Article and Photography A common question asked when one goes into garment design is "What is your target market?" So when faced with that question, Earl Brown wanted to have a brand that included everyone, hence the name Connected World. Earl's take on fashion is clothing with a conscience.
More than 2,000 guests attended the 11th year of Stems: A Garden Soiree. Proceeds from the event allow the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, The Arboretum and city art installations.
Over 400 guests enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Kansas City Zoo, as they gathered to celebrate kindness at Synergy Services’ 28th annual Kindest Kansas Citian Awards. More than $180,000 was raised to support community education programs Synergy provides to teach healthy relationship skills and prevent family violence.
The Leawood Woman’s Club celebrated 58 years of friendship through social opportunities, enriching lives through educational, cultural, charitable and philanthropic endeavors. They offered special interest departments to entertain members, but also raised and gifted nearly $400,000.00 to local charities. This final luncheon featured a photographic history of the club.
Baldwin opened up its new store concept, creating an unparalleled shopping experience for KC at Baldwin Market, located on the Country Club Plaza at 422 Nichols Road. The store’s private grand opening event was a celebration of the new space and spring collection. Guests enjoyed locally sourced cocktails, light bites and music by DJ Fat Sal.
A celebratory evening was held on February 18 at Ironhorse Golf Club to usher in the 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog. Hosted by Mayor Peggy Dunn, the Leawood City Council and the I-Lan Sister City Committee, the event celebrated the 30th anniversary of the sisterhood of Leawood and I-Lan, Taiwan.
The 44th Annual Snow Ball benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas was record-breaking, raising $3,147,910. This year's event was sold-out, with an all-time high of 2,000 supporters attending the black-tie gala on Saturday, January 20, at the Overland Park Convention Center.
Synergy Services furthers its mission of being a safe haven to those who have survived abuse, neglect and violence with its hilarious benefit, Stand Up for Synergy. St. Louis native and NBC's Last Comic Standing, Kathleen Madigan, headlined the event, which also included a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.
The Kicks 4 Kids event, held November 30, generated more than $66,000 in net proceeds to benefit underserved children. Patrick Sallee, CEO, announced the merger of Turner House Children’s Clinic, Silver City Health Center and the Children’s Campus Kansas City clinic into one organization: Vibrant Health – Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics.
Kids of all ages ate a delicious Leawood Lions' pancake and sausage breakfast and had their photo taken with Santa on December 2. They also participated in many activities at the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse's Holiday Traditions on the Prairie and at the Nature Center's Holiday Open House.
Friends and families celebrated the Nutcracker Tea Party on December 2 and 3 at the Ritz Charles. This annual holiday tradition delights young and old as guests enjoy a tea party and ballet performance by Crescendo Conservatory. Look for tickets sales for the next event in July. All four performances sell out early!
The sixth annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K took place this past October. As usual, the day did not disappoint. The OVERRUN is a day of fun, support and hope for those touched by ovarian cancer, as well as those just learning about it. Save the date for October 21, 2018!
Record-breaking crowds attended the annual Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. More than 2,800 hand-lit candles lined the paths and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorn the gardens. Guests visited with Santa, sang Christmas carols, listened to entertainment and enjoyed refreshments.
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes exceeded their $15,000 goal to build a tiny home for Veteran’s Community Project. To celebrate, eight offices—College Boulevard, Prairie Village/State Line, Blue Valley, Leawood, Plaza, Liberty, Northland and Lee’s Summit— held a community event September 13 to unveil a tiny home.
Restoration Emporium, a curated boutique of farmhouse, urban chic, vintage-inspired gifts and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines furniture and accessories line opened their new location at 4704 Wyandotte St. on the Country Club Plaza.
Guests enjoyed Stems: A Garden Soirée on June 24 at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. More than 2,000 guests attended the 10-year celebration. Proceeds allow The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park to support Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Arboretum and city art installations.
A sold-out crowd joined came to Tacos & Beer on the Boulevard for cold beer on a hot night. Proceeds from the event benefit Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, a safety net clinic which provides more than $1 million of charity care annually to residents of both Kansas and Missouri.
The city of Leawood welcomed I-lan, Taiwan Mayor Tsung-Yuan Chiang and delegates with a whirlwind tour throughout the Kansas City metro and the countryside as they celebrated their Sister City relationship. The group participated in several activities, visited many landmarks and dined at local restaurants.
Smarties from across Kansas City came together for a night of trivia, costumes and fun at Marian Hope's Trivia Night with the real winners being the children benefiting from Marian Hope's services and support.
A sold-out crowd of more than 400 enjoyed a heartwarming evening filled with food, fun and inspiring stories of kindness. The gala celebrates the ripple effect of kindness and benefits Synergy Services' work to stop bullying and overcome violence in our community.
Leawood Kansas Mayor Peggy Dunn and I-Lan, Taiwan Mayor Tsung-Yuan Chiang threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Kansas City Royals game to celebrate their sister city relationship at Kauffman Stadium. Special thanks to Jonathan Rosa of the Royals for his assistance and to Jason Hanna of Jason Hanna Photography for these amazing photos.
Quality, craftsmanship and originality are the guiding principles at K.C. Beard Balms. These beard balms are all natural, all-in-one, handcrafted, individually batched and made with love in Kansas City. Corey Quinonez, owner and founder and his partner, Jennifer Karns, are the duo behind the brand.
On December 3, Erica Vlasic, of Leawood, married Matthew Zarse, of Lawrence, at The Church of the Nativity in Leawood. Almost everyone involved in making their wedding a wonderful day had a Leawood connection. The reception was held at The Venue in Leawood. Leawood resident Mario Brancato catered the event and his band, Flashback, kept guests dancing on a packed…
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
$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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.