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Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault – Community Luncheon

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) held its Community Luncheon on May 5th. More than 1,000 guests gathered for the event, which was held at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Ann and Josh Rowland served as the honorary chairs, and Monica Gray and Tanesha Ford were the event co-chairs. Denise and William Marshall and Leah and Arlan Vomhof served as the community support committee co-chairs. The keynote speaker was Jodi Kantor, New York Times investigative reporter. On the evening prior to the event, the Rowlands were the hosts for the Patrons’ Party at their lovely home. Proceeds support MOCSA’s work to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual assault and abuse and prevent sexual violence in our community.

Mayor Quinton Lucas


(Seated) Janet Mark, Helen Wewers, Jamila and Dr. Michael Weaver, and Alison Erickson (standing) Kayla Lagud, Sofia Lira, Kristine Seaman, and Lindsey Elmore


(Seated) Captain Troy Osborn, Detective Sergeant Nick Rothwell, and Chief Dale Finger, Leawood Police Department; and Mayor Peggy Dunn with Detective Jack Bond, Leawood Police Department (standing) Julie Berger and Diane Stoddard with Detective Curtis Rice and Officer Christina Farquhar, Leawood Police Department


(Seated) Elizabeth Danforth, Anissa Parra-Grooms, Laura Curry Sloan, Lori Fluegel, Nancy Putnam, and Erika Lawler (standing) Andrea Gomez, Michelle McConnell, and Halley French


(Seated) Kim Hobbs, Jayne Martin, Xochitl Glaser, and Claire Early (standing) Tristin Kuhn, Sheila Sickau, Megan McMullen, Anne Scharf, and Lara Krug


Melanie Fenske, board chair; with Julie Donelon, MOCSA


Jessi Bixler, board member and survivor speaker


Josh and Ann Rowland, honorary chairs; Arlan and Leah Vomhof and Denise and William Marshall, community support committee co-chairs; and Julie Donelon, MOCSA



Featured in June 10, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Matthew Hicks


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