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DIRECTORS OF PHILANTHROPY – Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri

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 promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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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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2018 Lyric Opera Ball – Ben Bliss

Prairie Village native Ben Bliss will be the featured performer at the 2018 Lyric Opera Ball. This is the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Ball, and the theme is “An Evening of Bel Canto.” The gala will be held on April 14th at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The honorary chairmen are Carol and Humbert Tinsman, and Monica Mitchell-Werp is serving as chairman.

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