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Illuminations is Wichita’s premier light display taking place every year at Botanica. With more than one million lights, we invite the community to tour themed gardens, hear live music and visit with Santa. Illuminations transforms each garden area into a different themed holiday display or uniquely lit botanical setting. Brightly lit larger-than-life flowers and bugs are placed throughout the gardens, and our pond and fountains are home to floating, lit-up giant trees that dance to the beat of music. Every night, Santa visits and takes pictures with the children, and everyone enjoys the Candy Cane Lane and our funky tree.

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VIP Wichita December Table of

Contents events

A Tribute to Trailblazers Wichita Crime Commission Awards Banquet Nelson Designs Holiday Open House Holiday Wreath Festival Wine, Dine, Sparkle & Shine Party Family Promise Gala Gingerbread Village Fashion Passion Wichita Alternative Gift Market Light Your Heart Gala Bishop Gerber Science Center Dedication The Jingle Holiday Tables Mother-Daughter Tea Walk to End Alzheimer’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Wichita WIN Anniversary Junior League of Wichita Holiday Shopping Event Fundemental Learning Center Fall Fashion Show Out of Darkness Walk Grene Vision Group Ribbon Cutting Boo & Brew Ball Barks, Buds & Suds Pub Crawl for Pups LaCrosse Apartments Costume Party

features

CEO Spotlight: Janelle King VIP Wichita Magazine Holiday Gift Guide She Means Business: Renee Duxler Wichita Wears VIP Professional: J. Andrew Designs Love of Character - Where Creativity Originates VIP Interview: The Salvation Army #WichitaFlag

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Photography by Aaron Patton Models courtesy of Models & Images. Dancers from Ballet Wichita. Red ball gown by Betsy & Adam is polyester taffeta, $258. Earrings, $28, and necklace, $88, are by Badgley Mischka. All from Dillards.

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Wishing you the wonder of Christmas, the joy of family and the happiness of friends.

VIP Wichita Magazine Staff

Scott Elpers Editor

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Bonnie Bing

Fashion Director

Volume II Issue VI Editor Scott Elpers

Aaron Patton

Feature Photographer

Fashion Director Bonnie Bing Feature Photographers Madison Ham Aaron Patton Writers & Photographers Bonnie Bing Amy Geiszler-Jones Lisa-Marie A. Pulley MeLinda Schnyder

Madison Ham

Feature Photographer

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VIP Calendar of Events December 2017 Monday

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Sip with Santa Sydney’s Pet Resort 1 p.m.

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December 1-2, 8-9 Victorian Christmas Cowtown 6 p.m.

December 1-31 Illuminations Botanica 5:30 p.m.

December 1-24 The Arc’s Lights The Arc of Sedgwick County 5:30 p.m


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Reggie Jones, Robert Brogden

A Tribute to Trailblazers

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he Kansas African American Museum’s A Tribute to Trailblazers gala drew a crowd of 350 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Wichita on October 21. The gala, which is the museum’s premier fundraiser, grew out of an exhibit of the same name that started in 2000. The event helped raise funds for TKAAM and its programming, collection and management. It included a reception, silent auction, dinner and program featuring guest speaker and award-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. Among the honored during the evening were those who took part in the historic 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in, paving the way for Civil Rights. To help preserve that history for future generations, there was an announcement for a new memorial marking the sit-in. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Sara Pennington, Jermaine Pennington

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Mark McCormick, Leonard Pitts

Kevin Merida, Kaelen Malone

Darryl Carrington, Corinne Nelson

Billy Dee Williams, Lavonta Williams

Joseph McCormick, Jackson McCormick

Wakeelah Martinez, Nisha Weems

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VIP • DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport Hotel

Naomi Arnold, Debbie Sigman, Bob Aldrich, Donna Aldrich

Dave White, Cindy White, Pete Meitzner, Colleen Dondlinger, Tom Dondlinger

Wichita Crime Commission Awards Banquet Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

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he Wichita Crime Commission held its 64th Annual Awards Banquet honoring criminal justice professionals, law enforcement officers and citizens for their continued service and hard work. The event was held October 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport Hotel. The keynote speaker was Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who spoke about protecting the nation’s senior citizens. The Wichita Crime Commission is an organization of concerned citizens who exercise the right to investigate community conditions and work to improve those areas which are deemed to be unacceptable. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Eric Butcher, Tara Butcher, Pam Wells, Ken Wells

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Mayor Jeff Longwell, Susie Longwell

Janelle Molitor, Peter Molitor

Capt. Lem Moore, Carol Sevier

Mary Donaldson, Henry Donaldson

Wendy Hummell, Christine Thomson, Kelly Blades, Doug Metz, doris Vogel

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Wichita Crime Commission Awards Banquet

Capt. Stacey Burke, Brenda Janda

Nick Bonavia, Rachel McFadden, Lisa Kennalley, Tom Kennalley

Pete Meitzner, Hugh Nicks

Kim Blackman, Chad Blackman

David Dauffenbach, Londa Chadd, Danielle Young, Brooke Winter, Ken Winter

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Matt Schiffel, Kinzi Schiffel

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VIP • Nelson Designs

Sharon Nelson, Joe Sauer, Belinda Egerton, Danny Bragg, Kristen Cass, Vernon Nelson, Mary Lesh

Josh Locke, Alexis Locke, Lori Pryor, Steven Pryor

Nelson Designs

Holiday Open House Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Garin Egerton, Belinda Egerton

Alicia Holloway, Sharon Nelson

Max Friend, Merrilee Baker

Mike Hudson, Connie Hudson

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elson Designs, known for its unique interior design and home furnishings, kicked off the holiday season with an open house on November 11. The evening included specials, festive music, delicious hors d’oeuvres and sparkling drinks. Attendees took in the holiday cheer and browsed the store, located in east Wichita at The Shops at Tallgrass. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Val Learned, Philip Holmes, Melissa Cohlmia

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Peggy Baldwin, Phil Baldwin, Sharon Nelson

Michelle Webster, Belinda Egerton, David Webster

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Nelson Designs Holiday Open House

[ vacation at home in harbor isle ]

Katrina McGuigan, Joe Sauer, Bev Hunter, Dayle Reimer

$ 1,095,000

Jan Kelley, Marjorie Anderson

Susan Anderson, Vernon Nelson

Incredible details, breathtaking water views from almost every room. Spacious, warm, inviting! • 5326 sq ft • 6 bedrooms • 5 full / 2 half baths • gourmet kitchen, island w/ brkfst bar, pantry, gas range, double ovens • living rm w/ coffered ceiling, fireplace, built-ins, lg windows • master suite w/ covered deck, access, spa-like bath • finished basement w/ lg viewout windows, fireplace,wet bar • outdoor fireplace, grill area w/ bar, pool w/ waterfall, dock 1754 W. Driftwood Ct, Wichita, KS 67204 | MLS #540357

Karol Sauer, Jan Jaye-Smith, Denise Wickham

Katrina McGuigan, Danny Bragg, Karen Bell

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janelle king, owner, the workroom


CEO Spotlight Janelle King

By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Aaron Patton Editor’s Note: CEO Spotlight is a recurring monthly feature on CEOs, presidents and business owners in the Wichita area.

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anelle King has become one of the most fervent wavers of Wichita’s flag – by offering one of the largest selections of flag merchandise and by immersing herself in both the local business community and cultural scene. But she’ll be the first to tell you that more than 15 years ago, she never imagined she’d pick up that banner. As a teenager, she couldn’t wait to leave Wichita for other parts of the state – the college town of Manhattan and then the bigger urban setting of Kansas City, places filled with more culture and tradition than the middle of Kansas where she’d spent her high school years, she thought. With the impending birth of the first of her two daughters and the added financial costs that such a milestone event brings, she came back to Wichita in 2004 for the practical reason of a lower cost of living with the added bonus of being closer to family. When she realized living in Wichita was going to be a more permanent thing, she decided she’d go all in with her efforts to make a life here for her and her family – and to make it a cool, hip place for others, too. “When I came back, while I was pleasantly surprised that it was better than I remembered, there was still more that could be done,” King said. “I’m a little on the impatient side so I don’t want to wait for change to happen. You can sit around and complain or you can do something to make it better.” She found a job with a now-defunct local furniture and home design business, and built up an impressive list of interior design clients with her marketing skills, honed while working as a marketing director for a national health care center. She found she loved indulging her creative side, the one that had been nurtured by her mother who had taken her to art fairs and other creative events as a kid. In 2013, King opened her business, The Workroom, an interior design company, sewing workroom and local artist consignment shop. and coined the term “flag swag” as she started selling fabric remnants with the now ubiquitous Wichita flag printed on them. In part, her business was founded out of the necessity of needing to find qualified seamstresses to custom-sew the home furnishings she wanted to

provide to clients. The flag swag turned out to be a successful, initial calling card for her business. She employs a full-time seamstress and contracts with others for design work. The Workroom, which occupies 3,200 square feet at 150 N. Cleveland, also sells the wares of about 100 local artists and has perhaps the largest selection of Wichita flag merchandise, which has expanded beyond those initial remnants. As an artist and a business owner in the Douglas Design District, she’s become a proponent of shopping local and is helping fuel the creative spark that seems to permeate that nearly 3-mile stretch from Washington to Oliver on Wichita’s beloved and historic Douglas Avenue. The district recently extended its north and south boundaries from 2nd Street to Kellogg. According to the DDD website, the district is home to more than 300 locally owned businesses. King serves as president of the DDD’s business association, which was founded about a decade ago. She said she got more involved as she started finding other like-minded business owners who want to create a movement for engaging creative people, entrepreneurs and citizens in different ways and fill residents with Wichita pride. King has two degrees – a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kansas State University and a master’s in organizational development from Friends University – and she’s putting both to use with events she spearheads and organizes. She founded Avenue Art Days in fall 2015 as way to bring color to the district, and then created the DDD’s 2nd Saturday Artisan Market. Avenue Art Days is now an annual falltime event, drawing both artists and community members to create murals together at various businesses. The murals – many of which incorporate the Wichita flag, local icons and other items that showcase the city – have become popular with businesses, residents and visitors, often serving as backdrops for selfies and posed pictures. She’s currently involved in the Wichita Community Foundation’s Up the Ambition program that is helping fund 11 projects to engage the community in inventive ways. King is the lead coordinator in an upcoming summertime project called Level Up, a party being staged in the former Macy’s parking garage at 215 S. Market. Musicians, artists, makers, local food vendors, local brewers and more will fill the garage’s different loops and levels. With a date yet Continued on Page 80


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Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum • VIP

Back: Paula Harness, Linda Hammann, JoAnn Beason Front: Rae Duncan, Erin Duncan, Charlotte Pate-Houston

Debbie Oller, Eric Cale, Gail Williams

Holiday Wreath Festival Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder

Sheryl Stanley, Barb Fowler

Shelly Cannady, Carolyn Brown

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olunteers with the Wichita Historical Museum Society – called WHiMS – hosted their annual Holiday Wreath Festival on November 16 and 17 at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. More than 300 attended over the two days and enjoyed a hot chicken salad lunch prepared and served by volunteers, festive holiday music and Christmas displays in the museum. The event featured a display of wreaths made by volunteer Jean Trumpp. Attendees could purchase the wreaths as well as baked goods or items from the museum’s gift shop, stocked with year-round and seasonal merchandise. In addition to hosting fundraisers, the WHiMS support the museum by helping staff at events, managing and staffing the gift shop and serving as docents for museum tours. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Vicki Churchman, Cathy Crowell, Barbie Parsons

Margaret Davis, Greg Davis, Mary Ann Carpenter

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Terry Pfister, Bonnie Mullikin, Lisa Parcell, Jan Harrison, Janice Van Sickle

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VIP • Mark Arts

Mason Hewitt, Jade Hewitt, Beth Rohrig, Tim Rohrig

Katy Dorran, Linda Ralston, Harold Ralston

Wine, Dine, Sparkle & Shine Party

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osted by Designing Women, the Wine, Dine, Sparkle & Shine Party was one of the highlights of the annual Holiday Tables exhibit in early November at Mark

Steve Meadows, Sharmin Meadows

Roger Schuster, Jennifer Schuster

Drew Andersen, Jill Stromberg

Larry Kuhlman, Marilyn Kuhlman

Arts. Each year, the galleries of Mark Arts are transformed with tablescapes to give attendees ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Tables of all shapes and sizes are decorated by individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses showcasing home entertaining ideas. This was a special year as the event was marking its 50th anniversary. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Ann Williams, Becky Turner, Valerie Smith

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Coleen Jennison, Robin Jennison, Shelia Tigert

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VIP • Hyatt Regency

Jeremy Mitchell-Koch, Terry Wiens, Katy Penner, Linda Long, Carrie Corliss, Cliff Loesch, Jana Mullen, Nathan Schwiethale, Brendan Steinacher, James Jemmerson

Family Promise Gala Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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amily Promise of Greater Wichita held a 1940s-themed gala to recognize its volunteers, community partners and donors on November 4 at the Hyatt Regency. Susan Peters served as the evening’s emcee, and Nate Schwiethale from the Wichita Police Department’s homeless outreach team was the keynote speaker. Family Promise of Greater Wichita is part of a national program that provides shelter, meals and support services – including transportation, case management and even pet fostering – to help homeless families with children become independent. Family Promise, which works with local faith communities and groups, has more than 200 affiliates nationwide. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Melissa Teakell, Pat Teakell

Jeremiah Ortiz, Jennifer Barton

Ryan Mulloy, Brynne Mulloy, Jeff Blubaugh, Meghan Blubaugh

David Wells, Jennifer Wells, Brian Hickey

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Rob Snyder, Angie Moore, Paul Moore

Carl Harris, Lori Harris, Jan Shigley, Tim Shigley

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VIP • Exploration Place

Linda Berumen, Miguel Montelongo, Ana Alvarado, Marisa Hernandez

Misti Valentine, Lilly Valentine, Carter Valentine

Gingerbread Village Linda Holmquist, Sue Levich

Carol Finley, Daveion Finley

Lilly Golden, Jeff Golden

Kristin Thomas, Ryan Thomas, Isaac Thomas

Murali Santhosh Draksha, Gitanjali Ashok, Kushal Draksha Santhosh

Janet Boe, Courtney Gonzalez, Chloe Gonzalez, Camryn Gonzalez

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

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he Assistance League of Wichita kicked off the holiday season with the 23rd annual Gingerbread Village at Exploration Place on November 11-12. From traditional houses to ones that stretch the imagination, Gingerbread Village featured a wide assortment of houses created and donated by professionals and amateurs. Guests were able to view original gingerbread houses and create their own take-home houses. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Carsyn Sprague, Lori Sprague, Annie Sprague

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T R y A p collection— —a

THANK YOU

PARTY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

to our party hosts and sponsors who organized and hosted artful gatherings to benefit the Wichita Art Museum.

PARTY HOSTS

Ann Bauer Patty and Bill Bennett Louise Beren Mary Billings Pam Bjork Alta Brock Sally Cavanaugh Mrs. Charles Q. Chandler Dr. Sam Cohlmia Bree and Jason Cox Tom and Myra Devlin Paula and Barry Downing Genevieve and Chris Farha Tiffany Farha and Brock Oaks Sharon and Alan Fearey Jane Foster Ruthie Gillespie

Corporate sponsors include:

Ann Bauer Paula Downing Ruthie Gillespie Patti Gorham

Sonia Gretemen and Chris Brunner June Griggs Helen and Ed Healy Trish Higgins Margaret and Robert Houston April and Grae Johnson Anita Jones and Dick Hite Patti Gorham and Jeff Kennedy Amisha Khicha Sondra M. Langel Martha and Jeff Linsner Libby and Buzz Merritt Dee and Mike Michaelis Nancy and Matt Michaelis Becky and Todd Middleton Rynthia and David Mitchell Linda and Bob Nugent Mary Lynn and Bill Oliver Richard Overby and Mat Buckingham

April Johnson Martha Linsner Becky Middleton

Debbie Sinclair Martie Walker Sue Watson

Linda and Andrew Peressin Linda and Harold Ralston Barbara Rensner Lindy Sands Dot Shannon Debbie Sinclair Stephen and Ann Starch Marni Vliet Stone and David Stone Jessica St. Clair-Stong and Chris Stong Ada Sutherland Kristen Sutherland Mindy Sutherland Trish and Bruce VanOsdel Amy Volini Christine Voncannon Martie and Keith Walker Whitney Vliet Ward and Mike Ward Claire Watson Sue and Kurt Watson


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Holiday Gift Guide By Bonnie Bing

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1. It’s fun to fill a container with surprises. This metal decorative wheelbarrow, $149.95, contains an ultra-soft plaid scarf, $13.95, and three books: “Joyland” by Dustin Ray Shannon, $20, “Botanica” by Keith Wondra, $22.99 and “Pony Tales” by Bonnie Bing, $30. The cute stuffed snowman is $17.95. All at Botanica. 2. Show your pride on your sleeve, actually on your cuff. These Wichita flag cufflinks are $46. Other ways to show your pride in the city: A magnet, $7, and a Swedish dish cloth that is re-useable and machine washable, $9. All at The Museum Store Wichita Art Museum. 3. An eye-catching green glass bowl, $340, can hold decorative items or make a colorful statement completely empty. From Nelson Designs. 4. Beautiful glass bulbs by a local artist can be used a number of ways to add color to any room, $22 each. From Uniquities Home. 5. A structured handbag by Marc Jacob, $450, is not only fine quality, but very versatile. Buttery soft gloves of richly textured leather, $305, are by Agnelle. From Lyndon’s. 6. A glistening Baccarat crystal drink set, $450 for six glasses, are setting on a hammered silver tray with layered horn handles, $65. “Eye” vase by Baccarat, $1,130. All from The Plaid Giraffe. 7. Holiday sweater weather is even better with a touch of sparkle. This sweater by Caryn Vallone, $143, is cranberry with a touch of silver at the neck. Matching earrings, $69, and necklaces, $60 and $70 are by Volanta Collection. All from GM Clotheshorse.


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8. A handsome gold plated men’s watch by Movado, $795. Women’s watch, gold plated with diamonds, $1,595. Both from Dillard’s. 9. Gift certificates for classes of your choice from the Finishing School for Modern Women. 10. The softest, most luxurious throw, $350, fluffy, fur pillow, $200, and pillow with metallic cover, $125. All by Michael Aram Textile, exclusively at The Plaid Giraffe. 11. The tassel trend continues in this 18k rose gold necklace, $5,260 and earrings, $620, by Ginette NY. The pieces are of multi-strands of very fine gold chain. Both from Lyndon’s. 12. A frosted, footed bowl, $288, is shown with frosted blue glass vase, $105, and frosted glass vase with metallic accent, $137. All from Nelson Designs. 13. Add a little color to your kitchen or any room you choose with this chive ceramic nest, $22. From The Museum Store Wichita Art Museum. 14. For your favorite fashionista! A handbag with Vogue covers print, $58. A beautiful fashion book featuring Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, who was a famous model from the 1930s to the 1950s. By Schirmer/Mosel, hardback, $59.95. All from The Museum Store Wichita Art Museum. 15. Beauty products are a welcome gift, especially when you make the effort to find out the receiver’s favorites. Tip: It’s easy to check with your significant other’s stylists for suggestions. Aveda gift sets have Beautifying Cream and Cleansing Oil, $54. Another has Hand Relief and Foot Relief, $20. All from Planet Hair.

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VIP • Textron Aviation Activity Center

John DeCesaro, Kelley DeCesaro, Katie Grover, Travis Grover

George Laham, Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, Casey Voegeli

Fashion Passion Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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ince helping kids is always in, several hundred people attended the 13th Annual Fashion Passion to benefit Rainbows United on November 17 at the Textron Aviation Activity Center. Event-goers had an opportunity to win prizes by answering fashion questions during a spin-the-wheel game with Bonnie Bing Honeyman. Music was provided by D.J. Carbon and the latest trends in Wichita fashion were on the runway. Presenting sponsors were Bradley Fair, Cox Communications and Janie and Hale Ritchie. The Ritchies also served as the event chairs. George and Jocelyne Laham were honorary chairs of the sold-out event. Rainbows United helps more than 3,500 children from birth through age 21 in Sedgwick and Butler counties who have developmental delays and special challenges. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Michelle Logback, Christa Rude, Gay Muenchrath

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Susan Proffitt, Gary Proffitt

Bree Cox, Jason Cox

Kianga Crowley, Shirley Johnson

Hale Ritchie, Janie Ritchie

XXX Gail Johnson, Donna Johnson, Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer

Natalie Turpin, Tijen Owings, Jeramie Ritchie

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Fashion Passion [ forest hills contemporary stunner ]

Julie Breault, Summer Munn, Jadd Munn, Jackie Gearhart, Patrick Gearhart

$ 579,500

Sylvia Do, Pat Do

Filena Cox, Seth Cox

Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout this completely remodeled home with beautiful views from every room! • 2643 sq ft • 3 bedrooms • 2 full / 1 half baths • granite kitchen, island w/ brkfst bar, high-end stainless appliances & fireplace • formal dining w/ original crystal chandelier • master suite w/ his & hers updated baths, walk-in closet & slider to the deck • meditation rm, walk-in cedar closet, concrete storm shelter 11 E. Central Parkway, Wichita, KS 67206 | MLS #543508

Lisa Farris, Bill Farris

Deb Voth, Kent Voth

Lindsey Hess, Jason Hess, Kelsey Baker, Lance Doll, Missy Doll

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VIP • University Congregational

My-Trihn Nguyen, Suzi Miner, Julie Brin, Laura McFall, Jennifer Tran

Rosemary Davenport, Leigh Aaron-Leary, Grace Kneil

Wichita Alternative Gift Market Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder

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ichita hosts one of the largest alternative gift markets in the nation, and the 23rd annual event took place November 11 at a new location, University Congregational. The non-denominational market is an alternative to traditional gift giving by making charitable gifts toward humanitarian and environmental projects in the name of relatives, friends and coworkers. Wichita’s market is unique in that the booths for each of the three dozen local, national and global charities give shoppers a handmade ornament representing their sponsored project. The 2017 market had 28 projects from partner Alternative Gifts International, an international organization based in Wichita, and seven projects from local nonprofits. The event also had a café and several booths selling fair-trade gift items. If you missed the market, go to AlternativeGiftMarketWichita.wordpress.com to learn about the projects or support a project. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Nikki Moddelmog, Kristin Wade, Shannon Littlejohn

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LaVonne Krahn, Kendra Alison

Anne Woolsey, Pam Head

Stacie Donaldson, Amy Knutsen

Joe Goetz, Surinder Moore

Calista Goevert, Carolyn Goevert

Michelle Lott, Rose Vesey, Jeanette Hammond

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VIP • Wichita Marriott

David Stupay, Vanessa Stupay, Sara Garrison, Phil Garrison

Michael Schwanke, Tenille Schwanke, Heather Eilert, Randy Eilert

Light Your Heart

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ight Your Heart, Heartspring’s signature fundraising event, drew a large and festive crowd to the Wichita Marriott on November 4. The annual gala, now in its third year, featured delicious food and spirits, live and silent auctions and dueling pianos. More than $131,000 was raised at the event, which benefits the Heartspring Financial Assistance Program. The program provides financial assistance for free and reduced fee therapies. Heartspring provides a wide range of services and therapies to meet the challenges of children with special needs. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Kalee Beal, Nick Ries, Jessica Ibsen

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Nikki Wilson, Tasha Johnson

Debbie Cape, Amos Cape

Stacie Williamson, Jeremiah Williamson

Stephanie Wyant, Jim Wyant

Ashley Black, Sebastian Gordon

Kendal Nelson, Karen Williams

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She Means Business

Renee Duxler By Scott Elpers - Photography by Aaron Patton

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ith its minimalist look, Aerial in the heart of the Douglas Design District could easily be mistaken for a high-end designer clothing store. It does carry designer wear – everything from Valentino to Tory Burch to Michael Kors – but each handbag, dress and pair of shoes at Aerial has a history looking for a new home. “It’s an eclectic blend of styles,” said Renee Duxler, Aerial’s owner. “Wichita has consignment and resale shops, but nothing quite like this. I’d visit Kansas City, Tulsa and even Austin and they’d have these really cool, highly curated resale and consignment stores. I kept thinking I would love to have something like this in Wichita.” Friends urged Duxler to pursue her passion and open a resale shop of her own. After 15 years in social work, she opened Aerial in October. “I was trying to conceptualize what life after social work would look like, if I ever decided to make that transition,” she said. “I did my research. I did a business plan. Owning a business seems like a far stretch from social work, but it’s definitely not.” With an extensive background in social work, Duxler had hands-on experience in marketing, budgets and making a return on investment. She was also an avid resale shopper herself. On top of designer bags, shoes and clothes, Aerial carries “common brands,” like J. Crew, Banana Republic and Gap. Each piece is handpicked by Duxler, either by purchasing from resellers who come to Aerial or shopping for the clothes herself. Aerial is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., but Duxler hopes to expand her hours in the future. She would also like to expand her business to offer closet organization and personal styling. Nestled at 1716 E. Doulgas next to The Donut Whole, having Aerial’s location in the Douglas Design District was essential for Duxler. “I love the location and the space. This whole area is becoming a walkable district,” Duxler said, who sits on the board of the Douglas Design District. “Everything in this area is definitely growing. All of the other small business owners are great. It’s hard to find a small business owner in this town who isn’t helpful and supportive 100 percent.”


VIP • Newman University

J.V. Johnston, Veronica Johnston, Jake Johnston, Betty Johnston

Devry Jeffress, Erin Jeffress, Janet Schwindaman, Scott Schwindaman

Bishop Gerber Science Center

Dedication

Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder

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Jeff Fluhr, Shelly Prichard, Wendy Sahatjian

ewman University held a dedication ceremony and grand opening of the Bishop Gerber Science Center on September 21. The state-of-the-art science center opened its doors at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester and was the main focus of the Facing Forward campaign, which also raised funds to renovate existing nursing and allied health lab spaces. Bishop Eugene Gerber blessed the building in front of several hundred faculty, staff, students, donors and other supporters, then guests toured the building. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Dana Fugate, Larry Fugate

Larry Steckline, Bishop Eugene Gerber

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Clark Bastian, Sharon Bastian

Noreen Carrocci, Linda Davison

Noreen Carrocci, Sue Doonan, Kenny Doonan

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Dedication

Carla Steckline, Kent Cochran, Anita Cochran

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VIP • Noah’s Event Venue

Joe Giffin, Karl Lakin, Carri Davis, Brian Davis

Brad Painchaud, Stacey Painchaud, Shelly Whitfield, Mike Whitfield

The Jingle Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

Ashley Railsback, Erin Schiesser

Michael Haubrock, Amanda Brown

Jason Knauff, Trisha Walter

Susan Smythe, Michael Hurley

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he Jingle, a cocktail party event to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita, was held November 10 at Noah’s Event Venue. Organizers noted that each guest’s $80 event ticket covers the cost of a one-night stay at a Ronald McDonald House for a family with a sick or injured child. Last year, more than 1,700 families were supported by RMHC Wichita. Entertainment during the event included Randy Fields Jazz Band and Curtis the Mentalist. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Michael Snow, Whitney Snow, Lisa Turner

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Shelly Babich, Cheryl Brock, Jill Boulanger

Brandon Hall, Tobin Hall, Calisa Marlar-Hall

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Eric Parkhurst, Allison Parkhurst, Molly Gordon, Terra Pauly, Roarke Gordon, Eric Pauly

Karen Mies, Lynne´ Fletchall

Joe Ontjes, Andrea Edwards, Cindy Proett, Adam Ortega, Connie Ortega

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VIP • Mark Arts

Ellie Atwater, Pam Barrientos, Rebecca Barrientos, Scarlett Barrientos

Lindy Sands, Mae Sands, Francie Foster, Jane Foster

Holiday Tables

Mother-Daughter Tea

Finley Watson, Claire Watson

Charlotte Pfister, Mandy Pfister

Madeline Cartwright, Olivia Cartwright

Angela Dudley, Alaina Dudley

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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s part of its Holiday Tables event, the Designing Women of Mark Arts hosted a sold-out motherdaughter tea on November 5. The event included a cookie decorating station and a raffle. Designing Women is a volunteer group whose most popular fundraiser, Holiday Tables, is presented every November. This was the 50th year for the event. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Georgia Voncannon, Christine Voncannon, Tilly Voncannon, Karla Fazio, Alegra Fazio

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Alicia Quiring, Sarah Henderson

Cheryl Dixon, Tatum Downing, Christy Downing

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VIP • WaterWalk

Sandy Free, John Gipson, Mariellen Gipson

Walk

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Stephen Benson, Neal Sonneman, Tim O’Sullivan

End Alzheimer’s

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

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Tammy Flaming, Fe Vorderlandwehr

Robert Miller, Michael Steinberg

Alex Thummel, Austin Larson

Charlotte Land, Sondee McVey

eams of family members, friends and coworkers gathered on October 21 at WaterWalk in downtown Wichita for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walks are held across the country and are the largest events to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Wichita event, organized by Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas, had nearly 1,700 participants and raised more than $157,000. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Melodie Hunt, Jeremy Hunt

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Diane Curry, Jasmine Dennis

Lori Wright, Todd Brown

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Wichita Wears

Holiday Fashion

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his is the time of year to let your inner fashionista loose. True, you may not wear a ball gown or a solid sequin dress many times, or ever, the rest of the year, but the holidays are here. Time to dress up! If you’re going to wear black, make it sparkle. If you don’t usually wear red, go for it. And don’t forget the metallic glimmer and glam of the season. And for New Year’s Eve pull out all the stops. Whether you ring in 2018 at a small gathering or a big social event, it’s going to be more fun if you know you’re knockin’ ‘em dead in that dress. - Bonnie Bing On the model: A striking silhouette plus luxurious texture equals a look that won’t soon be forgotten. A black taffeta skirt with pleated ruffle hemline by Teri Jon, $485, is worn with a black V-neck top by Joseph Ripkoff, $95. and designer wrap of silver and black “metallic cross” fox, $2,100. Earrings by Auden, $500. All at GM Clotheshorse.

Fashion director: Bonnie Bing - Photographer: Aaron Patton


Marching in wearing this shimmering gown is sure to turn heads. This gold metallic gown is by Lauren, $210. Earrings, $44, bracelet, $48, both by Badgley Mischka. All at Dillard’s.


Top left: Make a stunning entrance in this cobalt blue and black cut fringe brocade dress by Lela Rose. But thanks to the flounce back, you can also make a memorable exit. All at Lyndon’s. Top right: Snowy white shows up in a sea of black dresses, especially if it has a touch of sparkle. This white gown with crystal trim is by Daymor Couture, $705. Earrings, $301, necklace, $455, both by Jarin. All at GM Clotheshorse. Left: Velvet is a favorite fabric of the season this year and it’s even better when it comes in a rich emerald color. This dress is by Vince Camuto, $148. Earrings, $28 and bracelet, $38, are by Cezanne. All at Dillard’s All models in this section are courtesy of Models & Images. Dancers are from Friends University Ballet and Ballet Wichita, who are performing in their productions of “The Nutcracker.” From Ballet Wichita: Hannah Marie Wagner, Sarah Henderson, Alex Owens and Clara Messner. From Friends University Ballet: Lauren Kenas, Miayla Ayres, Miekka Vinduska, Hailey Colborn and Marlee Moeder.


This is the season to bring on the color and it certainly doesn’t have to be red or green to look festive and ready for a celebration. A black, gold, orange and green sequin dress by Ganni is finished in hand-sewn beads and sequins, $900. At Lyndon’s.


javan andrew, owner, j. andrew designs


VIP Professional J. Andrew Designs By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Madison Ham Models: Kaitlin Brazil, Aaron Rogers

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avan Andrew has a sense of adventure. And when he lost his favorite accessory, he discovered a new path. Andrew, 24, is the owner and namesake of J. Andrew, which started with a men’s jewelry line in 2015 being made in Wichita and has expanded into unisex jewelry, upscale bandannas and bags made of vintage fabrics. His product lines are now found in nearly 20 different men’s specialty stores and other boutiques, primarily on the Coasts, as well as being sold online on the company’s website and through trunk shows and select artisan shows here in Wichita and regionally. He started the jewelry line when he lost his favorite bracelet made of Tibetan agate stones and couldn’t find a suitable, similar quality replacement. He ended up making his own. Almost all of his bracelets and necklaces – which tend to be named for various countries and U.S. cities he’s visited and Wichita locales – are made of semi-precious, natural stones strung on stretch floss for better durability. His travels, both in the U.S. and abroad, have given him an appreciation for things with a sense of place and character, he said, like the World War II-era drop cloth fabric that he repurposes with local artisan and home design studio Liv+Work into accessory bags, the Japanese cotton and linen fabric that he uses for his line of bandannas or the semi-precious stones he uses in the jewelry. “I like things that the more you wear them, the better they look.” Online descriptions for products named for places detail the significance of their names, like the Tabor necklace made of Tibetan agate that’s named for Mount Tabor near Portland, Oregon, one of Andrew’s favorite U.S. cities, and the Eaton wrap bracelet made of turquoise that’s named for the former Eaton Hotel in Wichita. Andrew’s retail storefront in Wichita has been located in the Eaton, inside Liv+Work at 515 E. Douglas, but he recently acquired studio space at 520 S. Commerce to design and create all of his in-house product lines – the jewelry, bags and bandannas. Public visits will be by appointment only. He also sells fedoras, an accessory he loves to wear himself, as well as other men’s products such as colognes and flasks. The day after Andrew graduated from high school in his hometown of El Dorado, Kansas, he set off for a month-long trip to Australia and New Zealand. When he returned, he started working for a longtime Wichita menswear store, Johnston’s Clothier, where he eventually became the men’s accessory buyer. In June, he left that position to focus his efforts exclusively on J. Andrew. His experience at Johnston’s was invaluable, he said, as he gleaned knowledge about the retail and fashion industry, price points and the value of networking with other buyers and industry reps at the biannual Liberty Fairs men’s fashion events in New York City and Las Vegas. His mother, Robin, continues to work at Johnston’s and has been an inspiration and motivation for him. Andrew credits his mom with the idea for his wrap bracelet – he even named it for her – and with coming up with the idea for the free Movie in the Alley community event that J. Andrew and Liv+Work hosted the last Saturday of the month from May through October this year in Gallery Alley, an outdoor pop-up art gallery at 616 E. Douglas.


VIP • The Waterfront

Marcela Beeler, Gilda Waren, Lymari Rodriguez, Ileana Monarez

Madelyn Tritsch, Kylie Tritsch, Pete Tritsch, Taylor Tritsch

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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he Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk was back in Wichita for its third annual event on October 14 at The Waterfront. Making Strides, which is in its 25th year nationwide, unites communities behind the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer. Making Strides Wichita reflects its own community and it brings together survivors, caregivers, and men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. They celebrate their shared efforts, inspire each other to carry on and take comfort in the knowledge that because of their dedication, no one walks alone in the fight against breast cancer. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Abbie Scott, Anna Van Bunnen, Steph Hislop

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Ashley Oden, Jessica Drake

Fernanda Belton, Jordan Belton

Lisa Brown, Cecil Brown

Marlene Coker, John Geier

Amy Glover, Marlene Glover, Lisa Glover

Amy Hendricks, Sonja Kreutziger, Paula Ring

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Come enjoy an evening of…. Martini tasting Food tastings from local restaurants Silent and live auction Learn about the power of a WISH! A special Thank You to our event sponsors…...

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Mary Billings opened Love of Character in 2016 at the corner of Hillside and Douglas.

Love of Character By MeLinda Schnyder Photography by Madison Ham

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Where creativity originates

n the past year, the corner of Hillside and Douglas has been a campsite, a fairy garden and a hot air balloon launch, among dozens of other fantastical settings. The scene-shifting space and the creativity originates from Love of Character, a business that opened in 2016 with the tagline, “Adding character to your parties, gifts and life.” Half of the 1,800-square-foot space in the historic Dockum Building is party rental space while the rest is a retail store beautifully staged with party supplies, balloons, stationery, wedding invitations and a variety of small gifts. Owner Mary Billings grew up in Wichita with a creative streak inspired by her family. Her favorite memory from Christmas Eve dinners was the fun and fancy kid tables her aunt would set. She attended the University of Kansas, then returned to Wichita to work as an accountant at Koch Industries. One of her creative outlets was throwing themed parties, and she was good at it. Good enough for others to pay her to help throw their parties. She started a blog in 2013 where she shared her party creations with readers and documented do-it-yourself home improvement

projects as her and her husband renovated their College Hill home. That grew into an online store where she sold gift boxes and handmade decorations, then expanded to a full retail site with sourced party supplies. She named the blog For the Love of Character and stuck to that theme when she realized she needed a storefront to give her clients a party venue and a place to see and touch the party supplies she was recommending. Billings opened the shop in July with night and weekend hours only, then before last holiday season she quit her day job and went fulltime at Love of Character. Regular retail hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and the store is extending its hours to be open noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday through the holidays. The venue can be booked any day of the week year-round. It regularly hosts birthday parties for all ages as well as baby and wedding showers, and has even held meetings and Bunco groups. Some customers simply want to rent the space – which looks picture perfect even without additional décor – others bring ideas and supplies but want Billings’ help to pull it all together. Some turn over complete creative control to the Love of Character team. Continued on Page 78


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VIP • Wichita Boathouse

Judi McAnally, Kathy Rahn, Marcia Kampling, Vanessa Kampling, Karen Seiler, Jeanann Ketener, Connie Inslee, Megan Kampling

Wichita WIN Anniversary Kathy Siebert, Nicole Howerton

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

Trace Taul, Karen Schmidt

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he Wichita Women’s Initiative Network celebrated its platinum 20th anniversary with a casual fundraising event on October 13 at the Wichita Boathouse. WIN helps empower women in transition from domestic abuse situations with educational and employment opportunities. Since its founding, the nonprofit has helped nearly 200 women and their children with their services. Bonnie Bing Honeyman emceed the event, with Annie Up providing music. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Tom Winters, Gerry Winters, Jeff Van Sickle, Janice Van Sickle, Bob Benson, Noreen Carrocci

Janice Van Sickle, Andrea Scarpelli, Alta DeVore

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Tracy Iles, Cindy Miles, Angie Elliott

William Santiago, Eric Lawrence, Robb Fair

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Wichita WIN Anniversary [ a destination address – flint hills national ]

Kim Burton, Kaylie Burke, Elizabeth Hoffman, Alishea English-Harris

$759,900

Kimberly Hanna, Dani Hanna, Nicole Howerton, Marlys Gwaltney

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Barbara Thiessen, Karen Fleming, Kelly Harper, Kurt Harper

J.V. Johnston, Veronica Johnston, Betty Johnston, Jake Johnston, Marcia Allen

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VIP • Dillard’s

Jenn Arneson, Laura Roddy, Carla Bingenheimer

Anne Gegen, Julie Buth, Misha Bender, Melissa Hebb

Junior League

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Lin Nguyen, Kim Pham

Wichita

Holiday Shopping Event Kelly Watkins, Jason Watkins

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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illard’s held an exclusive shopping event to benefit Junior League of Wichita at its Towne East store November 15. All ticket sales and 10 percent of the shopping proceeds were donated to help the Junior League with its projects to combat child abuse. Shoppers enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres, deluxe swag bags and gifts with their purchases. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Gaylene Alderson, Brenda Johnson

Marci Bell, Krystian Fish, Anessa Relf

58 • December 2017

Emilie Graves, Becca Zecha, Sherri Hamilton

Katie Nolan, Renee Nolan

Jill Crotty, Michelle Kelley, Cyrus Chippeaux, Dotsie Cuillo

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VIP • Wichita Boathouse

Jan Becker, Amie Emerson, Eva Kaufman, Tracy Farrell, Jane Hanisch

Cabrini Bellinger, Betsy Bellinger, Camille Bellinger, Sophia Montemayor

Fundamental Learning Center

Fall Fashion Show Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

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Andrey Goff, Erik Goff

Heather Cartwright, Alexis Phillips

Kristin Bogner, Jeanine Phillips

Mac Foley, Kat Wurzler

he Fundamental Learning Center’s Fall Fashion Show, featuring clothing and accessories from Aspen Boutique, took place on October 19 at the Wichita Boathouse. The event benefits Fundamental Learning Center’s mission to help kids with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. For the past 20 years, FLC has offered assessment, consulting and educational services to private, parochial and public school systems across Kansas. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Tracy Iles, Holly Landon, Amanda Holder

60 • December 2017

Sara Vliet, Shonna Jones, Kenzie Jones

Back: Emma Cullimore, Jeanine Phillips, Lily Cullimore, Piper Guy Front: Dorise Cullimore

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Fundamental Learning Center Fall Fashion Show

Allyson Rodriguez, Stephanie Florence, Tiffany Knoedler

Eleanor Martinez, Erika Suppe

Sharon Hamilton, Chris Gunderson

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Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army

VIP Interview: The Salvation Army By MeLinda Schnyder

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his time of year, it’s hard to miss the sight of the famous red kettles of The Salvation Army Wichita or the sound of the volunteers ringing their bells while manning the kettles. When most people think of The Salvation Army they think of those red kettles or the Angel Tree program, which collects donations of gifts and distributes them to children in need that would otherwise be left out on Christmas. These efforts during the holidays provide great awareness of the organization, but it also causes some people to underestimate the scope of The Salvation Army. “Christmas may be when we are the most visible, but services are provided 365 days a year,” said Major Joseph Wheeler, The Salvation Army Wichita City Commander. “We are making a difference every day. From the homeless women or families being housed in our Emergency Lodge to clients coming in without a coat and leaving with a coat to provide warmth to the family on the verge of having their electricity or gas turned off to the foster child who ends up being in a safe and caring environment. Everything we do gives us the opportunity to restore hope to the hopeless and bring transformation of a bad situation to a good one or a life understanding that God cares for them.”

The organization started in England as the East London Society in 1865 and evolved into The Salvation Army, arriving in Wichita in 1886. It is a Christian movement and an international charitable organization structured with a military system to assist staff being deployed to areas of need. Wheeler has been an officer with The Salvation Army for 41 years and came to Wichita in 2015 to serve in the top local role. VIP: What is the mission of The Salvation Army Wichita? JW: Vulnerable members of our community, who include the disabled, working poor, children and senior citizens, find themselves either at or below the poverty guidelines. Many are facing financial issues because of unforeseen circumstances. Our goal is to restore hope and transform humanity. We do this through our compassionate services and the sharing of the gospel or good news. VIP: How does the Red Kettle Campaign support your mission? JW: The Red Kettle Campaign is a significant financial resource allowing us to support needs in our community. With a goal of $1.4 million for our annual campaign, the red kettles must secure $400,000 of our total goal. The Red Kettle Campaign started in San Francisco over 100 years ago to bring public

awareness to those in the community facing hunger and financial issues. Filling the red kettles assisted with The Salvation Army’s involvement in serving during the Christmas season, which should be merry and exciting but isn’t for those having financial difficulties. The message of Christmas is that God cares, and the work of The Salvation Army is to let the world know someone cares. It is hard to do more with less, which is why the Christmas Campaign is a critical time for The Salvation Army and our community. VIP: How is the organization funded? JW: The largest amount of support comes through the Christmas Campaign. Throughout the year we receive direct donations, hold special events such as our Back To School Giveaway, receive grants from corporations and foundations, and two of our programs receive some funding from our partnership with United Way of the Plains. VIP: Tell us about your programs and services. JW: We serve through a variety of program impacting all ages and cultures. Disaster Services: The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) provides relief to victims and emergency workers at disaster sites and major emergencies. Services


include food, clothing, spiritual care and cleanup assistance. The EDS team operates an on-call emergency mobile canteen that is activated on an as-needed basis, usually in response to a request from local city/ county emergency responders. The EDS team has assisted at train derailments, meth lab investigations, crime scene investigations, police actions, fire calls, child searches, DUI check points, tornados, floods, etc. Emergency Social Services: The Emergency Social Services (ESS) program provides basic needs items (food, utility assistance, clothing, baby items, transportation assistance, winter clothing and blankets, medication, etc.) to low-income and poverty-level families and individuals on an emergency basis from three Corps locations in Sedgwick County. Our focus is to provide services after other community resources are exhausted. Veterans Services: Our program assists low-income veterans and their families in obtaining and maintaining permanent stable housing. Foster Care: At any time, there are 7,000 children in the State of Kansas in out-of-home placement. As a Child Placing Agency, The Salvation Army Wichita Foster Care program helps connect children with safe, loving, caring licensed and sponsored families. Homeless Services: We offer emergency shelter for families and single women who are without other resources. Upon admission, the participant is assigned a case manager, who works with the family to develop a housing plan designed to address the barriers that caused them to become homeless. Pathway of Hope: This is an amazing dedicated program at the heart of our mission: offering a pathway from crisis to sufficiency, increasing the client’s stability and degree of hope along the way. Pathway of Hope provides resources and connections, including networks of support, a sense of community, holistic programs and spiritual guidance.

VIP: What is The Salvation Army Wichita’s reach? JW: We serve all of Sedgwick County. We’ve had a very successful 2017. To date this year, our staff and nearly 4,000 volunteers have helped 53,300 people with emergency assistance, served 66,400 meals, provided 25,700 nights of lodging, distributed 37,000 gifts to children and the elderly, served more than 2,000 people at disaster sites and made nearly 3,000 elderly visits in facilities. VIP: How does the local Salvation Army fit into the state, regional and national organization? JW: Worldwide serving in 128 countries, The Salvation Army is headed by the General, who directs the work of The Salvation Army from International Headquarters in London, England. For administrative purposes, the world is divided into geographical territories and commands, all accountable to the General. There is a National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, that coordinates the efforts of four territories in the United States. The Central Territory covers the 11 central states of the United States of which Kansas is a part. Wichita is part of the Kansas-Western Missouri division. VIP: What is the size of your organization? JW: The Salvation Army Wichita City Command has 66 employees and more than 3,500 volunteers. There are 43 Advisory Board members and 12 Young Professional’s Board members. VIP: How can readers support The Salvation Army of Wichita? JW: Donate to the Red Kettle Campaign in person or at redkettlereason.org or redkettlegifts.org. Year-round, visit centralusa.salvationarmy.org/wichita to make a donation, adopt an Angel, sponsor a family or volunteer.

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Teresa Rupp has led Child Start since 1983. As Executive Director, she works in partnership with the Board of Directors to see that their vision is carried out in the day to day services and activities of the organization, leads the organization’s staff, serves as Child Start’s primary spokesperson, and builds partnerships and area-wide capacity to address the needs of young children. Teresa began her career in college student services at Colby Community College and later served as a human resources planner for Springfield, Missouri. She earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University. Teresa was selected as a Kansas Health Foundation Leadership Fellow in 1999 and serves on the Wichita Metro Chamber’s Business and Education Alliance and on the board of the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care. This year Child Start hosted its third annual Polar Express Literacy Event at The Hotel at Old Town. At this event, Child Start held auctions to benefit the organization overall and to help raise funds for college scholarships given to two local high school seniors who were enrolled in Head Start as preschoolers. As part of the event, Child Start also partnered with the WSU Student Involvement Community Service Board and with Reformation Lutheran Sunday School to collect books to put in the hands of the 660 Head Start children they serve.


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Love of Character

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“We love that customers can come to us with a Pinterest board and trust us to make it come to life,” Billings said. “We have so much fun planning parties for all budgets. We get to use our creativity by coming up with fun yet affordable ways to make a party happen on a smaller budget as well as coming up with ways to take a party over the top with a big budget.” Billings and her team also throw events in the space that are open to the public and often sell out. Four sessions of Cookies with Santa sold out within minutes, as did the store’s second annual Nutcracker Tea Party with Ballet Wichita this month. “People want these cute, well-put-together, intimate experiences,” Billings said. “It’s been fun to bring that to the community.” The store’s events are typically limited to 16 to 20 guests and cost $20 or less per person. They also offer $10 craft sessions once a month. In 2018, Billings plans to throw several Valentine events along with other themed events throughout the year like this year’s popular garden party with fairies and gnomes. Billings continues to blog (loveofcharacter.com) about parties held at Love of Character to inspire other planners. Billings uses the retail part of her business to sell her favorite party supply products as well as gift items for all ages. The gifts can be used for party favors, hostess gifts, baby shower gifts, bachelorette party gifts or bundled into a box for a larger gift. The store’s mix of locally made, regional and nationally distributed gifts is fun to explore. You’ll find Sugarfina grown-up gummies made with Dom Pérignon bubbly to Kansas City’s Lake brand hand-poured soy candles to Avery & Grey bows and headbands made in Andover. There are greeting cards, books, journals, prints and seasonal items. Love of Character offers personalization options for many of its decorations and gifts, and you can buy single sheets of wrapping paper and have the staff wrap what you purchase.

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to be determined for the party, “the idea is for it to feel like a constant exploration and surprise around every turn,” King said. “It will all culminate with a rooftop party.” Her self-described “impatient side” has driven her to other involvement, too: working with city officials on plans to renovate and revive the Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square Park at 205 E. Douglas, which is the site of the former Woolworth building, and pushing for implementation of the city’s Douglas Revitalization Plan. “I’m not afraid to get involved and speak my opinion,” said King, who earlier that day had been at a City Council meeting for discussions on the proposed future of Century II. As The Workroom’s pet mascot, a parakeet named Mr. Artie, chirped in the background, King was a bit cagey when asked about future plans for her business: “I’m looking at some more business ventures that are complementary to where I’m at.” But one thing’s for sure, she’ll keep looking for ways to expand her community involvement and engagement to make Wichita a desirable place to call home and to visit. “I don’t know what maintaining is. I’m always looking for what’s next.”

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• December Shopping Hours Mon thru Sat 10am to 5pm Sun 1pm to 5pm • Fresh Designer Florals Daily • Free Gift Wrap and Local Delivery

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VIP Wichita Magazine - December 2017