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CONTRIBUTORS

6  GOING BIG &

GOING HOME

8  ON THE COVER

Hollywood stars build a legacy of philanthropy in their hometown, Kansas City

16  ROOTED IN GIVING BACK A history of actively engaging our community to build a better KC region

18  WORKING

Stories of professionals living their dreams in Kansas City

52  LIVING

Discover unique neighborhoods across the KC metro

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Explore high-end amenities and local must sees

126  FACES OF AMERICA’S

CREATIVE CROSSROADS Meet some of KC’s most creative individuals

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Writers NATALIE B. MORGAN Natalie Morgan is a Kansas City-based freelance writer specializing in lifestyle and wedding editorial. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines, including Four Seasons, Southwest Airlines’ Spirit, KC Weddings and Houston Brides.

2016/2017 EDITION

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, KC OPTIONS MANAGING DIRECTOR, TEAMKC JESSICA NELSON PALM EDITOR, KC OPTIONS MARKETING MANAGER, TEAMKC & KCADC INVESTOR RELATIONS ANGELA ORR KCADC VICE PRESIDENT DESIGN & CREATIVE JONATHAN KNECHT KCADC VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS ASHLIE HAND

PORCSHE N. MORAN Porcshe Moran is a lifestyle journalist and content creator. She operates a freelance business called PNM Media. She develops multimedia content on a variety of topics, including food, travel, home and garden, fashion and business. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

KCADC MANAGER, CREATIVE SERVICES & DIGITAL CONTENT KARA BROCK KCADC SPECIALIST, COMMUNICATIONS LEXI RYAN PUBLISHER LONNY COHEN THANKS TO OUR TEAMKC ADVISORY BOARD FOR GUIDING US ON EDITORIAL:

MATT SMITHMIER With a specialty in news and feature writing, Matt’s work has also appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, Missouri Life, Northland Lifestyle, and many others. He lives in Parkville, Missouri, with his wife and three children.

AMC ENTERTAINMENT INC., AMY MARTIN BLACK & VEATCH, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN BURNS & MCDONNELL, JENNIFER PARKER CERNER CORPORATION, ERIN DILL CHILDREN’S MERCY HOSPITAL, MOLLY WEAVER DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA, KYLE WRIGHT EFL ASSOCIATES, ANGIE SALMON GARMIN INTERNATIONAL, INC., MICHELLE CORMACK H&R BLOCK, CAROLYN WALTERS

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KIM GOLDING

RUSSELL STOVER CHOCOLATES, TARA BOLDRIDGE

Golding is a KC-based freelance photographer. Prior to working at Hallmark Cards, she had a studio in Los Angeles and shot photos for a variety of publications and personalities. She was educated at Plymouth College of Art in England.

STATE STREET, STEVEN GREEN THE HAYHOW GROUP, GEORGIANE HAYHOW UMB BANK, CHRISSY NAVARRO VIRGIN MOBILE USA, AMY ELLZEY VML, ABBY VENTRILLO

CAMERON GEE Based in the Crossroads Arts District in KC, Gee explores his craft through both commercial and personal work. Holding his images to a minimal aesthetic in an attempt to slow people down in our fast-paced, digital world, he offers a glimpse of a genuine version of his subjects, as opposed to a constructed persona.

Additional photography courtesy of Made in KC, Big Slick KC, Tom Styrkowicz, Jill Martin, Rivas Photography, Stephen Lovekin, Rob Smith (BBBSKC), Kate Sweeten, Visit KC, Jenny Wheat (EDCKC)

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SHOWCASE PUBLISHING, INC. CELEBRATING 34 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE PRESIDENT DAVE LEATHERS GRAPHIC DESIGNER LOUISE SCOPELITIS CONTROLLER/BILLING MARCIA MYERS

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When “Going Big” Means “Going Home” We’ve all heard the phrase “go big or go home,” but for Hollywood celebs Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudekis and David Koechner, they go big by coming home to Kansas City. While these guys are usually all about getting a laugh, they are serious about giving back to their hometown. What started out with old high school buds Rudd and Sudekis getting a few friends together for a hometown poker tournament, Big Slick KC is now an annual weekend-long KC takeover that raises millions of dollars for the regional children’s hospital, Children’s Mercy. This idea of “going big” by “going home” is not new to our city. We have a long legacy of individuals who choose to give back to our hometown. In this issue of KC Options, you’ll see that our region incorporates giving back into everything we do – it’s a part of conducting business, building our community and a large part of what defines the people who call Kansas City home. You’ll get a glimpse into the lives of individuals who work at some of Kansas City’s most innovative companies and learn what inspires them to give back to the community. They’ll even share favorite local hotspots, restaurants and family-friendly things to do. From the music scene to life beyond barbecue, KC Options will help you navigate Kansas City like a local; we’ve even included a map to make sure you know how to get where you’re headed. Once you’ve had a chance to explore KC, we know you’ll be as excited about our home as we are. We hope you “go big” and choose to call Kansas City home, too. n

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A B O U T T H E COV E R

Celebrities with pet causes is nothing new. They lend their face, maybe a quote or two, show up at an occasional event, and the cause counts itself lucky.

The Boys are

Back in Town

ANNUAL STAR-STUDDED BIG SLICK WEEKEND IS PERSONAL FOR ITS CELEBRITY FOUNDERS By MATT SMITHMIER

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Every now and then, a cause meets a celebrity at just the right moment in time, and they realize they’re meant to be together. They recognize the power of joining forces, pairing need with demand, fame with funding, passion with purpose. That’s when you realize you have something special. For the four guys walking into the room this particular Friday morning, it’s simply about coming home and sharing some love for the city and people they adore. “Coming home to Kansas City … it feels like a big, warm hug.” Eric Stonestreet, along with pals Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Rob Riggle (Jason Sudeikis will join them later in the day), take their seats at this year’s press conference to kick off the eighth annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, an event started by these homegrown celebrities to benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital. The 2017 event, which includes a bowling tournament, a softball game at Kauffman Stadium, and an auction and live performance, will raise a record-setting $1.75 million, bringing the eight-year total to more than $6 million. It’s serious money for a serious cause: Funds have helped remodel a bone marrow transplant unit, build family spaces and play rooms, and provide kickstart money for crucial pediatric cancer research—a necessity for a regional cancer center that serves not only Kansas City but the entire middle of the country. Still, the guys can’t stop cracking wise, keeping reporters and cameramen in stitches. Stonestreet is busy boasting about his athletic prowess in advance of that night’s game. “I’m still as great as I was when I started,” he says. “My softball skills have basically been a 10 from the beginning, and I don’t know how I can get better … I guess I could be an 11.” The cracks move from softball to dirty clothes to possible past carnal knowledge of another’s wife – you can tell these guys go back a ways – but the main thread of the morning is less about comedy and more on appreciation. “Going home on Sunday and reflecting on the weekend is always incredible because we know we’ve done some good,” Koechner says. “Knowing all of these guys for such a long time, just to come back and share and have that feel of brothers-inarms is always wonderful.” Rudd agrees: “At the end of the weekend, we’re so happy and fulfilled that we’ve actually been lucky enough to be a part of something like this. The truth is, any real happiness comes from being able to do something that’s not really for yourself.” The press conference ends quickly, however, because the guys are on their way to the patient floors to meet with children and their families. No press, no cameras, just a chance to put a smile on the face of someone who needs it more than the rest of us. A perfect start to the weekend. n


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No. 4 Best City for Startups in U.S. ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE, MAY 2017

Average Temperatures JAN:

17.8°F / 36°F

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MAR:

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One of America's Most Artistic Towns EXPEDIA, FEBRUARY 2017

10 Best Cities for Job Hunters in 2017 FAST COMPANY, JANUARY 2017

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Giving Back The root of Kansas Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture of giving is a rich history that features some of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prominent families.

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By PORCSHE N. MORAN

Hallmark Cards founder, Joyce C. Hall created the Hall Family Foundation with his wife, Elizabeth, and his brother, Rollie B. Hall. The foundation awarded $41.1 million in grant funding to 122 KC area nonprofits in 2016. Pharmaceutical entrepreneur Ewing Marion Kauffman and his wife, Muriel Kauffman, established the Kauffman Foundation in the mid-1960s. Recognized internationally as the largest private foundation in the United States, its


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mission is to foster economic independence through education and entrepreneurship. They launched the Kansas City Royals baseball team in 1969 to provide an economic boost to the city. Their daughter, Julia Irene Kauffman, continues their legacy as the chairman and CEO of The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, supporting performing and visual arts in KC. Julia lead the effort to build the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City. James E. Stowers, Jr., founder of American Century Investments, and his wife, Virginia G. Stowers, developed the Stowers Institute for Medical Research to bolster research of disease causes, treatments and preventions. The couple endowed the Institute with more than $2 billion in gifts to free scientists from the pressure of securing their own funding. Co-founder of H&R Block Henry Bloch, and his wife Marion, created the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation to help improve the lives of Kansas City’s underserved and lowincome individuals. The couple made a lifetime commitment to the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and St. Luke’s Hospital. Besides these famous names, there are many others who give of their time, talent and funds to make Kansas City a better place. Linda and Terry Ward have been active volunteers in Kansas City for decades. The duo was instrumental in the success of Metro Lutheran Ministry’s capital campaign for the new Northland Service Center, which provides food, emergency supplies and other help to people in need.

Jessica Best and her husband Brian Stewart have supported and raised funds for several local organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Water. org. They recently worked with United Way of Greater Kansas City to create and co-chair its first fundraiser for a college savings program. Sarah Reape is the program manager for the Kansas City branch of The Literacy Lab, an organization that offers individualized reading instruction to low-income children to improve their literacy skills. Under Reape’s guidance, The Literacy Lab served more than 500 children during the 2015-2016 school year. Jake Jacobson, director of public relations at Children’s Mercy Hospital, donates volunteer hours to many organizations around town. Most recently, he raised more than $33,000 for the Brian M. Anselmo (BMA) Foundation and Noah’s Bandage Project by hosting multiple fundraisers and performing a ballroom dance routine at the BMA Foundation’s Annual Dine & Dance with the Stars event. n

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It was just a droopy eyelid—the left one. Charlie should have been in a good mood, spending spring break with his family in Florida, just before his third birthday. Instead, he had a droopy eyelid, and he was cranky and lethargic, like maybe he had the flu. “I just kind of knew something was totally off.” His mother flew him back early for a much worse diagnosis: atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor in his brain—less than 5 percent chance of survival. Charlie’s parents became very familiar with the winding hallways of Children’s Mercy Hospital, spending about two years there as Charlie’s body endured countless bouts of chemo and radiation. But, that little boy with the droopy eyelid is now a teenager who enjoys swimming in the summertime—no evidence of disease. His parents have since thrown themselves into supporting the cause of pediatric cancer research. “It’s been our family’s mission,” said Paige Walsh, Charlie’s mother. “We are so vocal about it.” It’s no surprise she was thrilled when she first heard about the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, which began not long after Charlie was released from the hospital. Continued

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“It was everything I had hoped for and prayed for when I was in the hospital with my son. I just got really inspired by what they were doing.” Back in 2010, actor Rob Riggle called friends Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis – all originally from the Kansas City region – and said, “Let’s host a poker tournament to raise money for Children’s Mercy.” With some help from family and friends, the tradition began. In recent years, the trio added local natives Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner, and a host of their celebrity friends have joined the cause, traveling to Kansas City to help out with the activities, which now include a softball game at Kauffman Stadium, a bowling tournament and a live auction and performance. The event has grown each year, raising more than $1.75 million in 2017, for a total of more than $6 million since that first year. For the hospital staff, those numbers mean potential breakthroughs for patients like Charlie. “We couldn’t do a lot of what we do at Children’s Mercy without philanthropic efforts, and this is a big one—and it’s getting bigger.”

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Doug Myers, MD, works in the division of pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplant. Joining in 2008, he’s experienced in cell-based immunotherapies for cancer and works to develop clinical trials for new treatments. Due in part to interest by Eric Stonestreet – who has a family history of cancer – the decision was made to direct the Big Slick proceeds to the hospital’s cancer center in recent years, where they support work done in the genome center and the biorepository for cancer tissue. While money to fund large-scale clinical trials usually comes from the National Institutes of Health or the pharma companies, Myers said the Big Slick money is crucial to pay for all of the steps to get to that point. “NIH funding is very competitive, and unless you have experience in an area and documented good outcomes, it’s hard to get your first big Continued

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grant,” he said. “The seed money for a lot of these has to come from philanthropic and other foundations. That money they raised a few years ago that was moved toward immunotherapies is enough to fund a lot of that preclinical work and even all the way up to a clinical trial. So that’s how important it is and how impactful that amount of money can be.” But even beyond the money they’re raising, just the presence of the Big Slick guys lifts the spirits of everyone involved—everyone from the patients and their families to the hospital staff. “I think it’s that they’re all very genuine and their hearts are really in it,” Myers said. “I’ve been

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very mindful of it because I’m very protective of Children’s Mercy. And when I see them in there, it’s good stuff. I really appreciate what they’re doing.” For Paige Walsh, it’s exactly the type of sincerity it’s going to take to move the needle on pediatric cancer. “I spent a lot of nights down at Children’s Mercy just awake and not being able to sleep, thinking, ‘We’ve got to be doing something for these kids.’ And so when the Big Slick came around, I’m like, ‘This is finally happening.’ I’m finally starting to see that, yes, somebody out there, somewhere, is working to help save our kids.” n


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A MOBILE-INDUSTRY EXPERT MAKES A MIDWEST MOVE By NATALIE B. MORGAN

In summer 2016, Jen Heinz and her husband Aaron were living in Denver and packing up their son Jason to start college at the University of Northern Colorado. “The timing was kind of perfect to try something new,” Jenn admits. “We thought the job opportunity sounded really cool, so we ended up moving pretty quickly.” Within weeks, the couple was busy exploring all that KC has to offer. “We were blown away at how things grow here, the trees and the plants. It was so green here,” she says of their initial impression. “We were also really shocked by how good the food was.” In her role as Director of Customer Experience, Jen works to ensure customers have a seamless experience in every Virgin Mobile interaction.

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“I’ve been in telecom forever, so I was excited to do something different,” she says. “When the Virgin brand enters a market, they do it to kind of be disruptive and shake up the industry. You don’t have those opportunities every day to go change something.” The company was quick to get involved in the community, too, organizing social good efforts with Children’s Mercy Hospital, Great Plains SPCA and Harvesters, the latter of which helps provide food to area families. Outside of work, Jen and her husband enjoy exploring Kansas City’s nightlife, grabbing cocktails at Julep or Tom’s Town or catching a show at the Midland Theater. “We’ve really noticed how many concerts come through here. They do in Denver, too, but it seems like you have better access to tickets here,” she says. “We’ve picked up concert tickets to kind of everywhere, but if we see something at the Midland, we’ll go, because we love that theater so much.” n


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Sarah Rask and Jesse Pedraza moved to Kansas City more than a decade apart, but both arrived with the same feeling of uncertainty. Rask relocated to Kansas City from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2000. Pedraza came to Kansas City from Sacramento, California, in 2011. “I thought my husband and I would only be here for a couple of years,” says Rask. “But, we fell in love with Kansas City, and decided to call it home. We were drawn in by the weather, the great people and the affordable cost of living.” Born and raised on the West Coast, Pedraza was unfamiliar with the Midwest. He moved to Kansas City to work for State Street, a financial services company with 32,000 employees and offices in 30 countries. The firm’s Kansas City operation, which has 1,500 employees, is its second largest branch outside of the Boston, Massachusetts, headquarters. Both professionals are passionate about promoting the importance of diversity at State Street – a value the company has made a top priority.

Rask started the Kansas City chapter of State Street’s Professional Women’s Network. The group’s 200 members explore volunteer, career development and cultural opportunities aimed at promoting positive change in the workplace and community. “State Street doesn’t just talk the talk,” says Rask. “We continually source for a diverse population in race, gender and thought. State Street embraces diversity as part of the business model and as a potential differentiator.” Pedraza says his position at State Street allows him to cultivate a work environment that encourages and supports diversity. He strives to attract, develop and retain the best talent by fostering a company culture in which people of all backgrounds and experiences can succeed. “We know that diversity needs to be at the forefront,” Pedraza says. “We are aware that we are powerful enough to influence others in the industry to do better as well.” n

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John Jacobs, chief information officer (CIO) for JE Dunn Construction, and his wife Liz lived in a hospital almost full-time for a year while the youngest of their four sons battled leukemia. The experience inspired Jacobs to get involved with Kansas City organizations that focus on finding a cure for the disease, and providing support for young cancer patients and their families. He is a board member for Hope Kids, Make-A-Wish and the Mid-America chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Continued

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“At one point, our son had a 30 percent chance for survival,” Jacobs says. “Today, he is healthy and in remission. We are the fortunate ones. We want to pay it forward by helping other people.” Jacobs is proud that his employer’s commitment to the community matches his own. JE Dunn contributes more than 10 percent of pre-tax earnings to charities around the country. Through the efforts of employees and the support of the Dunn Family Foundation, JE Dunn donated to more than 300 charities in 2016. “It is a unique opportunity to work for a company that has values that align with mine,” Jacobs says. “I’m also having a ball leading an incredible team of IT professionals who are redefining construction innovation.”

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A graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas, Jacobs studied civil engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Next, he served as a supply officer in the U.S. Navy. He joined JE Dunn, a family and employee-owned company with 20 offices across the U.S., in 1995. The Jacobs family enjoys attending shows at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Starlight Theatre, Music Theatre Kansas City (MTKC) and The Culture House. “Kansas City is an amazing town for raising a family,” Jacobs says. “It’s a values-based community with friendly, down-to-earth people and a fantastic culture.” n


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Chicago-native Morgan Rehberg knew she wanted to pursue a role in the dairy industry after graduation and was impressed by all that Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America had to offer. “I researched so many companies, but when I got to DFA, I couldn’t believe everything that they were involved in,” she says, of the marketing cooperative. “I loved all the opportunities the organization has to offer right out of college and the fact that it’s farmer owned. It was my number one choice.” Soon after earning her bachelors in agricultural business management, Morgan accepted a role in price risk management. She works directly with farmers to help them understand and manage the price of their milk. “The market price of milk can really vary and be volatile over time,” she explains. “My team offers programs to help farmers understand how they can use DFA Risk Management services in a way that helps them continue dairying and enjoying the job they love.” Outside of work, Morgan spends her free time soaking up all that her West 39th Street neighborhood has to offer. The pedestrian-friendly expanse is known for its restaurants, shops and monthly art walk event. “I have no excuse not to get out and try something new every weekend,” she says. “There are a ton of small shops and little restaurants. It also has easy access to the highway.” Morgan also makes time to volunteer with Literacy KC, a program that helps adults improve their reading, writing, math and digital skills. “I’m really passionate about education,” she says. “I was very fortunate and it’s something that helped me get to where I am today, so I want to help people that didn’t have that opportunity.” n

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Devin Caruthers, an associate at Henderson Engineers, feels called to help the youth of Kansas City. During his 16 years at the multidisciplinary engineering firm, he has used the company’s resources to create opportunities for Kansas City’s underserved students. “The culture at Henderson allows employees to foster their interests and strengths,” Caruthers says. “The leadership has allowed us to go into elementary schools to donate supplies and promote STEM education.” In 2016, Caruthers and his fellow engineers presented a free workshop at Henderson for high school guidance counselors. The event gave attendees real-world information about

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careers in engineering to share with their students. Since the workshop, Devin has volunteered his time to speak at local schools. Through Henderson’s new HYPE (Helping You Prosper in Engineering) initiative, Caruthers is creating a program at Manual Career and Technical Center to expose high school students to architectural engineering. Henderson is also partnering with Metropolitan Community College to develop an associate’s degree in architectural engineering to prepare graduates for a career at the firm. “We recognize that not everyone has the opportunity to take the traditional educational path,” Caruthers says. “We want to give underserved kids a chance to reach their full potential while collecting the best and brightest to come work for us.” Outside of Henderson, Caruthers is a youth pastor for his church. He has launched two Biblebased teen groups that focus on mentoring. “Giving back is such an important thing to do,” Caruthers says. “It’s part of my innate gift and my life’s purpose.” n

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“I just love the city,” she said, “and I love the work that I do.” So much so that it’s not difficult to hear the passion in her voice when she describes it. “To me, software engineering is the closest thing there is to magic,” she said. “You’re absolutely creating something that doesn’t exist … It’s a space that allows you to be creative at the same time that you’re solving really hard problems. It has the potential for impacting people in a very positive way.” Even so, the industry suffers from a massive gender disparity, and much of Denisse’s work – both within and outside Cerner – is devoted to changing that. She’s currently a leader for the local chapter of Girl Develop It, a nonprofit devoted

DEVELOPER BRINGS A DIVERSE PERSPECTIVE AND A NEEDED BOOST TO THE INDUSTRY to bringing more women to Web and software development. “I feel very passionate that if we’re going to go solve problems, we need to look like the people in society whose problems we’re solving,” she said. She also volunteers with the local Girl Scouts to teach coding sessions in Spanish to reach Hispanic girls who might be interested in the field. She and her husband recently received the organization’s Innovator Award for events she organized at Cerner for future STEM students. As for her own daughters, ages 6 and 8—will they pursue a career in programming? “I want them to do whatever they’re incredibly passionate about,” she laughed. “Of course, I’ll be super thrilled if they do!” n

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EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES BOOST CULTURE AND BOTTOM LINE AT LOCAL COMPANIES At just 34, Jennifer Hertha has progressed from bank teller to senior talent acquisition officer at UMB Bank. She plays the violin and flute, dabbled in ballet—and she’s suffered more than 100 broken bones in her life.

Despite her remarkable abilities, she also has one disability—a genetic condition known as osteogenesis imperfecta that leaves her wheelchairbound. To accommodate her limitations at the tall teller window, the bank purchased a powered wheelchair that would raise her up an additional 12 inches. “At the time, I was making $9 an hour,” she said. “That they were willing to invest in me that soon really said a lot to me.” UMB’s efforts inspired Jennifer, and today she co-chairs an internal group to encourage others with a disability – both visible and invisible – to open up about their limitations. Continued

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“The biggest thing is just the awareness,” she said. She also serves on the board for the Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network, a coalition that supports local businesses to improve performance by leveraging disability inclusion. Executive Director Rob Hoffman said not only is it the right thing to do, it’s also good for business, citing that disabled employees have higher retention and lower absentee rates. “It’s a proven business strategy,” he said. “People with disabilities tend to bring creativity and innovation to the workforce. Companies are beginning to see it’s probably a group we should be paying attention to.” The group also runs SHiFT, an online jobmatching tool that helped the KC chapter earn “affiliate of the year” honors twice in less than 10 years. So, while Hoffman feels like the group might still be the best-kept secret in town, he sees the needle moving in the right direction. “We’ve got a lot of committed companies.” n

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Our cars offer us freedom, flexibility and the fast lane. But let’s face it, sometimes they’re a burden. Where to park? That lot costs how much? Thankfully, living up to our claim as the most centrally located metropolitan area means Kansas City offers a host of alternative transportation options to allow every resident the freedom to leave the keys at home.

While other metro areas have struggled to reach ridership goals, the KC Streetcar has blown past its original daily forecast. The free rides along the 2.2 mile route have been a hit with daily commuters and visitors alike, who enjoy a smooth trip from the River Market on the north end to Crown Center and Union Station on the south end, with 16 stops along the route. Plus, Kansas City is now one of Cisco’s “Smart Cities,” which means the streetcar line is located within an intelligence network that features public Wi-Fi and interactive community kiosks along Continued

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the route. The more than $15 million publicprivate partnership is one of the first economic development projects credited to the streetcar. Kansas Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public transit service also includes RideKC bus service, the Metro Area Express (MAX) Bus Rapid Transit service, Flex demand-response routes, RideKC Freedom On-Demand service for the elderly and the disabled, and AdVANtage vanpool service. For those who want a little exercise, try Kansas Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s B-cycle system for 24-hour bike sharing at 30 stations throughout downtown, Westport, the Country Club Plaza, the 18th & Vine Jazz District, and along the Trolley Track Trail. Offered by the nonprofit BikeWalkKC, bike rates start at $3 per half hour, and annual memberships are available. BikeWalkKC is also committed to working with cities to build sidewalks, trails, crosswalks and bike lanes, as well as provide education about bicycle safety and better access to bikes throughout Kansas City. Of course, if you end up actually needing a car after all, reserve a Zipcar by the hour or the

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day, located at various locations around the city. Trusty taxis are always at the ready, hop into an Uber or summon a zTrip. And for those times when you simply need your own ride, never fear: According to research from the TomTom Traffic Index, which measures traffic congestion worldwide, Kansas City is tied for third among the least congested North American metro areas.n


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Grinter’s Sunflower Farm in Lawrence is a popular destination for family photos.

Hot air balloons light the night in Olathe during Rhythm ‘N Balloons.

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KC CO M M U N I T I E S There are approximately 30 vineyards and wineries within a one hour drive of the KC metro area.

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Enjoy interactive art pieces throughout the North Topeka Arts District.

St. Joseph is home to the first Pony Express expedition.

The annual Duck Derby benefiting Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TLC takes place each year on Brush Creek at the Country Club Plaza.

The Gardner Aquatic Center is a fun and relaxing place to cool off all summer long.

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There are countless opportunities for involvement in competitive and recreational youth sports in KC.

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YOU PARENTS KNOW: IT’S A RARE TREAT WHEN YOU HAVE a Saturday – an entire Saturday – to yourself. My wife and I took advantage of one recently and decided to explore the city—or, in this case, a few cities throughout Jackson County. Named after the seventh president, the county was authorized by the State of Missouri in 1826 and includes plenty to see and do. We got an early start to be sure we didn’t waste any part of the day. Continued

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We start the morning at Neighborhood Café in downtown Lee’s Summit. My stomach growls for the Monterey chicken three-egg omelet, but we can’t pass up some warm cinnamon rolls while we’re waiting. Plenty of black coffee gets the engines started for a busy day. We decide to take a brief walk over to the charming park two blocks away next to the train depot, which helps kickstart digestion.

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On the way back to the car, my wife sees the open sign illuminated on Cameron’s Home Furnishings, just a block from the park. I know better than to argue, so we spend 30 minutes perusing the store’s collection of furniture and home décor. We’re in need of a new couch anyway, so it was nice to try a few on for size. We finally make it back to the car and decide to head north.

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We reach the historic square in downtown Independence and explore some of the locally owned shops, including Wild About Harry, named for the town’s most famous citizen, President Harry Truman, that offers a mix of men’s accessories including barware, books and golf accessories. We peek into Clinton’s Soda Fountain next, which occupies the same building where Harry Truman worked his first job. This close to lunchtime, we decide we better come back another time to sample the ice cream—but it looks delicious. Continued

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One of my favorite Independence lunch spots is the nearby Courthouse Exchange, a casual pub dating back to 1899, nestled below street level with original stone walls and a wooden bar—and plenty of delicious sandwiches. After filling up, we take an excursion to Albonée Winery, a hillside country estate vineyard just east of town. The picturesque spot overlooks the Little Blue Valley and is a peaceful respite after lunch. Plus, wine tastings during the afternoon—with no children? Priceless.

3 p.m.

It’s time to head west, back into Kansas City as the afternoon progresses. First stop is the Country Club Plaza, where the wife does some window shopping and a quick stop inside the Charlie Hustle store for one of the company’s classic KC heart shirts for our youngest. Then it’s a quick jaunt to the West Plaza area to browse the cluster of antique shops that dot the quaint neighborhood.

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My Saturday in Johnson County begins at Park Place, a charming district of boutiques and restaurants in the center of Leawood. I pop into Parisi Artisan Coffee for a bacon, egg and cheese croissant, and a fruit cup. My drink of choice is the seasonal feature, a praline latte with flavors of rich chocolate, caramelized sugar and vanilla. On my way out, I spot several tempting gourmet desserts on display. I leave with a to-go order of French macarons.

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I head to the Overland Park Farmers’ Market, where more than 80 merchants sell farm fresh produce, baked goods, oils, vinegars, wine, flowers, cheese, local honey and more. A number of vendors serve up hot, prepared foods that are perfect for a tasty lunch. Live music, cooking demonstrations and interactive art projects contribute to the lively atmosphere.

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Natural history and culture abound at the Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park. I dive into the museum’s four distinct areas, which feature hands-on paleontology, anthropology, invertebrate zoology, field biology, geology and astronomy exhibits. Before my visit, I made reservations online for the museum’s two virtual reality theaters. The cutting-edge technology allowed me to travel across the world, and through time and space, without ever leaving Johnson County! Continued

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I couldn’t wait to check out the new Lenexa Civic Campus that opened July 31, 2017. The walkable, mixed-use downtown district includes Lenexa City Hall, Lenexa Public Market and the Lenexa Rec Center. The enclosed Public Market is packed with artisan retailers, and trendy food and beverage merchants. From there, it’s a five minute walk to the 100,000-sq.-ft. Rec Center. The facility’s walking track, cardio and strength equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and group fitness studios are spread across three floors. I spend my afternoon floating in the indoor pool’s lazy river. Other amenities include the slides, climbing wall, recreational and lap swimming lanes, and a warm water wellness pool.

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I head back to Overland Park to take an evening stroll at the beautiful Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. More than 800 species of plants span the many themed gardens, which also feature art from around the country. One of my favorites is the Monet Garden, modeled after the Giverny, France, garden of impressionist painter Claude Monet. I see several hikers on the nearly six miles of trails crossing Wolf Creek, prairie land, limestone bluffs, cedar forest and a hickory grove.

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My day comes to a close at One Block South, an oasis of food, drink and entertainment in Overland Park. I am excited to meet up with several friends for our monthly girls’ night out. We start with live music at Kanza Hall, then move on to play billiards while sipping handcrafted cocktails at Red 8. At Fuel, we treat ourselves to upscale bar eats and admire the modern sound and video system. We end our evening at Local Tap, a fantastic hangout for local craft beers, small plates, games and more live music. n


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The Kansas City region has an impressive array of options for college prep, continuing and non-traditional education, and special needs offerings.

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“Schooled” in KC The Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) in both the Blue Valley and Northland school districts provides high school students with professional, innovative and entrepreneurial education through full immersion into high demand careers. Crossroads Charter Schools is a network of three tuition-free charter schools in downtown Kansas City offering a rigorous K-12 education with a focus on creativity, collaboration and community. PREP-KC’s mission is to create and implement strategies to improve college and career preparation for Kansas City’s urban students. Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) is a partnership between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri allowing students who are interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to earn a bachelor’s degree two years after high school.

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Graduates leave the program with little to no student debt, paid internship experience and highly sought-after skills. Degree in 3 offers high school students from participating districts the opportunity to get a jump-start on college and earn their bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas (KU) in three years. The program provides hands-on experience and professional development through mentorships and internships. LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization that matches people seeking professions in technology with paid apprenticeships and full-time jobs. The program also provides courses, educational resources, career coaching and mentorship. KU-Transition to Postsecondary Education (KUTPE) offers University of Kansas students with intellectual disabilities this two-year postsecondary education program providing on-campus academic, career development and student life activities. n


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The regional Nonprofit Connect association offers BoardLink and VolunteerLink to unite nonprofits in need with individuals and groups looking to make an impact in Kansas City. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation works to increase charitable giving by pairing donors to community needs they care about. The organization maintains an expansive online database with information about the area’s nonprofits. Georgiane Hayhow, team leader and associate broker at Hayhow Group, started a program called Connect to KC to serve her clients who are relocating from other markets. “Transferees often love their new jobs, but don’t feel engaged in the new city,” Hayhow says. “Connect to KC helps introduce new

talent in KC to the right people, in the areas that touch their hearts. It could range from being able to connect the right charities, arts, sports, networking groups, churches or social groups.” Ray Kowalik, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, participates on the boards and executive committees of Union Station, Kansas City Area Development Council, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas City Market Board of U.S. Bank. He and his wife Jill chaired the 2017 Heart Ball for the American Heart Association. “Volunteering is an amazing way for new residents to learn about the people and places of their community,” Kowalik says. “It feels good to be part of a bigger cause and know you’re making a difference in the city you call home.” n


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We live in a time and place rich with establishments offering mouth-watering and palate-teasing food and drink, focused less on time saved and instead on time spent, a chance to bond with loved ones and new friends over a plate of savory agnolotti or a cucumber-infused vodka cocktail. Kansas City’s restaurants, bars and distilleries stand at the ready to quench your hankering for a taste of whatever it is you’re craving.

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And the list is always expanding. Some of the newest kids on the block include SoT, an elevated cocktail bar serving drinks and small plates—a “secret garden party” nestled into the historic buildings in the Crossroads Arts District. Follow that with The Antler Room, one of KC’s newest tapas restaurants, or the Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room, where you can watch and interact with James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Corvino as he plates a tasting menu of around a dozen courses with wine pairings. Of course, the new hotspots get all the attention, but others have wowed guests for years. The Majestic Restaurant downtown continues to be a bastion of fine dining, live jazz, whiskey, cigars and steak. Or if chicken is more your taste, Leawood’s Rye focuses on perfecting a sampling of Midwest “heritage dishes.” Tucked into the Prairie Village shops you’ll find Story, winner of Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence,”

or head east to the historic Independence square for a taste of Ophelia’s, offering fine dining in a contemporary setting, surrounded by decades of Harry Truman history just outside the door. You can also break away from the traditional restaurant setting and enjoy farm-to-table fare in a castle at Renee Kelly’s Harvest in Shawnee or enjoy picturesque views of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts from your table at Webster House, a restored Romanesque-style school. When you want to skip the food and focus just on the drink, Kansas City is home to a number of distilleries. Tom’s Town, named after the notoriously corrupt political boss Tom Pendergast, pours a little Gatsby mystique into each glass of its homemade gin and vodka. Head to North Kansas City’s Restless Spirits Distilling Company, named the Missouri Distillery of the Year at the 7th Annual New York International Continued

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Spirits Competition, or farther north to Weston to the McCormick Distilling Company, the oldest distillery west of the Mississippi River still operating in its original location. Union Horse Distilling Co. offers handcrafted artisanal pours at its Lenexa location, or take a tour of S.D. Strong Distilling in Parkville, located 65 feet underground in a cave. Of course, it might be easier to just park downtown and snag a table at The Rieger for some pork soup, KC strip or even rabbit pie, while you sip a glass of their J. Rieger and Co. Kansas City Whiskey – a blend of straight bourbon whiskey, light corn whiskey and straight rye whiskey (plus a splash of sherry). The restaurant resides in the original 1915 hotel building and sits a floor above Manifesto, an intimate throwback to the speakeasy era and recently named one of the “Best Bars in America” by Esquire. One taste of Kansas City’s food and drink scene, and you’ll definitely be back for more. n

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You are what you eat, after all, and many people are looking for a healthier identity. Thankfully, clean eating is alive and well in Kansas City. Defined loosely as being as close to natural and unprocessed as possible, “clean” food can be found in a variety of forms, and for all three meals. The area’s bountiful farmer’s markets are overflowing with fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, and City Market in the River Market District, the area’s largest, offers produce from KC area farmers so you can eat clean and local. Or try one of the region’s juice bars, like the Filling Station or Unbakery and Juicery, both of which offer many raw and unprocessed juices. Enjoy a vegetarian or vegan lunch at Eden Alley or Café Gratitude, which was recently recognized for offering one of the top vegan menus in the city. Perhaps pop into MudPie for a latte made with fresh almond or coconut milk created in-house daily and a vegan chocolate chip pumpkin muffin to go. As it turns out, it’s easy to be clean! n

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Fashion

Kansas Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fashion roots run deep and nowhere is that more apparent than in the Kansas City Garment District. From the 1920s through the 1940s, the area was a hotbed for clothing manufacturing, employing more than 4,000 at its peak.

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KANSAS CITY FASHION WEEK Want a glimpse at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next big stars? Find them at Kansas City Fashion Week. The areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest multi-day fashion event showcases local, national and international designers, helping propel emerging talent to success.

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The district was home to several of the country’s leading manufacturers, second only to New York City. Within the area’s now-historic buildings, workers crafted coats, suits, dresses and other essentials, making it Kansas City’s second-largest local industry. After World War I and through the 1940s, one of seven U.S. women owned a garment produced in Kansas City. These days, residents can get a glimpse of the golden era at the Kansas City Museum, home to the largest representation of clothing materials in the Midwest. Visitors can explore couture gowns, uniforms and accessories, along with more than 350 items crafted by local companies from the 1920s through the 1970s. Halls department store remains an iconic part of Kansas City’s fashion industry as well. Founded by Hallmark Cards’ Joyce C. Hall, the store made fashion history with its 1916 opening. More than a century later, Halls holds strong as a staple in the

city, operating in a contemporary, 60,000-sq.-ft. store in Downtown’s Crown Center. There, shoppers find plenty of international luxury labels mixed with a healthy dose of KCbased talent. Charlie Hustle’s vintage-inspired designs are on offer, along with Janesko jewelry’s modern creations. Other notable names have helped put Kansas City on the national map. In 2009, local artist Ari Fish competed on Project Runway and in 2010, Peregrine Honig made a name for herself on Bravo’s Work of Art. Today, Honig continues to gain recognition as an artist in KC and operates her Crossroads-set Birdies lingerie boutique. Designer Matt Baldwin is another local fashion powerhouse. The talent behind Standard Style boutique launched his Baldwin brand of American denim in 2009. Today, the modern collection is regularly celebrated on the pages of Vogue, GQ and Esquire. n

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Kansas City clothing makers, food purveyors and home decor vendors take center stage within the city’s retail scene. “People feel as though they have this hometown pride that’s been overlooked, but now that Kansas City has started getting recognition, it’s really exciting,” says Tyler Enders, co-founder of Made in KC. “There is this crazy cumulative effect that we’ve seen, the momentum and excitement just builds on itself.” Wondering where to find the best from KC makers? Read on. Continued

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Since opening in May 2015, the team at Made in KC stays busy with five area locations. Products by more than 200 local artists, including favorites Charlie Hustle, Made Urban Apparel and Ocean & Sea, as well as rising stars like Sandlot Goods’ minimalist wallets and bags, and Kansas City Canning Co.’s artisan preserves. Nestled in the East Bottoms, Urban Provisions bills itself as a modern general store, stocking a well-edited mix of home goods, apothecary items and accessories. Sure, you’ll find national talent on the shelves, but local sources are the company’s real treasure. Snag everything from Emily Bordner’s handmade leather crossbody bags and Lily Dawson Design bracelets to soy candles by Wood + Wick Co. and Messner Family Farm lip balms. Kansas City-based SouveNEAR touts gifts and mementos from local artists sold in vending machines throughout KCI Airport, Union Station and Garmin headquarters as gifts on-the-go. Founded in 2014, each SouveNEAR site offers everything from Seven Sisters Handmade tea towels and KC baseball coasters to Two Tone Press tanks and gourmet spice blends. n

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Boulevard Brewing Co. hosts Boulevardia, a vibrant summer street party with live music, beer, food and a giant Ferris Wheel. The Folk Alliance International Conference is the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest gathering of the Folk music community with 2,500 registrants from 18 countries. The Crossroads Music Fest features workshops, panels and more than 35 Kansas City artists performing at venues throughout the Crossroads Arts District. More than 100 bands play at venues in downtown Kansas City, the Crossroads Arts District and Westport neighborhoods during the three-day Middle of the Map Festival. Jazz in the Woods brings two days of live music, food and entertainment to Overland Park, Kansas. Westport Roots Festival features traditional and fusion music genres on six stages over three days. During PorchFest KC, attendees wander through Continued

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a Midtown neighborhood to hear 140 local music acts play simultaneously on 41 front porch-stages. New in 2017, the three-day KC Jazz and Heritage Festival features nationally recognized jazz, soul and R&B performers. Besides special events, Kansas City is filled with live music every day of the week. Green Lady Lounge is an iconic jazz club. Whiskey bar Westport Saloon is the place to go for independent roots music. RecordBar provides a mix of local performers and nationally and internationally known touring artists. The Power & Light District includes the Howl at the Moon piano bar, big name artists at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland and weekly summer concerts from premiere country musicians at Kansas City Live! Blues, rock and roll, pop, Americana, bluegrass and more can be heard on the four stages at Knuckleheads Saloon. n

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Jeremy Thompson is that guy. Arriving before the parking gates open, he’s there rain (or sleet) or shine in a custom-painted truck/bus adorned with the Kansas City Chiefs logo, packed to the brim—meat to grill, beer to drink, games to play and plenty of energy for the matchup ahead. “It’s all fun and games for three and a half hours until you go into the game,” the Kearney, Missouri, resident and Chiefs ticket holder said. “It’s just a good atmosphere.” With roots in ancient harvest celebrations, tailgating in Kansas City is something akin to a religion for many residents—and something truly unique to this city.

“Kansas City is the only place you can go to experience that kind of atmosphere,” Thompson said. “There’s not anything like it. It’s really the tailgating leading up to the game that makes the game that much better.” If you’re not a football fan, just move your tailgate across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium, where the tradition is just as strong for the Kansas City Royals, recognized for the “best tailgate parties in baseball” by USA Today. Of course, there’s also hockey with the Missouri Mavericks, who have made playoff appearances in six of their first seven seasons, including winning the 2016 Brabham Cup, and arena football with the Kansas City Phantoms, a member of the Champions Indoor Football League. Professional basketball is also back in Kansas City with the Kansas City Majestics, part of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League. Continued

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Over the years, Kansas City has been home to several professional soccer teams, but none has generated the excitement and thrill of Sporting KC, which plays to sellout crowds at Children’s Mercy Park. Sporting KC also owns the Swope Park Rangers, one of 31 teams across the U.S. comprising the United Soccer League. And FC Kansas City, part of the National Women’s Soccer League, is making a big statement as well, winning two national championships since the team’s inception in 2012. But you don’t have to go see the pros to enjoy a good tailgate. Luke Wade created KC Crew in 2012, a recreational sports league that encourages residents to stay active and meet new friends through activities such as sand volleyball, softball and kickball. As for tailgaters? “We have quite a few teams who come out before or stay after our leagues to mingle,” Wade said, “but we also have a strong bar relationship where players from all sports go to hang out.” No matter how you do it – and regardless of your favorite team – the KC tailgate tradition is symbolic of the feeling of family and team loyalty fans hold dear. “I think it speaks for itself,” Thompson said. “We just love it.” n

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The Kansas City region earns its reputation as a cultural crossroads with unique festivals, world-renowned museums and breathtaking performing arts venues.


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MUSEUMS The renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has collections of more than 35,000 works of art. Modern and contemporary art from around the world is on display at the Kemper Museum and Nerman Museum. The National WWI Museum and Memorial offers a global perspective with one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world. The history of African American baseball from 1800s through the 1960s is preserved at the 10,000-sq.-ft. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The American Jazz Museum celebrates the musical art form through interactive exhibits and films, a visitor center, jazz club and theatre. Continued

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PERFORMING ARTS The Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera and Kansas City Symphony call the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts home. Starlight Theatre brings Broadway shows and nationally-touring concerts in in an unconventional outdoor setting surrounded by luscious greenery. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre offers nationally-recognized original professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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FESTIVALS Each April, the juried Kansas City Film Festival screens more than 100 local, regional, national and international films. The Plaza Art Fair is a three-day event with 240 artists, food vendors and three stages of live music. Maker Faire Kansas City showcases innovation in art, crafts, engineering and science. The 11-day KC Fringe Festival features a diverse lineup of visual and performance arts venues across Kansas City. n

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Kansas City is practically tailor-made for family friendly attractions. The Crown Center District is a hub of activity with the SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Kaleidoscope, where children make art with leftover materials from Hallmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manufacturing processes, is 100 percent free. There is also The Coterie Theatre, which stages professional classic and contemporary productions for children and families. From November to February, the Crown Center Ice Terrace is open for outdoor ice skating. Nearby, the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City provides hands-on, multimedia exhibits that bring economics to life.

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The Kansas City Zoo is a 202-acre nature sanctuary with animals from around the world. In Overland Park, Kansas, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is home to 250 animals. The site also includes flower and vegetable gardens, a Native American encampment, a oneroom country schoolhouse and a turn-of-thecentury Main Street. Union Station has an interactive science museum, a 200-seat live theater, planetarium and the region’s largest movie screen. A permanent rail exhibit and traveling exhibits produced by international organizations such as the Smithsonian and National Geographic round out the historic building’s offerings. The 41,500–sq.-ft. College Basketball Experience is an entertainment complex with activity stations and multimedia displays that immerse visitors into the legacy and energy of college basketball. Approximately 220 parks, 27 lakes and 38 miles of trails and bikeways make up the Kansas City Parks and Recreation system. Youth sports opportunities include basketball, hockey, golf, swimming, tennis, martial arts, ice skating and more. n

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KC

Creatives CAMERON GEE

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SHANITA MCAFEE-BRYANT

is executive chef of Magnolia’s on the Move, which specializes in contemporary southern cuisine. She won Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen in the 2015 episode, “Tongue Thai-ed.”

SALVADOR PEREZ

is a World Series Champion catcher for the Kansas City Royals. He is a four-time Gold Glove Award winner and 2015 World Series Most Valuable Player. Salvador “Salvy” Perez is on a five-year contract with the Royals, where he hopes to one day retire.

MATT & EMILY BALDWIN are co-founders, owners and designers of Baldwin Denim and Standard Style boutiques. The luxury Baldwin Denim brand is a unique blend of modern design and functionality.

JULIA HAILE is a singer with a quiet charisma that likes to mix jazz and soul with elements of reggae, rock and funk. She is a former member of the MoTown/Soul band, The Good Foot.

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WHITNEY MANNEY is a Kansas City-born fashion designer creating art in a wearable format under her emerging label WHITNEYMANNEY. Her work has been featured in numerous national art/fashion blogs, as well as having a prolific regional following.

DANNY O’NEILL

is the founder and “bean baron” of The Roasterie, Inc., a specialty coffee roaster that services espresso bars and coffee-lovers all around the world.

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MICHAEL ONG

A native Malaysian, worked as creative director at Hint, a premier production/experience enterprise in Kansas City, for 16 years. He is currently Art Director – Video Team Leader at Hallmark.

FITBARK co-founders and brother-sister team Davide and Sara Rossi are originally from Verona, Italy. Their pet wearable device was developed during their time in the 2014 Sprint Accelerator class. You can now find a FitBark device in Target stores across the U.S.

ALICIA SOLO

is an energetic singer known for her in-your-face stage presence. Before her recent solo artist venture, she was a member of the successful Beautiful Bodies band.

BROOKE SALVAGGIO

is an organic farmer and founder of BADSEED, a community market, as well as URBAVORE, an organic farmstead. Salvaggio promotes local, sustainable farming amidst the city’s landscape.


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KC Options | 2017-2018  

In this issue of KC Options you will get a glimpse into the lives of individuals who work at some of Kansas City’s most innovative companies...

KC Options | 2017-2018  

In this issue of KC Options you will get a glimpse into the lives of individuals who work at some of Kansas City’s most innovative companies...