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The Children’s Place – Party for The Place: Studio 45

Party for The Place: Studio 45, a benefit for The Children’s Place, was held on April 1st at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Danelle and Chris Bender were the honorary chairs, and Whitney Reagan serves as the Angel board chair. Abby Eden was the emcee, and the festivities featured the talents of the Nigro Brothers Auctioneers. The evening also included a program, a delectable dinner, and an after-party with music and dancing.

Mark and Molly Hunter


Jane Emley, Charlotte Emley, and David Emley


Sarah Laskares, Grace Gawatz, Lovie Hollins, and Pamela Simpson


Ivan Nugent


Sarah Duffy McConnell


Danelle and Chris Bender, honorary chairs


Angel Board Members: (Front row) Susie Wollard, Kate Nelson, Kristie Clift, April Crosser, Kathy Schirger, Jenny Muntzel, and Katherine Lee (back row) Whitney Schairer, BK Christopher, Whitney Reagan, board chair; Heather Blacketer, Amanda Blackwood, Anne Cusser, Allison Waters, and Joellen Messerli

Featured in the April 29, 2023 issue of The Independent.


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