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The Symphony League – Symphony Ball

Rita and Lamar Hunt, Jr. were the honorary chairmen, and Mary Leonida served as chairman of The Symphony League’s Symphony Ball, “The Firebird Ball.” The sold-out event was held on September 7th at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Guests enjoyed cocktails, a silent auction, a dinner, and a performance by Maestro Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony. Afterward, partygoers danced the night away to the tunes of Lost Wax.


Mary Leonida, Ball chairman; Lamar Hunt, Jr., and Rita Hunt, Ball honorary chairmen; and Elaine Mann, Symphony League president


Lieutenant Colonel John and Karla Perkowski, Bill and Marilyn Taylor, and Kathy and Jay Gaumer


Alex and Sarah Hancock, William and Linda Kornitzer, and Wendy and Jeffrey Sitzmann


Dr. John and Karen Yungmeyer, Carmen Sabates, Jim and Katherine Schorgl, and Meredith and John Steinberg


Myron and Nicole Wang, Charles Bruffy, Kansas City Symphony Chorus; Cynthia Riggins, Skip Champion, Jan Durwood, and Richard Durwood


Dr. Tim and Heather Pluard, Kirk and Jill Presley, Melanie Fenske, auction chairman; and Michael Fenske


Didier and Shelly Papadapoulos, Lora Smith, and Gina and Charlie Penner

Additional photos featured in the October 26, 2019 issue of The Independent

Photo Credit: Strauss Peyton and Kansas City Symphony


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