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BOTAR – Cocktails & Couture

The BOTAR Organization celebrated the launch of its 75th anniversary year with a glorious fashion show, Cocktails & Couture, featuring every single gown from every year of the Belles of the American Royal. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center, the showcase of the evening was the runway, adorned with large silver vases flowing with the traditional ostrich feather fans, by which the models presented each gown. The impressive event was led by Co-chairmen Julie McCann and Missy Schaffer, and the 75th anniversary is led by Kim Manka Mann. Also, the star of the show was the book created for the occasion, BOTAR The Gown.

Hillary Winzenried and Lindsay Perrey


Mandy Burditt and Meg Burditt


Lora Manka Garrison, Kim Manka Mann, 75th anniversary chairman; and Maddie Mann


Laini Reynolds and Robin Reynolds


Co-chairmen Julie McCann and Missy Schaffer


A few of the beautiful gowns from the 1960’s era


75th Anniversary Committee Members: (Front row) BOTAR President Natalie Kirk Welch with Missy Schaffer and Julie McCann, co-chairmen; Kim Manka Mann, 75th anniversary chairman; and Mary Hodge (back row) Carol Fryer, Courtney Gray, Jenny Turner Tuttle, Victoria Lynch, and Hillary Winzenried

Featured in the April 6, 2024 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Wirken Photography