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Photographed by Kacy Meinecke


Letter from the Editor N

othing makes you feel self-conscious quite like a fashion shoot. You spend an entire day around a crew of people whose life work is dedicated to the art of beauty. There I was, wearing cargo shorts and T-shirt, asking people if they need a bottle of water and wondering if my hair looked okay. Kacy Meinecke, our wonderful fashion photographer, even let me carry some of her equipment. Not everyone - actually no one - had an easy day like I did. I was there for moral support, and because I had never been to a fashion shoot. I didn’t realize the painstaking detail that went into, well, every detail. A small army, on a Sunday nonetheless, made the trek to beautiful Bartlett Arboretum in Bonnie Bing, left, and Belle Plaine for VIP Wichita Magazine’s first fall Beth Heatherly, wife of publisher Roy Heatherly, fashion shoot, which appears in the very pages of take a dance break this magazine. (Hint: flip to Page 29) during our long day at VIP Led by fashion extraordinaire Bonnie Wichita’s first fall fashion Bing, photographers, hair and makeup stylists, shoot. Full disclosure: they models and assistants of all kinds tirelessly worked have no idea I took this from sun-up until sun-down to produce our photo, until now.

14-page section, which highlights exceptional work from local models and local stylists, wearing clothes from local retailers. When we left Bartlett Arboretum that hot and sticky Sunday, we knew we had a home run on our hands. I can’t thank everyone enough who made our Fall Fashion Preview such a success. Kacy’s creativity behind the lens shines on our pages. Bonnie’s attention to detail - and the endless hours she put in to make this a reality - does not go unnoticed. I just tried to make sure everyone drank plenty of water. Knowing how much work and effort it took, I’ll never look at a fashion spread in a magazine the same way. I hope you enjoy the finished product as much as we do.

Scott Elpers Editor Volume I - Issue III Publisher Roy Heatherly Editor Scott Elpers General Sales Manager Molly Guidas Account Executive Shannon McGregor Writers & Photographers Bonnie Bing Darcy Daniels Amy Geiszler-Jones Kacy Meinecke Whitney Pulen MeLinda Schnyder



La Bohème Oct. 1, 2016 • 7:00pm Century II

For Tickets, call (316) 262-8054 or online at Tickets range from $85, $58, and $37, with senior and student discounts available.


Junior League of Wichita

Summer Party Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

Loretta Coccetella, Miranda Jones, Coleen Tabor, Sarah Leivian


unior League of Wichita celebrated the start of its busiest part of the season with its annual Summer Party at the home of Lynn Ward on July 28. Junior League of Wichita is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Junior League members - reflecting a wide range of backgrounds, interests and professional pursuits - work together to identify un-met needs, forge effective coalitions and serve as catalysts for lasting community change. One of their major community projects is an effort to stop child abuse through both awareness and intervention.

Holly Thomas, Ginny Ellis

Jade Martin, Margaret Disilvestro

Macaela Harris, Missy Todd

Patty Armstrong, Denise Bandemer, Faith Martin, Judy Frick, Michele Ballard

Linda Peressin, Helen Nelson

Dyan Thornton, Chris Wallace, Cindy Carnahan



Junior League of Wichita [ andover – crescent lakes ]

Jennifer Skliris, Lynn Ward, Renee Pack, Jill Howard


Brittany Scull, Joy Krohn, Chelsey Abraham, Shannon Braun

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Leslie Wessel, Samantha Jacob

Susan Addington, Sharie Quattlebaum

Amanda Holder, Debi Corrigan

Mandy Wilbert, Lynn Ward


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A Galaxy of Stars Celebrity Roast of Dawson Grimsley Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

Mikaela Fira, Zeke Fira, Tammy Schmidt, Larry Schmidt, Valinda Atwater


or its eighth year, A Galaxy of Stars annual fundraiser celebrated one of its own with the roast of Dawson Grimsley at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on August 20. The popular fundraiser for Senior Services of Wichita annually pays homage to some of Wichita’s most prominent community members. Grimsley - one of the founders of the event in 2008 - took center stage as a panel of roasters celebrated his retirement and more than 40 years he and Davis-Moore Auto Group have spent actively improving the community. Senior Services is a private, non-profit organization that helps approximately 9,000 Wichita seniors each year by providing recreation, employment, caregiver support, health and nutrition and more.

Kathryn Scott, Robert Scott

Joseph Couture, Matthew Barr

Patty Grimsley, Dawson Grimsley

Mike Brand, Rene Steven-Brand, Linda Davison & Dr. Joe Davison

Vanessa Rodriguez, Josh Rodriguez

Deanie Lokay, Joe Lokay


Hank Blase, Jeanne Blase


Janet Murfin, Dave Murfin

Reiko Trigo, Yukri Owen, Chie Cline, Hiroka Fujinuma

Linda Floyd, Lon Floyd

Nikki Teel, Harley Teel

Darrel Hufferd, Denise Ziegler, Teresa Veazey, Rob Jacob

George Ausseil, Deb Voth, Kent Voth, Tony Caputo

Bob Donovan, Debbie Donovan, Alan Clark & Diane Steven-Clark

Debbie Snyder, Melissa Smith, Jenny Paulseen

Michael Steinberg, Ewelina Steinberg

Stephanie Sorensen, Harvey Sorensen


VIP Calendar of Events September 2016 Sunday





October Events October 1 Rockin’ The Roundhouse Charles Koch Arena









October 13-16 Holiday Galleria Century II

October 12-16 Tallgrass Film Festival Downtown Wichita





Zen Gala

Derby BBQ Festival Derby High Park 9 a.m.

Botanica 6:30 p.m.

Zoobilee Sedgwick County Zoo 6 p.m.






Tour Designers’ Digs to Support Symphony Gigs

Art For Your Ears Summer Concert Series

Wichita 11 a.m.

Ulrich Museum of Art 7 p.m.







16 Autumn & Art Patron Party

Walk To Defeat ALS

Bradley Fair 6 a.m.

Waterfront 8:30 a.m.


24 AmberFest Lawrence Dumont Stadium Noon

Wine Mosey Cowtown 4 p.m.

Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff Downtown Noon







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Tea & Tutus Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


otanica set the stage for a tea party and performance from Ballet Wichita at Tea & Tutus on July 30. The mid-morning tea party featured an Alice in Wonderland performance by members of Ballet Wichita. Children were encouraged to bring their favorite dolls to the tea party.

Shannon Tran, Reagan Tran

Aaliyah Williams, Paige Feikert, Kami Feikert

Jeanna Strickland, Emme Strickland, Lynn Fleming, Molly Fleming

Chrystina Jones, Iris Jones

Kimberly Ball, Eliza Ball, Jenifer Sauer, Kate Sauer

Ballet Wichita

McKensie Wiggers, Amanda Wiggers

Brynn Lyman, Molly Lyman-Myers



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My Favorite Space Story by Bonnie Bing Photography by Whitney Pulen

As director of the ballet department at Friends University, Stan Rogers looks forward to flopping down in his big, “circle chair” when he gets home from a day of teaching or a long rehearsal. Actually, he enjoys his favorite piece of furniture most anytime. “I love this chair. I bought it 12 years ago at Abode Home. The big pillows came with it,” he said leaning back. Stan and his tiny dog, Teddy, watch television from the chair. When Stan reads the newspaper or a book, he’s in his chair. When Stan had shoulder surgery, he slept in the chair because it hurt his shoulder to lie down. The large room is full of mid-century furniture and accessories. “I really love this room, mainly because of all the light,” he said. “I like furnishings from the ‘50s because the design element is sleek, and it goes with the house.” Light pours in from a wall that is almost entirely glass. Outside is a pool, gardens with an Oriental influence and plenty of room for Teddy to run around. “I have several pieces of Haywood Wakefield furniture. Right now I have loaned out my dining set so I put that little table there for now,” he said referring to an low, round table with stools underneath. Another feature of his Riverside home that he enjoys is the little fountain in the room that he adds surprises to once in a while. Right now a little plastic alligator calls the water feature home. “And of course, Aquaman is here,” he said. From his favorite space, Stan can see several decorative lamps from the ‘50s and large, colorful paintings he has collected or created. Looking around he said, “Yes, this is my favorite room.”



Wichita Urban Professionals

Dreamchasers Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

Scott Huynh, Rheanna Pierce, Quang Nguyen


ichita Urban Professionals honored its best and brightest at the second annual Dreamchasers recognition event on August 13 at Adobe Venue. Wichita Urban Professionals is an arm of the Urban League of Kansas and is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the minority professional population in Wichita. The group - founded by Jonathan Long in 2014 has grown to more than 200 members in its first two years. Dreamchasers acknowledged the accomplishments of young talented individuals working to improve the urban communities of Wichita. Among others, awards were given for entrepreneurship, civic leadership, collegiate impact and mentorship.

Terri Rice, Willard Rice

Lyston Skerritt, Robert Weems

Karen Wright, Tansy McNulty, Danielle Johnson

Suzy Finn, Dennis Clary, Laura Bernstorf

Benet Magnuson, Michael Showalter


Minta Hudspeth, Jasmine Etheridge

Jean Elliott, Rhonda Lewis


Sheona Sleiman, Najib Sleiman

Elisa Acosta, Eric Gordon

Shawn Riley, Joley Hoover, Keith Beedles, Lynn Beedles, Michael Williams, Dawn Williams

Seth Carrithers, Deanna Carrithers, Wilma Holloway

Scott Sterbens, Savannah Sterbens, Terrance Moss           

Lanna Allen, Ami Larrea, Armando Minjarez, Veronica Miranda


Chad Warrick, Job Arredondo, Manny Villarreal



7*1t Tallgrass Country Club

Make-A-Wish Kansas Chippin’ Fore Children Golf Tournament Josh Hulsey, Billy Ward, Kevin Jenks, Ben Henwood Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


he Kansas chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted its third annual Chippin’ Fore Children golf tournament at Tallgrass Country Club on July 22. The Make-A-Wish Kansas - founded in 1985 serves 99 out of 105 Kansas counties and seeks to grant the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. To date, the Kansas branch has been able to make the dreams of more than 1,400 children come true. All Chippin’ Fore Children tournament proceeds directly benefit the foundation in support of granting wishes.

Scott Jones, Connor Sinclair, Brett Warkentine, Brandon Johnson

Preston Fanning, Marc Bachrodt

Matt Niedens, Phil Green, Mike Hedden, Travis Stockam

Marc Simon, Mark Messmore, Adam Phillips

C.J. Owens, Alex Acosta

Kerry Trebbe, Brad Lakey




Jeanne Tiller Wore: Light teal blue summer top with cropped white pants, turquoise suede sandals, light teal handbag by Brahmin and silver and blue topaz David Yurman jewelry What: Reception for those who have supported Music Theatre Wichita for 45 years. When: August 17 Where: Century II Why: “I decided at the last minute to come, so I put this on. It’s my favorite color. My kids gave me the handbag.”

Laurel Alkire

Jo Walters

Wore: An maxi halter dress, black top, print skirt and gold sandals

Wore: A black skirt with bright stripes and a black sheer overlay with black top, pink suede pumps and lime green statement necklace.

What: Galaxy of Stars 2016 Retirement Roast & Tribute to Dawson Grimsley

What: Fashion Passion Kick-Off Party When: August 18

When: August 20

Where: Distillery 244 Old Town

Where: Hyatt Regency Why: “I liked this dress because it’s got a ‘70s vibe and I’m a ‘70s girl. That was my decade.”



Why: “This party kicks off the 12th Fashion Passion event that will be in November. Since it’s a fundraiser for Rainbows United I wore Rainbows colors.”



7*1t Joe’s Old Town Bar & Grill

Wheel Charity Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation Molly Tully, Adelaide Tully

Michelle Horne, JJ Horne

ore than 200 guests escaped the summer heat on July 24 when they spent the afternoon and evening at Wheel Charity, a country rock fundraiser for the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. It was cool in Joe’s Old Town Bar & Grill and so was the entertainment. Young performers from the Laughing Feet program kicked off the show, warming up the audience for Jason Callahan, Mountain Deer Revival and Timmy Jonas & The Whiskey Militia. Nearly $26,000 in proceeds from the event will go for the CPRF wheelchair and posture seating clinic where customized seating systems for people with disabilities are built.

Denice Johnson, Chanda Shelton

Allison Tetrick, Mike Tetrick

Hanna Rosov, Pam Chiles, Marsha Bewersdorf

Devin Self, Jenny Mitchell, Ashley Gates, Andy Gates

The Mountain Deer Revival

Holly Sadowski, Eric Stanfield

Story by Bonnie Bing Photography by Darcy Daniels


Becky Russell, Austin Cooper



Kansas Humane Society All for the Paws Benefit Concert Trevor Bauer, Emma Ratcliffe, Brittan Schmitz, Maddie Norris Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


oncert-goers enjoyed country music from the Adam Capps Band and Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. while supporting a great cause at the All for the Paws benefit concert for the Kansas Humane Society at The Cotillion on July 31. Together with KFDI FM 101.3 and the Cotillion we raised $8,000 for animals in need. Established in 1888, The Kansas Humane Society is Wichita’s largest non-profit, privately-funded animal shelter. They provide dog training classes, spay/ neuter services, programs for kids, volunteer, and foster opportunities as well as pets for adoption.

Samantha Wilson, Cody Romero, Keshia Robinson

Rachel Salamy, Anna Kimball

Kristina Wilson, Ryan Martin, Corey Evans

Brenda Brown, Madeline Brown

Karie Karp, Kelly Burright, Becky Robbins, Aaron Robbins



Breanna Woodman, Gemma Duling

Dylan Winter, Morgan Scheibler, Logan Gitchell, Connor Barrett

Nick Gourley, Nadine Smith, Nichole Schuetz, Anthony Howell

Stacy Sones, Brittney May, Alyssa Smith, Savanah Stephens

Tyler Gilmore, Courtney Ouderkirk

Steven Atherton, Joshua Woodman

Emily Dennison, Taylor Walls, Reagan Wilson, Kerby Kelly

Corbin Troyer, Bridget Dulaney, Jeremy Shinn, Jim Frye, Jaden Light

Audry Fulton, Peyton Shifflett, Taylor Fulton, Tanner Day



Bags to Riches Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Catholic Charities-Diocese of Wichita provided a fun, girls-night-out experience July 20 with its seventh annual Bags to Riches, a charity shopping event that featured bidding opportunities on designer and one-of-a-kind purses. All proceeds from the benefit, held in the Good Shepherd Hall of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Wichita, support Catholic Charities’ shelter services that help women and families recover from crises. The organization has three such shelters: St. Anthony Family Shelter, started in 1988 to provide families with basic needs, help and support to avoid homelessness and receive life-skills training; Harbor House, established in 1992 to provide shelter and support to victims of family violence; and The Mount, which opened in 2015 to provide residential housing for families, single and pregnant women who need additional time to transition to permanent housing and access to other resources for strengthening their families. Fugate Enterprises was the title sponsor of the event; Mechanical Systems Inc. was the feature sponsor.

Dana Fugate, Tracy Yager, Teresa Gabel, Lindsey Wasinger

Amy Tully, Mrs. Kansas Kristin Wetts

Kelsey McCorkle, Brooke Fugate

Kelly Dugan, Denise Gros, Teondra Phillips

Shauna Long, Theresa Urban, Juvetta Slane, Sue Hoffman, Linda Rice

Sara Roberts, Sarah DeGroot, Kristen Hauserman, Dianna Goebel

Melissa Grelinger, Kathy Rosell


Pam Fry, Brenda Johnson


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VIP Profile: Gay Muenchrath Story by Bonnie Bing Considering Gay Muenchrath enjoyed selling things at the age of 10, it’s not surprising she has worked in retail for decades. She opened her own women’s specialty store, GM Clotheshorse, 30 years ago. She’s been in her current location in the Waterfront (Webb Rd. and 13th St.) for 11 years. The silver carousel horse has been with her from the start. Fashion is her passion. She started modeling in Chicago at age 17. When she moved to Wichita in 1961 she modeled for Lewins, Henry’s , Stranahan’s and Woolf brothers. VIP: What was your first job in retail? GM: I worked in my dad’s grocery store as a girl. I loved it! Many years later, after my kids were grown, I was head of the women’s department at Woolf Brothers. Three years later I opened my own store in Morristown Shopping Center, which is now Piccadilly Square. VIP: Was getting your own store a scary venture? GM: Well, that first trip to market kind of was. It was in Dallas and back then it was in the enormous Dallas Market Center. It was overwhelming. I would peek in the


Photography by Whitney Pulen showroom from the hallway. It took me awhile to go clear in. But I got used to it. I went to market five times a year in Dallas. After a couple of years I decided it was time to go to New York. After three years in my first location it was obvious I needed more space so I moved across the street to Millcreek Village near Central and Rock Road). I was there 17 years. VIP: Was there any part of having your own store that was a rude awakening? GM: Not really. I still love it and have a real passion for it. I love to match things to people. Think about it. There are so many personalities, so many styles, so many sizes. There is something just right for everybody. You just have to find it. VIP: You have your husband, Fred, three daughters and one son, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Just that crowd could keep you busy. Do you ever think of retiring? GM: I don’t think about it. I have it pitched to me on occasion (laughing). But as long as I still feel good and I’m still hooked on doing this, and I can pay my bills, I’ll be here.


VIP: You have a reputation for carrying a beautiful selection of special occasion dresses. Do you consider that a specialty? GM: Somewhat. Women come from all over the state. They used to think they had to go to Kansas City, but now they come here. I have a good group of vendors and the dresses are affordable. Several can be ordered in the size needed, and we have a fabulous seamstress. I can sell someone a special occasion dress and if they love it and they’re thrilled, when they leave I feel like I just got something. I’m thrilled for them. Recently I sold a grandmother-of-the-bride dress to a customer who said I had sold her her mother-of-the-bride dress. She even described it. VIP: What advice do you have for a person going into retail today? GM: I would tell them to start by choosing a good location. They should have a very clear idea of what they want to do and what their customer is going to want. Also I would tell them to be careful at market. The choices can be overwhelming. You don’t want to run out of money after your first appointment with a vendor. VIP: What has set you apart from other retailers? GM: You just have to hold on when times are tough. And to be frank, tough times are right now. But I’m being optimistic and know it will eventually turn around. I think it helps that my whole desire is to satisfy the customer the best I can.





Coasting into Fall VIP Wichita Magazine Fall Fashion Preview


Producing fashion pages takes a team. Thanks to those who took part! Location: Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Ks. Thank you Robin Macy for your gracious hospitality! The arboretum has gone through many changes since 1910 when Dr. Walter E. Bartlett, a physician, naturalist and civic leader, in the small town of Belle Plaine. He had a vision and acquired 15 acres on the edge of town. Thanks to Robin Macy and a devoted group of volunteers the arboretum has never been more beautiful. Go to for more information and event dates. Photographer: All photos were taken by Kacy Meinecke of Kacy Meinecke Photography, 100 S. Market St., Suite 101, 316-734-7190 Photographer’s assistant: Kaila Trollop Models: All models are from Models and Images, 6310 E. Central, 316-612-9070. Models are: Marisa Rodriguez, Elle Barrett, Itress Richey, Rachel Hoffman, Amanda Pearson, Jackie Miller, Lawson Phillips, Trevor Hybsha and Ty German. Hair & makeup: All hair and makeup was done by stylists from Planet Hair, 504 E. Douglas, 316-267-8000. Hair stylists: Tod Ernst, Graham Ross, Hannah Brockman, Suzie Cote, Jamie Grey, Magaly Morales and Klaiborne Arnold. Makeup: Emma Terry Fashion coordinator & writer: Bonnie Bing Fashion assistants: Roxanne Kellogg and Brooke Withrow Editor & designer: Scott Elpers


On the Cover The model is coasting into the new season wearing a mustard and black check wool dress, with fringed seams and zipper details, $675. Under it, a mustard wool blend, short-sleeve turtleneck, $295, both by Phillip Lim. Black booties with fringe by rag & bone, $525, black cross-body bucket bag by Jerome Dreyfuss, $955, all at Lyndon’s.

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hift into neutral this fall with shades of camel and gray. The good news is these neutral shades can be worn with a variety of pieces you already have in your fall wardrobe. LEFT: Ankle pant of polyester blend, $168 is worn with Tencel and wool blend gray and camel sweater, $178. Add a pull over shawl of nylon, Spandex and wool, $158. All by Eileen Fisher at Dillard’s. A richly textured wool and nylon sweater, $548, tops camel pants, $568. Both by Mi Jong Lee, at Lyndon’s. BELOW: Toe the line because sandals aren’t just for summer anymore. Early fall is the right time to buckle on suede sandals in popular fall colors. These are by rag & bone, stone suede, $425 at Lyndon’s.


riple digit temperatures are a thing of the past. It’s time to coast into a new season of fashion filled with fringe, tassels, and fun retro looks. But if you’re thinking, “been there, done that,” fear not! The options are plentiful with versatile items to snap up for your fall wardrobe. And it’s an especially good season to add a few trendy pieces to update what you already have in your closet. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it’s time to shop: Fringe is on everything from jewelry to shoes and everything in between. Tassels swing from ponchos, purses, necklaces, sweaters and dresses. Lace is another detail in abundance,


sometimes used as a trim, but also for an entire dress. Watch for lace hems on shirts, tunics, midi and maxi-length dresses. Leather and faux leather trims and insets are used in sweaters, also with knits in dresses and jackets. Look for motorcycle jacket styling in black leather. And just like your favorite denim jacket, leather jackets will be worn with everything from jeans to jumpsuits to dinner dresses. The lady-like sweater sets have made way for looser silhouettes with lots of details and texture mixes. Sweaters in rich colors team with all those black slacks, skirts and culottes. Neutral colors, such as gray and camel and of course, the ubiquitous black, show up in every category. Checks, plaids, and prints, all reminiscent of the ‘70s, come in long shirts, tunics, jumpers and yes, bell-bottoms.



Fans of boots have a choice, but the number one boot stops around the ankle. Of course tall and even over-the-knee will be back for another season. And for those whose feet are asking for a rest from spike heels, the chunky heel is the big news for fall 2016. Flats with lots of details offer comfort and style. When it’s too warm for your winter coat but you need a wrap, a cozy poncho is the answer. Also a giant scarf pinned in just the right place offers not only warmth, but adds color and texture to any outfit. While the small handbag is trendy, most women need something larger for day. The variety seems endless. You’ll find slouchy bags, heavily embellished bags, shiny and sleek clutches, cross-body bags with extra-long straps and totes with an abundance of pockets inside and out. But the smaller bags are just as rich in details. Gold and or silver details, interesting prints in stamped leather, fringe, tassels, and materials such as fur and faux fur are just a few examples. For those who love animal print, it’s back, especially leopard print, being used in everything from coats to shoes, hats and gloves, leggings, dresses and skirts. This fall you can pick from the wide variety of easy dresses, add leggings and you’ve got a comfortable transition season “uniform.” It’s time to put your breezy summer wardrobe away and let the layering begin. Feel the breeze and coast into fall.


he flare is there. Just when you thought you’d never see bell bottoms again, they’re back and in a big way for fall 2016. Not only is the silhouette reminiscent of the 1970s, so are the bold, colorful prints. Coast on into the days of disco. LEFT: A pumpkin blouse of rayon, complete with flared sleeves, $88, is worn over stretch velour bell-bottoms, $128. Both by Free People. Long necklace featuring an arrowhead by Catherine Paige, $269. All at Section 37. ABOVE: Fringe will fly this fall and if you love it, this is definitely a season you’ll like. This black polyester jacket has long fringe on the sleeves, $46.50. A matching skirt with fringed hem, $32.50. Both by Nobilita, at Handpicked Los Angeles.


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ested interest comes in many shapes this fall. Sweater and knit vests go to all lengths from waist to the floor, with many stopping at mid-thigh. The cozy vest pictured is cotton and polyester by Umgee, $48, worn over a viscose and spandex dress by mittoshop, $39. Wine boots add a pop of color, by Top Moda, $45. Necklace with heart and black tassle, by Brighton, $108, hoop earrings, $16. All at Wild at Heart.

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OPPOSITE PAGE FAR LEFT: Choker necklaces so popular this spring and summer carried over to fall and winter. Designers such as Chanel, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta and Versace added chokers to fall ensembles. Pictured, the “Twig Choker” by Michael Aram, made of sterling silver and black and white fine quality diamonds. At The Plaid Giraffe, $18,000. TOP RIGHT: Shiny stones in beautiful colors make a statement, especially when combined with sparkling diamonds. Pictured, a pendant of 18 karat white gold, black and white diamonds, green agate and white topaz hangs from a strand of natural black spinel faceted beads. Pendant is $3,915, beads, $275. The ring is the same combination of stones and metal, $3,915. Matching earrings with teardrop stones, $2,710. The diamond hoop can be worn without the dangle. All by Doron Paloma, designer for Dove’s jewelry, at Carolyn Sayre’s Fine Jewelry. BOTTOM RIGHT: It’s been nearly 40 years since jewelry designer David Yurman quickly became popular with his iconic cable jewelry. His popularity hasn’t waned and he continues to come up with innovative and beautiful ways to present collection after collection in sterling silver, gold, and precious stones. Pictured, pieces from David Yurman’s Chatelaine Collection of sterling silver and hematine. Necklace, $7,000, ring, $650, and chandelier earrings, $1,650. Bracelet of sterling silver and diamonds from the Hampton collection, $2,950. At The First Place.

THIS PAGE TOP LEFT: Sport a great sport coat and you’ll stand out in any crowd. Pictured: A brown and black Italian lambs wool sport coat by Jack Victor, $495, worn with Italian wool serge slacks by Zanella, $325, cotton shirt by Eton, $285, and silk tie by Robert Talbott Best of Class, $155. BOTTOM LEFT: Punch it with a poncho when your wardrobe needs a lift. A poncho, available this season in many styles and a wide price range, is the right wrap for chilly days. The poncho pictured is burgundy and gray of soft acrylic by Fraas, $60, at Nouveau.


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ine jewelry - those pieces made of precious metals and stones - aren’t the traditional, classic pieces they used to be. Jewelry designers take an artistic approach coming up with creative and unusual pieces that make a statement. Intricate pieces are stunning, not delicate. Larger pieces, whether it’s worn on the neck, ears or arms, are small pieces of sculpture to wear. Maybe it is one-of-a-kind or maybe not. Regardless, it many times appears to be an exclusive piece made just for you. And fashion designers proved they are big fans of this latest trend in fine jewelry by putting thousands of dollars-worth of jewelry on the models who paraded their fall/winter collections. The bold jewelry didn’t distract, but complement the fashion collections.

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ad for plaid is one way to put it. Men’s and women’s, boys and girls fall looks include plaid.

ABOVE: He is wearing a blue and charcoal plaid shirt by St. Croix, $235, topped with a wool and polyester vest, by Robert Graham, $198. Navy blue wool and cotton pants by St. Croix, $275. All at Johnston’s. She is wearing a navy and gray plaid dress of polyester and spandex by Amy Matto, $285. Silver bangle bracelet, $205, and silver hoop earrings, $115. All at Johnston’s By Betty. TOP RIGHT: Black is back even though you’ll hear other colors are “the new black.” Regardless, every wardrobe needs a black dress and this year’s selection has a multitude of details that will set it apart from the simple sheath. Pictured, a dress with gold grommet detail on one side, by Picadilly, $150. Gold chain necklace with turquoise, $42. Small black handbag with gold stud detail, by Hobo, $128. All at Lucinda’s. BOTTOM RIGHT: Designers kicked back a few decades to offer some fun, easy dresses for females and plenty of color for the guys. He is wearing a cotton, long-sleeve shirt by Perry Ellis, $69.50, over a navy cotton knit polo by Daniel Cremieux, $21. Burgundy pants of cotton and spandex are by Perry Ellis, $59. All at Dillard’s. She is wearing a rayon, floral print dress by Free People, $108, shoes by Not Rated, $58, all at Lucinda’s.


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are to layer? It’s the thing to do during the transition season. Casual get ups are easiest to put together and the most fun. A bright plaid shirt of rayon and polyester with lacey hem by Umgee, $48, is worn over a navy nylon and spandex tank top by Nikibiki, $15. Coral sweater of rayon and polyester is by Active USA, $18. Jeans of stretch denim by KUT, $98. Multi-colored beaded necklace, $28 and bangle bracelets, $24 each. All at Wild at Heart.

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ray days ahead and we’re not talking weather here. With the influx of gray fashions comes jewelry that complement the popular color.

BELOW: A black bracelet by Etkie, $250, gray bracelet by Chamorel, $185, and gunmetal tassel earrings, $176. All at Nouveau. TOP LEFT: Tassels are trending and jewelry is no exception. These handcrafted earrings of silver with tassel are by local jewelry designer Lindsey Scot Ernst, $265. Available at Planet Hair. BOTTOM LEFT: Sweater weather is just around the corner offering just the jolt of color you’ll need on drab winter days. Sweaters arrive for fall in a variety of styles from cropped to tunic length, and a wide range of colors and materials. Look for combinations of colors and textures, leather trim and of course fringe and tassels. Pictured, a blue, black and white color-blocked sweater made of a soft polyester blend, $183. By Diktons, it’s worn over a black long-sleeve top by Anveligne, $95. Black pencil skirt by Joseph Ribkoff, $170. Gold earrings, $205, gold and black cuff bracelet, $445. All at GM Clotheshorse.


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et mixed up in the trend of “mixed media,� which is the combination of more than one material in a garment. Left, buttery soft gray suede and polyester fabric are combined in a cropped jacket by My Tribe, $306. Jacket is worn over a white viscose tank top by 525America, $84, and black stretch cotton jeans by Parker Smith, $175. Black ankle boots by Coclico, $475, black handbag with fringe by Elizabeth James, $504. All at Nouveau. Right, a dress of charcoal gray rayon, nylon, spandex and leather with nail head detail by My Tribe, $253. Black suede boots by Paul Green, $369. Necklace of leather and gold beads with agate pendant, $143. All at Nouveau.

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Up top is where you start That means take a look at your hair and makeup to make sure it’s as up-to-date as your wardrobe. Tod Ernst at Planet Hair says the favorite length for the new season is longer than shoulder length, but stops at the shoulder blades. “It’s a great length that is very versatile,” Ernst said. Stick straight hair has given way to curl. “It’s a broken curl, open ended, a more relaxed curl that has a bend to it. This fall you’ll want volume,” he said, adding that blow outs are becoming more and more popular. Love your bangs? Keep them. Ernst said bangs and braids are both huge again this year. “Ha! It’s the ‘70s all over again. You always have something retro, and it’s this whole thing of styled hair like Debbie Reynolds had,” he said. When it comes to color, Ernst says it’s the season of the brunette. “Ombre is going by the wayside. Now it’s more hair painting called balayage where there is more of a melting colors together, he said. Ernst says there will be a lot of all-over color, meaning no highlights. “Even blonds are wanting one, solid color,” he said. About face Great hair is one thing, but it’s important to watch the trends in makeup too. Emma Terry, also at Planet Hair, says to lighten up when it comes to eye makeup. “The smoky eye is out. Instead of a bold, dramatic black liner, and dark shadow, use a lighter shade shadow and false eyelashes. You use the lashes to open up the eyes instead of harsh liner,” she said. When it comes to applying false eyelashes Terry has some advice: Get lashes that aren’t too thick and get good glue. Go to a professional for one lesson, then practice. Terry advises defining the cheeks, but do it lightly with bronzer. When it comes to lips, a matte finish will be hot this fall. “And you’re going to see all colors of lipsticks, bright purples, oranges, and colors like blue, but that’s not for everyone,” she said. And according to Terry eyebrows will be the focus. Natural and beautifully arched. “But whatever you do makeup wise you should always remember the goal is to enhance what you already have,” Terry said.


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ump into a jumpsuit this fall and you’ll be riding the wave of a trend that has carried over several seasons. The one-piece jumpsuit follows the rompers so popular with the younger set during the summer months. The good news is jumpsuits suit every age group. Pictured is a polyester and viscose jumpsuit by Frnch, $108, black leather jacket by Cupcakes & Cashmere, $320, black bootie by Dolce Vita, $160, black clutch handbag with tassels by Rebecca Minkoff, $245. Bracelet, $125, necklace, $60, both by Jenny Bird. All at Pink Saloon.

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orrow from your boyfriend? No need. Now you can have your own boyfriend styled jacket. We’ve seen the boyfriend jeans, the shirts, now the jackets and they’re better than ever. Pictured is a black jacket of cotton and lamb skin leather by rag & bone, $850. It tops a black and white stripe top by Current Elliot, $118. Lamb skin leather pants with cotton and poly insets, by rag & bone, $595. Black flats with stud details, by Cordero, $398. All at Lyndon’s.


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VIP Profile: Dress For Success Story by MeLinda Schnyder

Photography by Whitney Pulen

Having the appropriate clothing to wear for a job interview is what most people associate with the national non-profit Dress for Success. What more than 10,000 women in the Wichita area served by the organization can attest, though, is that Dress for Success provides encouragement and resources through the entire employment process as women strive for economic independence. “We are so much more than the clothes that people think of when they think of our organization,” said Portia Portugal, executive director of Dress for Success Wichita. “Dress for Success Wichita exists to help women thrive in work and in life. We believe confidence and empowerment in women can positively enhance their socioeconomic status and the community’s economic vitality.” A small staff works alongside a Board of Directors with 12 leaders from various industries to coordinate the work of 300 volunteers who provide a support network and development tools.

situations. The one thing they all have in common is that they do not lack the will to succeed; they lack the resources.

VIP: Describe the women that Dress for Success Wichita serves. PP: The women who walk through our doors are from all walks of life. We have clients who have master’s degrees and have just hit a rough patch in their job search; clients who are fleeing domestic violence situations and have to completely start over; clients who have been stay-at-home mothers and wives their entire adult life and lost their spouse. We truly see a variety of


VIP: How many women do you help each year? PP: On average we serve between 350-400 unduplicated women. Many clients return to utilize multiple services, so generally we are providing over 800 points of service annually. VIP: How did Dress for Success get started? PP: Dress for Success Worldwide was first founded in 1997 by Nancy Lublin who received an inheritance from her grandfather. She collaborated with two nuns in Harlem, New York, to initially provide clothing to low-income women. It has now grown to have over 140 affiliates in more than 20 countries. Our Wichita affiliate began in 2000 by a lawyer named Sara Beth Anderson. We now have several programs beyond simply clothing. VIP: What services do you offer? PP: We provide a continuum of services at Dress for Success Wichita that are intended to guide women through the entire employment process. Initially women come to us for an interview suiting where they are fitted from head-to-toe in one business professional outfit. Upon obtaining employment, we invite them to come back for an employment suiting where they receive a week’s worth of business casual clothing.


Having the appropriate clothing to wear for a job interview is what most people associate with the national non-profit Dress for Success. What more than 10,000 women in the Wichita area served by the organization can attest, though, is that Dress for Success provides encouragement and resources through the entire employment process as women strive for economic independence. “We are so much more than the clothes that people think of when they think of our organization,� said Portia Portugal, executive director of Dress for Success Wichita. “Dress for Success Wichita exists to help women thrive in work and in life. We believe confidence and empowerment in women can positively enhance their socioeconomic status and the community’s economic vitality.� A small staff works alongside a Board of Directors with 12 leaders from various industries to coordinate the work of 300 volunteers who provide a support network and development tools. VIP: Describe the women that Dress for Success Wichita serves. PP: The women who walk through our doors are from all walks of life. We have clients who have master’s degrees and have just hit a rough patch in their job search; clients who are fleeing domestic violence situations and have to completely start over; clients who have been stay-at-home mothers and wives their entire adult life and lost their spouse. We truly see a variety of situations. The one thing they all have in common is that they do not lack the will to

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American Heart Association Go Red For Women Ladies’ Night Out Sally Posch, McKenzie Posch, Kellye Bright, Marcia Bright Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


he American Heart Association hosted its annual Go Red for Women Ladies’ Night Out at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport hotel on July 21. The popular event helped raise awareness for heart disease - the nation’s leading cause of death in both men and women - and promoted living a healthy lifestyle. Ladies’ Night Out featured guest speaker Sally Lou Loveman, past audience producer for the Oprah Winfrey Show & Oprah’s Lifeclass. All proceeds from the event, which featured a silent auction, went to American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. The event is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and locally sponsored by Via Christi Health.

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Kate Thome, Ivey Beck, Michelle Styles, Michelle McElwee

Kristina Everingham, Catherine Everingham

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Debbie Jonas, April Willis

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Wichita Brewing Co.

Fifth Anniversary

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


ichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria celebrated five years of producing hand-crafted beer and making wood-fired pizzas with open-air parties next to its west and east Wichita locations Aug. 5 and 6. Jeremy Horn and Greg Gifford were home brewers until 2011 when they opened their first Wichita Brewing Co. location in west Wichita. They added an east-side location in 2015 and a production facility to can and distribute their beers earlier this year. WBC’s Hopperoni Express food truck was at both locations to serve pizza during the parties. Reach for the Sky, a bluegrass band, entertained anniversary revelers at the Aug. 5 party at WBC’s original west location, while DJ Carbon and DJ Scratch performed at the Aug. 6 east-side beer bash. Party-goers included Camera Levesque and Chad Castleberry, two of WBC’s first servers who still work for the brewery and pizzeria.

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Kate Clark, Michelle Adams, Jonathon McCoy

Chad Castleberry, Camera Levesque

Kim Gifford, Harold Banick, Andrew Gifford, Carrie Esgro

Greg Gifford, Jeremy Horn

John Walters, Lesa Walters

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DodgeBrawl Champions: Spandex Ball Squad


Story & Photography by Darcy Daniels

early 200 adults and 27 teams took part in Wichita’s first DodgeBrawl tournament at Intrust Bank Arena on July 16. Teams played for the charity or non-profit of their choice, with the top three placers winning donations from the tournament. Team “Spandex Ball Squad” placed first at the tournament and won $1,000 for it charity, Kansas Humane Society. Second place and $750 went to Wichita Children’s Home, while third place and $500 went to the Salvation Army. Chosen by Intrust Bank Arena staff, “Test Eagles” won best dressed and “Our Balls Your Face” won best team name.

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Shaun Rosen, Joe Kiefer, Jason Sullivan, Nicolas Maderafont, Donnie Broous, Steve Egan, Todd Miller, Trent Hungate, Chris French (in front)

Nate Vice, Matt Wartick, Ethan Vice

Brenda Hardin, Kaylee Hardin

Karl Brown, Jana Horsch, Richard Gumm, Katie Schofield, Sarah Norman, Kris Adams



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Brice Love, Wes Daugherty, Taylor Knoll, Stefan Bishop, Clint Finney, Noah Schomacker, JD Zimmerman

Ben Sanders, Chelsie Eavala, Jesse Lee, Tyler Cowley, Charles Twietmeyer, Cassie Raatz, Matt Goetz, Caroline Linnabary

Nathan Swemke, Kalyn Diercks, Jamie Diercks

Justin Schiermeister, Clint Solis, Justin Oliver

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Wichita Crime Commission

Jeff Easter Celebrity Roast Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


lected officials, lawyers, judges, the law enforcement community and others were on hand to roast and toast Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter during the Wichita Crime Commission’s 2nd Annual Celebrity Roast July 26, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport hotel. Seven roasters – John Speer, retired Wichita Police Department deputy chief; Nola Foulston, former district attorney; Ted Woodward, KNSS radio host; U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, along with Derby Police Chief Robert Lee and Easter’s wife, Kimberlee – provided comedic insults, banter, tongue-in-cheek criticism and true stories about Easter, a former Wichita police captain who spent 23 years on the force before being elected sheriff in 2012. The event raised funds for various crime commission activities, including Crime Stoppers and anti-gang and at-risk youth programs. The Wichita Crime Commission, established in 1953, is one of the oldest citizen-based crime commissions in the U.S.

Scott Easter, Melissa Easter, Kimberlee Easter, Jeff Easter, Nadine Girrens, Jaiden Easter, Sophie Easter

Creighton Brandt, Pat Jones

Kevin Nichols, Bernie Nichols, Susan Pompeo, U.S Rep. Mike Pompeo

Donna Aldrich, Bob Aldrich, Susan Norton, Tim Norton

Robin Steed, Gary Steed, Julie Hower

Dave Unruh, Karen Unruh, Beth Rohrig, Tim Rohrig


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Jeff Easter Celebrity Roast [ college hill gem! ]

Jeff Easter, Nola Foulston, John Rapp


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Flying the Wichita flag around the globe


t’s easy to see that awareness of the Wichita flag, and its meaning has quickly spread through the city in the past couple of years. But what people may be surprised to know is that Wichitans have been spreading flag fever across the country and the world. To date, photos of the Wichita flag - and flag swag - have been shared from 21 states and nine countries. Below are just a few examples of Wichitans showing love for their city on social media. Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see more, then use #WichitaFlag for your own photos when you travel.

“Veni, vedi, vici. Made to it Rome, but there’s still no place like home.� – Photo from Rachel Douglass in Rome, Italy

“#WichitaFlag visiting the Eiffel Tower (and the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre) with Central Standard Brewing.� – Photo from Michael Rogers in Paris, France

“Views and brews! And probably slacking on my side with the whole paddling thing.� – Photo from Erica Smith at Olympic National Park in Washington

“This has to be my favorite moment of my trip.� – Photo from Alex Stewart and Turner Lagpacan at the Grand Canyon in Arizona

“Representing Wichita while traveling the world.� – Photo from Erica Prather at Seoraksan National Park in South Korea

“Enjoying the view before heading over to Scottrade Center to watch the Shockers in #ArchMadness!� – Photo from Paul Blissett in St. Louis, MO

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Heartspring 13th Annual PedalFest Ruth Holland, Emily Holland, Sydney Holland

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


eartspring raised $84,500 at its 13th annual PedalFest bike ride on August 20. The event featured multiple routes, including 100K, 50K, and 25K distance rides, and a family-friendly 5K ride. After the morning ride, all participants were invited to the post-ride celebration for lunch, beverages, music and activities. Funds raised through PedalFest help support Heartspring’s Pediatric Services program. This provides local special needs children with the opportunities to receive the services and therapy needed to lead a more independent life. Laura Voth, Matt Voth

Sheryl Scholler, Kylee Schroer

Roy Hayden, Russell Thiel

John White, Bill Lewis, Angie Corkhill, Amber Strohbehn, Jetta Ray

Tim Sanders, Doug Christie, Gretchen Wisby, Kevin Bomhoff

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Drink with the Dinos Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


xploration Place opened its doors after hours on August 12 for its Drink with Dinos event. The event capitalized on the Dinosaurs in Motion traveling exhibit featured at Exploration Place until September 5. The exhibit featured 14 interactive dinosaur sculptures made of recycled metal and controlled by remote controls, levers and pulleys. Attendees had the run of the exhibit and access to several local craft beer vendors. Drink with Dinos - as the name implies - was exclusively a 21-and-over event where attendees competed in beer pong, robotic ring toss and had a chance to ride a minibicycle through an obstacle course dressed in inflatable T-Rex costumes.

James McMullin, Lauren McMullin, Marina McCanless, Mason McCanless

Robin Brant, Gregg Brant

Kelsey Witherspoon, Brad Piper

Missy McIntosh, Amy Pickett, Andrea Koch

Miranda Konowitz, Scott Marmillion, Adrienne Charap, Sinduja Rajan


Miles Brown, Rebekka Hepford

Alexandria Miller, Brandon Miller


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Ashley Fournier, Jonathan Sherman

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usic Theatre Wichita celebrated its 2016 resident company with Star Night July 23 in Century II’s Mary Jane Teall Theatre, where the singers, actors and dancers could showcase their talents and perform their Britton Hollingsworth, Caitlin Belcik, Thaddeus Pearson, Katie Pohlman, Hannah Fernandes favorite songs. The resident company was selected from a national audition tour in five cities. For some of the performers, Music Theatre Wichita – with its five-production summer season – is their first professional performing experience, while others have performed extensively at various regional theaters throughout the country. Two have even performed on Broadway, according to program notes. More than half a dozen will move to New York City this fall; and several will return to the 12 universities that were represented by this year’s company. The company opened the show with “Spread the Love Around” from “Sister Act,” and closed with “The Human Heart” from “Once on This Island.” Thomas W. Douglas was the night’s music director; with Wayne Byran as the producing artistic director. Gary and Joyce Bachus Jared Roberts, Liz Jarmer AnnEliza Canning-Skinner & Willie Hill sponsored the event.

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Luxury Laps Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ar enthusiasts enjoyed a VIP access to test drive a variety of high-end automobiles at Wichita Luxury Collection’s Luxury Laps event in the parking lot of Town West Square on August 7. Car models included: Acura, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover and Porche, which were available to test drive on a track set up by Wichita Luxury Collection professionals.

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Liz McNown, Larry McNown

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Young Professionals of Wichita

Founders’ Day Daniel White, Ashley Bandasack, Alyssa Peppiatt, Jessica Kelley, Sean Babjak


ore than 300 of Wichita’s best and brightest gathered July 29 at The Mid-America All-Indian Center for Founders’ Day, the annual Young Professionals of Wichita Awards Gala. The event is held to honor Wichita’s exceptional young professionals and supporters. Awards included the Commitment Award, the Innovations in Business Award, the Community Service Award, the Distinguished Young Professional Award and the Young Professionals Choice Award. There also was recognition for the Action Team Volunteers of the Year and the Corporate Investor of the Year. Sherry Wayman, Troy Wayman

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Jessica Folk, Chris Riedel, Brandie Lassiter, Tony Henning

Darryl Templeton, Junetta Everett

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32nd Annual Laurie Bell Memorial Jet Open Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


ewman University athletic department supporters, coaches, student-athletes and administrators kicked off the 32nd Annual Laurie Bell Memorial Jet Open golf tournament with a special reception and silent auction pre-golf event Aug. 7 at the university’s Dugan-Gorges Conference Center. Proceeds from the kickoff event and the golf tournament help support Newman athletics facilities, scholarships, budget enhancements and other special projects. Three individuals associated with Newman athletics were recognized for achievement. Honorees were Destiny Clark, head volleyball coach, with Coach of the Year; Ryan Smith, head wrestling coach with the Herm Bachrodt Athletic Director’s Award; and Eck, who received the Ray Dondlinger Award from the Jet Open committee. Special guests included Laurie Bell’s family: husband, Johnnie Bell, her children and grandchildren. In its 25th year, the golf tournament was named in honor of Laurie Bell, who died in 2009, in recognition of her contributions to Newman athletics. The Jet Open golf tournament was held Aug. 8 at Rolling Hills Country Club.

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Don Giroux, Janice Farr, Christine Giroux

Destiny Clark, Zane Ehling, John Senseman, Shella Augspurger

Joanna Pryor, Zack Steven, Sara Steven

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Eric Fahnestock, Stephanie Kemp

Danielle Stephen, Mark Stephen, Janet Stephen

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Rainbows United Fashion Passion Kick-off Party

Mike Pope, Shannon Rowe, Heather Feist, Evan Feist

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ainbows United, a local organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with special needs, held a kick-off party for its annual Fashion Passion fundraising event on August 18 at Distillery 244 in Old Town. The party leads up to the annual Fashion Passion runway show and auction on November 18 at Beech Activity Center.

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Doug Hayes, Sandra Hufford

Deb Voth, Ron Allen

Jo Walters, Kimberly Joachims, Jana Day

Felicia DeSpain, Jan-Maeve Saggerson

Phil Enegren, Sasha Enegren, Walt Shook, Margaret Shook, Carol Rohloff



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erby High School’s championship varsity football team raised funds at its 10th annual Panthers on the Green golf tournament at Derby Golf & Country Club on July 30. Proceeds from the golf tournament helped raise funds for the football program, which has won two Class 6A state titles in the past three seasons. A portion of the fundraiser also went toward the Braxton Kooser Memorial Fund, a former member of the Derby fooball team.

Matt Trainer, Mitch Pontious, Cade Armstrong, Chris Brack

Paul Theis, Miles Vincent, Jeremy Rogers

Anthony Crone, Todd Benway, Dave Pater, Stacey Richards

Cecil Ward, Kyle Russell

Tanner Olmstead, Cooper Welch, Ryan Palmer



PANTHERS ON THE GREEN [ truly a must see! ]

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Jim Putman’s 90th Birthday Celebration


im Putman celebrated his 90th Birthday with family and friends in West Wichita.

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Jim Putman, Megan Putman

Scott White, Kelsey White

Kathy Putman, Scott Riffel

Roy Heatherly, Cody Christy

Madison Putman, Jenea Christy, Brogen Putman

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People & Places

The VUE Ribbon Cutting Cox Communications and The VUE Luxury Apartments celebrated a dual ribbon cutting event as Cox launched its new G1GABLAST Internet at the brand new luxury apartments in northwest Wichita. A press conference was held by Mayor Jeff Longwell, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Residents of The VUE - a Key Management property - are among the first in Wichita to experience Cox's new ultraspeed broadband service.

Green Acres Market Dog Days of Summer On August 9, Green Acres Market at Bradley Fair hosted Dog Days of Summer, where more than 100 pups enjoyed free organic treats baked by the Green Acres deli while cooled off in the doggy pools and had a chance at prizes for most impressive tricks. Proceeds raised from raffles, hot dogs and other donations went to the Kansas Humane Society.








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r. Jim Farha and his son, Todd, have helped change the face of youth sports in Wichita through their ongoing support of the YMCA. With the addition of a third YMCA Farha Sport Center in Andover, they have helped tens of thousands of area children discover healthy living through sports. A dedication ceremony was held on August 11 to honor the Farha family for their contributions and celebrate completion of the Andover center's expansion. Rachel Stuhlsatz, Shalen Scheltgen

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Junior League of Wichita to host annual Holiday Galleria Shop more than 100 local and regional merchants while supporting the Wichita community during Junior League of Wichita’s annual Holiday Galleria in October. All proceeds from this event will support the League’s issue area, to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention. Junior League of Wichita has contributed more than $5.8 million to the Wichita community since Holiday Galleria’s origin. One concrete way these funds can be seen in action is through The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County. (CACSC). To assist the CACSC in building its new facility, Junior League of Wichita donated $300,000 to the campaign. This multi-service building, located at 1211 S. Emporia, exists to assist clients with investigative, medical, mental health and victim advocacy services under one roof. JLW Child Advocacy Center Committee Chair 2015-2106 Anna Ritchie describes the ongoing partnership between Junior League of Wichita and CACSC. “The building is finished, and that’s a wonderful accomplishment, but what I get the most excited about is the fact that League members will have opportunities to work with the CACSC far beyond the time that the doors open,” she said. “The new space is incredibly accommodating for volunteers.” In addition to the monetary donation, Junior League of Wichita previously partnered with CACSC to conduct a child abuse education series, coordinate a tile project made with children’s artwork, update the waiting and conference rooms and contribute provisions for victims and their families. Junior League of Wichita sustaining member Heather Siefer donated her time and talents while serving on the Smiles and Tiles Project Committee. Siefer worked with the designers at WDM Architects and the CACSC on furniture selections for the CACSC’s new building, including the training room that will be used by the community. Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Diana Schunn

emphasizes the impact the League has had on the campaign and in the community. “Junior League of Wichita has had a profound impact on CACSC’s campaign and they are very important to the cause of recognizing and decreasing child abuse,” Schunn said. “That works hand in hand with the League’s mission. Junior League of Wichita volunteers are a tremendous support for a variety of CACSC projects.” Attending Holiday Galleria Oct. 13-16, 2016 at Century II Expo Hall, 225 W. Douglas Ave., will help Junior League to complete additional service projects related to combating child abuse in the community. Now in its 13th year, Holiday Galleria offers shoppers a large selection of clothing, jewelry, gifts, toys, gourmet foods, home furnishings and more. This year’s events will include Premier Party, a live auction of decorated Christmas trees, a Girls Night Out event with entertainment by Wichita firefighters, an opportunity to bid on gorgeous handbags, a live cooking demonstration and a fashion show. For teachers, admission will be free on Saturday with ID. For military and law enforcement, admission will be free on Sunday with ID. Tickets for Junior League of Wichita’s biggest fundraiser of the year may be purchased at, by calling 316-303-8100 or at the WichitaTix box office located at 225 W. Douglas.


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Downtown Diversity Jam Mariachi Los Reyes: Pete Chavez, Efrain Cordero, Jorge Saavedra, Pete Chavez Jr., Elizabeth Delatorre, Elaine Chavez Story & Photography by Darcy Daniels


n eclectic mix of musical genres was on display at the Downtown Diversity Jam Concert in the heart of Old Town on July 21. Bluegrass, blues, hip hop, Latin, mariachi, reggae, folk and opera were just a few of the genres highlighted at the concert. Performances included: Reach for the Sky, Wichita Caledonian, Lady D & The Boys, Samuel David, Los Compas, Los Reyes, Mountain Highes, Brian Tiemeyer, Americana, Wichita Grand Opera, Lady and The Tramps and Brody Caster .

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Lexine McElfresh, Jason Pleitez

Aaron Ibarra & Ezequiel Ibarra

Reach For The Sky: Janet Rhoads, Sherry Brace, Russell Brace, Bruce Johnson, Jacob Metz

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Jenny Palmer, Lori Mosler, Cheryl Mercer, Lenora Fairbank

Lynda Gass, Brittani Poland, Larry Gass

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Final Friday Micha Rivas, Brian Powell, Rudy Love Jr., Reggie Littleton Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


s the name suggests, Final Friday showcased Wichita’s vibrant art scene at galleries throughout the city. Local food trucks and musicians provided great food and entertainment, while art lovers strolled from gallery to gallery to view a variety of art work by Wichita artists. Final Friday galleries on July 29 included CityArts, Mead Street Gallery, Gallery XII, Dock 410, Wichita State University Shift Space and HUE Gallery, just to name a few. Check for a map of the Final Friday locations.

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Ulysses Martinez, Jean Wiest

Sara Dunham, Kyran Dunham, Nashid Atkins

Melissa Gronau, Lisa Rundstrom, Richard Forsythe

Bridget Klein, Elizabeth Taylor


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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Kick-Off Party

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riends and families gathered at The Alley on July 21 to meet and form fundraising teams for Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Light The Night Walk, which will be held at Exploration Place on September 17. The popular fundraiser raises money to fund research to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.


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Each month, VIP Wichita Magazine ask community leaders why they love Wichita. Their answers are as diverse as their backgrounds. Jerry Jones - Vice President of Commercial Development - Slawson Companies I moved to Wichita with my wife, Lisa, and our children, Jessica and Sam, in 1992. Before moving here, I lived in Chadron and Lincoln, Nebraska, Scottsdale, Boston and Denver – all great places, but I LOVE Wichita. Why? There are many reasons. I love the relative ease of living and doing business here compared to most places I’ve lived or visited. I love how easy it is to get involved and make a difference in your community. I love the rivers and bike paths and parks and golf courses. I love the arts and entertainment and cycling scenes. And I love the low cost of living. In Wichita you get a lot of the good stuff found in larger cities without too much of the bad stuff. I’ve often said that Wichita is the world’s largest small town, and in my mind that’s a very good thing. What I love most about Wichita is the people. Earnest, hard-working, humble, good humored, caring, loyal, industrious, creative – Wichitans are truly a special breed. We’ve been blessed to have made friends over the years that epitomize these qualities. Boy do we have fun sharing all that Wichita has to offer with those friends. There have been numerous occasions over the past 24 years when the prospect of moving to another city has surfaced. Each time the answer has grown stronger: Leave our friends in Wichita? No way! Moji Fanimokin - General Council, Director of Government Affairs - Realtors of South Central Kansas I’m a born and raised Wichitan. Growing up, I had a mindset similar to many of my peers - I could not wait to get out of Wichita. After graduating from Wichita State University, I left to attend law school in Topeka. Once I passed the bar and began my career, the desire to be near my loved ones prompted my return to Wichita. I can’t say I was excited to come home. That had not been the plan, but I knew my family needed me to be closer. In 2010, I moved back to my hometown. What a pleasant surprise! I was amazed at how much the city had transformed since I moved. As a teen, I held the belief that Wichita did not offer the amenities, services and attractions that I wanted in the city that I would begin my career and family. Wichita proved me wrong. From the rebirth of its core to the expansion of its borders, Wichita is not the town of the past, and that changed me. I have grown and matured just as the city that I now proudly say I love. I am no longer a detractor but a promoter of my hometown. I never let the opportunity pass to tell the story of all Wichita has to offer to those who have moved away or those who have never had the pleasure to visit. We have fabulous shopping and many hidden treasures tucked away throughout Wichita, like Lucinda’s in Old Town. If you’re a foodie, well this City is for you! When I think I’ve finally checked out all of our great local eateries - Molino’s, Ziggy’s, Bella Luna, Saigon, Old Mill Tasty Shop, Thai Tradition, Luciano’s, Public at the Brickyard, Sabor, Lou’s Charcuteria, Doo-Dah Diner or the Artichoke, just to name a few - I find out about yet another I need to try. Are you interested in museums? Well, we’ve got you covered. Just check out Exploration Place or the Museum of World Treasures. Interested in animals? We’ve got that too! The Sedgwick County Zoo is one of the best in the nation. If you haven’t had the opportunity, take in one of the amazing shows at The Orpheum or Mosley Street Melodrama. Music Theatre Wichita and the Wichita Symphony offer great performances as well. Live music abounds at Barleycorns and the Cotillion, and so many great artists have graced the stage at Intrust Bank Arena. If you prefer athletics then score tickets to see our championship arena football team, The Force. Or two words: Go Shockers! Black and gold run rampant throughout Wichita and it’s awesome to see Wichitans proudly supporting WSU. The list goes on and on for all the fun that is to be had in our fair City. I’d be remised if I didn’t mention what I believe to be Wichita’s best attraction: The people. Expect friendly smiles and helpful attitudes as you get out and explore. This is something I took for granted in my youth. After travelling to many other parts of America, I’ve realized how midwestern I truly am. How Wichita I truly am. I routinely use the phrases “please,” “thank you,” “how are you?” and “have a nice day.” I thought these things were common throughout America. Unfortunately, they are not. Thankfully, they are in Wichita. Wherever you’re from, Wichita is you. That’s why I choose to love my hometown.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to Life!â&#x20AC;? WGOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Bohème Exudes Passion â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iconic.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The greatest of all time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfection.â&#x20AC;? These are just some of the descriptions garnered by the Wichita Grand Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final production choice for the season. Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s La Boheme has captured the hearts and minds of audiences and performers since its premiere in 1896. The cathartic tale of struggling young artists living in Paris, falling in love, suffering heartbreak and experiencing the fragility of life, creates a powerful emotive backdrop for the lush music and unforgettable melodies that Puccini weaves into existence. It is often described as the perfect starter opera. Every moment is essential, the characters are easily relatable, and the glimpse into these young lives uses less than two hours of music. Is it any wonder that this production routinely ranks within the top 5 most performed operas in the world? It is truly a timeless masterpiece, inspiring modernizations by Baz Luhrmann that have taken Broadway by storm, and served as the source for pop songs, jazz albums, and another iconic Broadway musical, Rent. The opera follows the author Rodolfo and his best friend Marcello, a painter, as they face being broke, dodge their landlord,

and experience the highs and lows of being in love. It seems so simple, a story about two bros needing money and getting girls, and yet Puccini manages to encompass the true beauty and desperation of the human spirit within the mundane moments of life. From the dingy attic they call home, we journey with them to the lively CafĂŠ Momus for a night on the town. Rodolfo meets the sweet girl next door, Mimi, and Marcello struggles to keep his fiery relationship with Musetta from singeing them both. But life always has its surprises, and the world is not usually filled with happy endings. It is the raw exposure to both good times and bad that drive this opera straight into the heart of all who experience it. Wichita Grand Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance promises to add another shining moment to the operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 120 year history. The heart of Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant work is in the characters, and WGO delivers with an exemplary cast whose passion and powerful artistry invigorates this classic drama. Leading the cast as the charismatic best friends Rodolfo and Marcello are WGO newcomers Stefan Cifolelli and Gustavo Feulien. Belgian tenor Cifolelli is not only making his WGO debut, but his US debut as well with this

performance. Previously celebrated for his work in Berlin and Paris, Cifolelli brings a dynamic presence and voice to anchor the cast. As Rodolfoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ill-fated love, audiences will be sure to recognize WGO favorite Zvetelina Vassileva. After her triumphant debut as Turandot last season, she returns to Wichita to showcase her beautiful nuance and tenderness as the seamstress Mimi. She is not the only familiar face in this star-studded cast. Global opera superstar Sam Ramey expands his already impressive repertoire to include a new undertaking â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the comedic double bill of Benoit and Alcindoro. His debut in these parts is sure to be one of the many highlights of the evening. Benjamin Czarnota also returns to WGO after a 10 year absence to reprise the role of Schaunard. The curtain will rise on La Boheme in Wichita on Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 PM in the Century II Concert Hall and again in Overland Park at the Carlsen Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available by calling the Wichita Grand Opera Box Office at 316-2628054 or visiting

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Wichitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 146th Birthday Celebration Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


Jessica Werner, Jesse Werner he Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum threw a birthday bash for the City of Wichita on July 23 to celebrate the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 146th birthday. The event featured birthday cake, complimentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;tower tours,â&#x20AC;? and free admission to anyone bringing Wichita a birthday card. The city was officially founded July 21, 1870 shortly after William Greiffenstein filed the first plats outlining Wichitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first streets. The city quickly became a hub for cattle ranchers due to its central location and proximity to several major rail lines. Wichita earned the nickname â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cowtownâ&#x20AC;? and saw significant expansion through 1890, when its population was approximately 20,000. Today, Wichita is home to nearly 400,000 and attracts many tourists each year looking to experience museums, live theatres, golf courses, sports and fine dining. Elizabeth Biles, Rachel Sweet

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SER Corporation Hispanic Scholarship Banquet Victor Balderas, Bill Ellison, Richard Lopez, JohnSalem, Senator Paul Feleciano & Norman Bent


he SER Corporation awarded 12 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year during a ceremony at Wichita State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rhatigan Student Center on June 23. Since 1978, the SER Board of Directors has been awarding scholarships to Hispanic students seeking a four year degree. Awards of $500 to $1,000 are granted to the selected recipients. The SER Board of Directors Scholarship Program is open to all Hispanics students who have maintained at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, have applied for full-time status as a student at an accredited college, university or junior college and meet all admission requirements of the school selected.

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John Salem, Victor Balderas, Zitlali Bravo & Norman Bent

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VIP Wichita Magazine September 2016