Jeanne and Charlie Haake
Jeanne and Charlie Haake were the presidents of the 39th Annual Snow Ball on January 19th, benefiting Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, along with the generosity of the community, this year’s Snow Ball set a new record for revenue. Jeanne and Charlie have made Catholic Charities a “family affair” for over 20 years and have engaged their entire family in their mission to serve those in need.
Nikki Howell is originally from Independence, Missouri. She is the managing shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. To stay connected in the community, Nikki serves on the steering committee for Centurions. She is extremely proud of the Centurion’s legacy project this year, which supports Learn, Grow, Give – a partnership between Centurions, the Kansas City Community Gardens, Giving Grove, and Friends of Hale Cook School.
January 24th was the date for the annual Winter Meeting for the Ambassadors of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres at the Grand Street Cafe. Special entertainment was provided by Shanice Hayes and Maurice Hayes. The father and daughter vocalist team from Our Town were finalists on the television show, America’s Got Talent. Dick Fagerberg and Jim Prevost were the featured speakers.
Rising Stars, Class of 2011
Mary and Richard Wetzel were members of the Rising Stars, Class of 2011 and their service and commitment to our community has continued. They are the co-chairmen for the Kansas City Art Institute’s Art and Design Auction on June 1st at the KCAI campus.
Also featured in the April 6th issue of The Independent
Richard and Mary Wetzel
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Tariq Abdullah is a member of the 2014 class of Centurions and serves on its recruiting committee and Wild Card Task Force. Tariq currently serves as the general counsel, compliance officer and assistant secretary at the Kansas Bioscience Authority. The KBA makes strategic investments in public and private entities, with the goal of making Kansas the nation’s leader in bioscience business and innovation. Tariq lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife and two children.