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The Symphony League of Kansas City – Seasons Symphony Ball

The Symphony League of Kansas City’s Seasons Symphony Ball was held on September 9th in the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center. Co-chairmen Julie McCann and Gina Penner created a dreamy segue between the four seasons, where guests celebrated Maestro Michael Stern, in his final season, as well as the triumphant Kansas City Symphony. Shirley Bush Helzberg served as the honorary chairman, which was only fitting in Michael’s 18th glorious season with the Symphony. The festive evening featured an auction, dinner, dancing to the musical stylings of Lost Wax, and fireworks.

Brendan McCann, Emily McCann, Bernadette Miller, Julie McCann, Ball co-chairman; Emily McCann, and Mike McCann


Richard and Sue Ann Fagerberg with Sara Engber and Mark Cordes


John and Ellen Goheen, Ford and Christine Maurer, and Carol and Rich Cowden



Graham Penner, Dr. Stephen and Madeline Bazzano, Gina Penner, Ball co-chairman; Charlie Penner, Caroline Penner, and Charlie Penner, Jr.


Steve and Anne Sjoblom, Suzanne Shank, and John Lohmeyer


(Seated) Linda Lyon, Sarah Sweeney, Connor Sweeney, and Jim Miller (standing) Mike Lyon, Peggy and Bill Lyons, Andrea Feinberg, David Feinberg, Jim Miller, and Ursula Terrasi



(Seated) Linda Coskun, Charles Bruffy, Virginia Merrill, and Amalia Meiners (standing) David and Merrie Costello, Fred Merrill, Jr., Candy Merrill, and Don Loncasty


Lieutenant Colonel John and Karla Perkowski

Featured in the October 28, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Rita Clark


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Saint Luke’s Foundation – Spirit of Philanthropy Awards

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