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Q & A with the Publisher A Letter from the Editor A Letter from the Owner Fashions for Hope House The “Trendz Summer Splash” Sneak Peek Party

10 Friday Night Live

An “Evening Among Friends” to benefit Turning Point

12 Bloom Goes Electric

An electrifying event benefiting the Kansas City Free Clinic

16 The 4th Annual Base Ball

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A “homerun” event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

18 The 22nd Annual Starlight Gala An elegant affair to benefit Starlight Theatre

20 Healthy Food and Good Wine

A food and wine tasting for the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation

22 by invitation Responses

Mark Alford, Fox 4 TV’s Morning and Noon Anchor, responds to our questions.

24 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

A viewing party of this year’s Symphony Designers’ Showhouse

26 4th Annual Rotary Night at the Zoo

The newly remodeled front entrance made for a perfect night

28 Corks and Canvas

An art and wine event held at Bartle Hall’s Grand Ballroom

30 The Fur Ball

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This year’s theme reflected Yappy Days

33 Seen at the Scene A potpourri of events

34 Red Shoe Shindig

A fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

36 Federal Reserve Ribbon Cutting A ribbon cutting celebrating the new headquarters

40 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Todd Stover & Sandra Irving are named “Man & Woman of The Year”

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Jim and Delia Carr at “Friday Night Live” Photo by Chuck Eddy

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Q & A with the Publisher Chuck Eddy answers some frequently asked questions he has encountered while covering the social scene for by invitation Kansas City magazine. by invitation Kansas City: You have worn many hats throughout the years – now Publisher – tell us a little about that. Chuck Eddy: Its good timing because…I’ve been going to charity functions for years – served on many boards, I love people, I love photography, now I have the time to do this…it’s been so much fun and I look forward to a career of highlighting the social scene and Kansas Citians raising money for all of these wonderful causes.

by invitation Kansas City: How is by invitation different from other publications? Chuck Eddy: It’s a complimentary monthly magazine that can be picked up at a wide range of venues throughout the city. We want to spotlight Kansas Citians giving back to the community… and we want the magazine to be easily accesible, while your waiting on a friend at a coffee shop, take a look at our magazine, while waiting on a business partner for lunch, take a look.

by invitation Kansas City: We were a little shocked seeing you behind the camera, taking pictures and Donna taking by invitation Kansas City: by invitation – is there any significance to the name? names. Will you always be taking Chuck Eddy: This is your invitation into the social the pictures? scene. There are so many charity events in Kansas City Chuck Eddy: As – so many big dollars raised for worthy causes, so our much as I can. I mission is to highlight Kansas Citians raising money for love covering the charities while enjoying camraderie. We felt that there parties. As Dick could be no better name than by invitation Kansas City. Berkley has always demostrated, it is a lot of fun to take great pictures of wonderful people. by invitation Kansas City • August 2008

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Letter from the Editor, Lesley Colvett Ever since I can remember, August seems like the “new year”. Maybe I am still on the school calendar, but the month of August feels like the time of year when everyone gets back in the groove of things, settling down from the summer and getting back on a schedule. As we kick off the “new year” in August, by invitation Kansas City magazine is the start of something new in Kansas City – a social magazine dedicated to covering charitable events with lots and lots of pictures of people having fun! We invite all of Kansas City to pick up their complimentary issue. My journalism degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia has taken me far. My first job after graduating in 1998 took me back to my home in Memphis, Tennessee where I began my career in magazines as Editor of RSVP. As Editor for nearly five years, I covered literally over a thousand parties in Memphis, and I actually met my husFrank and Lesley Colvett band, Frank Colvett, Jr., while covering a charity party that he was co-chairing benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. While expecting our second child, my daughter Ella, I started up VIP Memphis MagaHarmon and Ella zine – another social magazine in Memphis that is now in its second year. I am so happy to bring to Kansas City what we have enjoyed in Memphis for over the past decade.

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Dear Readers and Social Organizers, We are so happy to be a part of Kansas City. We welcome you to the magazine and we’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about us. Our goal is to fulfill your needs, so here are some questions and answers. How can I get by invitation Kansas City magazine to cover my event? We would love to RSVP your party – simply send us an invitation by Email: publisher@ byinvitationkc.com; Mail: 8301 State Line Road, Suite 108, Kansas City, Missouri 64114; fax 816-363-5326; or go to our website at www. byinvitationkc.com. Our focus is to cover charitable and civic events, but feel free to invite us to cover a private party as well. How do I get my picture in by invitation Kansas City magazine? When you see us covering a party, feel free to come up to us, say hey, and smile! And be ready to spell your name correctly for us! Where can I find by invitation Kansas City magazine? Our distribution locations include our advertisers’ businesses, various grocery stores, coffee shops, hair salons, restaurants, and doctor’s offices throughout Greater Kansas City area including: The Country Club Plaza, Mission Hills, Leawood & Overland Park. Are subscriptions available? Certainly. Go to our website at www.byinvitationkc.com. How can I advertise in by invitation Kansas City magazine? Three ways: Contact us by phone at 816-3635326; or email publisher@byinvitationkc.com; or go to our website www.byinvitationkc.com. How do I order my picture that by invitation Kansas City magazine took at a party? Go to our website at www.byinvitationkc.com. How can my business (restaurant, salon, coffee shop, boutique…) become a distribution spot for by invitation Kansas City magazine? Send an email to the publisher at publisher@byinvitationkc.com.


Letter from the Owner, Fred R. Harris

Volume I

Number I

President Fred R. Harris Publisher Chuck Eddy Editor Lesley Colvett Creative Editor Anita Harris Office Manager Donna Eddy Art Director Jimmy Lee Account Executives Peggy Miller Bree Shelton Distribution Don Pittier

I am excited to bring to Kansas City a magazine of social, civic and charitable events for all to enjoy. This magazine by invitation Kansas City is the fruit of a long-awaited ambition of my daughter, Lesley, who is the Editor with many years of experience, and my brother-in-law, Chuck Eddy, who has his heart in this publication from witnessing the success of similar magazines in several other cities. I must not forget the enthusiasm of Peggy Miller who is an account executive. It was ironic for us that the first event covered was in my childhood home, The Symphony Showhouse, on page 24. I have very fond memories of growing up in Kansas City. My wife, Anita, formerly Anita Eddy, and I were both born and raised in Kansas City. We too are involved in civic and charity events as many of you are. Charity is one of the cornerstones that makes a city great. With this magazine we hope to enhance the efforts of various hosts and highlight civic events, while promoting the many charitable social activities in the community. Our team with by invitation Kansas City invite you to enjoy this magazine.

by invitation Kansas City is a publication of By Invitation LLC Fred R. Harris, Owner

By Invitation, LLC

8301 State Line Road Suite 108 Kansas City, MO 64114 816-363-5326

Email:

Publisher@byinvitationkc.com www.byinvitationkc.com Copyright © 2008 By Invitation, LLC All Rights Reserved. This work and the rights contained herein are owned by the copyright owner and are protected by the copyright laws and other laws that protect intellectual property rights in the United States of America and other countries. Without limiting the right of copyright reserved by By Invitation, LLC, as the copyright owner, no part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including, without limitation, nformation storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. By Invitation is a trademark of By Invitation, LLC. All rights reserved.

Anita and Fred Harris by invitation Kansas City • August 2008

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Fashion for Hope House

Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

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by invitation Kansas City @ Fashion for Hope

t was just in time for summer’s hottest trends to be showcased at a fun and festive gathering held at Terrace on the Green at Ironhorse Centre in Leawood. The “Trendz Summer Splash” Sneak Peek Party featured models donning the latest trends from many of Kansas City’s favorite boutiques - all to benefit Hope House. Music, wine, shopping and prizes were on the evening’s agenda at this summer soiree. Hope House is Missouri's largest domestic violence shelter with two secure locations in the Kansas City area.

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Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

by invitation Kansas City @ Friday Night Live!

riends and supporters of Turning Point, the center for hope whose mission is to empower and transform the mind, body and spirit of individuals, families and friends living with serious or chronic illness, enjoyed a great party in the midst of the KC Power & Light District. The 6th Annual event, “Friday Night Live! An Evening Among Friends”, featured specially created cocktails and delicious canapés, and live music by ‘Drew 6’. Co-chairs of this festive fundraiser were Kerry and Matthew Adam and Shelley and Jon Copaken.

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by invitation Kansas City @ Friday Night Live!


Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

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by invitation Kansas City @ “Bloom Goes Electric”

t was an electrifying night at the city’s brand new Power & Light District as an energetic soiree took place for guests to enjoy the fabulous scenery, dine on delectable cuisine, and support a very worthwhile cause – the Kansas City Free Clinic. The Bloom Goes Electric Party was the first charitable event to be held at the district, and a spectacular light show was certainly a highlight. What a wonderful evening all to benefit the Kansas City Free Clinic, which promotes health and wellness by providing quality service at no charge for people without access to healthcare.

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by invitation Kansas City • August 2008

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by invitation Kansas City @ “Bloom Goes Electric”


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by invitation Kansas City @ “Bloom Goes Electric”


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P by invitation Kansas City @ Boys & Girls Clubs “Base Ball”

arty guests donned their most festive baseball attire and headed out for an evening of pure fun to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Kansas City at the 4th Annual “Base Ball”. This smashing, one-of-a-kind event scored a homerun with attendees. The evening’s game plan included delectable and rather upscale ball-park fare, interactive games, and open-air batting cages. Held at the American Jazz Museum & Negro Leagues Museum, the event honored James B. Nutter, Jr., who is a 2008 Buck O’Neil Award recipient. More than $300,000 was raised to benefit this wonderful organization that provides a safe, fun and positive place for kids ages 5-18. Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

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by invitation Kansas City @ Boys & Girls Clubs “Base Ball”


Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Bruce Mathews

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t was a spectacular sight at the Starlight Theatre 22nd Annual Benefit Gala held May 17 as party guests partook in an enchanting evening that raised more than $450,000 for Starlight operations. Co-Chairs Roshann Parris and Jeff Dobbs directed a show-stopping Gala with the theme “Celebrate America on Broadway” – A Starlight Salute to American Musical Theatre. With the Starlight Theatre impeccably decorated with glitz, glamour, and gorgeous floral centerpieces designed by Studio Dan Meiners, this was certainly an unforgettable affair. Local actors entertained partygoers with an energetic performance, featuring the finale “Broadway Sings the Great American Musical”. Rounding out the evening, the 2008 Star Award went to Sherry and Gary Forsee. Bravo, bravo.

Brandon and Melanie Bell, Sherry and Gary Forsee

Gary and Sherry Forsee, Roshann Parris and Jeff Dobbs

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Don and Jill Hall

Jack and Karen Pletz


Jeff and Cheryl Jernigan, Bill Whitener, Jeannette Nichols, and Sonya and Scott Jury

Kevin and Jeanette Prenger and Mark McHenry

Bob Rohlf, Sherry and Gary Forsee, Roshann Parris and Jeff Dobbs

Jay Cranford as Professor Harold Hill along with local Kansas City Actors

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St. Joseph Medical Center

Healthy Food and Good Wine Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

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by invitation Kansas City @ St Joseph Medical Center Fundraiser

his spring season, the Healthy Food & Good Wine event offered delicious, healthful fare and fine wines for guests to enjoy at the food and wine tasting held at The Armacost Museum. Twice a year, The St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation hosts this one-of-a-kind event that benefits St. Joseph Medical Center, including services of the St. Joseph Breast Center and other critical care areas. Mary and David Braddock, David Meiners, and Sharon and Richard Kuckelman, MD served as event co-chairs and JJ Mirabile, Jr. of Jasper’s Restaurant provided a live cooking demonstration. Auctions and dancing rounded out the evening’s festivities.

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by invitation Kansas City @ St Joseph Medical Center Fundraiser


Mark Alford

Fox 4 TV Morning and Noon Anchor

by invitation Kansas City Responses

Last book read: Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" Favorite movie: "Out of Africa" Favorite restaurant: Pierpont's at Union Station Favorite vacation spot: Bennet Springs Personal hero: Tony DiPardo, always in a good mood, always willing to make new friends, always willing to serve others. And, "we see eye to eye." Favorite quote/motto: "Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it." (in response to wife Leslie, who tends to under-pack for trips) One thing you can’t live without: Diet Dr. Pepper Hobbies: Riding horses on our ranch in south Kansas City, oil painting (when I have time), and golf. What you like to do on the weekends: Get up before dawn, have coffee on our back patio with my wife, Leslie, go to the horse stable to talk with the boarders, take the kids out to eat and a movie. Where you like to take out-of-town guests: Steamboat Arabia, The Plaza, a motor tour down Ward Parkway, Union Station. Do you have any collections: Broke horses, want to buy one? www.lonestarranchkcmo.com

Photo by Chuck Eddy

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2008 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

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by invitation Kansas City @ 2008 Designers’ Showhouse

ANK MIDWEST hosted an elegant evening at the 2008 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse located at 5730 Ward Parkway. The invited guests enjoyed perusing the exquisitely appointed home that was decorated by area designers and serves as a benefit for the Junior Women’s Symphony Alliance. A large tent in the backyard provided the perfect backdrop for partygoers to mingle and dine on delicious hors d’oeurves provided by R.T.Salsman Catering.

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by invitation Kansas City @ 2008 Designers’ Showhouse


Rotary Night at the Zoo

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Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

he Fourth Annual Rotary Night at the Zoo was held the evening of June 13 and guests attending this fun-ďŹ lled event were in for a treat as they enjoyed viewing the newly remodeled front entrance to the zoo. The weather was perfect for children of all ages and adults who partook in this exclusive Rotary District event! Special thanks went to Randy Wisthoff, Zoo Director, for making this wonderful evening possible.

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good samaritan project

corks &

canvas

Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

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by invitation Kansas City @ Corks & Canvas

rt enthusiasts enjoyed a lovely evening of perusing unique and beautiful artwork at the Good Samaritan Project Corks & Canvas held in Bartle Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Live entertainment provided by several musicians, including everything from a harpist to a jazz group, set the perfect tone for this well-attended event.

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by invitation Kansas City @ Corks & Canvas


T by invitation Kansas City @ 2008 Wayside Waifs Fur Ball

his year’s Fur Ball took a step back in time to the good ol’ days at the Yappy Day’s themed party benefiting the Wayside Waifs animal shelter. This event, which served as a major fundraiser for the Wayside Waifs, took place at the Overland Park Convention Center. A silent auction, festive music by Liverpool and a delicious meal of chicken pot pie, root beer floats and sundaes at “Harold’s Diner” were just a few highlights of the evening. By the way, “Harold’s Diner” was themed after Harold Malcher, who along with his wife Marilyn, has served Wayside Waifs for 60 years.This year’s honorary chairmen were Linda and Brad Nicholson, and event co-chairs were Sherry Forsee and Betty Scott. Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

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by invitation Kansas City @ 2008 Wayside Waifs Fur Ball


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by invitation Kansas City @ 2008 Wayside Waifs Fur Ball


Seen at the Scene! Celebrating the Season – Valley View Bank Ice Cream Social

Summer is the time to slow down a bit, enjoy longer and warmer days, and eat ice cream with friends. To celebrate the onset of the season, Valley View Bank hosted an Ice Cream Social for their customers. The 5th annual event was well attended with around 120 guests enjoying the beautiful weather and ice cream at the bank’s main branch located at 95th and Metcalf. Mark Bunker, Bettina Evans and Miriam Maldonado

Retirement Party for Lt. Colonels Nancy and Ted Dalberg

Hundreds of friends of Lt. Colonels Nancy and Ted Dalberg gathered at the Colonial Presbyterian Church to wish them well on their retirement. Included in the group of well-wishers were members of the Dalberg family and fellow Salvation Army members. Lt. Colonels Ted and Nancy Dalberg were appointed divisional leaders to the Kansas and Western Missouri Division on November 1, 1995. Colonel is a third generation and Mrs. Dalberg a fifth generation Salvationist. The Dalbergs were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in 1967, and they have served as Directors of many Divisions over the years.

Starlight Gala Benefactor Party

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The exquisite home of Roshann Parris and Jeff Dobbs provided the perfect setting for Starlight Gala Benefactors to celebrate the upcoming Starlight Theatre Benefit Gala festivities. Lon Lane Inspired Occasions catered the party and the barbershop quartet of Rick Kready, Jim Bagby, David Krause and Brian Bellof entertained party guests. Karen Pletz, Adele Hall, Bob and Teri Kehm

Email: publisher@byinvitationkc.com or Call: 816•363•5326 by invitation Kansas City • August 2008

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Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

by invitation Kansas City @ “Red Shoe Shindig”

any families throughout the Kansas City area enjoyed a Sunday evening raising money for other families at the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Shindig. This festive and heartwarming charity event was truly about adults and children having a great time for a great cause. Party guests mingled with Ronald McDonald himself, enjoyed live entertainment, and bid on a slew of fabulous auction items during the live and silent auctions – all to raise money to help the children and families of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Adding to the fun, attendees were encouraged to wear red shoes to the party, and they certainly wore some creative ones! For more than 25 years, Kansas City’s Ronald McDonald House Charities’ mission has been to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families. The organization serves nearly 2,100 children and their families in the Houses each year.

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by invitation Kansas City @ “Red Shoe Shindig”


Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

A by invitation Kansas City @ Federal Reserve Ribbon Cutting

recent celebration for the grand opening of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s new headquarters drew a crowd of hundreds to take a tour of the new building at 1 Memorial Drive. The afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony and open house welcomed business and community leaders to take in the sights and history of the bank building. Since opening November 16, 1914, the Federal Reserve Bank has served as a vital part of the Kansas City community.

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by invitation Kansas City @ Federal Reserve Ribbon Cutting


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by invitation Kansas City @ Federal Reserve Ribbon Cutting


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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presents the

Man & Woman of the Year

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Story by Lesley Colvett and photos by Chuck Eddy

by invitation Kansas City @ Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

une 12 was an important day for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the 2008 Man & Woman of the Year announcement took place at the Downtown Marriott Hotel. Ultimately, congratulations went to Todd Stover of Lockton Companies and Sandra Irving of Reece & Nichols for raising the most funds. Together, they raised more than $74,000! As the saying goes: “What will it take to beat leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and myeloma? Hard work, intelligence, dedication and philanthropy.” And, the 23 candidates certainly demonstrated just so as they raised a total of more than $263,000 for this very important cause. They are all winners in our book.

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by invitation Kansas City @ Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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