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Spotlight on Centurions – Aaron Siders

Aaron Siders graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in business and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He is a member of the Centurions, class of 2017 and serves on the recruitment committee and the Dividing Lines Task Force. Aaron and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Elise and Zach.

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MOCSA – Young at Art Cocktail Party and Auction

August 27th is the date for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA’s) 12th annual Young at Art Cocktail Party and Auction at The Gallery Event Space. Guests will enjoy drinks, delicious fare, silent and live auctions, and entertainment from 2Proud2Beg. Debbie and Russ Welsh are the honorary chairmen, and Ingrid VanBiber and Denise Portnoy are serving as the co-chairmen.

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Spotlight on Centurions – Maggie Fitzgerald

Maggie Fitzgerald is a member of the Centurions Class of 2016. She has spent nearly two decades sharing her passion for strategic marketing, branding, and communications in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and recently completed the Kauffman Foundation’s TechVentures Entrepreneurship Program.

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2016 Rising Star – Karen Abramowitz

Karen Abramowitz is delighted and honored to be a 2016 Rising Star and to be included in the company of such remarkable professionals who make a difference in Our Town. The award also serves as a humble reminder of the importance of giving back. 
She began her career in journalism, working as an associate producer for WDAF-TV Fox 4 News. In that capacity, Karen supported multiple newscasts in writing stories and coordinating coverage and produced half-hour special programming.

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2016 Class of Rising Star – Greg Porter

Unlike many community leaders in Our Town, Gregory Porter had to overcome a myriad of difficulties in his early life. His mother, who spoke and read very little English, came to the United States from Korea to follow her American husband. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she was then forced to support herself and her three children without family help or any kind of financial safety net.

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