NCL Senior Recogniton

The Kansas City Chapter of National Charity League held its senior recognition on March 5 at Grand Street Café, celebrating 20 high school seniors from across the metro. NCL is dedicated to improving communities through volunteerism. This 2017 class logged more than 9,000 community service hours over the last six years.

Arti Gras

A juried art show featuring over 100 artists held its opening night reception on February 17 at the Lodge at Ironwoods Park. Patrons enjoyed viewing and voting for their favorite art, great themed food, beverages and music. Arti Gras is presented by the Leawood Arts Council and the Leawood Foundation.

From Broadway With Love

A musical revue of Broadway songs about romance by outstanding vocalists was dedicated to Valentine’s Day. All performances featured complimentary desserts provided by Corner Bakery Café and beverages. The musical revue was held February 10-12 in the Oak Room of Leawood City Hall.

Paddy O’Quigley’s 0.5K Winter Dash

Paddy O'Quigley's and the Brian M. Anselmo Foundation hosted a fun event called the 0.5K Winter Dash—just once around the building! The proceeds benefited the BMA Foundation and its work with children's causes. With the help of sponsors and over 100 runners, more than $4,600 was raised.

Leawood’s Lunar New Year Celebration

An evening ushering in the Year of the Rooster was celebrated at Blue Koi in Mission Farms January 29. This annual event celebrates the Lunar New Year and the Sister City relationship between Leawood and I-Lan, Taiwan. It was a cultural exchange of entertainment, food and friendship.

State of the City Address

The State of the City Address is a speech given by Mayor Peggy Dunn to address the City of Leawood. Several guests received special recognitions from the mayor. The event was held January 31 at The Lodge at Ironwoods Park, and lunch was catered by Bo Lings.

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Dads and daughters danced the night away as they participated in competitions, danced and more at The Lodge of Ironwoods Park.

Holiday Luminary Walk

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens hosted the Holiday Luminary Walk. The 1.5 miles of trail was illuminated by over 2,500 hand-lit candles. Over 19,000 guests enjoyed the holiday tradition. The event is a fundraiser for the Arboretum and a great opportunity to make memories with friends and family.

Leawood Parks & Recreation Events

Leawood Parks and Recreation held festive events at Ironwoods Park. Pictured here are kids enjoying the Breakfast with Santa, 
Holiday Traditions on the Prairie and Nature Center Holiday Open House events.

January 2017 Good Times

The eleventh annual Nutcracker Tea Party took place on December 3rd and 4th at The Ritz Charles Overland Park. Crescendo Conservatory dancers entertained over 3,200 guests during four performances. All proceeds support Friends of Overland Park Arts and their investment in art and art programs in the Overland Park community.

Kicks 4 Kids KC

$47,600 was raised for Turner House Children's Clinic by supporters of the annual Kicks 4 Kids event, held on October 6, 2016. Turner House provides quality pediatric healthcare for uninsured and underserved children. Honorable Robert Serra was Honorary Chairperson. Marisa Hamm-Malanowski and Liz Oxandale co-chaired the event.

Hillcrest Infinite Possibilities Gala 2016

The 11th annual Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas Gala took place at the Museum at Prairiefire on November 5th. Hillcrest's time-tested program works with homeless families and youth to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. 
Photography Claire Ryser

Botanical Brewfest

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens served as the perfect backdrop for the Botanical Brewfest on Saturday, October 8. Guests enjoyed over 100 different craft beers from 41 different breweries. Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser for the Arboretum’s Train Garden. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The Whole Person’s 6th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon

The Whole Person held their 6th Annual Awards Celebration Luncheon on August 26 at The Gallery Event Space. This event, emceed by Fox 4's John Holt featured speaker Colonel Greg Gadson. The event honored individuals and organizations working to further TWP's mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

14th Annual Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk

More than 5,100 runners, walkers, and volunteers turned for the 14th Annual Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk at Corporate Woods. This year's goal was to raise a a half million dollars and indications are the goal will be reached. Funds raised support brain cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Chief’s Flag Hanging on The Plaza

To celebrate the upcoming Chiefs season, KC Wolf raised flags and outfitted statues on the Country Club Plaza.

Restoration Hardware Unveiling

The unveiling of RH Leawood at Town Center Plaza featured a special live performance by Larkin Poe and a DJ set by Rob Garza. Guests enjoyed gourmet bites by Chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts, and sipped on fresh peach bellinis and curated wines. The event benefitted Children’s Mercy Hospital.

5th Annual IndiaFest

IAKC held their 5th annual IndiaFest on Sunday, August 28th at the Overland Park Convention Center. The theme of this years’ festival was “Dances of India”. The event gives a glimpse of India – food, culture, clothing/fashion, henna tattoos, 
dances, music and more.

Hillcrest Transitional Housing’s Nosh Nocte Event

Nosh Nocte KC was an adventure through 5 tasting courses of food, wine and coffee and in addition, KC's Scottish whisky savant, Clint Dunning, explored 4 Single Cask, Single Malt Whiskeys with guests. The event benefited homeless youth ages 16-20, reached by Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas.

Leawood Rotary 5K Run/Walk

The second annual Leawood Rotary 5K run/walk took place on a sunny Saturday in June. The event helped the local Rotarians raise more than $20,000 which will be used to support a number of area children's charities in the next year. To learn more, visit LeawoodRotary.org. Photography Kirk Nelsen

Cy Financial has Client Appreciation Event and Sponsors BBQ Team

Cy Financial invited a number of their clients to join them in a client appreciation event at the "Great Lenexa BBQ Battle". 
They sponsored the BBQ team, "Coach's Decision".Cy's clients enjoyed an array of Coach's Decision's specially made, incredibly tasty, award winning BBQ'd delights. Drinks and a general good time followed.

Big Slick

Big Slick Press Conference at Children’s Mercy Hospital with hosts Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, David Koechner and several celebrity friends. Photography Janie Jones

Project Perserverance

The Project Perseverance Hall of Fame, supported by Sun Life Financial, honors individuals who’ve overcome adversity and use their experiences to help others. 2016 inductees:Jeffrey Owen Hanson, visually impaired artist whose artwork has generated over $2 million for charity; Kylee Bliss, who started the HeadsUp Foundation for PCS after suffering concussions playing high-school basketball.

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 attended the 26th annual Kindest Kansas Citian awards, a benefit for Synergy Services. The celebration of kindness makes it possible for Synergy to offer anti-violence programs throughout Greater Kansas City.

Affair of the Heart Auction

Guests enjoyed a "Red Carpet Affair" at Lutheran High School of Kansas City's 27th annual event, which included dinner provided by Bravo!, live music and auction. Proceeds help provide scholarships to students and for school needs outside of the traditional budget including the opening of a new wing for 2016-17.

Hillcrest’s Bubble Soccer Tournament

This 2nd annual fundraising event was held at Shawnee Mission East in April and was a fundraiser for Hillcrest Transitional Housing, where they offer “A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out” for homeless families and youth in the Kansas City Metro area.

The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair

Event organizers recently held their annual Spring Swing at the Alexander Majors barn. The event featured more than 100 handmade and vintage vendors, food trucks, music, kids crafts and a photo booth. Since 2011 the event has raised funds for The Wornall Major House Museums.

Newhouse Hosts Let’s Get Jazzed Event

Cramer Capital Management and Mid-America Contractors hosted the benefit for Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter. 
KC Jazz favorites Lonnie McFadden Richard Studd performed at The Arrowhead Club venue. VIP guests included Neil Smith, Larry Marshall, Willie Wilson and Chiefs' cheerleaders. A Shafer Photography

Costumed Walk Raises Funds for Make-a-Wish®

Area walkers and runners recently dressed as their favorite superhero for the annual Make-A-Wish® Walk and Run event at Sporting Park. This is one of the largest Walk For Wishes events in the country and the largest Make-A-Wish Missouri fundraising event in Kansas City.

Cristo Rey’s Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

A thousand guests recently gathered for the 10th Anniversary of Dancing with the Kansas City Stars. Honorary Chairs John and Marny Sherman welcomed guests for the celebrity dance competition. Proceeds open the doors to a private, Catholic, college-prep education for high school students with economic need. Photography Keith Gard

Leopold Gallery Unveils Royal Art

Leopold Gallery recently debuted a painting by local artist William Rose that captures the essence of the Royals’ World Series championship. The 6’ by 8’ canvas combines the player celebration after the final win and the city's parade. The piece hangs in the lobby at Kaufman Stadium. Photography Susan Motley

CASA’s Promise of Hope Event

A record-breaking crowd of over 900 attended the Promise of Hope luncheon, a benefit for CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. The event raised funds to help recruit and train more volunteers desperately needed to advocate on behalf of abused/neglected children under court protection. Photography by DigitalPhotoJoe

Seniors Honored for Service and Leadership

The KC chapter of the National Charity League, a mother/daughter service organization, recognized 20 students who comprise the 2016 senior class. Between 7th and 12th grades, they completed a program of community service, leadership development and cultural activities. The chapter performed more than 9,500 service hours for area charities this year.

Searcy Financial Services Celebrates 40 Years

During their 40th anniversary event, Searcy Financial announced John Fales’ promotion to partner, the addition 
of David Bush as VP of business development, and their acceptance into The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), a fee-only association. SearcyFinancial.com.

District Patrons Welcome New Superintendent

The Blue Valley Board of Education and Blue Valley Schools recently hosted a reception at Hilltop Conference Center. 
It was a great opportunity to meet and learn more about Blue Valley Schools’ incoming superintendent, Dr. Todd White. 
Photography Ryan Barrett

Readers’ Choice Awards Event

Lifestyle Publications friends, staff and advertising partners gathered at Rock & Brews to celebrate another great year. Emcee Mark Alford from KC's Fox morning team helped honor our first Readers' Choice Award winners, voted by our readers online. Photography Janie Jones

Catholic Charities Snow Ball

The 42nd annual event raised $2,154,000+ for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Attended by more than 1,600 guests at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, the elegant black-tie gala supports programs and services which help the poor and most vulnerable.

Sunflower Bank Grand Opening

More than 200 people in our community offered a warm welcome to the bank's new branch locations in Leawood and Overland Park. The festivities included live jazz, prizes, hors d’oeuvres, libations, and a grand prize. Welcome, Sunflower Bank!

BVN Marching Mustangs Take on London

Members of the Blue Valley North marching band were guests of the city of London and relished the opportunity to play in their New Year’s Day parade and perform in Trafalgar Square. Photography Elizabeth Hanson and Carolyn Baruch

The Healing Chair

The Healing Chair’s mission is to loan reclining lift chairs to breast cancer patients who have recently undergone mastectomy surgeries. They recently partnered with Tequila Harry’s to raise awareness and funds for their cause.

Holiday Luminary Walk

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens transformed into a wonderland of candles, lights, music and holiday fun as visitors strolled down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the 16th annual event.

“Till Death Do Us Part” Halloween Party

The Overland Park Ballroom and Social Club recently hosted their first ever Halloween party. Attendees enjoyed light appetizers, adult beverages and dancing to a variety of music provided by a DJ until after midnight.

Newhouse House Party: Lights On!

Newhouse held its annual fundraising gala at the InterContinental Hotel. Proceeds benefit women and their children living in the shelter by providing food, clothing, safe shelter, education and therapy to break the cycle of domestic violence and lead women to self-sufficiency.

Turner House Kicks 4 Kids

More than $49,000 was raised for Turner House Children's Clinic by supporters at the 4th annual Kicks 4 Kids KC event. Turner House provides access to quality health care for uninsured and underserved children.

The Whole Person’s Expressions Art Exhibition

The Expressions Art Exhibition, featuring artists with disabilities, was recently held at the Jones Gallery. With more than 500 people in attendance, Expressions added diversity to the Crossroads Arts District exposing the community to art that otherwise might not be seen.

Columbia Brew at SME Reopens

A grand re-opening for the Columbia Brew, Shawnee Mission East’s coffee shop, was recently held at the school. The space was renovated as part of a school-wide project which drew talents from students in special education and those studying interior design, marketing, digital media and wood shop.

Rockin’ 4 a Cure at Rock & Brews

A fundraising event was recently held in honor of Scott Cart who has been battling ALS since 2005. The group raised more than $16,000 for Team ‘Strutting for Scott’ in support of the Walk to Defeat ALS. Photography David Strickland

Taste of Leawood Expands

The annual affair moved to a new venue and time of year. The Chamber's biggest event of the season featured more than 30 area restaurants sharing tastes with hundreds of guests at Town Center Plaza.

Head for the Cure

More than $475,000 was raised for brain cancer research. This eclipsed the 2014 total of $430,000. The 13th annual event was attended by more than 5,000 which included running and walking teams as large as 250 participants.

KC SuperStar

Now in its sixth year, KC SuperStar is an American Idol-style competition that awards the $10,000 Edward & Ellen Rose Family Scholarship to the best high school singer in the metropolitan area. Congratulations to Austin Klein, 2015 KC SuperStar!