I On Philanthropy

The Independent’s 2016 Class of Rising Stars

Karen Abramowitz
Senior account manager, marketing and communications, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
“Karen has assisted with Young Variety and Variety events, including Royals 5K and the annual Variety Show, managing volunteers, food and beverage, creating awareness for our mission and fundraising to support Kansas City kids.

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Open Options – Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon

Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon, a benefit for Open Options, will be held on May 6th at the DoubleTree by Hilton. This year’s honorees are Dr. Jeanne Drisko, Katie Dunn Fitzgerald, Jennifer Ingraham, Wendy Melland, Connie Mendolia, Patty Nigro, Jeanette Prenger, and Annette Sherrow. Laurie Ingram and Carmen Sabates are serving as co-chairmen, and Elizabeth Alex is the guest speaker.

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Cheers To Volunteers – Lena Price and Tom Cohen

First Call has found a wonderful friend in Lena Price. She and her husband, Tom Cohen, were chairmen of the Celebration Evening in 2013 and 2014. Lena also joined the First Call Speakers Bureau and became an active board member. In addition, she has worked tirelessly to plan the Community Gratitude Luncheon, never shying away from any opportunity to roll up her sleeves and get things done.

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Spotlight on Centurions – Will Pryor

Will Pryor is an audit senior manager at Grant Thornton. He is a member of the Centurions, class of 2017 and serves on the Arts and Culture Task Force and the communications committee. Will enjoys running marathons, traveling, photography, and the Kansas City Royals. He and his wife, Lindsey, have a daughter, Lincoln.

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