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National World War I Museum and Memorial – Night at the Tower

September 18th was the date for the seventh annual Night at the Tower, a benefit for the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The festivities were celebrated as a virtual event, with small groups gathering for a watch party experience. Radha and Ram Shankar and Holly and John Thomson served as co-chairmen. Members of the Rowland family were honored for their many years of support and advocacy; the late Landon Rowland was a board trustee and a greatly esteemed friend of the Museum and Memorial. 

Brad and Kelly Skinner


Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II with Jaxon, Hannah, Milah, and Patrick


Wendy and Dean Guillies


Dr. Matthew Naylor, National World War I Museum and Memorial; with Ann and Bob Regnier


Tom Paolini, auction chairman; Committee Member Mike and Margie Maasen 


Bill and Christy Gautreaux


Debbie Bass, National World War I Museum and Memorial; and Jan Armstrong, committee member


Jeannine Strandjord, committee member; and Susann Ogg, National World War I Museum and Memorial


Tom and Trina Henke, board member

Read more from the October 30, 2021 issue of The Independent
Photo credits: Rachael Jane, Manon Halliburton, and NWWIMM


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The Lyric Opera Circle – 2021 Fall Luncheon

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