Event Extras

The National World War I Museum and Memorial – Steel Beam Signing Ceremony

The National World War I Museum and Memorial held a Steel Beam Signing Ceremony on May 3rd to commemorate construction of the new Wylie Gallery. More than $5 million has been raised for a new gallery space as the result of the Museum’s ongoing “Call to Duty” Centennial Capital Campaign. The Jack F. and Glenna Y. Wylie Charitable Foundation provided the $1 million lead gift.


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Literacy KC – 23rd Annual Spelling Bee

April 28th was the date for Literacy KC’s 23rd annual Spelling Bee at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium. Gillian Helm, Literacy KC; served as the chairman of the evening that featured an appearance by Vanya Shivashankar, 2015 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee co-champion; “Bee Stinger” cocktails, student testimonials and live and silent auctions. The event co-champions were the members of the teams representing EPR Properties and Euronet Worldwide.

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March of Dimes – March for Babies

March of Dimes’ Greater Kansas City’s March for Babies was held in the Kansas City Power & Light District. More than 10,000 people attended the May 7th event.

Team Captain Deb Stockwell and her daughter posed with a sign in honor of her son, who was a NICU graduate 27 years ago.

Children, ages one to 10, enjoyed participating in the Superhero Sprint, a kids “fun run.

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Cristo Rey Kansas City – Dancing with The Kansas City Stars “Creating a Masterpiece”

April 22nd was the date for Cristo Rey Kansas City’s 11th annual Dancing with The Kansas City Stars, “Creating a Masterpiece,” at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Ellen and Dr. Mike Sweeney, DeeDee and Jeff Cooper and Deborah and Tom Macon served as honorary co-chairmen, and Mary and Dr. Kevin Ring and Carolyn Price were the co-chairmen. Mike Kress was the grand prize winner, and his partner was Toni Dodd from Allegro Ballroom.

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Kansas City Repertory Theatre – A Fearless Fête: Mission to Planet Rep

Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s A Fearless Fête – Mission to Planet Rep was held on May 20th. Blast-off site was Spencer Theatre, located in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center on the UMKC campus. Kathy and Mark Donovan served as the chairmen. Guests – many of them in galactic attire – enjoyed a stellar musical performance by Shanna Jones and Jenny Ashman, heavenly creations prepared by local eateries and space-themed activities.

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