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FEATURE 37 Summer Soiree Food, Fashion & Flowers

8 12 Martini Alley 14 Books and Boutiques


22 26 Tables that Bloom

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40 Events Etc. A photo collage of the latest happenings

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15 Turning Point “Host Friends Party”


16 A Springtime Engagement

30 Forks and Corks

18 Gift of Life Fundraising Festivities

33 Over the Rainbow

20 Dancing with the Stars

33 Symphony Designers' Showhouse

32 Gallery F Opening

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It was a night of splendor, talent and the arts as the Kansas City Ballet Guild hosted the 2009 Ballet Ball

at The InterContinental Hotel on the Country Club Plaza. A Benefactor Rooftop pre-party kicked off

the late-winter affair, and set the tone for an elegant evening of dinner and dancing. Lauren Muriel-Marion LaPointe served as the Ballet Ball Chairman, and Mr. A. Joseph and Jeanne

Brandmeyer were the Honorary Chairmen. According to LaPointe, the 2009 Ballet Ball was a remarkable success, raising $525,000. “The

Kansas City Ballet Ball showcased the dreams of students from the Kansas City Ballet School who performed that evening to the delight of Ball guests. The students proudly represented the Future of Dance in Kansas City. Ball Benefactors generously opened their hearts to ensure that all of Kansas City Ballet’s young students will be able to achieve their goals and dreams…We thank Kansas City for once again stepping up to keep our young dancers’ dreams alive!” LaPointe commented. During the festivities, Shirley Helzberg was awarded the Pirouette Award by Kansas City Ballet Guild President Sharon Whalen. Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 26-member professional ballet company under the direction of Artistic Director William Whitener and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley.

Jeffrey J. Bentley and Nancy Murdock

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David McGee, Annie Priestly and Mark Sappington

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Scott Francis with Diane and Rick Poccia

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Michael, Debbie and Dunday Siragusa

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Kansas City Ballet students ready to perform

Carnie and Jeff Kline with Jeanne Dreilings and Todd Epperley

Sharon and Joe Whalen

Jane Chu with Terry and Peggy Dunn

Karen and Douglas Downing

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Martini Alley


Martini Alley Story by Lesley Colvett, Photography by Chad Jackson

Supporters of the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf laced up bowling shoes and aimed for strikes at Lucky Strike in the Power & Light District to benefit the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf –

Kansas City. This hot and happening event featured fun and festivities throughout the evening as guests mingled, bowled, and enjoyed martinis and hors d’oeuvres. Many fabulous items

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Joan Jones and Dana Garberg

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Robert and Alicia Cullen, Doreen Hansen and Kristen Lewis

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Dana Ator with Jeff and Ann Spivak

Anna Merrett and Amber Goering

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Ladies enjoyed an afternoon of shopping through the merchandise of many local boutiques and the

opportunity to meet Lee Woodruff, best-selling author and Good Morning America contributing editor. Woodruff is a freelance writer who, with her husband Bob Woodruff, wrote the book In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing. The Books & Boutiques Luncheon benefited Goppert Center for Breast Care at Saint Luke’s South. A portion of each retailer’s proceeds benefited the Goppert Center for Breast Care. bikc

Story by Lesley Colvett, photography by Mary Kolpin

Tammy Elliott, Lee Woodruff and Tessa Erdie

Sabrina Shugart and Crystal Helton

Megan Albers, Abby Young and Robin Spooner

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On April 1st, donors, sponsors, and staff for Gift of Life, gathered at the beautiful home of Margi and Keith Pence to celebrate the group’s upcoming event “GoSeeDoKC09!” The organization helps raise awareness and provides support for families and patients involved with organ and tissue donation and transplant recipients. The patron’s party included addresses by the event chairs, Tammy Heath and Diane Ravis, as well as the honorary chairs, Barbie and Michael Nolte. All have been personally touched by organ and tissue donation, and each shared their stories with everyone at the event. The hostess for the evening, Margi Pence, had a special connection to the event and organization, as well. Pence became interested in the idea of bone marrow donation through a friend, and decided to become a donor 12 years ago.

“It was too easy of a thing, not to donate,” Pence said. She would later find out that she was a match for a young girl in Germany. Now after donating to her, she keeps in contact and has visited her twice. The actual GoSeeDo event took place April 11, 2009 and was attended by 300 people, raising a net figure of $100,000. The event featured nine tours around the Kansas City area, including unique events such as a private piano recital by Kansas native and Julliard graduate, Koji Attwood, in the home of Kathie and Bryson Cloon, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Fiorella’s Jack Stack. The night culminated in a celebration at the Starlight Theatre with a live auction and entertainment.

Sarah Oland and Margi Pence


Peggy and Larry McMillin

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Gift of Life Auction Event

Don and Adele Hall with Barbie and Michael Nolte

Melody and Kris Drake

Andy and Tammy Heath

Deek Clayborn and Gena Barowell

Tiffany and Andy Donnelly

Diane Ravis, Brian, Michael, Amy Furey and Lori Ravis

Debra McDaniel with Leslie and Keith Anderson

Cheryl and Jeff Jernigan

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Dancing With The Stars

Story by Lesley Colvett and photography by Bernie Concannon

Kansas City’s 3rd annual Dancing with the Stars featured a night of fun and excitement at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown/Muehlebach Tower to benefit Cristo Rey Kansas City High School. The festivities began at six in the evening and featured non-stop action as several local notables showcased their dance moves and competed to become the next Kansas City Dancing with the Stars Champion. Congratulations to Andrew Birgensmith, Managing Director of the Kansas City Symphony, who was declared the competition’s winner. Event Co-Chairs were Paulette Giarratana and Julie Bichelmeyer. Ann and Matt Anthony served as Honorary Chairs.


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Even though it was a black-tie ball, the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel looked like a construction site. This year’s Lyric Opera Ball featured the theme Hard Hat Top Hat/Building for the Future. Five hundred and fifty supporters attended and helped raise a net of $645,000. Patricia Scott, the evening’s chair, greeted her guests during the silent auction, which included a bright red Mercedes-Benz to be raffled off that evening courtesy of Aristocrat Motors. bikc

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Tables that Bloom -

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Story by Lesley Colvett, photography by Jenny Wheat


ables that Bloom, presented by the Delta Gamma Alumnae of Greater Kansas City, has become an annual tradition that features breathtaking and creative tablescapes. This festive, springtime event held at the Overland Park Marriott ballroom provided the perfect setting for guests to get into the spirit of the season. Mistress of Ceremonies Kim Byrnes welcomed all to the 5th annual event, which benefited Alphapointe Association for the Blind and the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. Ricki Creamer of Red Cedar Country Gardens provided guests with entertaining and garden tips. Barb Nussa Boersma and Kathy Rossi Shapiro served as Tables that Bloom co-chairmen. Designers participating in this lovely event included: B’s Bags – West, Bennett Schneider, Bodoni Design Group, Charlecote, Craig Sole Designs, Crate & Barrel, Danie Dunn Designs, Featherstone Home Accents, J.M. Porter’s, Keeping Good Company, KO Designs, L&L Home Goods & Gifts, La De Da, Libby Boyd Comfort, M. Taylor, MLB Designs, Inc. Mitzy London’s, Noel’s Fine Gifts, Occasions KC, Provence on the Prairie, Pryde’s Kitchen & Home, Schloegel Design Remodel, Serendipity Accents, Sidelines, SloGlo Discoveries, Stoney Broke, LTD., The Bliss List of KC, The Fiddly Fig and West Elm. bikc

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Karen Zacker and Lisa Ruisch

Morgan, Kathy and Jacklin Shapiro

Clay Berry, Tony Hild and Reinhard Mabry

Paige Foster, Barbara Gabriel and Barbara Graham

Joan Fiala, Gretchen Wildrick and Barb Boersma

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Rita Cosentino and Jann Link

Michael and Barbie Nolte

Betty Strand and Harolyn O’Brien

Lauren Jones

Leah Waage, Debby Burgess, Sally Graham and Martha Kaaz

Jean Snider and Lucinda Rice-Petrie

Lori O’Neal and Cheryl Dudley

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Debby Allmon and Diane Clarkson

Martha Fithian, Tracy Horstman and Jan Wissman

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Forks and Corks Dining for a Cause


More than 2,000 people filled the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center for the 13th annual Forks and Corks event. The festive event presented 30 of the city’s finest eateries and their best offerings of food and wine, including Bonterra Catering & Events, Lidia’s Kansas City and Piropos Restaurant. All funds raised through the event go to support Harvesters Community

Abby and Chad Weydert

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Tom and Kathy Eichholz

Food Network. Since 1979, Harvesters has collected and distributed food to agencies in 13 counties around the Kansas City area in an effort to eradicate hunger. Along with the food options available for sampling during the evening, the event included an extensive silent auction featuring unique food and wines. bikc

Story and photography by Emily Robertson

Stephanie and Mike Dunaway


Michelle and Kevin Nichols

Clint and Cheryl Swearingen

Lisa Skeens and Tom King

Nina and Billy LaFavor

Karla Jordan and Mike Potempa

Andrew and Kristen Ellis Johnson

Rhyne and Tonya Gamble

John and Linda Robertson

Jessica Schaefer, Marc Matrone, Stacy Suadi and Marc Uvodich

Tammy and Mat McKitterick with Kenny and Kathy Carter

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Gaery F M

More than 800 visited the opening at Gallery F. It featured new work from Jack Rees, Jimmy Walker and Wesley Gross. The collaboration of these three artists provided the Kansas City community an opportunity to enjoy sculpture, mixed media and photography with a futurist inflection. Jack Rees, an accomplished architect, designer and thinker, presented work in an ongoing series of perceptual and sculptural ideas that incorporate geometry, translucence, and complex line. He recently returned from Norway after receiving an international prize for related work. Jimmy Walker - entrepreneur, designer and author of unexpected mixed media works, expresses his vision in emotive portraits. Conveying the fragile beauty of youth, these penetrating faces take us on a journey of the human condition. Wesley Gross, the youngest of the three, showed an amazing talent in his warm photographs of solemn structures in different stages of decomposition, reconstruction and neglect. His complex sense of composition mixes classical photographic reference and pure naiveté. The unexpected maturity of these compositions draws us in. The show inspired both the art lover and the serious collector. A percentage of the proceeds of the show benefited the Pembroke Hill Arts Council. Jack and Jimmy are both alumni of Pembroke Hill and Wesley is a senior. Gallery F is an exhibition space on the first floor of the Firestone building at 20th and Grand in the Crossroads district. bikc

Mallory Vielock, Whitney Kirts and Maura Langer

Amanda and Matt Bertholf

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Story by Heather Pratt and photography by Tim Pratt

Martha Wade, Martha Roberts and Diana Rodgers

Walker and Jenny Woods

John King and Nicolette Geisler

Ryan and Kate Currell

Story and photography by Emily Robertson


Whimsical decorations of candy and color filled the ballroom at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown/Muehlebach Tower on Friday, April 24 for the “Over the Rainbow” event for Operation Breakthrough. The event was the organization’s 11th annual fundraiser and brought together supporters of Operation Breakthrough with the children served by the organization. The evening included performances featuring

Anne Brundige, Greg Keitges, Chace Brundige, Leah and Ryan Gale and Heather Keitges

Lynne Melcher with Wynne and Lee Winter

Cindie Cipolla and Carol Montemore

Ellen and Ken Paulus

the children of Operation Breakthrough, a silent and live auction, and a seated dinner. Funds raised will help to provide for the 674 children and families involved with Operation Breakthrough. Operation Breakthrough began in 1971 and has grown considerably in the many years since. It provides several programs for families including beforeand after-school programs, occupational play therapy, and mentoring.

Tara Duncan and Tim Green


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Symphony Designers’ Showhouse Story and photography by Emily Robertson

On April 22nd, a wonderful outdoor party celebrated the Kansas City Symphony Alliance’s 40th anniversary of the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, the longest-running annual Showhouse program in the United States. This year’s Showhouse, the Nell Donnelly/James A. Reed Estate at 5236 Cherry, offers a glimpse into a historical Kansas City home that has not been open to the public until now. Also

unique to this year’s showhouse, the home offers rooms that have been restored by the current owners in addition to rooms mastered by Nell Hill’s Inc., Danie Dunn Designs and Twigs Interiors LLC, as well as several other Kansas city-area designers and artisans. Upon the closing of the showhouse to tours on May 17, the home will open as the Donnelly/Reed Estate Bed and Breakfast. bikc

Jim and Barbara Holzmark

Sara Hurley, Jane Connett, Betty Scherzinger and Mimi Sherwood

Caryn and Robert Hastings with Marilynn Hoover

Cathy and Bob Brents


Over the Rainbow

Alberta McGrath and Roger Templin

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City Union Mission Event

Major Dorothy Smith, Major Jeff Smith and Jeffrey Byrne

Tanna White, Andrea Meloan and Marilyn Minter

Chelle Holland, Amy Clapham, Joyce Emerson and Beth Armstrong

Jessica Greason and Reverend Ruby Watson

Anita Gorman, Linda and Tom Beal and Christy Chester

A Luncheon Honoring “Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City”

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Remarkable women, beautiful décor, and delicious food highlighted the second annual City Union Mission “Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City” luncheon on April 16. The event honored women who have contributed in extraordinary ways to all facets of business and philanthropy in the Kansas City area. The distinguished women receiving the honor were Adele Hall, Julia Irene Kauffman, the late Muriel Kauffman, Joann Collins, as well as an honor in memory of Pat Lloyd Land. Each woman was introduced and praised by their daughters for their accomplishments. Icy and Alfred Gines with Lydia Allen Dennis Chapman, the Associate Executive Director of Development for the City Union Mission, believes that there were many reasons that made the luncheon special. “The event was such a success on numerous fronts,” Chapman said. “The women we honored were very gracious and the generational giving aspect was explored. Also, approximately 600 attendees were exposed to the work the mission does on behalf of the city daily.” The luncheon helped to fund the Mission’s Camp CUMCITO, a summer camp in Warsaw, Missouri, for 500 low-income children each summer. Since 1924, the City Union Mission’s goal has been to provide care for homeless or impoverished men, women and children throughout the whole year. bikc

Julie Miles, Barbara Teicher and Dorene Shipley

Cindy Worthy, Penny Shanklin, Regina Roach

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Pat McCown with Esther and Don Griffin

Janet Borron, T.J Snyder, Gloria Everhart, Joann Collins and Jerri Guy

American Lung Association Gala Event

Greg and Marge Lund with Nancy and Phillip Hanson

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Don Harman Jack and Jeanann Ovel

Kristin and Jeff Tyson

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Life & Breath AWARDS GALA

American Lung Association Story by Lesley Colvett, Photos by Bernie Concannon

Tom and Colleen Latz

Saturday, April 18 marked the third annual Life &


Breath Awards Gala to support the American Lung As-

sociation. Held at the Overland Park Convention Center, the gala reflected the theme “Walk in the

Park” and featured a magnificent night of auctions,

dinner and dancing. During the festivities, Congress-

man Emanuel Cleaver received the Clean Air LeaderIvan Beatty and Kim Shaffer

Marya and Kent Stallard

Randy and Charlene Kimmel

ship Award for his work on clean energy policy and climate protection. Nearly 300 guests were there to applaud the Congressman, who is a member of the Speaker’s Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Gala Chairmen were Dr. Heath and Shannon Latham and Honorary Chairmen for the evening Marilynn and Lynn Hoover.

Lynn and Marilynn Hoover, Don Harman, with Shannon and Dr. Heath Latham


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What is it like working with your mom? Seems normal to me, but people say we're funny to watch.

What’s the best part of your job? I get to play with frosting all day. Who wouldn't want to do that?

Favorite spot in the city: The Blueberry Patch. What is your most enjoyable moment of the day? Early in the morning when the pastries are baking and the coffee is brewing.

If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would you want to be? New Orleans. One thing you can’t live without: My cat, Hamilton Wrothwell III. What do you like to do on the weekends? Shopping and going to Charlie Hoopers.

Dream job: Egyptologist. Any unique talents? I can do the trapeze! Favorite restaurant? Room 39. Natasha Goellner and Vicki Goellner

NOel’s FINe GIFts Alicia Stewart and Ruth Barone What is it like working with your mom? Ruth(mom) – I love working with my daughter, but sometimes I need to bite (hold) my tongue. Alicia(daughter)- Ditto.

Most likely place to go have cocktails during the week: Ruth – At home; Alicia – A tall scotch and water on my deck with my husband.

What’s the best part of your job? All the exciting customers. Favorite spot in the city: Ruth – Nelson Atkins Museum; Alicia – Where family and friends are.

If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would you want to be? Ruth – Florence, Italy; Alicia – By the ocean. What do you like to do on the weekends? Alicia – Hang out with my husband and our friends.

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4 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 cup lemon juice

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with your favorite crunchy dipper... *I prepared and served this recipe to over 750 people at a charity Gala and one patron enjoyed it so much, he offered to pay $10,000 to the charity for a gallon of my Hummus. I of course complied. Enjoy, Anita Harris*

Kansas City Caviar 1 can blackeyed peas – drained (retain juice) 1 can purple hull peas – drained (retain juice) 1 can whole kernel corn – drained 1 small red onion – chopped fine pinch of cilantro – chopped 3 - 4 jalapeños – chopped and pickled if available

2 - 3 cloves of garlic – chopped fine 2 tomatoes – sliced and diced (pitted and cored) chives to taste 1/3 cup of cider vinegar salt / cumin / chile powder to taste

DIRECTIONS: Combine items in bowl, add 1/8 cup of juice from peas. Allow to sit overnight for best taste. Enjoy. Kansas City Caviar recipe courtesy of Craig Adcock, Belly Up BBQ, Craig Adcock is a talented man and a great cook. He is doing what he loves to do. He personally selects his ingredients from the best local markets and meat shops. Diversity, entertaining, and balance are his keys to life…food, wine and travel is what he does. Kansas City Caviar is one of Craig’s favorite spring/summer recipes. He grew up in Mississippi where he would pick (and hull) blackeyed and purple hull peas. Craig moved here 15 years ago and brought the KC Caviar recipe with him.

Summer Spritzer 1 part white wine 3 parts club soda serve over ice in a wine glass and garnish with a sprig of mint

r e m m Su oiree S


Warm evenings provide picturesque

elements for a summertime soiree.

Whether your social plans include an evening perusing art in Crossroads,

meeting friends at the Plaza, or attending a festive fundraiser, start your evening at home! Simple and elegant recipes along with tips for exquisite floral arrangements can create the perfect prelude for a fabulous night out!

Get the party started! Serve your guests a refreshing cocktail that is so light, low in alcohol and satisfying that it hits the spot!

May/June 2009 • 37



Ruffles, Sequins, Fringe…Oh my! Summer: the best time to look fresh, fun and fashionable. For that reason, let’s skip the ubiquitous ‘80s trend (you’ll be thankful for that years later when pictures resurface) and get down to the real tips that can keep you looking chic, even in the heat. TEXT Jill Hilbrenner


WOMEN’S FASHION is especially inter-

• Designers can’t seem to decide what to do with

esting this season because some of the best styles

sleeves, so asymmetry is huge. For a mid-year

require tiptoeing just this side of tacky. Case in

cocktail party, a dress with one shoulder strap –

point: ruffles, sequins and fringe. All three of

or even one sleeve – hits the trends. Gold and

these had a major presence on the spring/summer

orange (yes, orange) are colors of the season.

runways, but done wrong, they turn you into

“Invest in a vest.” FOR MEN, style follows a gradient this season. At one end of the spectrum, we

• For more casual get-togethers, such as barbehave the dapper gentleman, smooth and secure

Dorothy Zbornak from “The Golden Girls.” Here

ques, why not try a jumpsuit? The all-in-one

are a few tips to keep you on the “do” side of the

showed up everywhere from Marc Jacobs to

post-soiree gossip:

Bottega Veneta, and with a good fit, it’s easier

• Channel designers like Derek Lam if you add

to pull off than harem pants. Short-leg versions

happy to stick with striped polos in every color.

bling to your dress or top. Lam’s style, which a

make the perfect excuse to try heels with a

Not sure where you fit? These tips might help:

number of Kansas City-based department stores

fringed ankle strap, a la Kate Moss.

in his navy (or perhaps seersucker?) suit. On the other, the brights-loving Mr. Playful who’s

Invest in a vest. If you believe Moschino

are working to imitate, adds wisps of sequins

or D&G, then you’ll know a version in

down a bodice or hip, rather than caking fabric

wool or jersey looks great even without a

in shiny discs.

jacket. For more formal settings, a threepiece suit in cotton feels dressy without going overboard. •

Embrace the geek within. Women love Mark Ronson for a reason, and it’s not necessarily because he has a British passport and some Grammys. A nicely fitted cardigan (tie optional) is perfect for cooler evening events. Pair this with trousers rather than jeans, and you’re set.

Learn to love your legs because you’re going to be showing them. (Now you know how women feel.) Knee-length shorts work well with classics, like a button-up or polo, on top. Versions that hit two or three inches higher, like at Givenchy, veer trendier. Just think twice before pairing with a plunging neckline (it’s arrived), unless you happen to be a well-tanned Salva-

The Laden Showroom

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tore Ferragamo model.


helpful and simple tips for summer arrangements TEXT Emily Robertson •

Using tone-on-tone or monochromatic arrangements creates easy, beautiful arrangements. Using one color in lots of different flowers makes a bouquet with lots of different textures.

The more natural looking, the better. Flowers should look natural, not staged.

Don’t be afraid to try different containers for your flowers, such as a pitcher, sugar bowl or creamer, or even whimsical containers such as children’s toys. Vases can seem traditional, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, especially when planning flower arrangements for parties.

Potted plants are a great idea, even for the inside of your house.

To make your arrangements last longer don’t forget to change water and make a fresh cut every other day.

Go to the market and handpick your blooms to make sure you get the most beautiful and fresh flowers. Be sure to use local resources for your flowers.


Flower Power: The Flowers By Design team:


Sydney Gasper and Ruth Dimond

Mya - 1st Place winner - and Family

Cedar Hills Artist and Family May/June 2009 • 39


Events Etc.

Sunshine CenterSundance 2009


Denim & Dazzle

Amy McClure and Katie Kiblen

St. Mary's Medical Center's annual Butterfly Ball photos by Deborah White

Karen Cockerell and Dr. Annette Beck

Cheryl and Dr. John Ellis, Debbie and Kim Roam with DeAnn and Gary Abram

Jo Marie and Don Reimal

HopSnobs - a benefit for Sheffield Place

Bobbi Austin, Darlene Jones, Judy Ecton, Nancy Sheerer, Pat Hatley and Helen Newlin

Linh Trieu, Maureen Purcell, Karen Streeter and Kat Ellefson

Patty Hayes and Felicia Hoskins

Bill and Kerry Essman with Fleury Yelvington

Cast Membership Annual Fundraiser for the Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild featuring the principle cast members of the Pirates of Penzance.

Lee Egli and Wilma Wilcox

Marjorie Hubbard, Una Creditor, Jean Rosenfield with Linda and Don Julian

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Kathy and Jeff McCaffrey with Julie and Bill Lattimer

Wendy Fitzgerel –Blue Foundation Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Lyric Opera Benefactor Party photos by Doug Hamer

photos by Julie Andrade

Sara Nadeau and Joey Doering

Michael Potts

Garin Bledsoe

Elvin and Judi Knight, Donald and Margaret Austin, Patricia and Art Scott

Bobbi Elliott and Lisa Huskey

Christie Mitchell and Dawn Blevins

Gail and Larry Mullikin

Dick Durwood, Dr. Revis Lewis, Maureen Durwood and Beth Ingram

Shop for a Cause Youth Art Fest 2009 Taking Kids' Creativity to New Heights

Marissa Moment Brown, Jessica Earnshaw and Kristin Tepsic

Mya - 1st Place winner - and Family Jody Beynon, Jami Hepting and Christina Beynon

Cedar Hills Artist and Family May/June 2009 • 41


Model Philanthropist

“Cycling for Change Kansas City”

TEXT Emily Robertson

Father Matthew Ruhl J.S.


Father Matthew Ruhl J.S, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kansas City, has big plans for the sum-

mer of 2010 and he’s already hard at work preparing. He,

along with six parishioners from the church, will ride 5,000 miles across the United States, all in an effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against poverty in America. The idea for the ride first came up two years ago as Father Ruhl was riding his bike on the Katy Trail in Missouri. “I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to ride across the country on a bike,” Ruhl said. “Then, almost simultaneously, I started to think about how the ride could be used for a bigger purpose.” Ruhl partnered with Catholic Charities and joined in their effort to cut poverty in half by 2010. The ride will take place May 29 through August 28, 2010 and will stretch from Cape Flattery, Wash., to Key West, Fl. The team plans to stop in communities all along their route and participate in events highlighting the issues of poverty that are specific to each area. The group hopes to average around 67 miles a day, and will be accompanied by a support team, which will ride along the bicyclists and assist them in their day-to-day activities. This is not the first physical challenge that Ruhl has taken on. In 2004, Ruhl and a friend kayaked the Missouri River to fundraise for St. Francis Xavier. Father Ruhl hopes that the 2010 ride will in fact, help to cut poverty in half and build up the church as a whole. He also hopes he can change the way people think about their lives. “You don’t need to have your hands folded to pray. You can be clutching a paddle, or holding handlebars. The main thing is to pray, then follow that prayer up with action.” In preparation for the cross-country ride, the first Cycling for Change Kansas City ride will take place on May 23, 2009. The ride offers 5, 20, 40 and 60-miles rides, which are open to both novice and experienced riders. For more information regarding the Kansas City event, or the crosscountry ride, log onto bikc

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You don’t need to have your hands folded to pray. You can be clutching a paddle, or holding handlebars. The main thing is to pray, then follow that prayer up with action.

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