Subscribe Today

26 Issues

In addition to receiving 26 issues of The Independent Kansas City’s Journal of Society, your subscription will include our annual publication, the Charitable Events Calendar and a subscription to our e-newsletter, The Insider. Questions about your current subscription? Contact Laura Gabriel at 816-471-2800.

Truman Library Institute – Reception and Ribbon-Cutting

Truman Library Institute held a Reception and Ribbon-Cutting at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum on October 12th. The occasion was the opening of the exhibition, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, which will be on display through December 31st. Former President George W. Bush created the 66 portraits and one mural. The featured speaker was Sergeant First Class (ret.) Michael R. “Rod” Rodriguez, a subject of one of the portraits. Wielding the scissors for the ribbon-cutting were Mayra Raplinger and Pat Ottensmeyer, Truman Library Institute board chair. 

C.J. Schrick, Katie Allison, and Susan Schrick


Sergeant First Class (ret.) Michael R. “Rod” Rodriguez, featured speaker; and Kay Martin


Dr. Kurt Graham, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum; Alex Burden, Truman Library Institute; and Mayra Raplinger

Featured in the November 26, 2022 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Mark McDonald 



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…