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The Whole Person – 2023 Casino Royale Night of Independence Awards Gala

The Whole Person’s 2023 Casino Royale Night of Independence Awards Gala was held on September 22nd at Harrah’s Casino. The event raises funds for and toasts people living independently with disabilities. Receiving the Independence Award was 14-year-old Brinley Hutson, who has discovered her identity as an athlete! The spirited atmosphere featured dinner, casino games, silent and live auctions, an awards program, and more. Kelly Eckerman served as the emcee. 

Andrew Hoffman


Celeste Davis


Kirby Hough and Natalie Holmgren


Jami and Gene Howe


Curtis and Judi Tantillo


Hilary Muehlberger


Michael Soodjinda, The Whole Person; welcomed guests with Hilary Muehlberger, board member.


Independence Award winner Brinley Hutson with Michael Soodjinda, The Whole Person


Kelly Grooms


Jami Howe, Donna Goeckler, and Gene Howe


Shannon Eason

Featured in the November 11, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Roy Inman


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…