When Zech Johnson was a child living in Shawnee, KS, he felt happiest when he was climbing trees. He embraced them limb and trunk, looking skyward as he let his mind roam free. Then he grew up, became practical, went to college and chose a respectable profession.
The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens hosted the 19th Annual Holiday Luminary Walk for six evenings. Visitors enjoyed twinkling light from more than 2,800 candles lining the walkways and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorning the trees and illuminating the paths to live music, lighted displays, horse-drawn wagon rides, and hot apple cider.
More than 150 of Kansas City's up and comers gathered on the Rooftop of the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza for the Snowflake Happy Hour on December 6th. The fundraiser benefits the 45th Annual Snow Ball. The 45th Annual Snow Ball is January 19, 2019. For more information, visit catholiccharitieskssnowball.org.
October 13th was the fifth annual Botanical Brewfest at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a fun filled evening with over 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands, and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser to support the Train Garden at the Arboretum.
Braden's Hope For Childhood Cancer held their seventh annual Hope Gala on September 29. The event was attended by over 1200 guests and $706,525! Braden's Hope funds $1,000,000 research study grants in Kansas City through Children's Mercy Hospital and KU Cancer Cancer. Photo Credit: David Strickland
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More than 2,000 guests attended the 11th year of Stems: A Garden Soiree. Proceeds from the event allow the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, The Arboretum and city art installations.
Lettiann & Associates Real Estate Services LLC partnered with Lifestyle Publications to host a Spring Parade of Homes sneak preview mixer at the Communities of River Ridge – Final Phase. Food and drink were generously provided by Consentinos and First American Title, and there was an abundance of door prizes donated by many fantastic vendors!
The Greater Kansas City Home Show held the first-ever Junior Design Challenge. The finalists and winners got to meet Jeff Lewis from Bravo’s “Flipping Out,” who was a headliner at the event held at Bartle Hall.
Nearly 800 guests gathered on February 23 at the Overland Park Convention Center to celebrate Kansas State University at the 12th annual Wabash CannonBall black-tie event hosted by the K-State Alumni Association. The event raises money to provide scholarships for future K-State students from the Kansas City area.
The Kicks 4 Kids event, held November 30, generated more than $66,000 in net proceeds to benefit underserved children. Patrick Sallee, CEO, announced the merger of Turner House Children’s Clinic, Silver City Health Center and the Children’s Campus Kansas City clinic into one organization: Vibrant Health – Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics.
Friends and families celebrated the Nutcracker Tea Party on December 2 and 3 at the Ritz Charles. This annual holiday tradition delights young and old as guests enjoy a tea party and ballet performance by Crescendo Conservatory. Look for tickets sales for the next event in July. All four performances sell out early!
Record-breaking crowds attended the annual Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. More than 2,800 hand-lit candles lined the paths and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorn the gardens. Guests visited with Santa, sang Christmas carols, listened to entertainment and enjoyed refreshments.
The sixth annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K took place this past October. As usual, the day did not disappoint. The OVERRUN is a day of fun, support and hope for those touched by ovarian cancer, as well as those just learning about it. Save the date for October 21, 2018!
The fourth annual Botanical Brewfest was held October 14 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a fun-filled evening with more than 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser to support the Train Garden at the arboretum.
On August 26, guests enjoyed Moon Shine on the Farm - It's a Barn Raiser! held at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. The night featured dinner, drinks, live music and entertainment. Proceeds from the event helped raise funds to build a Draft Horse and Discovery Barn.
An evening of live jazz, chef-selected buffet dinner and unique auction offerings at Arrowhead North Club. Event sponsors enjoyed a VIP party with KC sports legends. Event hosts Cramer Capital Management and Mid-America Contractors graciously donate all proceeds to Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter in Kansas City.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Question: Homeowners are often unsure if they should move or spend money to update their current home. “Will renovating my home be worth the money,” they ask? “Will updating to today’s styles increase the value of my home enough?”
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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 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.