Event Extras

Genesis Promise Academy

Slammin’ & Jammin’ 
The second annual Slammin’ & Jammin’ for Genesis was held on May 13th at the Carriage Club.  Joanne and John Bluford served as the honorary chairmen.  Mayor Sly James was honored for his years of service as board president.  The tennis-inspired event featured a cocktail party, dinner and auctions.  The next day, guests returned to watch a tennis tournament whose players were the pros from 16 clubs.

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Run for the Roses

Kentucky Derby Gala
The Fourth Annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Gala was held on May 7th at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza.  The event was a benefit for The Mission Project, which helps adults with developmental or cognitive disabilities to live independently and safely in the community with minimal support.

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Nonprofit Connect

Patrons’ Party
Richard Carrothers and Dennis Hennessy, who shared the 2009 Business Philanthropist of the Year Award for the New Theatre Restaurant, served as the honorary co-chairmen of Nonprofit Connect‘s 27th Annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.  They were the hosts of the Patrons’ Party, which was held at Dogwood, their 40-acre nature reserve in Lenexa, on May 9th.  The Luncheon took place on May 13th at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel.

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Summerfest Concerts

The Art and Soul of Chamber Music
On April 8th, the musicians of Summerfest Concerts performed a free evening of chamber music at Atonement Lutheran Church.  The group began its concerts in 1990.  Summerfest Concerts will hold its main concert series in July.
Also featured in the May 28th issue of The Independent magazine
Photo Credit: Larry F.

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Avila University

The Art of Diploma-cy 

Jeanne Hamilton Olofson, honoree

Jeanne Hamilton Olofson was honored with a doctor of humane letters degree at Avila University’s graduation ceremony. The event was held on May 14th at the Independence Event Center. Jeanne holds both a bachelor of arts degree in communication and a master’s degree in business administration from Avila.

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