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Children International

Lasting Change
The lovely home of Laurie and Don Montague was the perfect setting for an event for Children International. Internationally-acclaimed opera singer James Valenti was the featured guest. Children International’s mission is to bring real and lasting change to children living in poverty.

Sarah Higdon, Susana Eshleman, Amy Embry, and Marcia Garvin

Hosts Laurie and Don Montague flanked James Valenti, featured guest.

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46th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

Divine Design Connection
The Kansas City Symphony Alliance will host the 46th Symphony Designers’ Showhouse from May 9th through June 7th at 96 Janssen Place in historic Hyde Park. Kami Toben is the chairman of the Divine Design Connection event that will be held on May 19th in the Showhouse tent.

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National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

Important Visit
Kim Beazley, Ambassador of Australia to the United States, visited the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial for a pair of events in March. Ambassador Beazley visited Our Town in conjunction with the July 2015 debut of a new special exhibition at the Museum, A Centenary of Australian War Art. The Museum hosted a reception in his honor on March 10th, followed by a luncheon on March 11th, where he delivered an address to leaders from the Kansas City region.

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Crescendo 2015!

In The Spotlight
The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is gearing up for Crescendo 2015!, to be held on November 6th at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Sherry and Gary Forsee are the honorary chairmen, and Melanie and Mike Fenske are serving as chairmen of the event that features cocktails, a sumptuous dinner and a stunning performance in Helzberg Hall by talented students and faculty. Proceeds support student scholarships.

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Match Appreciation Banquet

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
More than 800 guests attended the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City’s Match Appreciation Banquet on March 23rd. The special evening celebrated new friendships and honored Bigs and Littles. Special friends enjoyed pre-show entertainment, dinner and an awards ceremony. Big Brothers Big Sisters also gave out its biggest awards of the year, including Bigs of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Lifetime Friendship Award.

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