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Ellen Benson Merriman

2015 Jewel Ball Chairman
Ellen Benson Merriman (Mrs. Michael Atha Merriman) will serve as the chairman of the 2015 Jewel Ball, which will be held on June 20th at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Jewel Ball benefits The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Symphony. Page Branton Reed (Mrs. Bruce Alan Reed) will serve as the vice chairman. 
Also featured in the January 10th issue of The Independent 
Photo Credit:  David Riffel

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March for Babies

Making Futures Bright
The March of Dimes’ March for Babies event will be held on May 3rd in the Kansas City Power & Light District. Lenexa’s Alliance Data is serving as the chairman. Brenden Steffens, Kim Prange and Jeremy Kingsley, all with Alliance Data; plan to lead the effort to engage employees in the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies in Our Town.

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Congratulations, Rebecca & Scott!

Reverend and Mrs. Frank Eschmann of Topeka are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Kathleen Eschmann, to Scott Christopher Jackson, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Roger Jackson of Prairie Village. Becky is a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. She earned a bachelor of social work degree from The University of Kansas and a master of social work degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

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Truman Library Institute

Wild About Harry
The Truman Library Institute’s Wild About Harry will be held on April 23rd at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Liberation Trilogy is the special guest speaker, and the Honorable Bob Dole will receive the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award. Henry Bloch, Bill Dunn, Sr. and Ed Matheny are the special World War II Veteran honorees.

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Crystal Ward

Crystal Ward is a member of the Centurions, Class of 2015, and is chairman of the Law and Order Task Force and a member of the projects committee. She has more than 13 years of experience in youth development, serving in various roles, which include teacher, life coach, mentor, and school administrator. Crystal has been involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters for five years.

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