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Heart of America Shakespeare Festival – ROMANtic Revels

ROMANtic Revels featured a Roman theme this year, complete with a sword fight scene by HASF actors in appropriate garb, bringing a taste of Julius Caesar to the evening! The February 10th gala was held at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Partygoers enjoyed cocktails, a gourmet dinner, a silent auction, and dancing. Diana and Jim Cusser were the honorary chairmen, and Merrily Jackson and the late Jim Jackson were honored with the Founder’s Award. Proceeds from the event benefit Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s education programs and the 32nd summer season at Southmoreland Park. 

Jean-Anne and Mark Sudermann


Lorece Chanelle and Taylor Smith


David Wiley, John Rufenacht, Merrily Jackson, honoree; Dr. Regina Nouhan, and Richard Lara


Jonathan and Gail Thomas


Courtney and Conny Crappell


Henry Lane and Elizabeth Suh Lane


Susann Ogg and Jeff Anthony


Demetrius Philp and Khalia Davis


Ricardo Paton, the Honorable Stephanie Taormina, Dr. Marc Taormina, and Dr. David John


Debbie Sosland-Edelman and Alan Edelman


Linda and John Perkins

Featured in the March 23, 2024 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Brian Collins


War Horses For Veterans – The Derby Party

War Horses for Veterans, founded by Andy and Patricia Brown, held its third annual fundraiser, The Derby Party, on May 4th. More than 400 guests watched the Kentucky Derby race…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Spring Luncheon

Lidia’s was the lovely location for the Symphony League of Kansas City’s annual Spring Luncheon on May 8th. Mandy Burditt and Trish Mayer were the co-chairmen. Nearly 60 members and…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Ball Kickoff

Symphony League members gathered at Amy Volini’s beautiful home recently to kick off preparations for the 2024 Symphony Ball, “NOVA.”Amy and Julie Sykes hosted the fun event, where Ball Chairman…

Saint Luke’s Foundation – Spirit of Philanthropy Awards

In the spirit of gratitude, Saint Luke’s Foundation hosted its Spirit of Philanthropy Awards celebration on April 18th at the 1900 Building. Being honored this year are: Philanthropists of the…