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The Lyric Opera Circle – 35th Year Celebration

The Lyric Opera Circle celebrated the start of its 35th year on September 7th with a luncheon at the Carriage Club. Circle President Mary Beth Gentry recognized Founder Judy King and Charter Members Sharon Murray, Virginia Long, and Emilia Barksdale. Juliette Singer Spinks and Edie Downing, who are serving as the 2023 Lyric Opera Ball co-chairs, introduced Karla and Dr. Ivan Batlle as the 2023 Lyric Opera Ball honorary chairs. Guests enjoyed a performance by LOKC Resident Artist Aubrey Odle and Neal Long, Lyric Opera.

Regina Kort, Virginia Long, Anne Elsberry, Emilia Barksdale, Mary Beth Gentry, Circle president; Sharon Murray, and Judy King, Circle founder


Jo Anne Dondlinger, Karen Yungmeyer, Edie Downing, and Cindy Wurm


Sharon Barry, Juliette Singer Spinks, Dr. Ivan and Karla Batlle, 2023 honorary Ball chairs; and Jenny Manka

Featured in the October 15, 2022 issue of The Independent.
Photo Credit: Strauss Peyton


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…