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DIRECTORS OF PHILANTHROPY – Center for Practical Bioethics

In the Directors of Philanthropy issue, The Independent celebrates the remarkable people in Our Town who donate so much of their time and talents to charitable organizations. They make Kansas City a better place to live.
* To raise and respond to ethical issues in health and healthcare. 

Board Members: Dr. Sandra Stites, Liza Townsend, Dr. John Yeast, Eva Karp, and Dr. Darrin D-Agostino (out of camera range) Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan, Drew Billingsley, Mary Beth Blake, Nancy Cohn, Dr.

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UMKC’s Crescendo – Laurel Weir

Soprano Laurel Weir is a native of Canton, Ohio. She is the face of UMKC’s Crescendo, a scholarship fundraising event for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, which will take place at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on November 10th.
Laurel is working on her Artist’s Certificate in vocal studies and chose to study at UMKC for its close partnership with the Lyric Opera, which resulted in being selected as the 2017-18 Soprano Apprentice.

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2017 Most Wanted Honoree Darron Story

BIG Impact. BIG Reward.
When 2017 Most Wanted Honoree Darron Story is not working in the financial technology sector for EML Payments, he is a husband, father of six and grandfather of three. Darron hosts a weekly gospel music show on Magic 107.3, sings in his church and performs with his R&B group, Lo-Key. Mentoring is very important to Darron. He understands the need for young people to have positive role models because he has run a mentoring organization in the past.

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The Children’s Place – Chiefs Charity Game

The Children’s Place has been the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game for the last three years, with a total of $2,315,000 raised for the agency. This year’s event was held on August 11th at Arrowhead Stadium. Andrea and Tarek Robbiati were the honorary chairmen, and Marshall Lockton and Matt Benge served as the co-chairmen. The Children’s Place is a recognized leader in the prevention and treatment of abuse, neglect and trauma in children under eight years of age.

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Lane!

On July 17th, Emily Anne Lykens and John Stewart Lane were united in matrimony at Emerald Mountain Overlook Chapel in Estes Park, Colorado. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Lykens of Fairway. Emily is the granddaughter of Mrs. Allen Lykens of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and the late Mr. Lykens and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Pershing Brown. Her groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Lane III of Our Town. Stewart is the grandson of Mrs. Alonzo Lane, Jr.

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