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The Independent’s 2022 Top Ten Party

More than 200 guests gathered for The Independent’s Top Ten Party on February 16th at the 1900 Building. Our Town’s strong commitment to philanthropy was on display at the celebration as the Top Ten Events of 2022 and The Independent’s 2023 Class of Rising Stars were announced. Each Rising Star was presented with a custom Jacqueline Kerr print of Kansas City. Partygoers enjoyed cocktails and delectable fare from Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions and beautiful décor from Craig Sole Designs.

Susan Belger Angulo, HappyBottoms; Robin Levine, Jewish Community Center; and Kristal Ronnebaum


Ryan and Sarah Owings


Kristal and Joe Ronnebaum


Tracy Mattis and Jen Simpson, KidsTLC


2023 Class of Rising Stars Amy Guerich, Sarah Owings, Will Block, Anna Bazan-Munguia, Chris Stibbs, Moira Holland, and Kristal Ronnebaum


Rising Stars: (Front row) Mark Mattison, 2019; Sarah Owings, 2023; Anna Bazan-Munguia, 2023; Moira Holland, 2023; Kimberly Wilkerson, 2015; and Keith Stanfield, 2022 (back row) Gene Willis, 2022; India Williams, 2020; Amy Guerich, 2023; Will Block, 2023: Chris Stibbs, 2023; Kristal Ronnebaum, 2023; and Missy Andeel, 2022


India Williams with Rachel Falcon, The Independent


Pablo Munguia, Kristi Hutchison, BBBSKC; India Williams, and Erica Ostroski, BBBSKC


Christie Montague, Christina Fenwick, Moira Holland, Beth Felski, and Kim Engle


Garen Armstrong and Jackie McMahon, American Heart Association


Vanessa Figg, Amy Stoll, and Dr. Jason Drummond, Down Syndrome Innovations


Emily Sanger, Heather Pluard, and Mina Steen (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)


Bob Hamlin, Haley Bowman, and Matt Armstrong, Boy Scouts of America


Shanelle Varone and Ashley Lopez Anguiano, Children’s Mercy


Madeline Romious and Ned O’Connor (Police Foundation of GKC)


Nicole Hill, Amy Meara, and Ashley Rieke (Catholic Education Foundation)


Alexandria Davis, Lindsay Smither, and Kerry Gentry Hartnett (Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas)


Carli Good and Chris Stibbs


Anna Bazan-Mungia and Kathy Lutz Dusenbery


Paige Engle, Christie Montague, Chris Stibbs, and Moira Holland


Dr. Caroline Danda, The Invisible Riptide; and Kristal Ronnebaum


Anna Bazan-Mungia and Kristi Hutchison


Paige Engle, Maddie Trofholz, Brittany Davis, Jordan Cronan, and Riley Jimenez, BBBSKC


Craig Wallace, Moira Holland, and Kim Young


Matt Armstrong, Haley Bowman, and Bob Hamlin, Boy Scouts of America


Mark Mattison, UMKC Foundation; and Amy Guerich

Featured in the March 4, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: David Riffel and Tom Styrkowicz



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