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Child Abuse Prevention Association

40 Years Of Caring 
CAPA’s 40 year commitment to the safety and well-being of children and families in Eastern Jackson County was recently celebrated by 250 guests. Brad Speaks served as the emcee. The Dawn Beye Legacy Award was presented to the members of the Junior Service League of Independence for founding CAPA in 1975.

Board President Kirk Beye with Shelly Hall

Guests enjoyed delicious cake at the celebration.

Emcee Brad Speaks addressed the guests.

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Happy Birthday, Francie!

Tea Time
Francie Bergman, the daughter of Leslie Carto and Rusty Bergman, celebrated her third birthday with a classic tea party in her home. The eight guests’ tea party manners were impeccable, and they did a great job of pouring tea for one another from mini teapots.

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Gail Gray

Spotlight On Centurions
Gail Gray is a member of Centurions, Class of 2016. She serves on the projects committee and the Law and Order Task Force. Gail is the vice president of operations at CommunityAmerica Credit Union. She and her husband, Robert, have a daughter, Jasmine.

Also featured in the August 8, 2015 issue of The Independent 
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Big Slick Celebrity Weekend

Kansas City Treasure
Children’s Mercy Hospital’s fifth annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend was held June 19th and 20th. Hosts Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, and David Koechner were joined by their celebrity friends for three special events, including a Celebrity Softball Game at Kauffman Stadium, the Big Slick Celebrity Bowl at Pinstripes and the Big Slick Party and Auction at The Midland Theatre.

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2015 CLASS OF RISING STARS – JEREMY LILLIG

Name Dropping
Jeremy Lillig feels honored to be one of The Independent’s Rising Stars of Philanthropy and finds it to be a great privilege to be able to contribute to our wonderful Town. Philanthropy is an ingrained part of his professional, civic and personal life. As managing director of the Bright Futures Fund, Jeremy helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged children by providing them with scholarships to attend Catholic grade schools.

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