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VIP Wichita August Contents events

Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic Tunes + Tallgrass Real Men Real Heroes Recognition Dinner Executive Women Internation Firm Night Mel Hambelton Ford Ladies Night Printmaking National Exhibition Air Capital Classic Steri-Clean Grand Opening All Seasons Event Rental Open House River City Roll Black and White Bash Alzheimer’s Association Reilly Family Memorial Golf Tournament Wichita Art Museum Birthday Bash Greater Wichita Sports Banquet American Cancer Society Relay for Life Camp Woodstock Fashion Show KMUW Science Friday Fundraiser The Reserve at Sandcrest Grand Opening World War II Memorial Celebration Celebrate Wright Automobilia Moonlight Car Show Sixth Annual Redskin Roundup Tanganyika Twilight Tour American Heart Association Heart Walk

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features #WichitaFlag Painting Pride Wichita Wears VIP Interview: 1 Million Cups My Favorite Space - Deb Voth CEO Spotlight - Jan Luth VIP Professional - Omni Business Center Accent Lighting: Lighting up Wichita Who Wore What

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he Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 24th annual Golf Classic on June 5 at Crestview Country Club. The event was sponsored by Cox Business and barbeque was provided by Security 1st Title. With more than 200 golfers and volunteers and a sold-out morning scramble, this year’s golf classic was a great success, said organizers. Look for photos at

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VIP • Wichita Art Museum

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Tunes + Tallgrass Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


n June 23, Wichita Art Museum and the Tallgrass Film Association celebrated five years together with their annual Tunes + Tallgrass, a free outdoor live music and film night. The William Flynn Quartet kicked off the evening with a live jazz performance. The featured film was the Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece “Rear Window,” featuring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Look for photos at

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eal Men Real Heroes, a youth mentoring organization, held its annual fundraiser and recognition dinner July 11 at the Wichita Marriott. Founded in 2008, the nonprofit organization provides mentors and role models to boys who lack fathers and father figures in their lives to help empower them and build self esteem. During the event, several individuals – from young teen heroes to new mentors to inspirational figures – were recognized. The keynote speaker and one of three Pride Award honorees was Guion S. Bluford Jr., the first AfricanAmerican to fly in space in 1983 who also set other colorbarrier breaking accomplishments during Air Force and NASA career. Politician, businessman and community leader Rip Gooch and community and business leader Brian A. Black of Spirit AeroSystems were the other Pride Award honorees. Look for photos at

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n celebration of its 60th anniversary, SJCF Architecture presented Living Architecture to the June Executive Women International’s Firm Night. On June 21, SJCF shared its insight, with about 75 attendees, on how architecture has impacted the Wichita community. Look for photos at

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#WichitaFlag Supporting local businesses is key to a thriving community because when you make a $100 purchase at a local business, roughly $68 stays in the local economy (as opposed to only $43 at a non-local establishment). Wichita is fortunate to have fabulous small businesses and community-minded citizens who want to support them. And there is definitely no shortage of support for your city flag. Visit to find a list of nearly 50 local retailers that carry Wichita flag products. Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts are managed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Wichita artists love the flag, and the feeling is mutual. Handcrafted flag art is popping up at establishments around town, like this piece by @johnnyict at Moxie Boutique.

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Local Legacy is a program by Legacy Bank that rewards you for shopping local. Card holders have access to discounts at nearly 150 Wichita-area merchants. Follow them @locallegacy.

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VIP • Mel Hambelton Ford

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el Hambelton Ford hosted its annual ladies night on July 13. The tropical-themed night included hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction supporting Harbor House and a fashion show that showcased local boutiques, such as K. Lane’s, Moxie Sass and Class, and Trendy Tots. Look for photos at

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Johnny Freedom Photographed by Madison Ham

Painting Pride By Amy Geiszler-Jones


he hogan symbol from the Wichita flag is among the many tattoos that Johnny Freedom has on his arms. But his pride in Wichita is more than skin deep and it’s come a long way from the days when he thought Do-Dah was anything but cool. In the past three years, Freedom has become well-known in the local art scene for painting murals for local businesses that either feature or incorporate the Wichita flag. The now-iconic Wichita flag was created 80 years ago by local artist Cecil McAlister, who won $40 for his design in a contest sponsored by the American Legion. In recent years, fueled by a growing support-local movement and civic-pride campaigns by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Wichita flag is being replicated on T-Shirts, mugs, socks, pins – you name it – and in tattoos like Freedom’s and in bold-statement murals. “It’s not because of me that Wichita people are wanting the flag on their building,” said Freedom, taking a rain-delay break from creating his latest and largest flag mural on the Pumphouse in Old Town. “What we’re pushing for is pride in Wichita. Buy local. Shop local. We want people to stay in Wichita and keep their talents here.” The Wichita native admits he couldn’t wait to leave his hometown when he graduated from Wichita Northwest High School in 1991. “As an 18-year-old kid, I didn’t think there was any cool stuff here,” said the former U.S. Marine veteran. Not only did absence make his heart grow fonder, but on return visits with his wife, Aimee, the couple took note of Wichita’s growth – in homes, local businesses, community events and civic pride. They moved back to Wichita in 2009 with their two children. For Freedom, painting the flag is not only a way to show respect and love for his community, but it’s a creative, therapeutic respite from his full-time job with the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County, Two other artists – Josh Tripoli and Rebekah Lewis whose work combined form Lupoli Collective – are another set of local artists who are helping spread the pride of Wichita through murals. They’ve also worked on other artwork promoting uniquely Wichita things, including this year’s winning River Festival artwork and Visit Wichita’s Wicked Wichita Brew Tour artwork. Lupoli’s and Freedom’s murals are not only creating standout features for local businesses, but are becoming popular backdrops for photos by visitors and residents alike, proliferating photo-sharing social media sites. “We like the idea of providing public art for the community to rally around and be a part of,” said Tripoli, who is an apprentice of

well-known Wichita artist and muralist Steve Murillo. “It’s like forming a collective identity.” When Tripoli talks about the community becoming a part of the art, he’s referring to the fact that on some of Lupoli’s public art projects, the pair have invited community members to help paint the designs, including a Wichita-motif mural at College Hill Deli that was created as part of Avenue Art Days last year. “I never thought I’d be doing murals,” said Lewis, who earned a visual communications degree with an emphasis on graphic design from the University of Kansas, “so to see the Wichita mural come together last year was wild.” Avenue Art Days – an initiative that was started in 2015 by Janelle King, owner of The Workroom, on behalf of the Douglas Design District (DDD) – has played a major role in the proliferation of murals. The idea King and other organizers had was to beautify, invigorate and draw people to the Douglas Design District – which stretches about 2.5 miles along Douglas from Washington to Oliver, extending a block north and south on either side of Douglas – by painting light poles and creating murals on the buildings of local businesses. “What began with significant difficulty to get businesses’ buyin, seen merely as permission for ‘graffiti,’ has become an accepted, sought-after and greatly valued form of public art,” said King, in an Continued on Page 72

Two local artists – Josh Tripoli and Rebekah Lewis whose work combined form Lupoli Collective – are another set of local artists who are helping spread the pride of Wichita through murals.

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ark Arts held an opening reception for its Printmaking National Exhibition on July 7. The exhibition, underwritten by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, will remain on display through August 13. Printmaking is a Mark Arts course area with a long and storied history stemming from the involvement of C.A. Seward in the launch of the famed Prairie Print Makers. Seward was president of Mark Arts, then known as the Wichita Art Association, in 1932-33. Not long after he and 10 other Kansas artists formed the Prairie Print Makers in Birger Sandzen’s Lindsborg studio. Within a few years, the group had nearly 150 active and associate members. Look for photos at

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VIP • Crestview Country Club

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Air Capital Classic Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


nce called “the place to see and be seen,” the 17th hole at Crestview Country Club offered a break from the typical atmosphere at a professional golf tournament during a four-day stretch at the Tour’s Air Capital Classic in early June. With a good view from the double-decker grandstands, spectators cheered on caddies - lugging large golf bags – who raced the distance from tee box to the green of the Par 3 hole. Open bars and free food were plentiful in the grandstands, but tickets were tough to come by at the 17th hole, which are generally reserved for sponsoring businesses of the event. Look for photos at

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Wichita Wears Say Yes to a Summer Dress Summer in Kansas. It’s hot. This is the best time of year to choose a dress that floats around the body if you have to be outside. And if you’re staying in, a dress can be a lot more comfortable than pants or shorts. And when it comes to transition season, a dress makes the switch to a new season a whole lot easier. It’s simple onepiece dressing. Feel like you have to have two pieces? There are plenty of two-piece outfits that look like a dress. Choose your best length, mini, midi, or maxi, a color or print you love, slip on that dress and go. - Bonnie Bing On the model: This perfect transition dress is rich in embroidery with a touch of smocking detail at the waist. By Ulla Johnson made of black nubby silk, $655. Necklace of black leather strand wrapped as a choker with metal ends, $142. Cream woven leather necklace with black chain, $280. Both by K/LLER. Short tan boots by Rag & Bone, $495. All at Lyndon’s. Fashion Director Bonnie Bing Photographer Madison Ham Models provided by Models & Images Photographed at Botanica

Left: This breezy turquoise maxi dress with color straps that crisscross in the back can be worn on the beach or out to dinner. By Izzy & Lola, polyester, $38. Necklace, $20, earrings $20. All at Moxie. Below: A print top and matching maxi skirt by Julian Chang gives the look of a dress, but also adds two versatile pieces to your wardrobe. Each piece is $125. Earrings by Auden, $220. All at GM Clotheshorse. Bottom left: A cobalt blue stretch polyester dress by Joseph Ribkoff features zipper and ruffle details, $209. Hammered silver collar necklace, $305, and matching molded Israeli silver earrings, $175 are by Simon Sebbag. All at GM Clotheshorse.

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teri-Clean held a grand opening, complete with a dinner and drinks, at Distillery 244 on July 6. A local fatherand-son team, Mark and Luke Elpers opened the Kansas Steri-Clean franchise last October. Cory Chalmers, an expert on the TV show “Hoarders” on A&E, was also in attendance. Chalmers established the franchise business, which specializes in providing cleanup services for crime scenes, tragedies and other hazardous situations. Look for photos at

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VIP • Crestview Country Club

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All Seasons Event Rental Open House Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ll Seasons Event Rental hosted an open house for local event planners at the Air Capital Classic golf tournament on June 12. Skyboxes and a VIP viewing area on the 17th hole at Crestview Country Club were built by All Seasons Event Rental. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Corporate Caterers and drinks from Xclusive Events while touring the skyboxes and viewing area. Look for photos at

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VIP Interview: 1 Million Cups By MeLinda Schnyder


n April 2012, Kansas City’s Kauffman Foundation held its first 1 Million Cups event, a free program based on the premise that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. The foundation, one of the country’s largest, developed a format to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. Today, more than 100 communities, including Wichita, hold weekly 1 Million Cups events. 1MC Wichita launched in February 2016 and weekly events draw 75 to100 local entrepreneurs and supporting professionals. Attendance is free and doors open at 8:45 a.m. every Wednesday. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and the format allows two presenters to talk about their business for six minutes. After each presentation, the floor is opened up for a 15-minute question-and-answer session. The last question is always “What can we as a community do to support you as a startup?” Space is donated by Distillery 244, although occasionally the event’s location changes so it’s best to follow the 1 Million Cups Wichita Facebook page for event details. Coffee is sponsored by Reverie Coffee Roasters, and the sound and coffee equipment is donated from Martin Pringle Law Firm.

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The crowd ranges from college students to venture capitalists in their 70s. Jennifer Cole, who had recently been laid off by a local marketing agency, was in the crowd during the second event, in March 2016. “I was looking to be inspired and I was tossing around the idea of becoming a freelancer in the social media world,” she said. “1MC inspired me enough that I started my own business, Backspace Media, where my mission is to educate business owners on best practices, tactics and strategies for their own social media efforts. 1MC means so much to me that I volunteered to be on the leadership committee for Wichita’s event, and I avidly preach about it to other entrepreneurs I come across who are looking to grow their business.” Cole is now one of nine volunteer organizers who help make the weekly 1MC Wichita events happen. VIP: Who brought 1MC to Wichita in 2016? JC: Jacob Wayman with e2e Accelerator was the main point man in the beginning. Other early organizers were Los Fernandez, owner of Clutch Studio; Jake Ramstack, InSite Real Estate Group; and Ted Kriwiel, NetWork Kansas.

VIP: What role does 1MC play in our community? JC: 1MC does a wonderful job of connecting local and regional entrepreneurs to each other and provides a supportive space for them to connect without it being overly “network-y.” I’ve heard many presenters say that they can attribute muchneeded awareness to presenting at 1MC, myself included. There’s something about putting yourself up in front of other entrepreneurs in such a supportive setting, vulnerabilities and all, that truly brings an approachable side out of a business owner. I think that this approachability stemmed from vulnerability brings a welcomeness and breaks the tension that you often see in many other presentation situations. VIP: Has 1MC had an impact on our community? JC: I’ve noticed the entrepreneur spirit and cohesion grow since 1MC began in Wichita. I’ve attended 1MC in a much bigger city (San Diego) and it didn’t even come close to matching the spirit and supportive atmosphere that we share at 1MC Wichita. The entrepreneurial spirit in the city of Wichita has truly grown since 1MC started here, followed by Google’s Startup Grind. VIP: Who are you looking for in presenters? JC: We are typically looking for people who are already somewhat established and have established business growth plans. We also look for established business owners who are taking their business goals in new and innovative directions. They would need to bring something new and innovative to our community in their business. They really need to define what sets themselves apart from their competition. We’ve had Miguel Johns from KingFit Preventive Health & Performance, Suzanna Mathews of The Date Maven, Stacy and Torrey Lattin from Hopping Gnome, Abby Hannaford from Cozy Leaf Tea, Chris Callen from Builders Plus Construction, Toby Kriwiel from Lawn Buddy, myself on behalf of Backspace Media and many more. A full list of past presenters is at VIP: How does a potential presenter reach 1MC Wichita? JC: To apply, visit, and keep in mind that presenters must put together a concise PowerPoint presentation and limit their presentation to six minutes. VIP: What should first-time attendees know about 1MC events? JC: The coffee starts at 8:45 a.m., so join us! Come early and you will be welcomed by a friendly and supportive group of entrepreneurs. Don’t be afraid to ask a question, even if you fear that the subject has already been covered. Also, this is not a place to sell to people. 1MC is to support each other and in turn help connect other entrepreneurs to resources that they might find valuable. VIP: Is there a way to see the presentations if we can’t attend? JC: Join us live weekly on 1 Million Cups Wichita’s Facebook page. We typically begin the live sessions at 9 a.m. If you can’t catch a session live, you can always come back and find the replay.

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VIP • Wichita Country Club

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here was a sea of black and white attire June 24 at the River City Roll: Black and White Bash at the Wichita Country Club’s indoor tennis facility. The event is held by the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation, which provides resources for people with disabilities in Wichita and throughout the state. The bash, started in 2007, is a biennial fundraiser. This year’s edition attracted 400 guests and they were treated to signature cocktails, tasty appetizers and a gourmet dinner. There also were silent and live auctions, a raffle, live music, dancing, and the group’s most recent crowd pleasing addition: Fund-A-Cause. Fund-A-Cause provides a convenient donation chance for guests who would like to contribute but are unable to participate in the silent or live auctions. The funds raised make it possible for Kansans of all ages and varying disabilities to receive other essential resources tailored to their needs. Items such as hospital beds, van modifications, standing wheelchairs and more are crucial means to independence for those the group serves. Look for photos at

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eb Voth, president of Rainbows United, says she has always wanted to live in a loft. And now she does. She and her husband, Kent, moved from a five-bedroom house to a beautiful, 2,900-square-foot loft in downtown Wichita at Waterwalk three years ago. Both of their sons are grown and don’t live close so they decided it was the right time for a big change. The huge windows look out at LawrenceDumont Stadium, the Boathouse, the fountains at Waterwalk and the Arkansas River. It’s not surprising that Deb’s favorite place to sit and relax is in a comfortable chair facing that view. When weather permits, she loves to sit on the balcony outside the main living room area or on the upper balcony on the top floor. But when it’s too hot or too cold outside, she enjoys her comfortable gray leather chair amid artwork they have carefully chosen. Several pieces are by local artists. “We really enjoy Final Fridays,” she said. Deb likes bright colors and her home reflects that preference. Not only is a lot of the artwork very colorful, but on the wall to the right of her favorite space are shelves filled with glass pieces in a variety of colors and shapes. “Some of the glass is from Thailand. We’ve been there four times,” she said. “Our son lives there.” She’s quick to add her 2-year-old grandson also lives in Thailand, “which motivates us to go,” she said. Their other son lives in New York City. Deb said she loves being in the downtown area and has high hopes it will continue to develop. The Voths like the action they can see during the Wichita River Festival, which she says is always interesting. “We also like the concerts, the food trucks, and we see the fireworks from the ballpark,” she said. And Deb likes her chair. “We looked all over Kansas for comfortable chairs for right here,” she said. “I sit here and read and put my coffee right there,” she said looking at the side table next to her. “When it was so hot outside, I finished reading my book Saturday sitting here. It’s just right.”

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ichita aircraft manufacturers get frequent inquiries from groups and individuals hoping for a tour of the assembly lines, engineering facilities and the finished airplanes produced in the Air Capital of the World. None offer public tours, but starting late this year a new $2 million exhibit at Exploration Place will pull back the curtain on Wichita’s aviation industry. “Design Build Fly” is a new permanent exhibit that will take the space currently occupied by “Exploring Flight and Design.” It’s the most extensive renovation since the interactive science center opened 17 years ago and taps into aerospace experts and resources in Wichita, known as the Air Capital of the World for its innovation and manufacturing aptitude in the aviation industry. Presenting sponsor is Spirit AeroSystems, though all major aircraft manufacturers and many local aviation suppliers are supporting the exhibit through expertise, financial and in-kind donations. Elements in the exhibit will be brand neutral, said Jan

Luth, president of Exploration Place, so it feels like it’s for the entire community. Luth and her staff formed an exhibit advisory committee to bring together CEOs of local aircraft manufacturing companies and leaders at the National Center For Aviation Training (NCAT), National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and the Wichita State University College of Engineering. “We asked them ‘What do you need this exhibit to be so that it supports what you are trying to do in our community?’” Luth said. “If you’re an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or you’re a college of engineering, your audience is not the family. At Exploration Place the family is our audience. So we wanted to find out what we could do with the exhibit to keep this industry strong in our community. The real answer is workforce development: How do we spark excitement in young people for the next generation of aviation professionals?” The 5,100-square-foot gallery will have 45 to 50 interactives meant to create that spark. For example, in the section devoted to the engineering process visitors will be able to build a propeller, design a seat or test landing gear. In the section demonstrating manufacturing Continued on Page 73

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n annual golf tournament started by a family who experienced firsthand the effects of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s has raised more than $385,000 over the past 11 years for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas. This year’s Reilly Family Memorial golf tournament was held at the Hidden Lakes golf course in Derby on June 23. The tournament started in 2007 when Isodyne Inc. President Joe Reilly approached the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter about holding a tournament to provide respite care for local Alzheimer’s caregivers. Reilly and his siblings had cared for a loved one with the disease and knew how challenging it could be. Respite care allows primary caregivers a break while qualified individuals step in to assist. Look for photos at

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VIP • Wichita Art Museum

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ichita Art Museum celebrated its 82nd birthday with an old-fashioned ice cream social in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall on July 15. The Wichita Wagonmasters were on site to serve ice cream. Attendees visited the galleries and participated in a community art project in the Art Studio. Look for photos at

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elebrating the legacy of Wichita entrepreneurs and supporting small businesses and the community is fairly evident to a visitor stepping into the atrium-style lobby of the Omni Business Center near Towne East Square. Portraits of Wichita’s legendary entrepreneurs – W.C. Coleman, Lloyd Stearman, Clyde Cessna, Walter and Olive Ann Beech, Fred Koch and others – that were done by Wichita-based illustrator Scott Dawson, line the walls of the lobby. Framed Wichita River Festival posters line the walls leading to a new entertainment space that opened last year within the facility. And then there’s the receptionist who skillfully answers phone calls as if she was the personal receptionist for each of the business center’s tenants and clients of Omni’s virtual office and business membership services. Started in 1986 by Roger Farrow, a CPA who paid close attention to the business services needs of his clients, the Omni Business Center provides more than just traditional office space. “We are offering business services at a country club level” is how co-owner and president Buff Farrow describes it. “We’re in the personal service business,” added Jeff Farrow, co-

owner and chief operating officer. Buff and Jeff Farrow are the second-generation owners of the business, following Roger’s death three years ago. Their mother, Nancy – the proprietor since 1972 of Green Elephant by Nancy – helps out with interior décor and the gardens. Tenants have access to a number of shared services, such as the receptionist, conference rooms and technology infrastructure, and the Farrows stay atop of business trends and concepts so they can continue their father’s legacy. Roger’s portrait is among the gallery of entrepreneurs in the lobby. Besides having full-time tenants, the Omni Business Center, 111 S. Whittier, also offers virtual offices for the business that wants a professional business address or a receptionist to answer phones. Recently it started offering business memberships. With the latter, a business owner can have access to a number of the center’s services – including a hot desk and conference rooms – on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly membership. The Farrows have updated their 25,000-square-foot facility to include hot desks (cubicles that aren’t assigned permanently), Continued on Page 71

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he annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet celebrated 20 years at the Hyatt Regency on June 29. Local awards were handed out recognizing the athletic achievements in the past year. The event concluded with Johnny Bench, former Cincinnati Reds catcher and Hall of Famer, as he presented the Johnny Bench Award to Oral Roberts University catcher Matt Whatley. Look for photos at

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VIP • Bishop Carroll High School

Kathy Hankins, Tom Hankins, Joy McCoy, Daryl McCoy

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undreds of cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and community members united for the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Sedgwick County on July 14 at Bishop Carroll High School. Relay for Life is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around the track. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will protect future generations. Look for photos at

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VIP • Rainbows United

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ainbows United, which provides services for children with special needs, held its annual Camp Woodchuck fashion show on June 23. Campers strutted their stuff down the runway, making sure to wave and pose for the spectators. Parents and community supporters lined both sides of the runway to admire and encourage the fashion show participants. Television personality, talk show host and newly crowned Ms. Woman United States 2017, Sierra Scott served as emcee for the event. Look for photos at

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at Graf had barely left his teenage years behind him when his dad entrusted the 20-year-old to start a lighting business on behalf of the family in Wichita. That was almost 40 years ago, and now Graf and his brother, Paul, the remaining family owners of the Accent Lighting, are poised to move the business into a larger building that they will build at the Waterfront development, near 13th and Webb. The 25,000-square-foot building – with 20,000 devoted to Accent Lighting and the remainder to a tenant – is expected to open in 2018. “We learned the old-fashioned way about business, through trial and error, listening to people and common sense,” said Paul, who is the company’s vice president. Pat is the president. While Pat handles the business growth and staying on top of trends, Paul is more focused on product sales. The lighting business wasn’t totally foreign to the Graf family, since their father was an electrician. He saw a need for a lighting décor shop in Wichita, and suggested his seven children start such a business. Pat and Paul bought out the remaining owners in the early 1990s, they said. “He allowed us the opportunity to do this, and through his contacts he helped set us up,” Paul said. While lighting was the initial focus of the business and remains its core product today, Accent Lighting also offers several home interior and décor items. The current 15,000-square-foot store at 2020 N. Woodlawn has several room vignettes on its sales floor, allowing customers to see how various types of lighting will work and function in various rooms. The furniture and accessories are available for sale, too. “It makes it easier for people to make decisions when they can see how things work together,” Paul said. The most popular place, said the Grafs, is called “the bling room.” “Bling is the most accurate description for that room,” said Pat. Shiny chandeliers and lighting accents that bedazzle draw in both serious and awestruck customers.

While the pair said it seems to draw more female shoppers, the room came about when the Graf brothers took a shine to a particular product line.

“At market one year, we found a line that we fell in love with and transformed a room into the bling room,” Pat said. Shoppers who love bling will be Continued on Page 69

Pat Graf and his brother, Paul, the remaining family owners of the Accent Lighting, are poised to move the business into a larger building that they will build at the Waterfront development, near 13th and Webb.

VIP • Wichita State University

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cience Saturday: KMUW’s “Science Friday” Fundraiser took place at the Experiential Engineering Building on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus on June 24. The evening was an adult version of a science fair with food, beverages, entertainment and a lot of science. Charles Bergquist, the director of NPR’s “Science Friday” show, shared experiences from his 20-plus years at “Science Friday,” and gave a sneak preview of what’s in store for the broadcast of “Science Friday Live” on September 9 at The Orpheum Theatre in Wichita. Look for photos at

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everal hundred people gathered in downtown Wichita on May 28 to observe Memorial Day and commemorate the completion of the World War II Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park along the Arkansas River. The hour-long event honored the veterans who served and included music, color guard, wreath placement and a flyover by World War II Stearman aircraft. There also was a presentation on the war and the memorial project by World War II Memorial Inc., a nonprofit organization formed to support the project. Volunteers have installed 1,500 commemorative bricks honoring World War II veterans, paving three walkways leading to the memorial, which consists of two 6-foot-tall, 8-inch-thick granite panels. The final piece of the memorial, a directory helping friends and families find their loved ones’ brick, was completed earlier this year. Look for photos at

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VIP • Allen House

Ann Hundly, Martha Clothier, Amy Reep, Bonnie Holeman

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Celebrate Wright Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


n June 8, the day that Frank Lloyd Wright – considered America’s greatest architect – would have celebrated his 150th birthday, more than 250 people attended a sold-out evening celebration of the only Wichita home designed by Wright. Celebrate Wright in Wichita was one of several events being held throughout the year and across the country to celebrate the architect’s sesquicentennial birthday. The house at 255 N. Roosevelt in College Hill was built nearly a century ago for former Kansas governor and newspaper publisher Henry J. Allen and his family, and it is one of the last of the architect’s famous prairie houses, which were known for their horizontal lines and connection with the outdoors. The house, commissioned in 1915 and finished in 1918, features more than 30 pieces of furniture designed by Wright, all of its original art glass and other innovations. For the first time, the garden house was also open for tours. Look for photos at

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VIP • Downtown Wichita

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Moonlight Car Show Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

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utomobilia hosted its 23rd Moonlight Car Show and Street Party on July 8, in downtown Wichita. Hundreds of cars were on display and seven bands provided live entertainment. Approximately two miles of downtown Wichita streets were blocked off for the event. Tens of thousands of people attend each year, officials said. Look for photos at

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VIP • Indian Hills Swim Club

Britt Pate, Colleen Pate, Laurie Janzing, Russell House

Kyle Parker, Arla Landreth, Kim Marsh, Leslie Walker, Steve Van Sickel

Sixth Annual Redskin Roundup Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


ichita High School North Alumni Association had its sixth roundup party at the Indian Hills Swim club on June 24. The event is used to generate revenue for the upcoming school year. North High teachers can utilize the funds for items such as bus transportation, uniforms, academic and athletic competitions. Olympic boxing medalist and North High alumnus Nico Hernandez was in attendance. He donated a pair of gloves - one hand was signed as an amateur and one signed as a professional. The gloves were bought by Richard and Ashlie McKay for $1,050. C.C. Wiley was honored as Mr. Redskin of 2017. Look for photos at

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VIP • Tanganyika

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Tanganyika Twilight Tour Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder


uests at the Twilight Tour on June 10 enjoyed food and beverage samplings throughout Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard along with unlimited interactive animal stations and behind-the-scenes experiences with the park’s keepers and some of its 300 animal residents. The evening ended with the Wichita Family Vision art and experience auction hosted by KSN News’ Katie Taube and Leon Smitherman. Guests were able to bid on art created by the animals and on unique animal experiences. The annual event raises money to care for the family-owned wildlife park’s collection of animals and its breeding efforts during the winter months when the park is closed to the public. Look for photos at

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VIP • Wichita State University

Back row: Wesley Burdiek, Manssa Weaver, Trish Steele, Kimmy Hinman, Ashley Ludlum Front row: Lisa Turner, Brianna Stephen, L’Oreal Benitez

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he American Heart Association of Kansas held the 2017 Wichita Heart Walk and F.A.S.T. 5K on June 17 at Wichita State University. The funds raised help support research and education in the fight against heart diseases, the No. 1 killer of men and women nationwide. The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and the F.A.S.T 5K is sponsored locally by CAMPS Systems International. Look for photos at

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Accent Lighting Lighting Up Wichita Continued from Page 53 happy to know that the room will be even larger at the Grafs’ new store. The Waterfront building will be the fourth – and final, declared the brothers – location for Accent Lighting. The business started downtown, then moved to Rock Road and has been at its Woodlawn location for about a dozen years. Accent Lighting serves both commercial and residential customers. “But we’re here not just to sell,” said Paul, noting that the company also provides lighting design services that range from the number of lights, positions, styles and functions and types of lighting for a new build or remodel. “We’re more than happy to come out to a home or business at no charge to do consulting,” said Pat. On this particular morning, one employee was doing an on-site lighting design consult for a new local restaurant, while another was doing an in-home consultation. Popular trends now are mid-century modern, farmhouse looks – thanks to the popularity of Joanna Gaines from HGTV, industrial, contemporary and some modern, Pat said. Of the stores 15 employees, three have been with the business for more than 20 years, and another trio is nearing that milestone, as well, Paul noted. The Accent Lighting website declares that all told, the store offers 175 years of lighting experience. Those employees, the Grafs said, are what have helped make the business a success by offering one-on-one consultations and outstanding customer service. “Your employees make your business,” Pat said. “They are the face.”


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August 2017

Everything Woman Bio

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CFO of the Eck Automotive Group, can best be described as driven. When she takes on a challenge she does it with full force. Just recently she was chosen as one of five women nationwide to participate in the 2017 Women’s Day Magazine Live Longer & Stronger Challenge, a program that promotes heart health. She’ll attend the Red Dress Awards in New York City in February of next year and appear in a future edition of Women’s Day Magazine.

In 2012, she started the Mike Cervantes Stroke Awareness Foundation in honor of her late husband. The foundation raised over $100,000 in four years to sponsor the American Heart & Stroke Association’s Heart Ball and Research Reception. She’s been a strong advocate for stroke awareness and education. Janet was chosen as the 2009 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the year and raised a record $80,000. Heavily involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, she was a chairperson for the Kansas Chapter Man & Woman of the Year event in 2010, 2014 and 2015, the event raised over $3.5 million for blood cancer research. She’s been a board member with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 2010. As CFO for the Eck Automotive Group, Janet is the executive director for the Adopt-A-School Organization. Since 2003 she has organized golf tournaments that have raised over $2.5 million for classroom books, supplies and library grants. In 2012 she issued supply grants for Oaklawn school after the tornado. When Janet isn’t working or volunteering her time with the charitable organizations she’s involved with, she enjoys being a mom and grandmother, participating in church activities, playing tennis and spending quality time with her family. Janet is married to Gary Hageman. They enjoy watching the Shockers and Jayhawks, hosting family gatherings and traveling. Janet Cervantes-Hageman is truly an Everything Woman!

VIP Professional Omni business Center Continued from Page 46 co-working spaces, a small marketplace for meal-time options, a hospitality venue and other amenities like outdoor decks and a small lounge where the only furniture is bean bags. Soon, it will add a bike rack outside the building to encourage tenants to use the nearby bike path that the Farrows supported. “We’ve always tried to offer conveniences to people so that they can focus on their business,” Buff Farrow said. “We’ve probably incubated hundreds of businesses over the years,” with tenants and clients ranging from ages 25 to older than 90. The Farrows also like to provide social and networking opportunities for the center’s tenants – like having a weekly Tuesday morning mixer featuring goodies from local coffeehouses and bakeries, hosting a monthly morning mixer featuring mimosas (one per person, the Farrows noted) and coordinating local food trucks to provide lunches on Thursdays. “We want to be a fun place to work,” said Buff Farrow. “The key, and it can be one of the challenges, is that we can’t defer on anything,” he added. Last year the Farrows repurposed space occupied by five offices into The Lounge, a venue that can be rented by tenants and the public for both business and social events such as meetings, presentations, catered dinners, game-watch parties and more. A local artist has used the space to hold a VIP art sale, for example, and more than a handful of weddings and related functions are booked into the venue that can accommodate up to 50 guests. The Tuesday morning mixers for Omni tenants take place in The Lounge. The Farrows said they remember their mom hosting many business dinners and parties for their dad’s clients, but nowadays that kind of in-home entertaining doesn’t happen as much. Their tenants and others can instead utilize The Lounge for business entertaining. Another thing they remember from their youth is playing near the business center they now own. Jeff Farrow recalled that as youngsters the pair had a tree fort and rode their bicycles in what was then-undeveloped land south of their current building, which was built in 1997. “We literally grew up two blocks from here,” in one of the first homes in the Rockwood area, said Buff Farrow.

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Painting Pride

Continued from Page 21

email interview. Tripoli and Freedom both participated in that first Avenue Art Days, with Tripoli’s mural at 1238 E. Douglas incorporating bits of Wichita history and the flag, and Freedom’s mural at the corner of Wabash and Douglas being simply of the flag. The next round of Avenue Art Days is set for Sept. 23 and 24, when approximately 20 new murals will be created. Now, “privately commissioned murals are popping up nearly weekly and not just within the DDD any longer,” King said. “Through the leadership of the DDD and the deep talents within our local artist community, street art is rapidly on the rise and becoming a significant factor in shifting the perceptions of the way Wichitans and others view our city.” Freedom agreed. “It’s been a rallying point and a source of growing pride that is helping make local shops successful.” Show your pride Here’s where you can find three popular murals to serve as a backdrop for pictures to reflect your civic pride and support: • Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria, 1706 E. Douglas, by Freedom. Features the Wichita skyline, the Keeper of the Plains and the Wichita flag-flying • College Hill Deli, 3407 E. Douglas, by Lupoli and community artists. Features several Kansas and Wichita images, from a buffalo to a sunflower to monikers ICT and 316. • Reuben Sanders Gallery, 3215 E. Douglas, by Lupoli. Finished just last month, the mural is a take on the iconic “Greetings From” postcards available from several cities. The images within the letters showcase artworks from both international and local artists that can be found in Wichita.

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CEO Spotlight Jan Luth Continued from Page 40 processes, visitors can apply the paint and striping on an airplane’s exterior or hone their precision with a rivet gun on the wing of a private jet. The flying section will let visitors sit in a cockpit as a production test pilot working out an in-flight issue or fly an unmanned aerial vehicle. A slice of a 737 fuselage is being transformed into a 10-seat theater that will show behind-the-scenes footage from local plants. Luth expects “Design Build Fly” to be popular with all ages, including adults who want to learn more about what their mothers, brothers or spouses do at work. “This is going to be a lot more high-tech than many other exhibits we have at Exploration Place and we believe it’s going to skew a little bit older,” she said. “Young children will still enjoy it but there will be more for older kids and adults to enjoy as well.” Exploration Place hired Ohio-based design firm Roto to create open-ended interactive experiences so that visitors can have a new experience each time they visit the exhibit. Fifteen new educational programs will complement the exhibit, from programs in the family-friendly makerspace to classroom-type programs that can be done on-site or at a school. “When ‘Design Build Fly’ is complete, every gallery in Exploration Place will either be new or have had a major renovation since we opened in 2000,” Luth said. “Design Build Fly” is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 2, and it is included with regular admission. Admission ranges from $6 to $9.50 and annual memberships start at $20. There will be special preview nights for members, donors and other groups starting in November.

Have interest, experience in aviation? Luth is hoping the “amazing expertise” that helped Exploration Place conceptualize “Design Build Fly” will continue once it opens. “Nothing makes an exhibit come to life more than great volunteers,” she said. “The people-to-people interaction can add another dimension of authenticity. We’re really hoping in a community like ours that retirees, shift workers and anyone with a passion for aviation will say they’d like to come in for one afternoon a week or two mornings a month and volunteer at the exhibit.” More information on volunteering at Exploration Place and a volunteer application is available at Additionally, Luth said the fundraising campaign for the exhibit is still taking donations. A “Design Build Fly” resources committee helped raise the $2 million needed to build the exhibit and is now raising $500,000 to be used for upgrades and updates over the next decade. Donors can pledge any amount and those who commit to $1,000 or more can have their names included on a donor tower in the exhibit.

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Who Wore What

Colleen Dondlinger Wore: White ankle pants, halter-style top of ink blot print chiffon, wedge sandals by Johnson & Murphy What: Music Theatre of Wichita community leaders reception When: July 11 Where: Century II Why: “It is extremely hot outside and of course white pants are good all summer long. These shoes go with everything. I’ve had them awhile, but I keep putting them on because they’re so comfortable.”

Lew Jene Schneider Wore: A bright pink Lilly Pulitzer print dress, pink sandals with kitten heel by Dior, bracelet with crystal encrusted flamingos, straw clutch, also by Pulitzer, with flamingo detail What: Junior League of Wichita Summer Party When: July 25 Where: Home of Janet and Dave Murfin Why: “Pink is my favorite color. Lilly Pulitzer is my favorite summer designer. And flamingos are my favorite. I have a collection of flamingos.”

Diane Cline Wore: Black and white print dress by British designer Karen Millen, black Louboutin flats and black Gucci handbag What: Shocker Gallery Gathering When: July 20 Where: Reuben Saunders Gallery Why: “This is an easy dress to wear and it’s so hot outside I wanted to wear something cool. I really like this designer.”


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