May 2017 Around Town 3


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 dance floor all night.

The photographer who captured it all with stunning photos, Andrea Nigh Musfeldt of Andrea Nigh Photography, is a Leawood resident, as well as the organist and soloist who provided the beautiful music at the church. Ashley Hotka of Good Earth Floral Design was the designer of the lovely holiday arrangements; she had also previously worked with the bride in the floral department at the former Leawood Hy-Vee.  It was a beautiful wedding showcased in our wonderful community.

Photography Andrea Nigh


Hooked on Kids Health, a seafood feast and signature cocktail event benefiting Turner House Children’s Clinic will be held June 4. The event featuring elevated Mexican cuisine will be held at Sturgis Materials, a trendy, urban location in Kansas City, Kansas. Funds will be raised for integrated health care, behavioral health and dental health care for children. Guests will explore the outdoor patio gardens, covered railroad siding dining area and caboose on the property, indulge in a seafood feast provided by nationally acclaimed chef Carlos Falcon from Jarocho and Jarocho South, bid on unique food and wine packages and enjoy refreshing signature cocktails served by celebrity bartender Darrell Loo from Julep. Leawood residents Andrea Thomas Ramsey and Stacey Homuth serve as event chairs. Online tickets are available at or by contacting Sara Adams at, 913.342.2552, ext. 124 or Patrick Sallee at