April 2017 Around Town

Do you like to dance to the Big Band sounds of yesteryear? If so, then the Kansas City Symphony Women’s Association Swing Fling is just the ticket for you. The third annual Swing Fling is 6:30-10 p.m., April 8 at a private, class automobile museum in Grandview, Mo. The museum, which is not open to the public, houses one of…

YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s 
10th Annual Challenge our Fashion

Professional athletes and YMCA Challenger athletes walked the runway on January 28. The event benefited the YMCA’s Challenger adaptive sports and social programs for kids with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities. It raised a net total of $151,402. Guests enjoyed dinner, auctions, the fashion show, and music by Dolewite.

Take a Bite Out of Stigma: A Culinary Experience

ReDiscover’s 2nd annual Take a Bite Out of Stigma: A Culinary Experience had another record-breaking year! More than 400 guests savored delicious bites from Kansas City’s finest restaurants and participated in silent and live auctions. 
Proceeds support ReDiscover’s programs that provide behavioral health services to over 37,000 individuals each year.

22nd Annual Champagne and Chocolate

Guests sampled bites from over 60 local restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers in the home of Jon and Kelly Lambert. This year featured an oyster bar courtesy of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar and wine and champagne from Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. Proceeds benefit Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care.

Wine and Wisdom with Guiliana Rancic

North Kansas City Hospital’s Club W hosted E! TV's Giuliana Rancic on Nov. 10 for their Wine and Wisdom series. She spoke about finding joy in the midst of life’s most challenging moments and connected with audience members.

10th Annual Stand Up For Synergy

Cocktails, music, dinner, art and amazing comedy from Paul Reiser made for a night out that 300+ folks who attended the tenth annual Stand up for Synergy will not soon forget. The night raised more than $300,000 to help the children, teens, 
women and families that Synergy serves.

Assistance League of Kansas City 30th Anniversary Dinner

ALKC celebrated their 30th anniversary at the Courtyard KC at Briarcliff on October 6. ALKC is an all volunteer organization whose mission is to serve children and adults in the greater KC area with philanthropic programs funded by proceeds from their thrift store, THE ReSALE SHOP.

Pure Barre

Thirty-plus barreistas attended Pure Barre Zona Rosa's first "Pop-Up" Class in the Zona Rosa Town Square. Clients got their LTB (lift. tone. burn.) in for the day in the fresh morning air! Pure Barre is a fast, effective way to tone and tighten your body. PureBarre.com.

Northland Gala and Auction

Hillcrest Platte County hosted their annual Gala and Auction on October 8th at the Embassy Suites. This fun event raises funds to support HPC's mission of helping the homeless and insecurely housed in Platte County to learn the skills necessary to become self-supporting, contributing members of our community.

Fill the Bus with Gary Crossley Ford and the Assistance League

On August 13, Gary Crossley Ford and the Assistance League of Greater Kansas City collaborated to collect $2,758.12 in school supplies that were packaged into 75 backpacks for needy elementary and high school students at the Synergy Youth Resiliency Center and Operation Child in Need.

The Whole Person’s 6th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon

The Whole Person held their 6th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon on August 26 at The Gallery Event Space. The event, emceed by Fox 4's John Holt, featured speaker Colonel Greg Gadson. The event honored individuals and organizations working to further TWP’s mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

VFW Golf Tournament

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7356 in Parkville hosted their 5th annual charity golf tournament fundraiser. Participants and volunteers gathered on August 22 at The Deuce at The National Golf Club for a beautiful day of golf. All proceeds raised went towards assisting veterans in the area.

Genesis Medical Spa Grand Opening

The Weston Family Clinic opened its second location, now named the Genesis Medical Spa, in the Picture Hills Shopping Center. Debra Keith, D.O., is joined in the practice by Jenna Tarantino, Aesthetician, Certified laser Tech and Lindsey Pratt, Aesthetician.

Chapel Ridge Grand Opening

Southern Platte County's latest new home community has opened up its first phase out of a 340 planned lots. The Grand Opening showcased some of the new homes as potential buyers met the builders, saw the overall community plan, enjoyed free food and drinks, and won some amazing prizes.

Twilight at the Treehouse for Liberty Hospital Foundation

The event on June 10th featured activities, raffle baskets, a Live Auction and Raise the Paddle auction benefitting the Student Assistance Program at Liberty Public Schools. The Foundation provides vouchers for under/uninsured students at Liberty schools to receive medical care. $87,000 was raised for the Foundation. Photos Larry F. Levenson.

Assistance League Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Member volunteers of the Assistance League of Kansas City kicked off their 30th Anniversary year at the June chapter meeting sporting their celebration pearls and T-shirts. The organization spearheads multiple programs that aid the needy in Kansas City. Celebrating 30 years together . . . making our community better. ALKC.org.

Kindest Kansas Citian Awards

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 attended the 26th annual Kindest Kansas Citian awards, a benefit for Synergy Services. The celebration of kindness makes it possible for Synergy to offer anti-violence programs throughout Greater Kansas City.

Cheers for Charity benefitting the Parkville Police Commission Assistance Fund

Wolfe~Sweeney & Courtney hosted the event at Parkville Reece Nichols office on April 27th raising over $700 for the Fund. Founder and Chief of Police Kevin Chrisman was the guest speaker. Through the local schools, Chief Chrisman finds out which children and families are in need of financial assistance.

GO Project Family 5K

The Global Orphan Project teamed up with CarePortal this year to raise awareness for hurting children and families in Kansas City. CarePortal is an initiative of The Global Orphan Project connecting local churches and state to meet the needs of children in the foster care system and at-risk families. CarePortal.org

Hot Spot Pools, Hot Tubs & BBQ Ten Year Anniversary

Hot Spot Pools, Hot Tubs & BBQ owners Larry and Carol Jones celebrated 10 years in business on April 16. The event was a thank you to the loyal customers who make it possible for Hot Spot to continue to provide exceptional products and services for the backyard oasis.

Patriot Outreach Golf Tournament

The inaugural Patriot Outreach Golf tournament on May 9, raised $3,500. The proceeds will provide free Coping Strategies CDs to all Warriors who request them, fund Warriors/First Responders attending PTSD Seminars, provide financial assistance to disabled veterans, and counseling to those individuals and families suffering from stress disorders.

St. Therese Annual Parish Auction Fundraiser: 
A Night of Mystery in The Game of CLUE

The Auction has become an annual tradition for 700+ attendees. Guests arrived dressed as their favorite CLUE characters ready to enjoy an evening of bidding, games, and fundraising for St. Therese School and Parish.

Painting the Royals with Dentistry For Children

The Dentistry for Children staff were out and about again enjoying each other's company at Pinot's Palette Briarcliff! We are so lucky to have these opportunities to do fun group activities outside the office. We were able to express our creativity and show our excitement for our Kansas City Royals!

Blood Drive at Stonecrest at Burlington Creek

Stonecrest at Burlington Creek held a blood drive on February 11. Donors received a complimentary lunch and helped to save six lives for every donation! Donations were received by the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.

Challenge Your Fashion Event for the YMCA

This year's Challenge Your Fashion event was a huge success. The fashion show and fundraiser featuring KC sports stars raised $213,000 for the YMCA's Challenger Program for diversely abled athletes and the Fred and Shirley Prior Challenger Field.

Catholic Charities Snow Ball

The 42nd annual event raised $2,154,000+ for Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Attended by more than 1,600 guests at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, the elegant black-tie gala supports programs and services which help the poor and most vulnerable.

VFW Honors Patriotic Children with Over $2,000 in Scholarships

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7356 and Auxiliary held their annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Banquet January 16th. Eight children received scholarships totaling over $2000. Contact the Post at 816.746.8010 for information.

2nd Annual Boogie Ball at the Signature Support Hanger in conjunction with the TWA Museum

On February 13, 250+ guests toured the museum, enjoyed a dance lesson, exhibition and dancing to the sound of the Abel Ramirez Big Band. Proceeds help provide ballroom dance lessons to students in Kansas City-area schools, via Culture through Ballroom Dance. Photos by Mike Strong.

Take A Bite out of Stigma

More than 400 guests sipped and savored bites from Kansas City's finest restaurants and beverage vendors at 
Take a Bite Out of Stigma: A Culinary Experience. The fundraiser benefited ReDiscover's programs and services and also raised awareness about behavioral health needs.

Linden Baptist Church’s Reindeer Games

Linden Baptist Church welcomed parents and children in the Northland area on December 12. The day included lunch, games, and a free shopping area for kids as well as photos with Santa Claus himself!

Shoal Creek Living History Museum’s 
Visit from St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas dropped in on the Shoal Creek Living History Museum on December 5. Guests mingled with actors in period dress, mailed letters to Santa and celebrated St. Lucia Day. Boy Scouts led tours of the grounds.

The Whole Person’s 5th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon

The Whole Person (TWP) held its 5th Annual Celebration Awards Luncheon on November 6 at the Grand Street Café, honoring individuals and organizations that are working to further TWP’s mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

Morning Day Cafe Art Jam

Shawn Stewart entertained crowds as audience members bid on art pieces by Farmers' Hands Photography at the monthly Art Jam held November 28. A silent auction, expanded cocktail list and new dinner items drew crowds for the event.

Park University’s Fourth Annual River Read Children’s Literature Festival

Roughly 600 students from the North Kansas City School District had the opportunity to interact with 16 authors and explore different types of literature during this interactive festival.

Qdoba Opening Day and Fundraiser for Local 42

The Northland's newest eatery, Qdoba Mexican Eats, opened November 2 with a 'pay what you want' promotion. The event raised $5,300 for the families of Fire Station Local 42, which lost two of its own in a fire in October. 

Easter Seals Midwest Walk With Me Kansas City

This first annual event, hosted at Macken Park on September 12, raised more than $11,000 to support programs and build awareness for people with developmental disabilities in the Kansas City, Missouri, region.

14th Annual Treads and Threads

Kansas City's best and brightest gathered to raised funds for the University of Kansas Cancer Center. This year's funds benefited the 92-bed Cambridge North Tower.

Chiefs Fantasy Camp 2015

The event benefitted the Center for Concussion Management at the University of Kansas Hospital. Ten former Chiefs players, along with Coach Dick Vermeil and Mitch Holthus, coached players through skills stations and a 7 on 7 tournament. Photography Seth Laubinger

Parkville Time Capsule Presentation

Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston welcomed representatives from 40+ organizations to place items into a time capsule to be opened at Parkville's 200th anniversary in 2049. Northland Lifestyle was honored to place one of their issues in the time capsule. Photography Christopher T. Murphy

CASA Superhero 5K

“Every Child Needs a Hero, but Abused Children Need SuperHeroes.” More than 1,000 adults and kids raised $46,000 to help CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) advocate for abused/neglected children. Photography Tracie Lansing Photography and Joe Coulter

David McCullough Wright brothers

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David McCullough discussed his new book on the lives, trials and ultimate triumph of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright at a special engagement at the Kansas City Public Library.

Habitat for Humanity Home Blessing

The event to welcome the Eltowm family to their new home included a blessing and remarks by President and CEO Tom Lally, as well as other key leadership and many of the organizations that helped to build the home. Photography by Betty Miller

25th Annual Kindest Kansas Citians Awards

Inspiring stories of everyday acts of kindness were shared and celebrated at Synergy Services' dinner event.
The heartwarming evening honoring local residents and the students that nominated them raised nearly $175,000
to fund Synergy's anti-bullying programs.

Mother/Son Superhero Party

Superman, Iron Man, Spider Man, Hulk attended Gladstone Community Center's
first Mother/Son Super Hero party. Everyone deemed the party a huge success as an event
where mothers get to spend some quality time with their sons.

Gladstone Bluesfest

The 19th Annual Gladstone Bluesfest welcomed music fans from around the region. Eight regionally and nationally known bands delighted audiences on June 5-6 at Oak Grove Park. Photography Chris Cox, Gladstone Magazine

Hilton Grand Reopening

April 23rd saw the grand reopening of the newly remodeled Hilton at the Kansas City Airport. The hotel celebrated 40 years in the Northland as well as complete renovations. Photography Tracy Spisak

WIld Birds Unlimited Shoal Creek Cleanup

Wild Birds Unlimited, Missouri Division of Conservation Stream Team partnered with local businesses, including Bank Liberty, The Rim Restaurant, Seva Cuisine of India, and the Liberty North Environmental Club for the 3rd annual event.

Park U Ballyhoo

Park University recently hosted Ballyhoo, an annual premier fundraising event that supports University programs and scholarships, at Leawood's AMC headquarters. The event benefitted Park’s School of Business and the University’s Presidential Honors Scholarship.

3rd Annual McTeacher’s Night at McDonald’s

Barry Elementary and Pathfinder Elementary schools teamed up for the event, where teachers and administrators worked behind the  counter to serve students and parents, raising nearly $1,000. Proceeds support field trips, educational experiences books and technology.

Relish Catering and Merriment Launch Party

More than 200 people enjoyed an evening of delicious food and cocktails at River Market Event Place, with a variety of culinary delights from their extensive menu, baked goods from 3 Women and an Oven, and coffee from City Market Coffee House. RelishKC.com