Stems: A Garden Soirée was hosted at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 22. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed tasting bites from a variety of restaurants and sampling wines and beers, as well as listening to the sounds of Funk Syndicate and the Greg Clinkingbeard Trio, and watching a fireworks display. Photos by … Continued
More than $2.5 Million was raised for Children's Mercy hospital at this year's Big Slick event. Celebrities gathered to play games and visit with the true heroes, the patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. Proceeds from the Big Slick benefit the Cancer Center.
Friends of Marian Hope and trivia enthusiasts came together to create a memorable night of impact and totally awesome fun. With a theme of “Trivia for the Decades – Prom Edition”, all the classics were relived. It was a winning night for children in our community!
The 12th Annual Books and Boutiques, benefitting St. Luke’s South, was held April 12th. The event featured local boutiques, a luncheon, and best-selling author Gretchen Rubin, Kansas City native and author of The Happiness Project and Outer Order, Inner Calm: Organize and Declutter to Make Room for Happiness. The evening prior, patrons attended a meet and greet with Gretchen.
The 64th Annual Bacchus Ball was held at InterContinental Hotel in honor of Community LINC. A Night on Mount Olympus theme set the foundation for an evening filled with entertainment, dinner, drinks, and a live auction. The foundation selects a different charity as it's beneficiary and has raised over $2 million during the past 60+ years. bacchuskc.org … Continued
Hoops for Hounds is KC Pet Project’s March-Madness-themed annual fundraiser. It took place on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Boulevard Brewing Co. and featured a raffle, Silent Auction, and Plinko game all benefiting our pets as well as heavy appetizers and desserts by Cupini’s, Boulevard beer and wine, and a commemorative custom pint glass.
Leawood Rotarians and their guests worked their way through several Mission Farms restaurants at a recent progressive dinner event. The Rotarians were celebrating another great year of making a difference in their community.
The 32nd Annual Kansas City Heart Ball was held on March 2 at the Kansas City Convention Center and raised $930,000 for the American Heart Association. These funds will be used to fund critical research, education, and programs in Kansas City. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, live & silent auction, and a musical performance by Lost Wax and … Continued
A ‘Million Dreams’ filled the room at the 15th Annual Red Hot Night Gala held February 16 at the Kay Barnes Ballroom. More than 1,600 guests spent the evening enjoying cocktails, live music, gourmet dinner by Fiorella’s, auctions and dancing. Guests shared the love with Children’s Mercy and raised a record $2.39 million in support the … Continued
A celebratory evening was held on January 27 at Ironhorse Golf Club to usher in the 2019 Lunar Year of the Pig. Hosted by Mayor Peggy Dunn, the Leawood City Council and the I-Lan Sister City Committee, this annual event celebrated the sisterhood of Leawood and I-Lan, Taiwan.
On November 10th SAVE, Inc.’s annual HomeComing event was held at Dan Meiners Studio in the Crossroads. Proceeds from the event will benefit a housing development that will provide supportive housing for LGBT youth who have a medical diagnosis and are aging out of foster care.
Big Brothers Big Sisters held its annual "KC's Most Wanted" event on December 1st, honoring a class of passionate professionals. The event was a high-energy party at The Midland with a lively emcee, great music, and amazing food and drink. A record $735,478 was raised to help Big Brothers Big Sisters obtain life-changing friendships in the … Continued
Norm Macdonald headlined this stand-up comedy benefit, raising over $425,000 to help Synergy Services in its mission to overcome family violence in our community. His stand-out performance was complemented with a cocktail reception, dinner and auction.
The Pathway To Hope Gala held their NIght of Hope, Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center. Friends from Johnson County and the whole Metro area came together to Ignite a Passion for Mental Health and raise funds for Pathway To Hope, who is closing the holes in … Continued
October 13th was the fifth annual Botanical Brewfest at the beautiful Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. It was a fun filled evening with over 100 craft beers, delicious food, games, bands, and good times. The Botanical Brewfest is a fundraiser to support the Train Garden at the Arboretum.
A Taste of Leawood at Town Center Plaza was the place to be, and it was a delicious success! Everything from fast-casual and fine dining options to delicious drinks and desserts were on display. Crowd-favorite cover band Souled Out added to the festival vibe. Guests enjoyed The Photo Bus, and having their caricature drawings sketched by Marietta … Continued
Braden's Hope For Childhood Cancer held their seventh annual Hope Gala on September 29. The event was attended by over 1200 guests and $706,525! Braden's Hope funds $1,000,000 research study grants in Kansas City through Children's Mercy Hospital and KU Cancer Cancer.
The KC Oktoberfest is the city’s largest traditional Oktoberfest, and is presented by KC Bier Co. at Crown Center. This was a two-day festival celebrating authentic Bavarian-style bier, food, entertainment, and family-friendly activities. Photos by Brian Rice, KC Oktoberfest.
The 3rd annual kickball tournament benefiting Save, Inc. was a success. All funds raised went directly to SAVE, Inc. which supports Kansas City’s most vulnerable individuals and families. SAVE, Inc. provides comprehensive housing solutions to empower socially and medically disadvantaged people to improve their health and lead stable lives with personal dignity.
A Leawood food truck fest was held August 25th from 5-9 pm at Leawood City Park. The event featured live music by Cherry Bomb, as food trucks dished out customer favorites, and BRGR Kitchen + Bar served up adult beverages! Great weather and fun for all who participated.
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.