Subscribe Today

Save almost 50% off the newsstand price!

In addition to receiving 26 issues of The Independent Kansas City’s Journal of Society, your subscription will include our annual publication, the Charitable Events Calendar and a subscription to our e-newsletter, The Insider.

Questions about your current subscription? Contact Laura Gabriel at 816-471-2800.

The 2020 And 2021 Jewel Ball

Mrs. Irvine Oty Hockaday, Jr. served as the honorary chairman and Mrs. Barret Spencer Heddens III was the chairman for The Jewel Ball. A profusion of orchids and a purple glow infused The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with the vitality of a summer night on November 27th, when the Debutantes and Gentlemen of The Jewel Ball were presented. The event benefited the Kansas City Symphony, which Mr. Michael Duane Fields represented, and the Museum, which was represented by Mr. Ramón Murguía. In addition to the presentations, the evening included cocktails, dinner, and dancing. The first Jewel Ball was held in 1954.   

The beautiful Jewel Ball jewel was on display.


Master Miles Barton Kaufman, Miss Isla Frances Grant, Master George William Dugger, and Master Brooks Henry Horner, Jewel Ball pages


Mr. and Mrs. Irvine Oty Hockaday, Jr., Ball honorary chairman


Mr. and Mrs. Barret Spencer Heddens III, Ball chairman


Mr. Michael Duane Fields representing the Kansas City Symphony; Ball Chairman Mrs. Barret Spencer Heddens III, and Mr. Ramón Murguía, representing The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


Mrs. Evan David Patterson

Read more in the January 22, 2022 issue of The Independent
Photo credit: Wirken Photography


War Horses For Veterans – The Derby Party

War Horses for Veterans, founded by Andy and Patricia Brown, held its third annual fundraiser, The Derby Party, on May 4th. More than 400 guests watched the Kentucky Derby race…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Spring Luncheon

Lidia’s was the lovely location for the Symphony League of Kansas City’s annual Spring Luncheon on May 8th. Mandy Burditt and Trish Mayer were the co-chairmen. Nearly 60 members and…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Ball Kickoff

Symphony League members gathered at Amy Volini’s beautiful home recently to kick off preparations for the 2024 Symphony Ball, “NOVA.”Amy and Julie Sykes hosted the fun event, where Ball Chairman…

Saint Luke’s Foundation – Spirit of Philanthropy Awards

In the spirit of gratitude, Saint Luke’s Foundation hosted its Spirit of Philanthropy Awards celebration on April 18th at the 1900 Building. Being honored this year are: Philanthropists of the…