Stems: A Garden Soirée

Guests enjoyed Stems: A Garden Soirée on June 24 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. More than 2,000 guests attended the 10-year celebration. Proceeds allow The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Arboretum and city art installations.

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Gala

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 enjoyed a heartwarming evening filled with food, fun and inspiring stories of kindness. The gala celebrates the ripple effect of kindness and benefits Synergy Services' work to stop bullying and overcome violence in our community.

Comcast Cares

More than 150 Comcast and Accenture employees and their families beautified Nova Center for Comcast Cares Day on April 22. Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and Missouri Reps. John Rizzo, Donna Pfautsch, Bill E. Kidd, Mike Cierpiot and Gary Cross also joined. Maeson Moananu, a Comcast employee and Independence resident, brought 49 family members to volunteer.

Travel Edit/ Checkmate

Head to the desert in style with Steps of Style blogger Amy Dreyer for a girls trip filled with sun, fun and mid-century magic.

April 2017 Around Town

Pour for More, a signature cocktail event benefiting KidsTLC, will be held April 28. The Nantucket-inspired evening will be held at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and funds will be raised for residential psychiatric treatment, outpatient behavioral health, homeless outreach to teens, children with autism and parent support services. Guests will explore the museum’s unique galleries, indulge in farm-fresh…

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Holiday Luminary Walk

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens hosted the Holiday Luminary Walk. The 1.5 miles of trail was illuminated by over 2,500 hand-lit candles. Over 19,000 guests enjoyed the holiday tradition. The event is a fundraiser for the Arboretum and a great opportunity to make memories with friends and family.

January 2017 Good Times

The eleventh annual Nutcracker Tea Party took place on December 3rd and 4th at The Ritz Charles Overland Park. Crescendo Conservatory dancers entertained over 3,200 guests during four performances. All proceeds support Friends of Overland Park Arts and their investment in art and art programs in the Overland Park community.

The 5th Annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K Run/Walk

Over 1500 runners, walkers and volunteers joined in the fight against ovarian cancer. The OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer Foundation strives to create a day of hope, support, and awareness for ovarian cancer. Funds raised support ovarian cancer research and patient advocacy in the KC Metro area. We Believe in a Cure.

Hillcrest Infinite Possibilities Gala 2016

The 11th annual Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas Gala took place at the Museum at Prairiefire on November 5th. Hillcrest's time-tested program works with homeless families and youth to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. 
Photography Claire Ryser

Botanical Brewfest

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens served as the perfect backdrop for Botanical Brewfest on Saturday, October 8. Guests enjoyed over 100 different craft beers from 41 different breweries. Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser for the Arboretum’s Train Garden. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The Whole Person’s 6th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon

The Whole Person held their 6th Annual Awards Celebration Luncheon on August 26 at The Gallery Event Space. This event, emceed by Fox 4's John Holt featured speaker Colonel Greg Gadson. The event honored individuals and organizations working to further TWP's mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

14th Annual Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk

More than 5,100 runners, walkers, and volunteers turned for the 14th Annual Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk at Corporate Woods. This year's goal was to raise a a half million dollars and indications are the goal will be reached. Funds raised support brain cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Chief’s Flag Hanging on The Plaza

To celebrate the upcoming Chiefs season, KC Wolf raised flags and outfitted statues on the Country Club Plaza.

Restoration Hardware Unveiling

The unveiling of RH Leawood at Town Center Plaza featured a special live performance by Larkin Poe and a DJ set by Rob Garza. Guests enjoyed gourmet bites by Chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts, and sipped on fresh peach bellinis and curated wines. The event benefitted Children’s Mercy Hospital.

5th Annual IndiaFest

IAKC held their 5th annual IndiaFest on Sunday, August 28th at the Overland Park Convention Center. The theme of this years’ festival was “Dances of India”. The event gives a glimpse of India – food, culture, clothing/fashion, henna tattoos, 
dances, music and more.

Hillcrest Transitional Housing’s Nosh Nocte Event

Nosh Nocte KC was an adventure through 5 tasting courses of food, wine and coffee and in addition, KC's Scottish whisky savant, Clint Dunning, explored 4 Single Cask, Single Malt Whiskeys with guests. The event benefited homeless youth ages 16-20, reached by Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas.

Cy Financial has Client Appreciation Event and Sponsors BBQ Team

Cy Financial invited a number of their clients to join them in a client appreciation event at the "Great Lenexa BBQ Battle". 
They sponsored the BBQ team, "Coach's Decision".Cy's clients enjoyed an array of Coach's Decision's specially made, incredibly tasty, award winning BBQ'd delights. Drinks and a general good time followed.

Project Perserverance

The Project Perseverance Hall of Fame, supported by Sun Life Financial, honors individuals who’ve overcome adversity and use their experiences to help others. 2016 inductees:Jeffrey Owen Hanson, visually impaired artist whose artwork has generated over $2 million for charity; Kylee Bliss, who started the HeadsUp Foundation for PCS after suffering concussions playing high-school basketball.

Big Slick

Big Slick Press Conference at Children’s Mercy Hospital with hosts Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, David Koechner and several celebrity friends. Photography Janie Jones

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 attended the 26th annual Kindest Kansas Citian awards, a benefit for Synergy Services. The celebration of kindness makes it possible for Synergy to offer anti-violence programs throughout Greater Kansas City.

Newhouse Hosts Let’s Get Jazzed Event

Cramer Capital Management and Mid-America Contractors hosted the benefit for Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter. 
KC Jazz favorites Lonnie McFadden Richard Studd performed at The Arrowhead Club venue. VIP guests included Neil Smith, Larry Marshall, Willie Wilson and Chiefs' cheerleaders. A Shafer Photography

Hillcrest’s Bubble Soccer Tournament

This 2nd annual fundraising event was held at Shawnee Mission East in April and was a fundraiser for Hillcrest Transitional Housing, where they offer “A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out” for homeless families and youth in the Kansas City Metro area.

Affair of the Heart Auction

Guests enjoyed a "Red Carpet Affair" at Lutheran High School of Kansas City's 27th annual event, which included dinner provided by Bravo!, live music and auction. Proceeds help provide scholarships to students and for school needs outside of the traditional budget including the opening of a new wing for 2016-17.

Go Red For Women Luncheon

More than 1,000 individuals recently gathered at the Overland Park Convention Center for this annual luncheon. The 2016 corporate co-chairs were Lisa Ginter, of CommunityAmerica Credit Union and Angela Hurt, of Veracity Consulting. 
Guests enjoyed a heart healthy lunch and entertainment from The Company Men.

Village Church Annual Art & Hors D’oeuvres

This Mission Road church welcomed a huge crowd at their Art & Hors D'oeuvres event featuring the artwork of 40 artists of all ages. Village Church Chef Emily Berns provided a beautiful spread of delicious hors d'oeuvres. Attendees enjoyed live jazz music performed by the Elder Statesmen of Jazz.

Leopold Gallery Unveils Royal Art

Leopold Gallery recently debuted a painting by local artist William Rose that captures the essence of the Royals’ World Series championship. The 6’ by 8’ canvas combines the player celebration after the final win and the city's parade. The piece hangs in the lobby at Kaufman Stadium. Photography Susan Motley

Shawanoe Elementary Building Dedication

Students and staff at Shawanoe Elementary recently invited members of the community to an official grand opening event. Students and staff members officially began their first week of learning in the new building in March and includes an expanded cafeteria, music classrooms, a Maker Space and more.

Rotary Celebrates Centennial at Lake Quivira

The Kansas City, Kansas, Rotary Club recently held its Centennial Celebration at Lake Quivira Country Club. The Club celebrated with a social hour, dinner and program. The evening included proclamations of congratulations from Mayor Mark Holland and John Donovan, Rotary District Governor, as well as a special presentation.

CASA’s Promise of Hope Event

A record-breaking crowd of over 900 attended the Promise of Hope luncheon, a benefit for CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. The event raised funds to help recruit and train more volunteers desperately needed to advocate on behalf of abused/neglected children under court protection. Photography by DigitalPhotoJoe

Students Present “We Share a Language”

Students from Westridge Middle School and Kansas School for the Deaf recently presented “We Share a Language,” 
a play performed in spoken word and in American Sign Language so hearing as well as deaf and hard-of-hearing 
audience members could experience the play in its entirety.

Searcy Financial Services Celebrates 40 Years

During their 40th anniversary event, Searcy Financial announced John Fales’ promotion to partner, the addition 
of David Bush as VP of business development, and their acceptance into The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), a fee-only association. SearcyFinancial.com.

Brain Injury Association Fundraiser

To mark Brain Injury Awareness Month, Halls hosted the launch party for Frances Valentine, a new line of shoes and 
handbags by acclaimed designer Kate Valentine. Guests met Kate, a Kansas City-native and founder of kate spade, whose friend Amy Thompson passed away in 1989 from a traumatic brain injury.

Sunflower Bank Grand Opening

More than 200 people in our community offered a warm welcome to the bank's new branch locations in Leawood and Overland Park. The festivities included live jazz, prizes, hors d’oeuvres, libations, and a grand prize. Welcome, Sunflower Bank!

Catholic Charities Snow Ball

The 42nd annual event raised $2,154,000+ for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Attended by more than 1,600 guests at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, the elegant black-tie gala supports programs and services which help the poor and most vulnerable.

Readers’ Choice Awards Event

The 42nd annual event raised $2,154,000+ for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Attended by more than 1,600 guests at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, the elegant black-tie gala supports programs and services which help the poor and most vulnerable.

The Healing Chair

The Healing Chair’s mission is to loan reclining lift chairs to breast cancer patients who have recently undergone mastectomy surgeries. They recently partnered with Tequila Harry’s to raise awareness and funds for their cause.

Stand Up for Synergy

Comic powerhouse Billy Gardell of "Mike and Molly" fame gave patrons plenty to laugh about as they raised funds 
to support Synergy Services. His performance at The Improv was complemented by dinner and a live auction emceed 
by Elizabeth Alex and the Nigro Brothers. Photography James Schraeder

Holiday Luminary Walk

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens transformed into a wonderland of candles, lights, music and holiday fun as visitors strolled down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the 16th annual event.

KC Most Wanted Supports Big Brothers & Big Sisters

The Most Wanted Honorees had a ball raising money at the Madrid. With help from the honorees, sponsors, donors and attendees, the event raised a record-breaking $357,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC.

The Whole Person’s 5th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon

The Whole Person (TWP) held its 5th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon on November 6 at the Grand Street Café, honoring individuals and organizations that are working to further TWP’s mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

KC Wine Co.’s Networking Event

Dozens of friends and advertisers in the Lifestyle Publications family gathered to learn more about the new KC Wine Co., 
and to enjoy an evening of wine and networking.

Rockin’ 4 a Cure at Rock & Brews

A fundraising event was recently held in honor of Scott Cart who has been battling ALS since 2005. The group raised more than $16,000 for Team ‘Strutting for Scott’ in support of the Walk to Defeat ALS. Photography David Strickland

Turner House Kicks 4 Kids

More than $49,000 was raised for Turner House Children's Clinic by supporters at the 4th annual Kicks 4 Kids KC event. Turner House provides access to quality health care for uninsured and underserved children.

Kansas City Cigar Festival

Cigar aficionados found a slice of cigar heaven on Diebel's rooftop at the Country Club Plaza where they enjoyed exploring offerings from manufacturers around the world at the inaugural event.

Taste of Leawood Expands

The annual affair moved to a new venue and time of year. The Chamber's biggest event of the season featured more than 30 area restaurants sharing tastes with hundreds of guests at Town Center Plaza.

Shoot for the Cure

More than 300 people raised $110,000+ in the 13th annual event presented by SCOR Global Life Americas. The money benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

YMCA Cheers for Challenger 2015

The event at Teva Pharmaceuticals' unique venue benefited the YMCA of Greater Kansas City's Challenger sports and social program for young people with special needs. Guests enjoyed food and wine, live music, and silent and live auctions.

Jeff Flottman Foundation Golf Tournament

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Jeff's life and support an organization he was passionate about. The first golf tournament in his name at the Country Club of Leawood raised more than $60,000 for Avenue of Life. Photography Hannelore Snyder Brown

Chiefs Fantasy Camp 2015

The event benefitted the Center for Concussion Management at the University of Kansas Hospital. Ten former Chiefs players, along with Coach Dick Vermeil and Mitch Holthus, coached players through skills stations and a 7 on 7 tournament. Photography Seth Laubinger