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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MAY 2018 PUBLISHER

Matthew Perry | Matthew@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Angela Broockerd | Angela.Broockerd@LifestylePubs.com

Letter from the Editor

PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR

Paul Versluis | Paul.Versluis@LifestylePubs.com

WHO I AM AS A WOMAN IS A COMPILATION OF MY LIFE EXPERIENCES, MY

ACCOUNT MANAGER

FAITH, WHAT I HAVE OVERCOME AND LARGELY THE FAMILY THAT HAS COME

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BEFORE ME, LAYING THE FOUNDATION OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GOOD PERSON, TO FOLLOW GOD, TO SERVE, TO BE HUMBLE AND TO TREAT OTHERS WITH LOVE AND DIGNITY. I love history. I become completely engrossed in discovering my heritage and what my ancestors and family before me accomplished or sacrificed, and the legacy they passed down. I have been fortunate enough to have many strong female role models, including my incredible mother, but I wanted to honor a woman who had such a lasting impact on me throughout my entire life, my grandmother, Jean Newman. We called her Mama Jean. She lived to be 91, and, up to the end of her life, she was a thoughtful, vibrant, classy and incredibly smart woman. Even as a young child, I knew there was something about her that I wanted to absorb. Always up for a party or a social gathering, she brought the class. Everything about her impressed me. The way she dressed, decorated her home, her gourmet cooking and even the way she wrapped a present was a work of art. She knew how to make every little detail special. Mama Jean made getting old look fun, and she acted and looked like she was 20 years younger than she was. My grandparents were night owls. They stayed up every night until midnight and slept in late. Fancy appetizers were a nightly occurrence to tide them over so they could enjoy a late dinner with a glass of wine on the deck. They placed a

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high priority on their marriage and their time together. It was something I always took note of, and I knew in my heart that I wanted to be just like them when I grew old. Mama Jean always put others before herself, even when she was nearing the end of

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her life. Instead of concentrating on any discomfort, she prayed for her caregivers and family instead. As a mother of eight, she set an example of selflessness and devotion to prayer her entire life, praying for all 90 of her family members by name every night. I learned so much from the example she set forth her entire life, and the memories I have of her I hold dear to my heart. This month, we are celebrating women in our community. The women we have the privilege to share with you all share a common message of love, determination, service and hope.

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They all have inspired me greatly, and I hope you enjoy learning a little about them too.

ALABAMA | ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | FLORIDA | GEORGIA | IDAHO

Angela Broockerd, Editor My grandma, Jean Newman

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2018

FEATURES 14 A Mother’s Love Fighting for Rocco

18 Reinventing Your Kitchen Before and After with Design Connection Inc.

24 Movers + Shakers Celebrating Women of Johnson County

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40 Girlfriend Getaway Explore the Paola Wine Tour

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DEPARTMENTS 8

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

14

Giving Back

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Open House

29 Realty Report 36 Now Open 40 Road Trip 46 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Parting Thoughts


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Junior Design Challenge and Home Show The Greater Kansas City Home Show held the first-ever Junior Design Challenge. The finalists and winners got to meet Jeff Lewis from Bravo’s "Flipping Out," who was a headliner at the event held at Bartle Hall.

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1. Middle schooler Avery Ahlers included a bright floral rug and a daybed into her design. | 2. Brooklyn Griffin, a senior, incorporated a colorful tapestry and metal box shelving into her bedroom design. | 3. Presley Busenbarrick, Brooklyn Griffin, Avery Ahlers and Liz LaHood were the four finalists | 4. Liz LaHood was the grand prize winner in the middle school division. | 5. As the grand prize winner in the high school division, Presley Busenbarrick, a senior from Atchison, received a $500 gift card and $500 in cash. 12

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GIVING BACK

A MOTHER’S LOVE: FIGHTING FOR ROCCO

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TO ME, AS A MOTHER, YOU HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER FOR YOUR CHILDREN. Lissencephaly is a rare genetic disorder which results in a brain malformation that greatly effects developing motor skills. Because of this, Rocco will have global and developmental delays and has about a 1 percent chance of walking. It is uncertain if he will be able to speak, feed himself or sit on his own. Most children with lissencephaly die by 2, and many do not live longer than 10. What is known about the disorder is that early intervention and intense therapy are the best things for him, and Rocco’s family was prepared to do all they could "TO ME, AS A MOTHER, YOU HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING

to improve his quality of life. Weekly, Rocco receives therapy

IN YOUR POWER FOR YOUR CHILDREN. Every child should

at Infant Toddler, Children's Center for the Visually Impaired

feel like their mother will do whatever they can for them. I feel

and Leanne Britton, and has many doctor’s visits. This, along

as a mother I have a major obligation to the children I brought

with the demands of everyday life can be exasperating for any

into this world." —Jennifer Lewis, mother

family, but Jennifer remains optimistic.

Jennifer Lewis believes in living life to the fullest. She has

"I want to do right by Rocco but also want my other children

traveled the world, skydived and stayed in the jungles of Belize.

to be able to go and experience all the beauty and magic of

She has spearfished, indulged in girls weekends, and attended

childhood, so striking that balance is trying," she says. "I hope

every concert, art exhibit and fundraiser she could squeeze

Rocco will teach my other children compassion and kindness.

into her bulging schedule. For Jennifer, enjoying life is consid-

He has shown me a bittersweet beauty to life. Rocco has

ered an art form and she is Rembrandt. And, at the age of 38,

taught me I have to fight for everything and to never quit."

life’s next great adventure presented itself in the form of moth-

Although they are not sure what the future may hold for

erhood. After years of trying, including years of tribulations,

sweet Rocco, Jennifer is thankful for friends, family and the

Jennifer and her husband welcomed their first son, Greyson,

community who have reached out to offer their assistance.

followed some time later by their daughter, London. Then, on March 1, 2017, another blessing entered their world: Rocco. At 37 weeks of gestation, a beautiful amber-haired Rocco

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was born, and, from the very beginning, his easygoing nature was evident as he was a challenge to wake up post-delivery. But the Lewises felt luck was on their side as three healthy children made their home complete. It was not until Rocco was 6 months old that Jennifer recalls feeling something was “not quite right” as Rocco had not yet mastered the milestone of rolling over. Accompanying this was his increasing irritability and his making a crunching motion reminiscent of someone struggling with constipation. Jennifer's intuition told her otherwise, and she began to suspect that Rocco was having seizures. It would take several trips to the doctor, a few terrifying events of Rocco turning blue and Jennifer's persistence for them to get a diagnosis: lissencephaly.       

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YOUR KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER WITH DESIGN CONNECTION INC.

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ARTICLE NATALIE FIELEKE


AFTER

Before

NEW TRANSITIONAL KITCHEN

A PLETHORA OF REASONS DRAWS CLIENTS TO ARLENE LADEGAARD FOR THEIR KITCHEN REINVENTIONS. Some homeowners seek improved function for their kitchens, others want to freshen up the style of their home on a budget, while some clients pursue a completely new kitchen within their existing space which allows for endless possibilities. Ladegaard, owner and award-winning interior designer of Kansas City’s Design Connection, Inc., does it all; from updating existing finishes to complete kitchen remodels and addresses clients’ design desires with her straightforward approach. “When it comes to your remodel, do what you really want to do, but do it in a style that matches the rest of the house,” Ladegaard recommends. “Don’t follow the trends. If you do what you love and what’s right for the house, it will stand the test of time.” Kitchen renovations can be a costly endeavor, so sometimes Ladegaard will give a space a completely different look by updating finishes, as was the case with this Olathe home. Ladegaard completed the new look by darkening the cabinets, newly styled backsplash in a stunning herringbone pattern, quartz countertops that blend well with the light gray tiles, GE appliances in their new graphite finish and leather bar stools all resulting in a total reinvention of this 2005 home. “If the style of the cabinets and the layout work, you can work with what you have and still create a stunning picture,” Ladegaard says. When a Leawood couple’s grown children moved back in, they were faced with mealtime mayhem: multiple families were colliding in their existing kitchen. They dreamed of having an island and separate prep areas for everyone to help out.

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AFTER KITCHEN MAKEOVER

So Ladegaard and her team came up with a solution. An island extended from a wall that houses a gas cooktop, prep sink and eating area while also creating two defined spaces to allow multiple family members to work in the kitchen at the same time. Cream painted cabinetry and wood accents maintain the homey style of the kitchen and keep it consistent with the traditional Before

style of the home. Above all, the new kitchen design matches the family’s new lifestyle. When Overland Park clients requested a brandnew kitchen layout and design to replace their dated one, the Design Connection team served up an all-white kitchen that’s fresh, crisp and clean. Gold accents bring the space in-line with today’s modern kitchen styling. Lighted display cabinets create visual dimension but also enhance function with their added storage space. “Before, this kitchen looked dated,” Ladegaard says. “Now it possesses a timeless look that the owners will love throughout their time living in the home.” Whatever your budget or lifestyle an updated kitchen space has endless possibilities.

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Arlene Ladegaard is the principal designer at Design Connection Inc., an award-winning design firm in Overland Park. She can be reached at 913.851.8776. You may view other projects at DesignConnectionInc.com.

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AFTER NEW TRADITIONAL KITCHEN

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Being Accountable for Your Best Life By Marc C. Shaffer, CFP®, AIF®, EA Principal at Searcy Financial Services, a Fee-Only, NAPFA Registered Advisory Firm

As I was chatting with my mentor one day, he tells me there’s a great guy he wants me to meet and his name is Marc Shaffer. Well, that’s me, of course. I had him explain and he told me I was too busy focusing on one thing and all of my energy, my time and my passion was being exhausted in that one area. I wasn’t spending time with myself, I wasn’t letting myself contemplate what was beyond that singular area of focus, and if I continued along that path, I might end up having done one great thing in my life at the expense of knowing myself and growing in other areas. Luckily, I had someone in my life who could recognize this behavior and keep me accountable to living a full and diverse life. Do you have someone in your life keeping you accountable to the things you say you want to accomplish? In my profession, I get the opportunity to talk about big dreams with a lot of people. I hear people talk about wanting to spend a summer driving across the United States with their children, wanting to start a business or write a book, or wanting to spend time volunteering for a charity important to them. When most people think about financial planning, they usually expect the conversations to center around money, not around the way they want to live their life. However, money is just a tool that helps people live a life that makes them happy. Money is the tool that helps you accomplish the What and Why in your life. Even if you have the What and Why determined, you need someone keeping you accountable for the When so that your plans and dreams don’t get permanently stuck in someday mode. Common Reasons People Do Not Reach Their Goals: 1) They fail to write the goal down. 2) They create goals that are not well defined. 3) There is no true personal meaning behind the goal which means there is no drive to achieve it. 4) They fail to define a reward for achieving the goal as well as a reward for achieving the milestones required to get there. 5) They do not share the goal with another person for accountability, help and support. 6) They never incorporate the goal into a realistic plan that includes measurements, timelines and resources. Our vision and dreams can, and probably will, change many times and it’s okay to approach your dreams from where you currently stand. One challenge people have when trying to identify their dreams is that they approach the task as if they’re only allowed one big goal that will drive the direction of their entire life. I try to help people identify these dreams with a positive/negative exercise. To start, identify what you love now and want to make more time for in your life. Then, consider things that bother you about your life and determine what you would like to have happen instead. And remember, these are flexible. As an example, I am no longer trying to become the motocross racer I used to dream of being! Once you’ve determined your direction, tell someone who will keep you accountable. You don’t want to find yourself in your rocking chair at the end of life thinking you missed out on living!

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Inspirational Women o f j o h n s o n c o u n t y ARTICLE ANGELA BROOCKERD PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

t h e j u d g e Rhonda Mason Rhonda Mason, a district court judge in Johnson County, participates in numerous speaking engagements around the city and absolutely loves to encourage youth to go after their dreams. She was the keynote speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, and she currently serves on the Kansas Bar Foundation board of trustees as well as the Autism Society at Heartland. The woman that she looks up to most is her mother.  While she was not a businesswoman, she was smart, compassionate and made sure her kids had whatever they needed to be successful.  “Sometimes the leaders are not those in the forefront, but those in the background making things happen. My mother taught me to put God first, be humble, compassionate and not to be afraid of going after my dreams."

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Sunayana Dumala

Sunayana Dumala’s life was turned upside down last year when she lost her husband, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, to a hate crime shooting at Austins Bar and Grill. Since then, she has been sharing her story and advocating to spread a positive message of unity and love. In partnership with her employer, Intouch Solutions, they have launched a Facebook initiative called Forever Welcome. By sharing stories from the immigrant community, Forever Welcome raises awareness of immigrants’ contributions to our society. It emphasizes that there is no “you” or “me” when it

t h e a c t i v i s t

comes to living in the U.S. We are all welcome and belong regardless of where we were born. “Before February 22, I was a different person just leading a normal life. Don’t wait for a tragedy to strike your family. Start working on understanding and embracing different cultures and people.” CONTINUED >

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INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

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Cindy Bobbitt By nature, Cindy Bobbitt is quiet and reserved, but early in her career, she realized that to be successful, she had to discover her more assertive self to overcome her fears and get involved. She was drawn toward commercial banking at a time when there were few women doing it. She had to work to break down barriers and prove her value in the business and found her niche in health care banking. Additionally, she became actively involved in several medical organizations, including the Medical Group

Management

Association

and as a board member for Susan G. Komen. She gets her inspiration from her faith, friends and family, and surrounds herself with people who desire—and are not afraid—to help others succeed in life. “When others tell you or make you feel that you are not worthy, remind them that God says that you are worthy.”

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Mona Enna Mona Enna, originally from Kokkola, Finland, met her husband, Jeremiah, a Kansas City native, while on a dance trip to Israel. They are the founders of The Culture House, an arts organization, and Störling  Dance Theater, a professional dance company.  One of her most rewarding experiences has been through a dance production they created called "Underground."  As a co-choreographer with Tobin James, they crafted a story together in dance about the Underground Railroad which is performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  This production has developed their audience to be one of the most diverse in Kansas City.  Mona is inspired by people who do courageous and good things.  "In the Underground Railroad, God is at the core of what drives the abolition movement. God inspires me to value every life as beautiful and having eternal significance."

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Bukeka Blakemore is a woman who values love, family and relationship. Her life is rich in

all these. Music is the central focus of what she does, and her lyrics lean toward well-being or themes focusing on good outcomes. SafeHome is an organization she has supported and worked with, helping kids in building self-esteem, and she has donated concert proceeds to Operation Breakthrough. The woman who inspires her the most is her mother who used her incredible vocal talent to protest the denial of civil rights for African-Americans and used her persuasiveness to create shelters for battered women. “I believe in growing and expanding, and I try to a little every day. I've also learned to be gentle with myself."

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REALTY REPORT REALTY REPORT

NEIGHBORHOOD

JOHNSON COUNTY

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

INDIAN HILLS

$2,295,000

$1,800,000

78%

640

5

4.2

LIONSGATE THE LINKS

$1,495,000

$1,347,000

90%

67

6

5.2

THE WOODS ESTATES

$1,347,000

$1,347,000

100%

56

4

3.3

MORSE VILLAGE ESTATES

$1,110,000

$1,110,000

100%

2

5

4.2

$795,611

$838,914

105%

253

5

5.1

CORINTH DOWNS

$894,950

$820,000

91%

61

3

3.2

MILLS FARM

$835,000

$820,000

96%

42

5

4.1

MILLS FARM

$815,000

$795,000

97%

4

6

5.2

THE CLOISTERS

$775,000

$760,000

98%

8

7

5.1

HARMONY VIEW WEST

$788,000

$750,000

96%

31

4

4.1

SUMMERWOOD

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 3/1/2018-3/31/2018. DOM=Days on Market

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A SPRING TABLE PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

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RECIPE BY RACHEL CIODAS

ALMOND PISTACHIO TARTLETS WITH APRICOTS INGREDIENTS + 1/2 cup oats, gluten-free + 2 1/4 cups almond flour + 1 teaspoon baking soda + 1 teaspoon salt + 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1 cup melted coconut oil or butter + 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed + 3/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract + 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice + 2 large eggs + 1 1/2 cups chopped pistachios + 1 cup apricot jam + 8 ounces dried apricots + Whipped cream INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat one large or six mini tart pans with oil.  2. Place oats in blender and blend until turned into a powder. Place in a medium-sized bowl and whisk in almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. 3. Stir together melted coconut oil or butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Stir in vanilla, lemon juice and eggs. Add the flour mixture.  Scoop the dough into the tart pan and place on a cookie sheet. Cover well with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours. 4. Bake for 13-17 minutes. Cool 30 minutes on a cooling rack.  5. Pop tarts from pans, and brush with apricot jam to glaze. Top with cream, apricots and additional pistachios.

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A SPRING TABLE

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THE TABLE HERBS, BLOOMS AND FRUIT At this time of year, I love watching the color change from brown to green—the budding trees and small peaks of flowers coming up from the cold dormant ground. What better way to celebrate spring than with a tea garden gathering? Put on a warm pot of tea or coffee, delectable fruit-filled desserts and set your table with boxes in a mix of potted herbs, berries and spring blooms.

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Your tables will be filled with the aroma of herbs like lavender and basil. Sprigs of mint, pansies and sweet peas tied off with twine and a name card on each plate adds a personal touch, making your spring tea gathering memorable. It's a perfect way to welcome in spring!

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WHO KNEW THAT THE STATE OF KANSAS GREW MORE GRAPES THAN CALIFORNIA BEFORE PROHIBITION? That is a little-known fact around our parts, but you will soon discover there are still grapes being grown by wineries in nearby Paola, Kansas. Miami County Trolley LLC owner Brian Roberts is on call to transport you and your besties from one to another. The trolley takes you to three wineries—Nighthawk Vineyard & Winery, Middle Creek Winery at New Lancaster General Store and Isinglass Estate—from any destination, bed-and-breakfast or hotel in Miami County along its route. The trolley wine tour costs a mere $20 a person, and wine connoisseurs can spend one hour and 10 minutes savoring each location. Each tour lasts approximately five hours. Miami County Trolley LLC is entering its sixth season of trolleying happy wine lovers, and there is no better way to bond with your gals than over wine, then a sweet stay in a B&B or cozy inn. To schedule your tour, call 913.306.3388 or visit MiamiCountyTrolley.com.

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR outdoor, juried art fair features about

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FARMSTEAD’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY

jazz music throughout the day, food trucks, and a wine and craft beer tast-

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10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lenexa.com/ArtFair

2018 MID-AMERICAN ASIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL

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woodcarver T.J. Jenkins, magic show with Eric Vaughn, dance showcase by Devotion Dance, organized games, "Happy Birthday" singalong and treats multiple times through-

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Join for a guided tour of this exciting

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and one-of-a-kind "Whirlwind Art in

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Motion" exhibit. Your guide will take

Polsky Theatre

you through the gardens to explore

American Youth Ballet presents

these unique kinetic sculptures. You

"Alice in Wonderland" this spring!

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Bring the family to see this film

Lenexa Civic Campus

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The Lenexa Art Fair is the perfect outing

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13 OVERLAND PARK ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT

Tomahawk Ridge Community Center

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Performance to feature Overture to Die Fledermaus by Strauss, Sympho-

ny No.7 in D Minor, Op. 70 by Dvořák

and a special solo by the winner of the Young Artist Competition.

25 MOVIE IN THE PARK: "WIZARD OF OZ" Buffalo Meadows Park

Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars. Lawn games including giant Jenga, giant Ker-Plunk, ladder ball and washers will start at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk! 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lenexa.com/Movie

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27 LENEXA OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES: TOM'S TOWN QUINTET Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

Tom's Town Quintet is a big band quintet celebrating Kansas City jazz of the '30s and '40s. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and picnic dinner and enjoy the music. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lenexa.com/Concerts

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PARTING THOUGHTS

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OUR NEWEST ELEVATE KINDNESS CHALLENGE WINNER, MIKEY’S MEALS, COMES FROM INDIAN TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL. Mikey’s Meals started as just a discussion between Mikey and his mom. After noticing that several kids at his school were not able to pay for a school lunch, he wanted to do something to help. He did his research and discovered that his building needed an estimated $500 a year to cover lunches for students who don’t have the funds in their account. “I knew we could find a way to give them that much money, so I started a fundraiser, and that is when Mikey’s Meals began,” he says. They raised funds for not only their school but surrounding schools in need as well. “I want all kids to have school lunch and not get embarrassed when they don’t have enough lunch money," Mikey says about why he chose this project. "Even when the school provides that student with a substitute lunch sack, people know why. With Mikey's Meals, those funds can be used to pay for that lunch so

“I WANT ALL KIDS TO HAVE SCHOOL LUNCH AND NOT GET EMBARRASSED WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH LUNCH MONEY," MIKEY SAYS ABOUT WHY HE CHOSE THIS PROJECT. "EVEN WHEN THE SCHOOL PROVIDES THAT STUDENT WITH A SUBSTITUTE LUNCH SACK, PEOPLE KNOW WHY. WITH MIKEY'S MEALS, THOSE FUNDS CAN BE USED TO PAY FOR THAT LUNCH SO THAT NOBODY WILL KNOW WHO DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY.”

that nobody will know who didn't have enough money.” Mikey credits a teacher and his counselor for getting excited about his project and helping him win the challenge. They are just getting started—they hope to turn Mikey's Meals into a real charitable foundation and are applying for 501(c)(3) status so that other schools around the area can take the challenge and raise money for their schools or surrounding schools in need through Mikey’s Meals. We were impressed with how Mikey chose to use his $1,000 prize. Students can use that winning money any way they choose, and instead of keeping it, Mikey donated his winnings to the Mikey’s Meals lunch fund to help students around the city. Indian Trail principal Sarah Guerrero says she was not surprised by the outpouring of support from students in her building that came together to help raise money for this project. "Our students and families are very giving," she says. "We have a very economically diverse population at Indian Trail, and all of our families give selflessly whenever a need arises, regardless of their economic situation. It is very inspiring to witness." You can be a Mikey's Meals ambassador at your school! Visit @MikeysMealsKS on Facebook for more information or donate at GoFundMe.com/Mikeys-Meals-Lunch-Money-For-Kids. Thank you to our generous sponsors at Audi Shawnee Mission and Commerce Bank.

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