch, and entertainment from Eboni Fondren. Awesome Ambitions girls modeled…

BOTAR – 2023 Mothers’ Dessert

Missy Schaffer’s lovely home was the site for the BOTAR Mothers’ Dessert on June 22nd. Excitement was in the air for The BOTAR Ball, which will be held on October…

Summer Celebrations 2023

The residents of Our Town love the summer months, and The Independent delights in sharing your special moments.                            …