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VIP Wichita Magazine January

Contents events

Mark Arts - Holiday Party Chamber of Commerce - Annual Meeting Nonprofit Chamber of Service Wichita - Holiday Mixer CoreNorth Capital Planning - Client Appreciation Evening Red Stocking Breakfast United Way of the Plains - Year-End Celebration Jingle Mingle Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Lights on the River Women of Wichita - Holiday Celebration PRSA Kansas - Holiday Mixer Family Promise Gala Lincoln Launch Party WSU Foundation - Holiday Brunch Music Theatre Wichita - Holiday Party Ballet Wichita presents The Nutcracker Illuminations Share our Food Heroes Gala Mark Arts - Topping Off Event Christmas at the Castle Celebrity Cruises - Holiday Party Wichita Community Foundation - Holiday Party Champagne & Mistletoe Ladies Holiday Luncheon The Arc’s Lights Junior League of Wichita - Holiday Party Jingle Bell Run Trust Women - Fifth Annual Gala Girls on the Run


VIP Professional - Kacy Meinecke VIP Profile - Reni’s Bridal Wichita Bridal Showcase Wichita Wears VIP Interview -American Heart Association Heart Ball My Favorite Space: Susan Peters #WichitaFlag Who Wore What

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the cover Photography by Kacy Meinecke Model by Models & Images Hair & Makeup by Eric Fisher Salon Dress by The White Dress Jewelry by Powell Jewelry Event Design by Bel Amour Events Wedding Planning & Design Floral by Moore Flowers Event Rentals by Event Elements Photographed at Kansas Star Event Center

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General Manager Molly Guidas Feature Photographer Kacy Meinecke Fashion Director Bonnie Bing Writers & Photographers Bonnie Bing Amy Geiszler-Jones Whitney Pulen Lisa-Marie A. Pulley MeLinda Schnyder


January 2017 • 7

VIP • Mark Arts

Mark Arts Holiday Party Fred Muenchrath, Gay Muenchrath, Dr. Gerry Estep, Ann Estep

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


rt enthusiasts enjoyed Mark Arts’ Holiday Party on December 3. The generous party was hosted by Helen Galloway, Kathy Knorr, Tom Walker, Priscilla and Gerry O’Shaughnessy, Kathy Galichia and Vince Farha. The evening was full of delicious treats - including some delightful homemade desserts - drinks, friends and fantastic live music from The Source. Santa made a holly-jolly appearance posing for pictures with guests in front of the beautifully decorated Mark Arts tree. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Sierra Scott, Harrison Schenk

Susan Niswander, Ron Niswander

Ruthie Williams, Janel Razook, Chris Brunner, Sonia Greteman

Janice Zerbe, Don Zerbe, Helen Galloway, Bob Houston, Margaret Houston, Kathy Knorr, Tom Walker

Ruthie Williams, Bonnie Bing, Janel Razook

Martha Fair, Frank Fair

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Mark Arts Holiday Party

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Shannan Devlin Carnes, Santa Claus, Katy Dorrah

John Carnes, Linda Ralston, Harold Ralston

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VIP • Century II

Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting


Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

he Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce kicked off the year-long celebration of its centennial during its annual meeting December 1 at Century II, with announcements that included a name change and two entrepreneurs pitching their products to a national reality TV star. More than 1,000 people attended the networking and program sessions. As it launches into a new century, the organization unveiled a new tagline, “Championing Business and Community,” and logo to accompany its new name, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. The chamber also announced a special fundraising effort with a goal of $650,000 for its 2017 centennial celebration, with Intrust Bank being the lead donor with a $100,000 pledge. Daymond John, star of ABC’s Emmy-winning “Shark Tank” series, was the evening’s keynote speaker. After his speech, John was joined by local business experts Christina Long, Scott Schwindaman and Jeff Turner to hear pitches from local entrepreneurs Trevor Crotts of BuddyRest, a pet product company, and Miguel Johns of KingFit Preventative Health and Performance, a health and wellness platform. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Lynn Rogers, Beth King, Robert Layton, John D’Angelo

Walter Berry, Wes Lewis, Pat Gallagher, Col. Al Miller, Jack Pulley

Peter Meitzner, Jeff Fluhr, Jeff Blubaugh

Jay Smith, Debbie Smith, Don King, Elizabeth King

Maria Little, Steven Werner, Benny Bowden

Robin Jennison, Mark Ruelle, Coleen Jennison, Gary Plummer

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Mitch Wayman, Nate Nusz, Jacob Wayman

John Hoffmann, Barb Hoffmann, Greg Cole

Jessica Jones, Jerry Jones, Lisa Jones

Roger Mosier, Craig Myers, Frank Robson, Ben Hutton, Richard Mosier

Tami Allen, Evette Washington, Jimmy Washington, Greg Greenwood

Ann Marie Siegwarth, Angela Clark, Heather Laake

Brian Truskett, Brian Hiegart, Randy Boling

Marquetta Atkins, John Dascher, Trevor Crotts


Jeff Turner, Eric Borland, Patrick Kraus

Jim Walters, Jo Walters, Brenna Davis

January 2017 • 11

VIP Calendar of Events January 2017 Sunday


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Red Hot Chili Peppers Intrust Bank Arena 7 p.m.


Cirque Du Soleil Toruk Opening Night Intrust Bank Arena 7:30 p.m.



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Bellator MMA Kansas Star Event Center 6 p.m.

Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery Century II 4 p.m.




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VIP • Security 1st Title

Nonprofit Chamber of Service Wichita

Holiday Mixer

Pat Jones, Connie Zienkewicz, Anne Nelson, Jean Hogan, Suzi Thien, Colin McKenney, Cindy Miles

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Nonprofit Chamber of Service held its annual holiday mixer December 7 at the offices of Security 1st Title in Wichita. Event sponsors included Nonprofit Solutions, Conrade Insurance Group and Swindoll Janzen Hawk & Loyd. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Rachel Bachman, Nancy Wiebe

Ricky Leitner, Barbara Chamberlin, Lisa Dodson

Sarah Crick, Kristen English, Ross Armstead

Connie Zienkewicz, Shannon Garrett, Randi Thimesch

Toyia Bulla, Misty Bruckner

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Judy Frick, Nancy McCarthy Snyder

Marcia Hills, Teresa Carter


Nonprofit Chamber of Service Wichita Holiday Mixer

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January 2017 • 15

VIP • Hotel at Old Town

CoreNorth Capital Planning Client Appreciation Evening

Bill May, Patty Hamilton, Seth Asher, Deno Charchalis


oreNorth Capital Planning celebrated the Christmas season at the Hotel at Old Town on December 15 with its annual customer appreciation party, which hosted CoreNorth financial advisers, staff and more than 120 guests. Howard Glanton, a noted classical musician and professor of music at several local colleges, strummed his guitar for entertainment. He was joined by his daughter, singer Kaleigh Glanton, as her voice resonated throughout the evening. Kaleigh is a Wichita native who has played guitar since age 4. She began singing at age 15 and has been so successful at it that she was a finalist on the popular TV show, The Voice. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

James Bonifas, Ally Bonifas, Kimberly Bonifas

Tim Hartland, Lauren Hartland

Paul Ehrhart, Baylee Ehrhart, Marilyn Ehrhart, Ray Ehrhart

Alison Asher, Roy Hull, Bonnie Hull, Paul Duff

Kelly Steventon, Jan Decker

Howard Glanton, Kaleigh Glanton, Larry Chadwick, Diane Chadwick

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CoreNorth Capital Planning - Client Appreciation Evening

Robert Neff, Melanie Neff, Jeff Kohlmeier, Beau Keller

Linda Wright, Alan Wright

Jim Hommertzheim, Michelle Hommertzheim, Lois May, Bill May

Liz Johnson, Marti Johnson, Paul Patrick, Mary Patrick


Janet Roat, Dennis Roat

January 2017 • 17

VIP • The Candle Club

Red Stocking Breakfast


umerous familiar faces served up breakfast at The Candle Club on December 3 for the annual Red Stocking Breakfast. The event - held by the Kansas Children’s Service League - offered a family-friendly holiday atmosphere while benefiting Wichita-area services, such as parent education, preventing child abuse, helping strengthen families and empowering parents and youth. Food for the event was donated by local vendors, including The Candle Club. More than 200 people turned out to support the event, now in its 26th year. All the funds raised at the event benefit KCSL programs and services. “Attending a breakfast provides an opportunity for the community to band together to help preserve Wichitaarea programs that protect children from abuse and neglect and strengthen families,” said David Austin, KCSL director of fund development and communications. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Alyson Acklin, Kevin Jenks, Scott Stiles

Pete Meitzner, Steve Dillard

Susan Peters, Stepheny Fredericksen, Mike Pompeo

Ryan Tandy, Tavis Leake, Bill Faflick

“Trick Shot” Titus Ashby, Joseph Ashby

Jeff Blubaugh, Dave Unruh

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Ken Wells, Bonnie Bing

Jaime Converse, Kailyn Eischen


Sierra Scott, Brett Harris

McKinley Wegerle, Kayla Sullivan

James Clendendin, AJ Boleski

Dona Booe, Laryr Booe, Lois Jantzen, Kari Christensen

Lauren Thompson, Bill Mull, Lana Jones

Andrea Huffman, Chuck Weber

Mike Pelfrey, David Austin

Sean Tarbell, Courtney Hurley

Cassandra Shearhod, Katie Gatz

Mark Larson, John Allison

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January 2017 • 19

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pread out different shades of gray on the glass top table in her photography studio, and Kacy Meinecke can point out which one is gunmetal. She can tell if you’re wearing contacts, or if you feel comfortable wearing a suit. She can probably guess - in detail - what fabric your clothes are made out of, or even what cologne you wear. “I’ve always had an eye for detail,” Meinecke said. “You have to in the business.” It’s that attention to detail, and a fresh perspective, that has catapulted Meinecke into one of Wichita’s most sought-after photographers. “Everyone in Wichita is very traditional when it comes to portraiture,” she said. “I’d like to break those barriers.” Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably seen Meinecke’s work. She’s been featured in national publications. In Wichita, you can find her work on store-front windows, in boardrooms and even on restaurant menus. Meinecke even staged her own photo for this very story, walking down Douglas Avenue in front of her downtown studio, the epicenter of her growing business. Continued on page 75

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VIP Profile Reni’s Bridal By Amy Geiszler-Jones

Reni Keen, right, has helped brides find the perfect wedding dress for the past 42 years. She runs the longtime Wichita bridal shop with one of her two daughters, Tonya Keen Lorenz, left. Photo by Whitney Pulen

Planning a wedding – no mater how small or large – involves lots of decisions and details, from the invitation design to the guest list to the venue to the reception, the cake, the food, the flowers, the colors and more. But on the actual wedding day, all eyes will focus on one of the bride’s most significant decisions: the dress. That’s why it’s important to say yes to the dress with the right fit, a dress that leaves guests talking about how amazing the bride looked. Among the people in Wichita who understands that is Reni Keen, who has helped thousands of brides pick their perfect dress for the past 42 years. Among her customers have been western Kansas farm girls to a local television anchorwoman to about 20 immediate and extended members of a local prominent family. Keen got her start in the bridal business managing Shirley Rae Bridals in west Wichita’s Twin Lakes Shopping Center. Seven years later, in 1981, she opened her own bridal shop, Reni’s Bridal Boutique in the nearby Marina Lakes Shopping Center near 21st Street and Amidon. She opened in mid-December, anticipating that there would be several women receiving engagement rings during the holidays, she notes. She’s always been business savvy that way. With her long tenure in the business, it’s common for her now to be dressing a second-generation of brides within a family. She also sells dresses for bridesmaids, mothers and flower girls. Interestingly enough, Keen never had a bridal dress of her own. She eloped with the young American airman she’d fell in love with when Joe Keen was stationed at an air base near her hometown of Wiesbaden, Germany. She’s always had a knack for fashion and understanding well-made clothes, however. Her grandfather had owned a fabric factory, and every year, a seamstress would spend a week living with her family as she sewed tailor-made wardrobes for Keen and other family members. As Keen and one of her two daughters, Tonya Keen Lorenz who has helped run the shop for the past several years, talk about the brides they dress, the trends they’ve seen and going to market in Dallas,

Keen leaves to answer a phone call. It’s a future bride who wants to make an appointment to view and try on dresses. As Keen returns to her chair, she smiles as she relays the young woman’s conversation. “She said, ‘I want to be there when Reni is there.’” That’s in part because most brides welcome Keen’s compassion, personal service and honesty. Knowing that the bride will be the focal point, Keen is intent on the bride looking her absolute best. No bride wants her guests whispering about an ill-suited gown, so Keen – who has what’s been called “a straight-talking approach” – provides an honest assessment when fitting future brides. She also makes sure the dress will be appropriate for the occasion. For example, a dress with a train isn’t practical for a destination beach wedding, while a heavy satin dress will be uncomfortable for an outdoor, poolside wedding. “This is the most important dress she’ll wear and she will want to look and feel good that day,” notes Lorenz. Keen also has a knack for being able to literally size a bride, as well, as soon as a potential customer walks in. Most wedding dresses run small, so brides shouldn’t focus on the number, but rather how well the dress fits. Reni’s Bridal Boutique carries dresses ranging from a size 0 to 32, one of the few local shops that has such a wide range. She also has a remarkable memory, which is one reason she initially studied for a medical career back in Germany, before falling in love, she says. Now she uses her ability to recall details to a bride’s benefit. If she discovers she’s outfitting someone from a family she’s worked with in the past, she’ll ensure that the bride doesn’t end up in the same wedding dress as a cousin, for example. While shows like “Say Yes to the Dress,” which has depicted future brides picking out a dress with a large contingent of friends and family, Lorenz and Keen say it’s better if a bride limits her entourage. “Bring two or three people who really care about you, will give you an honest opinion” and not talk you into buying a dress out of your price range or what they prefer, says Lorenz. After all, “it’s all about that one girl,” says Keen. And that one special dress.

VIP • Century II

United Way of the Plains Year-End Celebration Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


nited Way of the Plains held a year-end celebration at Century II November 18 to thank its supporters and highlight achievements accomplished through the more than 75 community programs funded by donations to the United Eric Schultz, Mike LaBarge, Philip Chronister Way. During the celebration, volunteers shared experiences of helping individuals through United Way-funded efforts, such as childhood literacy and mentoring programs, income tax preparation for low-to-middle income families, free flu vaccinations and more. Jeff Van Sickle, CEO of GLMV Architecture, served as chair of this year’s campaign. Spirit Aerosystems and Textron Aviation were recognized as this year’s top donors, joining United Way’s Million Dollar Circle, which recognizes companies and their employees who donate more than $1 million. Several participating members from the Spirit employees’ Good Neighbor Fund and the Textron employees’ Uplift fund were on hand to join in the celebration. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com. Steve Dixon, Adam Dunn, Jackie Gearhart

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rom museums to rustic barns to lush gardens to Mediterranean- and Frenchinspired interiors, when it comes to venue options for wedding receptions and even ceremonies in the Wichita area, there’s a plethora of choices. “It’s really expanded in the past five years,” says Ronni Johnston, owner of Perfect Touch Custom Weddings. Wichita’s only wedding consultant accredited by the Association of Bridal Consultants, Johnston has been planning and officiating weddings for the past 15 years. New to the scene in the past five years include places like Villa Luna, a west Wichita, Mediterranean-styled event venue created by former Willie C’s restaurant owner Bill Rowe; Noah’s Event Venue, a national chain of event centers that opened a facility in the east Wichita Waterfront development; Distillery 244 in Wichita’s Old Town warehouse district; The Venue at Madison Avenue Central Park, a former school gymnasium that the city of Derby renovated into a rental space; and Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane.

They join popular venue sites such as Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, which added two new sheltered rental spaces in that time frame with the opening of its Lotus Hall and Pavilion; Abode Venue in Wichita’s Douglas Design District and a host others, such as area museums, the French courtyard-themed The Ville at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Andover, Prairie Pines and Eberly Farms in the northeast Wichita area. Botanica, the location of about 150 wedding events both inside and outdoors annually, is already booking receptions for 2019, with the 2018 calendar being already onethird booked, according to Jamee Ross, director of development. At Kansas Star Casino, one ambitious couple has already booked the venue for 2020, according to Lana Keay, sales manager for the business’ event center. “Most people plan between six to 18 months in advance,” says Keay. Many venues are serving as both the location for both the wedding ceremony and the reception, say event venue coordinators.

“The biggest draw we have here is that we can handle the ceremony and reception all in one place,” says Ross, from Botanica. Some couples may opt for a outdoor ceremony in the garden’s main meadow and then book either the Lotus Hall or the Terrace Room, its original indoor rental space. While several indoor facilities are now adding landscaped outdoor spaces, often for photo shoot options, many Wichitans would probably agree with Ross’ assessment of Botanica’s 17 acres of gardens: “There are lots of indoor facilities but none have quite the beauty that we have for outside spaces.” Making the wedding more of an event, rather than a ritual full of convention and tradition, is becoming popular, too, says Kyle Filiatreault, Abode’s general manger. He witnessed one wedding that had more of a party atmosphere from the beginning, with a short break to conduct the ceremony. At another, the couple chose to seat the guests at tables, while the ceremony was conducted on stage, to make it easier to accommodate the following reception. Being an all-inclusive space that can handle everything from lodging to rehearsal spaces to the reception is why many couples are choosing to hold weddings at the Kansas Star Event Center, says Keay. “You can make it more of a weekend event and extend the party beyond the ballroom,” Keay says, with other entertainment Continued on page 75

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Jingle Mingle Naomi Arnold, Suzy Blubaugh, Kristin Soupene, Andrea Deschaine Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


xploration Place held a festive evening filled with seasonal drinks, food and holiday DIYs during Jingle Mingle on December 1. Attendees enjoyed wintry drinks from Xclusive Event Services and delicious treats from Truffles Catering while making illuminated wine bottles, ugly Christmas sweaters and other holiday-themed crafts. There was a festive photo booth and a live science performance featuring liquid nitrogen with popcorn, balloons, flowers and much more. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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VIP • Inter-Faith Ministries

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


n December, Interfaith-Ministries and Black Women Empowered in Wichita Inc. showcased the work of several local African American artists alongside a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition of commemorative posters in honor of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. As part of the opening night reception December 6 at Inter-Faith Ministries, a trio from the local choral group ARISE (African-Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble) performed and award-winning architect Charles McAfee delivered remarks. Exhibiting artists included John Allen, Priscilla Barnes, Charles Davis, Ethan Dempsey, Anthony Dozier, Verlene Mahomes, Frank Martinez, Frankie Mason, John Singleton, Janice Thacker, Ray Trotter, Eula Ward and Tyleciea Zachry. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Shirley Benton Kelley, Gayle Garrett, Ra’Shaualaama Bashira, Mary Dean, Vada Bowen, B.K. Burkhalter

Rev. Titus James, Garland Egerton, Shirley Benton Kelley, Frank Martinez

Tevin Hines Sr., Tyleciea Zachry, Sharon

Jidon Johnson, Zayvion Johnson, Verlene Mahomes, Ijon Johnson

Sheila Kinnard, Gerald Norwood, Sharon Cranford

Charles McAfee, Mary Dean, Janice Thacker


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VIP • Wichita Boathouse

Lights on the River

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Lee Vuong, Chancellor O’Connor, Grace Wise, Camille Buranday


ichita Clean Streams hosted its annual fundraiser “Lights on the River” at the Wichita Boathouse on December 4. More than 1,000 people came to experience the winter wagon rides, s’mores stations, food trucks, fireworks show and the famous lantern launch. Once the sun went down, floating lanterns were dropped into the Arkansas River creating a beautiful and picturesque scene for onlookers. Mayor Jeff Longwell attended after his Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Century II. While the event was a free, all proceeds from the sale of the lanterns went to the Wichita Clean Streams, a nonprofit established in 2014 that promotes water quality activities. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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Mia Campbell, Gonzalo Neira

Andre Vieyra, Vicente Vieyra, Frank Vieyra, Ethan Vieyra

Chelsa Woodward, Carrie Ontiveros, Elexyss Ontiveros

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VIP • Botanica

Women of Wichita Holiday Celebration Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


otanica hosted the Women of Wichita annual holiday party on December 6. The charitable organization has given away more than $1 million since it was formed by Helen Galloway in 2000. The organization is comprised of about 80 members, who each contribute $1,000 each year.

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oyalty had it right. Velvet is a fabric to love. And don’t think for a minute it’s just for evening. Designers have had a crush on velvet for several years, but this season whatever your favorite item is – a blazer, jeans, a tunic, leggings, a skirt – you can bet it’s available in velvet. And since a lot of velvet is stretch, there’s no way to pass it up. - Bonnie Bing On the model A rich green velvet blazer by Drew, $328, floral tie blouse by Moon River, $98, black ponte pants by Paige, $99, all at Pink Saloon.

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On the model: A multi-colored velvet tunic can be dressed up or down. This one by Lynn Ritchie, $137. Black velvet pants by A.Z.I. New York, $103, both at GM Clotheshorse. Above, from left: Shoes are in the velvet category too. Burgundy, multi-strap velvet shoes with block heels are by Gianni Bini, $58, at Dillard’s. A dusty pink, crushed velvet bomber jacket, by M.A.P., $218, is worn over a black cotton turtleneck by Michael Kors, $78. Earrings by Lucky Star Jewels, $105, all at Pink Saloon. Cozy, boxy styled top of mulberry velvet, by Vince, $245, at Lyndon’s.

VIP • Larkspur

PRSA Kansas Holiday Mixer Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Kansas Chapter of Public Relations Society of America held its annual holiday mixer December 12 at Larkspur Bistro and Bar. During the mixer, PRSA collected donations to support the Les Anderson Fund for Students, a scholarship fund set up through the Wichita State University Foundation. Anderson, a local journalist, was a popular faculty member at WSU’s Elliott School of Communication, until his death in 2011. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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VIP • Best Western Airport Inn

Family Promise

Gala Linda Steinacher, Brendan Steinacher, Tonja Sowder, Monty Sowder

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


amily Promise celebrated its newest affiliate in the Greater Wichita Area with a gala at the Best Western Airport Inn on November 19. The theme of the night was “There is no place like home” and featured guest speaker Karen Olson, Founder of Family Promise. Family Promise of Greater Wichita is part of a national program that responds to the growing need to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive support services to families without homes. The program unites the congregations from area churches to assist homeless families. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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VIP • Davis Moore Lincoln

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avis Moore hosted a celebration at its east Wichita Lincoln dealership for the launch of the all-new Continental on November 17.

Trevor Cary, Steven Moore, DJ Jones, Pat Chittock, Curtis Jonees, Jason Hatfield, Christie Gift, Dominic Feld, Eric Kaska, Shawn Muth

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VIP • Wichita Country Club

Wichita State University Foundation

Holiday Brunch Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

Margaret Opara, Taunya Rutenbeck, Shoko Sevart, Julie Koker


he Wichita State University Foundation holiday brunch - hosted by Deborah Bardo and Elizabeth King - was held at Wichita Country Club on December 17. Attendees, which included supporters and donors of the WSU Foundation, braved the freezing temperatures and snow to come together for the 25th anniversary event. The annual gathering started as a small tea time in Elizabeth King’s home, but has grown to be something much larger. The Foundation averages raising more than $40 million annually through fundraising campaigns that support scholarships, professorships, Ulrich Museum of Art, library and numerous other areas at WSU. Look for photos Marilyn Pauly, Paula Varner, at www.vipwichitamag.com. Susan Addington, Mickey Armstrong

Donna Ard, Jane McHugh

Elizabeth King, Deborah Bardo

Kim Bair, Gerry Winter

Dottie Shannon, Marni Stone

Tracy Hoover, Fiona Gridley, Phyllis Gridley

Jordyn Ortega, April Padgett

Jane Schlapp, Deirdre O’Farrell


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VIP • The Heinrichs

Music Theatre Wichita

Holiday Party Shanda Carney, Michelle Moe-Witte, Dale Marcus, Laura Knight

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


he beautiful home of Joy and Brian Heinrichs was full of cheer as Music Theatre Wichita members gathered for a holiday party on December 8. Guests caught up with friends and enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres from Sweet Allie B’s Catering. In addition, Gay Muenchrath from GM Clotheshorse brought some of her latest fashions that attendees modeled throughout the evening. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Michelle Logback, Gay Muenchrath

Kathryn Lammers, Judy Frick

Karianne Williams, Kim Klocek

Janet Robl, Suzette Moore, Brian Heinrichs, Sharon Razook, Deb Coe

Norma Greever, Sally Thompson, Bonnie Bing

Pamela Ammar, Anita Jones

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VIP • Century II

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The Nutcracker Rachel Simmons, Jenny Simmons, Jeremy Simmons, Abby Simmons Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


allet Wichita featured its 43rd annual production of The Nutcracker at Century II for a three-day span in mid-December. The beloved holiday story was brought to life by the beautiful music and vocals of the Ballet Wichita’s orchestra and chorus, as well as the talented dancers. There were several guest artists performing this year, including Stephanie Rae Williams and Dylan Santos from Dance Theatre of Harlem and Taurean Everett from Broadway’s Momma Mia!. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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Barbara Kurz, Ashley Gerwig, Haley Gerwig

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American Heart Association Interview Heart Ball By MeLinda Schnyder


or Brian Heinrichs, chairing the American Heart Association Wichita Heart Ball means having an impact on whether people get the chance to live long, healthy, fulfilling lives. “To me, that is what the American Heart Association and the Heart Ball are all about,” said Heinrichs, chief financial officer at INTRUST Bank. “There are many worthwhile causes to support, but there aren’t as many that affect our entire population in some way. Every age and race is impacted by heart and stroke ailments and the AHA has been instrumental in helping promote better health and enhancements in medicine. We all know a person or a family member who has been impacted directly.” Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular diseases each day, according to the AHA. That makes cardiovascular diseases the country’s top killer while stroke is the fifth leading cause of death. The AHA is credited with funding breakthroughs such as the first artificial heart valve, techniques and standards for CPR, pacemakers and cholesterol drugs. The non-profit said it currently has more than $2.6 million in active research in Kansas alone. Heart Balls are held across the country, including Wichita for the past 23 years. The event is one of the city’s premier fundraising events and attracts 500 attendees. Heinrichs and his wife, Joy, will host this year’s Wichita Heart Ball on Feb. 11 at the Wichita Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. The black-tie optional evening begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a silent auction, an elegant dinner, a live auction and an inspiring program starring a local survivor, who this year is an 11-year-old girl who received a new heart one year ago. The evening ends with the Pulse Party featuring music from Wichita’s eight-piece party band The Source. VIP: To what do you attribute the longevity of the Heart Ball? BH: The Wichita community has been so generous throughout the 23 years of the Wichita Heart Ball, and we’ve hosted thousands of attendees raising over $3 million dollars locally for the American Heart Association. I think what sets the Heart Ball apart from other galas in Wichita and has made it successful through the years are the people: the survivors, the donors, the volunteers and the overall community. The gala isn’t just about dressing up and having a night out, it’s about the mission and the people that the work of the American Heart Association touches, which is about everyone. It’s a great feeling being a part of something larger than yourself. I think the sponsors and donors who have supported through the years make it a special event. Most importantly though, I believe the survivors are why it’s so special, honoring local stories and remembering there’s more work to be done as people continue to lose the fight. VIP: What does the American Heart Association do? BH: The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The AHA is instrumental in improving the lives and health of people

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of all generations. Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death in the world. The American Heart Association works tirelessly to help our doctors find cures and to educate people to live healthier lives. VIP: How does the money raised at the Heart Ball help locally? BH: The Wichita Heart Ball is the largest fundraising event locally for the American Heart Association. Last year, the event raised nearly $300,000 and those funds go to support research and education for people in the communities we serve. An example of the dollars at work are with the quality improvement program “Get with the Guidelines,” which ensures heart and stroke patients get the best and most consistent treatment available when they need it the most: from the time EMS arrives on scene to when an individual is admitted to the hospital. Another way the dollars are working include advocacy efforts focused on better health policies and legislation. A few have included work on clean indoor air and pursuing earlier detection of heart disease in newborns using pulse oximetry screenings. The American Heart Association is also working to train the next generation of lifesavers. Thirty-four states, including the District of Columbia, have passed legislation that all high school seniors will be trained in CPR upon graduation. We’re working to make sure Kansas is next. VIP: Are tickets still available for this year’s Heart Ball? BH: A limited number of single tickets are available for $250 each. There are table options available, too. Readers can contact Cassie Goyen, Heart Ball director, at 316-768-3833 or Cassie.Goyen@ heart.org for more details. This year, we’re “Puttin’ on the Ritz” for all of the flappers and fellas attending Heart Ball with a nod to the Roaring ’20s. VIP: What is the Sweethearts program that is part of the Heart Ball? BH: The American Heart Association’s Sweethearts program provides an opportunity for young women who are sophomores in high school to experience volunteering while learning more about advocacy, fundraising and how to prevent and fight heart disease and stroke by living heart-healthy lifestyles. The program is designed to empower young leaders to make a positive change within their peer groups and community. Sweethearts are escorted by their fathers and introduced during the Wichita Heart Ball. VIP: Besides attending, are there ways readers can support the Heart Ball or the AHA? BH: Yes, there are always ways to get involved and support the mission of the American Heart Association. Please contact the local office at 768-3830 or go to heart.org/Wichita to find out more. We are always looking for volunteers, supporters and advocates to advance the lifesaving work.


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Elizabeth Meister Wichita Collegiate

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My Favorite Space Susan Peters Story by Bonnie Bing Photography by Whitney Pulen

She might be petite, but her favorite chair is oversized. Susan Peters might look like Goldilocks did in Papa Bear’s chair but it is still her favorite. “I love to sit here because I can look out at that beautiful tree. The leaves are gone now, but it was so pretty this fall,” she said. With her iPad in hand she says she likes to curl up in the comfy chair in the living room with Luigi, the family dog. Luigi, or Louie as they sometimes call him, snuggles up beside her or lounges on the ottoman. “I am addicted to my iPad and guess what I can’t get enough of is Kansas history. I love it. I look at the old photographs of Wichita time and again and I see something different in them every time,” she said. Susan and her husband, Rob Snyder, have two daughters, Jenna and Nikki. The girls have provided some of the décor for the room. “Those pots

were made by them in second and third or fourth grade. And I framed art by them from grade school,” Susan said. Family photos of the girls and Susan’s and Rob’s parents fill the shelves. “I know a decorator would say, ‘what are you doing with all these pictures?’ but I don’t care. I like to have them where I can see them,” she said. A big television is in the corner but she says she doesn’t watch it much, even though she was in the television news business for 30 years. “I do watch television, but usually it’s in the other room.” She’s retired but is excited to be working on her Susan’s Kids project that helps place foster children in permanent homes. “I have more time to work with charities and give talks,” she said. And she has more time to relax in that favorite space.

VIP • Botanica

Illuminations Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


rowds flocked to one of Wichita’s premier holiday light displays throughout the month of December at Botanica’s annual Illuminations. With more than 1 million lights and themed displays, Botanica transformed the gardens into a vast winter wonderland. The familyfriendly event - billed as one of Kansas’ largest holiday light displays - showcased Botanica’s 17 acres of beautiful outdoor space in a completely different light. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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Garry Brauser, Christina Alumbaugh, Timo Alumbaugh, Barbara Alumbaugh, Mike Alumbaugh

Jeff Frazier, Paxton Frazier, Kayla Frazier

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Lonny Knickrehm, Carrie Baughman

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VIP • Mid-America All-Indian Center

Share Our Food Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


he air was filled with aromas from delicious food at the Mid-Amerca All-Indian Center on November 17 for Share Our Food. The annual event featured authentic Native American food as guests enjoyed learning about the history behind the recipes. This year some of the items available for tasting were: northern style corn soup, southern style hominy stew, Tohono O’odham squash, Lakota Wojapi (fruit pudding) and classic Indian fry bread. Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery provided various wines for the attendees. Proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit the Mid-America All-Indian Center’s Educational Outreach programs. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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VIP • Scottish Rite Center

Heroes Gala Lesley Selvidge, Brittany Paschal, Ron Paschal, Carla Weible, Jeff Weible

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


hild Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County held its fifth annual Heroes Gala at the Scottish Rite Center on November 18. Each year, the CACSC serves more than 1,800 victims of child abuse. Funds raised through the Heroes Gala enables the CACSC to provide therapy at no cost for the victims and families. Kevin Mulcahy, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney from Detroit, was the guest speaker. He shared his story as a victim and long-Wtime prosecutor of child exploitation cases.Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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Taylor Clark, Jarred Erb

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Bill Gale, Charissa JarboeGale

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Cynthia MaGennis, Ernie Gonzales

Kari Burks-Meyer, Ryan Meyer


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VIP • Mark Arts

Mark Arts

Topping Off Event Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

Tracy Nelson, Craig Highfill, Steve Lombardo, Laura Hands


ark Arts commemorated a milestone in the construction of its new $20 million educational arts center during a private ceremony December 13 at the southwest corner of 13th Street and Rock Road. Donors and key project stakeholders were invited to a “topping off” event to watch as the final structural beam was placed on the art center’s future home. Topping off events are a construction tradition that date to the Scandinavians in 700 A.D. Construction at Mark Arts remains on schedule and on budget with a planned opening for January 2018. Liz Koch, a lead donor for the project, signaled the crew to hoist the beam into place. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Deborah Johnson, Tina Gunderson, Michelle Bolin

Jay Dahlinger, Jason Fager

Liz Koch, Bonnie Bing

Jenny Paulseen, Ron Paulseen

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Gaylyn McGregor, Shoko Sevart, Chris Addington

Kaitie Foley, Kevin Winterscheidt, David Riffel

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VIP • Campbell Castle

Christmas at the

Castle Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

Chrystina Jones, Jackson Jones, Matt Jones


ampbell Castle in Riverside opened its doors to a crowd of anxious patrons eager to tour the historic abode during its Christmas Tour on December 10. Attendees walked through the festively-decorated castle while being regaled with jovial piano music emanating from the first floor hearth room as a duo of pianists tickled the ivory. Although the tour was self-guided, Campbell Castle experts were stationed on each floor to answer any questions about the Wichita monument. From the handcarved fretwork and the German stained glass, to the European imported fireplaces, the overwhelming sense of history was felt in each room. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Lynn Wilson, Jessica Murphy, Marie Case


Deanna Pavlacka, Mary Guinn

Dan Alvarez, Kris Driskill

Linda Flager, Terri Windsor

Gloria Franklin, Joanne Storrie

Janice Osborn, Richard Osborn

Carlene Farthing, Linda Tunison

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VIP • Wichita Art Museum

Celebrity Cruises

Holiday Party Carol Dutcher, Megan Lamb, Kristen Haight, Seth Haight

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


elebrity Cruises’ Wichita branch held a holiday bash on December 17 at Wichita Art Museum. The party had everything from live music by KC Flow Band to a raffle with great prizes. Awards were handed out for outstanding performances. With more than 300 employees in Wichita, Celebrity Cruises’ Wichita office helps individuals and travel agents alike plan dream vacations. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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Janice Bruner, James Byas

Ben Allen, Danielle Blaine, Aaron Laufer, Ashley Powell

Tabitha Belcher, Kristina Bruce, Amanda Watts, Jo Hogan, Rebecca Diehl

Gary Fink, Carlisle Williams, Chris Angel Gomez

Shirley Leeks, Jennifer Roth, JoAnn Banister, Rebecca Herren

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Celebrity Cruises Holiday Party [ beautiful frontgate home close to everything! ]

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VIP • The Camarena’s

Wichita Community Foundation

Holiday Party Mary Hetherington, Penny Kylar, Hector Cortez, Melissa Ternes, James Woods, Courtney Bengtson, Shelly Prichard

Photography courtesy of Wichita Community Foundation


oard members, staff, family and friends of the Wichita Community Foundation held a special holiday party on December 15 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the philanthropic organization. Gene and Yolanda Camarena hosted more than 50 people to honor the occasion. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com. Cameron Prichard, Shelly Prichard

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Clark Bastian, Sharon Bastian, Clay Bastian

Dale Diggs, Cokie Diggs

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She shot almost every cover of VIP Wichita Magazine and all of the fashion spreads. She works extensively with advertising agencies, nonprofit organizations and some of Wichita’s biggest corporations. Meinecke recently began to transition from weddings and family portraits to full time commercial and corporate work. “It’s just as rewarding because I still have the opportunity to deliver great photos that people love. It’s just in a different atmosphere,” Meinecke said. “This is an ideal space for a young entrepreneur like myself.” With her dedication to corporate work, Meinecke wants to rid Wichita of selfie headshots and second-rate business photography. “If someone had a terrible headshot, and they’re the head of a company or the director of marketing, I feel like that reflects on the entire business,” Meinecke said. “Professionals need professional photography.” Like her work, Meinecke is bold and colorful. Vivid steaks of blue and purple run through her hair and her arms are covered in colorful tattoos. “I used to be really nervous about that. I’d wear a cardigan whenever I had to go to business meetings,” she said. “Then I realized that businesses are looking for something new and fresh like that. They’ve worked with the same boring people for years. I’m here to change that.”

and dining options to keep the wedding party and guests busy. “You get a whole lot more than renting a venue.” Tips for renting a venue When couples hear that a popular wedding venue like Botanica is already one-third booked for 2018, they may think their first course of action when planning a wedding is to book the venue. That would be a mistake, says Ronni Johnston, who’s been planning and officiating weddings for the past 15 years as owner of Perfect Touch Custom Weddings. “Every wedding couple must know three things before they start planning: approximate head count, budget and three – no more – priorities,” she says, emphasizing the must. With those three elements in mind, here are some tips from Johnston and area venue coordinators on finding the right location: • Before looking at a potential location, research – either online or through a phone call – a facility’s entire financial costs, such as security deposits and what costs are inclusive or extra, such as wait staff and bartenders, extra spaces such as bride’s and groom’s

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dressing rooms, furniture, linens and more. • Understand how you plan to use the space and how that affects guest capacity. Ask the venue coordinator for samples of floor plan setups or photos. Once you’ve determined the guest capacity and are contracted for a certain amount, don’t plan to squeeze in another 10 to 20 people because even a small number will alter the configuration you’ve agreed on. • Don’t just look at the venue space, but look at the kitchen, dressing rooms, chairs, tables and bathrooms. • For outdoor ceremonies, ask about the Plan B options. • Be prepared to put down a deposit, usually 50 percent, to secure your location. • Don’t fall for what Johnston calls the line item tap. If one venue costs $2,000 less but you end up spending more to acquire other things, like furniture, linens etc., you may spend more in the long run. • Finally, read the entire contract and understand cancellation, security deposit and other policies.


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#WichitaFlag This photo had the honor of fronting the Looking for the perfect place for a Wichita photo op? Then look no further than the various Wichita flag Dealy family Christmas card. It was taken murals, many located along with city’s core in the Douglas Design District. Visit ILoveWichita.org to see a at College Hill Deli by Brett Schauf. Nolan complete listing of flag-inspired murals and their locations. Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter Dealy (@ictcobra) said, “Wichita has been my and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts are home for 16 years, and now it’s my son’s. The managed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. future is bright for our beloved ICT.”

Located on the side of Doo-Dah Diner at 206 E. Kellogg, this mural photo was posted by @mankersss with this caption: “There’s no place like home.”

The ICT Army of Artists’ crest on Douglas under I-135 makes a great spot for senior photos, like this one posted by @jencoleict on Instagram.

A Wichita native and self-proclaimed Wichita enthusiast, @johnnyict is the artist behind several of the flag murals, including the one he is pictured with here at Dunning & Associates CPAs. Photo by Pete Iseman.

Located at 1807 E. Douglas, this mural photo was posted by @cheysanderson with this caption: “We kinda love this place called Wichita.”

The mural “Mead Crossing the Arkansas” is located at 100 N. Cleveland. This photo was posted by @sheislaughing on one of her family’s “mural walks.”

The mural “Tardis” is located at 2202 E. Douglas, and was created by Kaitlyn Wall and Corbie Leiker.


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VIP • Wichita Country Club

Champagne & Mistletoe Ladies Holiday Luncheon Veronica Martinez, Sheri Jans, Ashton Tidemann, Barb Nelson Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ables full of goodies lined the inside of the Wichita Country Club, where ladies chatted and shopped among the city’s most-popular boutiques and stores at the Champagne & Mistletoe Ladies Holiday Luncheon on December 2. Some vendors included The LBD Etc., Lyndon’s, Nouveau, Beau Monde Spa, Johnston’s, Sweetly Scrumptious and The Plaid Giraffe. Wichita Country Club partnered with Standard Beverage to provide drinks while lunch was served afterwards in the dining area that was adorned with holiday cheer. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Marlene Self, Lucy Roth, Pat Rawcliffe, Suzy Swanson, Nan Lahey

Sarah Dondlinger, Christine Ostroski, Bronwen Lewis

Katie Brewer, Erica Ammar, Mary Jane Mullen, Betsy Gaudreau, Lindsey Wasinger

Sara Kirmser, Betsy Noel, Marna Orme

Renae Ryan, Janice Zerbe

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Kelly Kelly, Shelby Steincamp


Jule Glass, Sherrana Abderhalden

Cyrilene Moxley, Sherri Mohr

Maxine Friend, Roza Weideman

Rachel Cox, Lisa Thompson, Peggy Stephenson, Karin Cox, Patsy Barton, Elizabeth King, Linda Wiens, Barby Crabtree

Nicki Swan, Katrina Wilkes, Luci Lindwall

Barbara Shaw, Nancy Gordon


Pam Lester, Carol Gann, Kathy Gann-McCoy, Susan Reynolds, Carolyn Waller, Debra Gann

Stephanie McCurdy, Patty Armstrong

Beverly Farha, Shirley Farha

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VIP • The Arc of Sedgwick County

The Arc’s Lights Mary Brown, Pat Jones, Laura Bernstorf, Ronda Maass, Debbie Sigman, Jennifer Cole, Jean Artz, Joanna Kilgore, Monique Pope Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


he Arc of Sedgwick Couty held a reception for its 20th annual Christmas light display on November 22. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and 2016 Miss Unstoppable Rebecca Oare turned on the lights with Santa close by to make spirits bright. Santa stayed for some festive photos while guests wandered around taking in the light displays. Rebecca played Christmas songs on her violin to add to the festive atmosphere. This season, Heartspring made a generous donation of lights to add to the display. Funds from the month-long display support Arc programs. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Linda Choy, Donald E. Shifton, Bev Patterson, Marvin Patterson

Jeff Longwell, Pat Finger, Terry Finger

Ronda Maass, Leonal Kilgore, Joanna Kilgore

Kevin Fish, Santa Claus, Marty Rothwell

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Frances Oare, Rebecca Oare, Steve Oare

Tom Gdisis, Jean Artz


VIP • The Petroleum Club

Junior League of Wichita

Holiday Party

Lauren Skinner, Laura Weir, Shannon Braun


here was plenty of seasonal merriment in the air December 6 at The Petroleum Club downtown at the Junior League of Wichita’s annual holiday party. An evening highlight was a special appearance by The Independent School Choir, which spread cheer with a selection of holiday songs. The 16 singers were under the direction of Matt Hanne. Also on tap was an announcement of the group’s new board, which begins its work in July. President Patty Armstrong said the celebration provided a break from the hard work put forth by the members. “Most of the time when we get together, we’re meeting, talking about issues and voting,” she said. “This is just a fun thing for us.” Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Leah Rundle, Mandy Wilbert

Nicole Easton, Jade Martin, Alycia Spriggs

Leslie Wessel, Prisca Barnes, Camiell Dillehay

Laura Roddy, Laura Weir, Julie Buth

Jill Allison, Rachel Banning

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Lora Brys, Joymesia Lee

Jessica Suhr, Trinh Bui


Vicky Rockhill, Michelle Naftzger

Ashley Shaneyfelt, Leah Thibault

Patty Armstrong, Jennifer Bauer, Cynthia Hand

Amanda Holder, Kelly Perrier

Martha Lindner, Susan LaManna, Tamica Stubblefield

Brenda Johnson, Mandy Wilbert

Rachel Banning, Cindy Miles

Vicki Rockhill, Traci Addington

Mary Ayers, Debbie Deuser

Sarah Briley, Hollie Dawson-Butler

Morgan Palace, Melissa Hebb


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VIP • Exploration Place

Jingle Bell Run Jan Beltz, Colton Howard, Shayn Gillemette, Taryn Dohrman

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


hristmas sweaters, Santa hats and penguin costumes filled Exploration Place on December 3 at the start of the annual Jingle Bell Run. More than 500 people participated in the event, which is hosted each year by the Arthritis Foundation. The event – Wichita’s oldest, most-festive, holiday-themed race, featured one-mile and 5K courses. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Isabelle Martin, Adelynn Martin

Brooke Hunter, Briana Hull, Hailie Wilcox

Robyn Roop, Brandy Ferguson, Ciara Hungerford

Connor Corns, Hadyel Price

Christine Scott, Sally Nestelroad

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Janet Odell, Jessica Odell

Kelly Thomas, Emma Saavedra


Jeanette Unruh, Lindsay Unruh

Michaela Cline, Neda Khozein

Julia Sherman, Sophia Montemayor

Jennifer Bennett, DonYel Pinkney, WuShock, Kecia Lee

Emily McGowan, Kenneth Cumming

Paula Webster, Beth Seals, Eric Seals

Allison Topham, Shelley Topham, Erin Topham, David Topham

Erin Spurgeon, Matt Spurgeon


Jason Seaton, Caitie Seaton

Christie Underwood, Janice Devasure

Damon Penner, Corey Penner

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VIP • Abode Venue

Trust Women Fifth Annual Gala

Julie Pack, Christie Burkhart, Lisa Moreland, Carol Moseley Braun, Liz Moreland, James Moreland, Matt Moreland

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


olitical trailblazer Carol Moseley Braun, the first African American woman to serve as a U.S. senator, was the featured speaker at Trust Women’s fifth annual gala November 17 at Abode Venue. Trust Women CEO and founder Julie A. Burkhart also spoke during the gala. Trust Women provides women’s health care services in Wichita and Oklahoma City. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Jessa McDonald, Carissa Blethen

Olivia Burkhart, Jonny Turner

Keith Sellers, Rob Simon, Julie A. Burkhart, Diane Wahto, Chris Bohling

Christy Krog, Lizeth Lucio, Melissa Tovar-Ohlson, Karla Cruz, Valeria Cruz

Sage Lawrence, Katherine Atcheson, Rori Craig

Jessica Klingsieck, Liesl Wright


Molly Oakley, Tammy Campbell

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VIP • Watson Park

Girls on the Run Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder


mong the 3,000 who gathered at Watson Park on November 13 for the Girls on the Run Fall 5K run and walk were 550 third through eighth grade girls who had completed a nationally recognized after-school program. The 5K was the culminating event of the 10-week program and the girls were joined by coaches, family, friends and community runners in a fun celebration of health, wellness and girl power. Including the girls, about 1,400 runners and walkers completed the 5K course. Registration fees benefitted the Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas Scholarship Fund. The organization serves girls in Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, Reno, Saline and Marion counties and organizes the 10-week program in the fall and the spring. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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Eleanor Buell, Kayla Snyder, Alyziana Delgado, Lily Vara, Auria Flores

Hana Madi, Huda Farhat, Jenna Farhat, Deena Salim, Mehma Salim, Amena Elamin, Haneen Elamin

Lynn Lawrence, Monica Melroy

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Patricia Gutierrez, Juliet Vazquez


Girls on the Run [ andover schools– crescent lakes estates ]

Windy Zhou, Zoe Luo, Sabrina Gao


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Wendy Whitney, Gabby Sammon

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Who Wore What

Julie Branson Bachman Wore: Long skirt of champagne charmeuse, metallic knit top with fur collar and knee-high chocolate brown boots, necklace with large topaz pendant and hammered metal cuff bracelet, wide belt. What: Music Theatre Wichita Holiday Party When: December 8 Where: At the home of Brian and Joy Heinrich Why: “I wore this because I think it suits the weather and the occasion. The topaz is a family heirloom and this fur collar is off a coat that belonged to my mom in the ‘60s. And the belt is from Germany.”

Brenda Golden Wore: Red sequin dress, white fur stole, sparkling sandals and glittering jewelry. What: Mark Arts Holiday Party When: December 3 Where: Mark Arts Why: “It’s the holidays so it’s time to sparkle!”

Pamela Ammar Wore: Suede patchwork skirt and pink top - both by Carlisle - black sweater by Oscar de la Renta and tall black, suede boots. What: Champagne & Mistletoe Ladies Holiday Luncheon When: December 2 Where: Wichita Country Club Why: “Well, I love pink. I’ve had this sweater forever, and it’s finally cold enough to wear boots. And I am a pearls girl.”


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