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NEVER STOP STARTING.

Countless victories lie ahead because of the fire inside us. This isn’t about having a single vision for our hometown. It’s about unique individuals having the courage and stamina to win, wake up and start again. Let’s reimagine, reinvent and reinvest. Because the city we want to become is always on the other side of start.

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VIP Wichita March Table of

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American Heart Association Heart Ball Death by Chocolate Palette to Palate Shaker Full of Wishes Galentine’s Day - A Celebration of Sisterhood The Date Maven Seven Year Itch Party Juliette’s Pearls Leadership Society Luncheon Tour de Cure Kickoff J. Andrew Designs Sahara Preview Party JayDoc Community Clinic Awards Dinner WIBA Annual Meeting Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Lunch

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Tournament Time in Wichita Travis Heying, Taylor Eldridge - Basketball is VIP Professional: DJ Carbon Wichita Wears She Means Business: Marty Spence #WichitaFlag

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VIP • Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview

Robyn Jackson, Dustin Jackson, Troy Lawson, Kristi Lawson

Stephanie Golden, Cole Golden, Marq Sams, Kelly Sams

American Heart Association

Heart Ball

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Tripp Owings, Tijen Owings

Abby Streit, Peyton Vanderhoofven

Lee Ritchie, Ingrid Gill

Jason Desai, Monique Terry

ichita’s 24th annual American Heart Association Heart Ball was held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview on February 17. The popular event celebrated building healthier lives and the positive impact the organization has on the Wichita community. The gala recognized the accomplishments made over the past year through innovative research, strategic partnerships, advocacy and focus on the mission to improve the lives of all Americans. The night included a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, live auction and dancing. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Jan Siefkes, Joan Moore, Katie Leiding

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Drew Kice, Megan Kice, Nancy Michaelis, Matt Michaelis

Brian Heinrichs, Joy Heinrichs, Jenny Murray, Brad Murray

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American Heart Association Heart Ball

Kevin Hennen, Melissa Hennen, Krista Ybarra, Adam Ybarra

Angie Funk, Evan Funk

Chris Ochs, Kasey Ochs, Robin Welch, Chuck Welch

Shane Batchelder, Sara Batchelder, Ching Brubaker, Brian Brubaker

Christa Rude Vazeos, Dan Peare

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VIP • Exploration Place

Richard Marko, Mary Lou Marko, Ron Estes, Debby Ek, Greg Ek

Betsy Redler, Scott Redler, Beth Rohrig, Tim Rohrig, Mike Scholes, Jessica Scholes

Death By Chocolate Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

Sudha Tokala, Lizuly Monarrez

Kate Christopherson, Stephanie Farley

Donna Clemons, Melchester Clemons

Mara Garza, Mario Quiroz

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he 12th annual Death by Chocolate on February 24 at Exploration Place showcased the creations of more than 40 local chefs, bakeries, restaurants and other culinary-related businesses. During the event, which is the science center’s largest fundraiser, event-goers sampled desserts, savory treats and beverages, while enjoying live music, bidding on silent auction items and experiencing current exhibitions. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Jay Prater, Julie Prater, Rob Snyder, Susan Peters, Sara Garrison, Phil Garrison

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Daisy Shumake, Dylan Silveira, Lauren Llanes, Adam Potter

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Death By Chocolate

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Tess Steckline, Michael O’Donnell, LewJene Schneider, Tony Caputo

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VIP • Mark Arts

Tymber Lee, Jennifer Lee, Shelly Babich, Mike Babich

London Younger, Galina Younger, Janane Zayat, Estephan Zayat

Palette to Palate Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

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he eighth annual Palette to Palate fundraiser for KETCH took place on February 23 at Mark Arts. This year’s theme for the annual wine and art event was “unmasking potential,” giving attendees an opportunity to indulge in an enchanted evening of decadence and intrigue as they spent the evening masquerading as a wine aficionado. Since its inception in 1964, the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped, Inc. (KETCH) has stood as a leader in the rehabilitation industry, serving more than 30,000 individuals with disabilities. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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Palette to Palate

Teea Haffley, Jay Haffley, Dan Peare, Christa Rude Vazeos

Jeff Howard, Jill Howard

Cathy Schmitt, Jan Bishop

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Tournament Time Downtown Wichita takes center stage as Intrust Bank Arena hosts NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

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By Melinda Schnyder - Photography by Aaron Patton

as anyone else noticed that when you’re outside of Kansas, wearing a Wichita State Shockers T-shirt attracts more attention than it used to get? By more attention, I mean any attention. As frequent travelers and with access to WSU season tickets for more than two decades, my husband and I have worn Shocker gear around the country. It largely went unnoticed, or at least uncommented on, until the past five years during which the Shocker program made a surprising Final Four run in 2013, followed by an undefeated regular season and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament in 2014, then a Sweet Sixteen season in

2015. Now, strangers stop us to talk about the current Shockers, former players now in the NBA or head coach Gregg Marshall. It’s safe to say that most people who are interested in college basketball know about Wichita State University, though it’s also safe to say few know of or have visited the city. City boosters hope that will change this March as Wichita hosts the first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Eight teams, to be announced on March 11, will play a total of six games in Wichita – four on Thursday, March 15, and two

on Saturday, March 17. The games will be nationally televised and athletes and fans from across the country will come to Wichita. The last time the men’s tournament came to Wichita was 1994, when it was played at the Kansas Coliseum, so this is the first time to welcome men’s college basketball athletes and fans from around the country to downtown Wichita and the 15,000-seat Intrust Bank Arena. “Everyone has heard of the Shockers and knows Wichita State is a great basketball program but not all of them know about the city behind the team,” said Jason Gregory, executive vice president for Downtown Wichita, an affiliate of the Greater Wichita Partnership. “This is a great opportunity to put the city on the national stage and to showcase all the great things we have.” A basketball-centric community – fueled by the Shockers’ success – was one of the elements that likely lured the NCAA, along with a downtown arena that opened in 2010 and a new airport terminal in 2015. Visit Wichita estimates $10 million in direct spending across the city will occur that weekend, from hotel rooms to restaurant and bar tabs to entrance fees at area attractions. The convention and visitors bureau was one of six local entities that collaborated on the winning bid to compete against the other communities in the region that regularly host this tournament: Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Tulsa and Omaha. Others involved in securing Wichita as a host city were the City of Wichita, Intrust Bank Arena, Sedgwick County, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and Wichita State University. Because WSU is considered the host school, the Shockers are not permitted to play at the site where the institution is hosting. For event and sports industry professionals, hosting NCAA men’s basketball tournament games is a career highlight. It’ll also be an important achievement on the resume of the 8-year-old arena, which was built with the support of Sedgwick County taxpayers, many of who lent their support with the hope that it would help Wichita land this prized event. Already, being able to say the city is hosting this event has opened doors for attracting other events to Wichita, said Moji Rosson, vice president of Sales for Visit Wichita. “It’s a very recognizable event, so when you say that you’re hosting the NCAA basketball tournament it puts you on another level of competition,” she said. “We’ve entered the big leagues and we’re ready to play ball.” In 2018 alone, Wichita is hosting four significant sporting events. In addition to the NCAA event, 2,500 athletes and fans came to Wichita for the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in January, the USA Waterski and the American Water Ski Association National Championships arrive in August and the Continued on Page 61


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VIP • Abode Venue

Paul Kelsey, Debbie Kelsey, Jim Voegeli, Sarah Kriwiel, Kristi Hampel, Missy Hampel, Ken Hampel

Shaker Full of Wishes Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

Jenny Hoppock, John Frankenfield

Keith Asplund, LeAnne Miller

Aaron Shriver, Christina Shriver

Tina Cox, Tracy Underwood

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he third annual Shaker Full of Wishes, a martinitasting event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, happened February 2 at Abode Venue. Money raised from the event, which included a silent auction, helps grant the wishes of Kansas kids with life-threatening conditions. More than 130 qualified children are on the waiting list to have their wishes granted. Co-chairs of the event were Dan Welch and Kristi Hampel. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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IS ARTHRITIS SLOWING YOU DOWN? Here’s What You Need to Know Orthopedic Surgeon Christopher Anderson, MD, answers some of the most commonly asked questions about arthritis. Dr. Anderson obtained his medical degree from the University of Kansas and practices at Advanced Orthopedic Associates in Wichita. Dr. Anderson is board certified and fellowship trained in joint replacement, he completed a total joint reconstruction fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, IL and is a leader in the growing space of robotics-assisted orthopedic surgery. By Dr. Christopher Anderson Why should I be concerned about arthritis? Arthritis is a growing national health concern as the #1 cause of disability in the U.S. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that arthritis and related conditions account for an estimated 6.7 million hospitalizations and $156 billion in lost wages and medical expenses each year.i Isn’t arthritis a disease of old age? Arthritis is an equal opportunity illness that can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethic group or age. Most U.S. adults diagnosed with arthritis are of working age, from 18 to 64 years old.ii What are my chances of getting arthritis? Arthritis affects more than 50 million American adults or approximately 20 percent of people over age 18. By 2040, the CDC projects the number will rise to 78 million adults, or a quarter of the population.iii Are there different kinds of arthritis? There are over 100 types of arthritis! The most common form of arthritis in the U.S. is osteoarthritis, a progressive degeneration of joint cartilage, mainly in the knee, hip or hand.

What causes osteoarthritis? The main cause is genetic, so having a family history may make you more susceptible. However, doctors are also seeing more of what we call the “wear and tear phenomenon.” Simply, people are living longer and cartilage doesn’t regenerate. When it’s gone, arthritis sets in. What treatments exist for osteoarthritis? Doctors offer a variety of conservative treatments to help patients manage the pain, including physical therapy, medications, and injections. If the pain doesn’t get better, the next step may be minimally invasive surgery to diagnose and treat the damaged cartilage or tissues. What about joint replacement surgery? If pain impacts the quality of your life, your doctor may recommend a joint replacement. Joint replacements have been around for 40 years with very successful results. Knee replacements are the number one joint replacement surgery in the U.S., nearing 1 million this year alone.iv What are the latest developments in joint replacement? Joint replacement is being transformed by robotic technologies that help ensure accurate placement

of joint implants, crucial to their long term success. Implants are improving, too. Newer devices provide more natural results and are lasting longer than in the past. Is there anything I can do to prevent osteoarthritis? Be sure to talk with your doctor. Good ways to avoid or manage osteoarthritis include: eating a wholesome diet full of fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids; maintaining a healthy weight; exercising to strengthen the muscles around your joints; and, being active—cartilage has to be used to stay healthy! Are you interested in learning more about Dr. Anderson and his innovative approach to patient care? Visit www.clandersonMD.com or call 316-631-1660 to learn more. i Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis Facts: Economic Impact. Retrieved from http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/ arthritis-statistics-facts.php ii Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Theis KA, Murphy LB, Hootman JM, Brady, Cheng YJ: Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation—United States, 2010-2012. MMWR 2013;62(44): 869-873. Retrieved from http://www.boneandjointburden.org/2014-report/ ivb0/prevalence-arthritic-conditions iii Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Improving the Quality of Life for People With Arthritis At A Glance 2016. Retrieved from https:// www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/arthritis.htm iv Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis Facts: Economic Impact. Retrieved from http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/arthritisstatistics-facts.php


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Christopher Anderson, MD Dr. Christopher Anderson is a fellowship trained, board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of hip and knee conditions. Dr. Anderson completed a total joint reconstruction fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Il. As a Kansas native, he is driven to offer patients in his home state the most effective orthopedic solutions available today. For treating knee pain, Dr. Anderson is a leader in the growing space of robotics assisted total and partial knee replacement.

What is robotics-assisted partial and total knee replacement? Robotic assistance in surgery is a new and growing trend designed to improve surgical accuracy and patient outcomes. Using a robotic system called NAVIO, Dr. Anderson is able to individualize the procedure to each patient he sees.

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Through an advanced computer program, the NAVIO system relays precise information to Dr. Anderson during the procedure. Using this data, boundaries are established for a robotics-assisted surgical tool to remove the damaged surface of your knee and position the knee implant with greater accuracy.

Are you interested in learning more about Dr. Anderson and his innovative approach to patient care? Visit www.clandersonMD.com or call 316-631-1660 to learn more

About Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center

Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center is the premier elective surgery specialty hospital in Wichita. For treating knee pain, we offer one of the most advanced technologies available today - NAVIO robotic assistance. NAVIO technology provides our surgeons with an extra layer of precision and accuracy – crucial to the success of the procedure. We are the only center in Wichita able to offer this technology.


VIP • The Workroom

Janeen Matacchiera, Portia Portugal, Marisa VanSkiver, Andrea Stang

Megan Fogarty, Liz Jackel, Bree Cox

Galentine’s Day A Celebration of Sisterhood Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Emily Miller Yamanaka, Izora Yamanaka

Kim Trupia, Chelsea Herrera

Jennifer Uptmor, Lauren Mercado

Shawna McCanless, Kaemie McCanless

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he Workroom hosted a Galentine’s celebration with several other local businesses on February 13. The popular event, themed “Ovaries Before Brovaries,” featured treats from Little Lion Ice Cream and Grace Hill Winery. Attendees shopped for merchandise from Handpicked Los Angeles, Skin Essentials and Wire Wrap Jewelry by Luke Swearingen, while photographer Kacy Meinecke took headshots. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Joey Allen, Kristina Whitaker, Jesse Allen

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Audrey Wade, Abbey Read, Danielle Thompson

Kyli Webber, Katie Mitchell, Kim Dick

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Galentine’s Day A Celebration of Sisterhood

Front row: Donna Miller, Joey Kate Laurie, Ria Farmer Back row: Teri Wilson, Carole Morriss, Margi Young

Susan Moeder, Kellie Hogan

Pam Edmondson, Jennifer Uptmor, Taylor Holder

Ashlea Wilson, Lauren Mercado, Erica Thomas

Josh Cook, Ian Miller

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Aero Plains Brewing • VIP

Jovana Johnson, Kitch Peterson, Suzanna Mathews

Kesia Salazar, Erika Calvin, Sheona Sleiman

The Date Maven Seven Year Itch Party

Taylor Stevenson, Jeremy McTaggart

Susanne Suellentrop, Cathy Suellentrop

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

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uzanna Mathews, known to most as The Date Maven, hosted a “Seven Year Itch” party on Valentine’s Day at Aero Plains Brewing on February 14. The event celebrated Mathews’ seven-year anniversary founding The Date Maven, a premier date coaching consultancy and boutique matchmaking service. Aero Plains Brewing concocted a special raspberry hibiscus-infused pink brew to commemorate the evening. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Kevin Adkins, John Hux, Jonathan Bender, Kordi Ale-Ebrahim

Marc Colcord, Suzanna Mathews, Aaron Watkins, Jason Jantz

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Taylor Stevenson, Krissy Buck, Jennifer Scheck

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Basketball is our business By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Aaron Patton

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aylor Eldridge and Travis Heying are having a great basketball season. They’re putting in lots of time in arenas and locker rooms and racking up some impressive stats – with Heying getting as many as 4,000 shots a game and Eldridge having thousands of fans and followers of his tweets, videos and stories. The pair have been providing tag team coverage for The Wichita Eagle of a nationally ranked college basketball team – one some say is Final Four-bound – as the Wichita State Shockers play their rookie season in the American Athletic Conference. “Ten years ago, if you would have said the Shockers would play UConn and beat them by 20 points, I would have said that’s crazy,” said Heying, a visual journalist who’s been covering the Shockers for The Wichita Eagle and kansas.com since 2005. “It’s been a seismic change.” With 11 other member schools in Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, the American Athletic Conference covers a lot more geographic ground than that of the former Midwest-centric Missouri Valley Conference that the Shockers belonged to for the past 72 years. The cities are a lot bigger, too – including Philadelphia, Houston, Tampa, New Orleans and Memphis. “That definitely makes the trips more exciting,” Heying said. And with the Shockers success and expected run in the NCAA tournament, the pair will be anxiously awaiting – along with fans and the team – to see where they might be headed for post-season coverage during March Madness. While Heying is the veteran of the two, Eldridge is a newcomer to the field of full-time college sports reporting. This is his first season covering the Shocker beat. For the past eight years, the Goddard, Kansas, native was a correspondent for The Eagle and two other area publications, covering high school basketball games in Wichita and surrounding communities. He supplemented his freelance earnings during that time with various other jobs. When The Eagle needed to replace its Shockers beat reporter, who had taken a job with WSU athletics last summer, Heying suggested to its editor that Eldridge be recruited for the job. Heying, who covers a variety of assignments including high school basketball, had seen the following Eldridge had developed with his innovative approach to covering high school sports, doing in-depth analysis and posting on social media. “I did that because I knew that it’s not enough to just cover the

games anymore. You have to be savvy with social media,” said Heying. Social media has really changed the game of covering sports, and Eldridge and Heying are always looking for ways to engage and satisfy the thirst of Shocker fans for any bits of insight. Covering a nationally ranked team often means their work catches the attention of other basketball followers too, as well as Shocker fans across the country and the 7,500-plus members of the closed Facebook group called the Shocker Faithful. “If you want to know what’s happening with Wichita State basketball, you come to us,” said Heying, of The Eagle’s and kansas.com’s extensive Shocker coverage. Eldridge tweets numerous times while a game is underway. During halftime, Heying sends first-half game shots to The Eagle to post on kansas.com and to the Associated Press to distribute to other news outlets. After the game, the pair create as many as four videos: of Eldridge on the court offering a post-game roundup, of post-game press conferences with Shocker coaches and players and sometimes those of the opponents, and other less formal player commentaries. Oh, and then there’s the traditional writing of a story and going through more photos to publish. With kansas.com – the website of The Eagle – the stories, photos and videos are posted within and hour or two after a game’s conclusion. A few months ago, Heying produced a popular video that gave a behind-the-scenes look at how he captures photos in Koch Arena, the Shockers’ home court. He operates as many as four cameras during a game – one in his hand and three that are positioned and secured well before tipoff in places like above the rim or up in catwalks. Every time he snaps the camera in his hand, the remote cameras fire, as well. “I do that because I try to not miss something. You don’t want there to be a play that determines the game and I miss it because a ref was in the way.” In between games, Eldridge’s stories provides insights about the players and coaches who in Wichita have instant celebrity status as members of a much-loved hometown team – like the big heart senior forward Zach Brown has for kids or why junior guard and former Wichita East High School player Samaja Haynes-Jones prefers a different fit for his basketball shorts. For Heying, he’s relishing his work of telling the Shockers’ season through visual media. “I love covering it because I know how much it means to the people living here.”

“If you want to know what’s happening with Wichita State basketball, you come to us.” - Travis Heying


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VIP • Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview

Sylvia Bribiesca Penner, Jennifer McLeod Kassebaum, Gloria Farha Flentje

Monique Pope, Tammy Griffith, Ann Marie Siegwarth

Juliette’s Pearls Leadership Society

Luncheon

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Sylvia Acevedo, Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker

Sharon Bastian, Diane Wilson

Freda Hudspeth, Arnold Hudspeth

Reeny Botros, Jeanne-Marie Neuroth

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uliette’s Pearls Leadership Society held its third annual luncheon on February 21 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. The keynote speaker was Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. Acevedo is also an engineer, entrepreneur, rocket scientist and author. The 2018 Honorary Chair was former senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker. Juliette’s Pearls Leadership Society was founded in 2014 to benefit Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland and to advance Juliette Low’s vision of giving all girls the opportunity to discover, lead and make their communities a better place. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

Rachel Williams, Katie Potter, Barbara Fowler, Sheryl Stanley

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Tony Vizzini, Patricia Vizzini, Joan Wagner

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Juliette’s Pearls Leadership Society Luncheon

Betsy Redler, Nancy LeCompte, Mimi Balazs Shellito, Deirdre O’Farrell, Steffanie Hecox

Ellen Fiedler Estes, Krista Wagner

Mike Wagner, Connie Bahl

Annie Fiedler Vice, Margo Martin

Sharon Allen, Diane Wilson

Liz Workman, Emelie Knobloch, Collin Baird, Brandy Hearting

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VIP • Aloft Hotel

Tour de Cure Kickoff Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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he American Diabetes Association’s Wichita office held a kickoff event February 20 at Aloft Hotel for teams planning to participate in its upcoming Tour de Cure fundraiser. The Tour de Cure event, which has cycling, running and walking options, happens Saturday, April 28, at Aloft. It is the ADA’s premier fundraising campaign nationwide. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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A NEW PRODUCTION OF ‘LA TRAVIATA’ MARKS ANOTHER COUP FOR WGO By Sam Jack With the premiere of a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” on April 7th, Wichita Grand Opera’s Artistic Director Parvan Bakardiev marks another coup for Wichita. Having spent his entire career conducting for and coaching opera superstars at the finest opera houses and arenas around the globe to packed houses of 15,000 to 20,000, Maestro Eugene Kohn is set to make his eagerly anticipated return to WGO after a long hiatus. Kohn, who has served as the Music Director for both Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo for the last ten years, previously conducted WGO’s Gala Christmas Concert starring Placido Domingo in 2002 and the ground-breaking “Carmen on the Lake” production at Bradley Fair in 2003. In addition to the return of Maestro Kohn, “La Traviata” will mark the dual WGO debuts of two young singers. Puerto Rican Soprano Larisa Martinez makes her role debut as Violetta, the “Fallen Woman” of the opera’s title. Violetta, a magnificently complex character, requires a leading lady who is both a superb singer and a brilliant actress. “We are very excited to welcome Larisa Martinez, one of the brightest young stars of the opera world today, as she makes her Wichita Grand Opera debut, and her role debut in the very challenging role of Violetta,” said Parvan Bakardiev, Artistic Director of the Wichita Grand Opera. “Her charisma, poise, and amazing vocal talents will make her portrayal of the role one of the highlights in a very diverse season.” Martinez sang selections from “La Traviata,” as well

as other opera favorites, to enthusiastic crowds during a five-city tour with Andrea Bocelli last year. “It is a unique opportunity, a unique experience, to get to sing opera in front of 20,000 people in one night,” she said. “It’s a great orchestra, and Andrea has a great team. For an opera singer, it’s such a cool experience, and I’m lucky to be part of it.” Martinez will go back on the road with Bocelli following her Wichita debut, including a performance at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Singing the “Brindisi” duet with Bocelli is always a thrill, but right now, Martinez is most excited about getting the chance to interpret the full role of Violetta on stage. “In the beginning we see her full of joy and the pleasures of the world. That changes slowly. She’s being pulled in different directions. Verdi does such a great job of representing that with music – how conflicted she is inside,” she said. Martinez lives in New York City now, but she is a Puerto Rico native. She has participated in many benefit concerts and events since Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory, including a multi-artist benefit concert at the Metropolitan Opera and another alongside violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, her significant other, to benefit the Puerto Rico chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. “Most of my family in Puerto Rico is still without power to this day, so it is heartbreaking, and something I think about every day,” Martinez said. “Many people here in New York want to help.

Every time I’m invited, I make time if I can, because it’s so important to me.” Tenor Cody Austin brings his acclaimed interpretation of Alfredo to Wichita for the first time. Alfredo wants to marry Violetta, but his father objects to having a courtesan join the family. Violetta, dying of consumption, decides that she does not want to cause a rift, giving up on her dreams of happiness. After Alfredo forces the issue by showing up unannounced at a Parisian party, she is forced to deny her love for him. “He has no idea that she loves him so much that she is willing to hurt him,” Austin said. “Everybody can relate to that, in some form or fashion.” Austin’s recent highlights include Edmondo in “Manon Lescaut” at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Roméo in “Roméo et Juliette” for Virginia Opera. On Feb. 18, he made his role debut as Don Josen in “Carmen.” “Literally right after doing Don Jose, I’m flying out to Wichita to start rehearsals for Alfredo, and it’s a complete character change. I’m very excited, because it’s an opera I’m very passionate about,” Austin said. “La Traviata” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7th, in the Century II Concert Hall. Tickets range in price from $37 to $85, and discounted student tickets are available. For more information, visit www.wichitagrandopera. org or call the WGO Box Office at 316-262-8054. For tickets, call the WGO Box Office at 316-262-8054 or online at SelectaSeat.com.


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f you’ve been to a charity fundraiser, a bar or a community event in Wichita during the past two decades, you’ve likely tapped your toes, nodded your head or sang along to music being played by James Bobetsky. Better known as DJ Carbon, he is hired to provide the soundtrack for events such as Zoobilee, Riverfest and Tallgrass Film Festival in addition to regular weekly and monthly gigs across the city. “I’ve made it my goal to be the go-to for marquee events and cool spaces in Wichita,” Bobetsky said. “Wichita has been so good to me. The opportunities I get here floor me.” Just a few months ago, he played the first private event at the new $20 million Mark Arts center and this month he’s part of the biggest event coming to Wichita in 2018. He’ll be the DJ at the official Fan Fest event north of Intrust Bank Arena on March 15 when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship first-round games are played inside the arena. There are two types of DJs. One simply pushes play. The other uses creativity and technical skills, matching the tempo of two songs to play them like they are one. Bobetsky is known for his deep knowledge of music and his ability to blend old and new songs that appeal to diverse audiences. He said he’s fortunate to have earned the trust of clients who hire

him and let him perform freestyle, meaning there are no set playlists. “A DJ’s job is to read and respond so I don’t want to come in with a planned set,” he said. “Every event is different and every crowd is different. I love to see where the crowd takes me and where I take the crowd.” While he still owns about 10,000 vinyl records, Bobetsky now only has to haul a mixer and two turntables with time control vinyl records that allow him to work from digital audio files. His father’s aviation job brought the born and raised New Yorker to Wichita as a high school junior in 1997. He had deejayed before arriving in Wichita but didn’t pick it back up until 2001, when his first gig led to a residency at the original Finn’s Lounge at First and Rock Island. Since then, Bobetsky estimates he’s held a residency at nearly every Old Town establishment past and present. His current Wednesday night gig is at Industry Old Town, where he is joined by Willy Simms on guitar and Justin Crump on drums for what he describes as a live remix session. Bobetsky also has a standing gig on the first Saturday of each month at Carousel Skate Center, where he provides the beats for an adult skate night. The event has been selling out so in March there will be two events (March 3 and March 24). Continued on Page 61

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Wichita Wears A Glimpse of Spring Photography by Aaron Patton


A versatile fit and flare dress by Joseph Ribkoff is lined, made of polyester and Spandex, $279. Handmade necklace by D&M Designs, $915, bracelet by Saba, $305. All from GM Clotheshorse. Previous page: A long skirt of diaphanous fabric is more versatile than you might think. Wear it with a T-shirt and sandals for a breezy, casual look, or dress it up with a lacy midriff top that sparkles. This dusty blue chiffon skirt, $210, and white Chantilly lace off-the-shoulder crop top, $312.50, is by local fashion designer Alicia Yvarra at Vanya Designs.


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t might be winter, but this is the time of year spring fashions start showing up in your favorite stores. Every year the arrival of flirty dresses seems to promise us warm, sunny days are ahead. And this spring there will be an abundance of feminine florals and fun prints to slide into. If you like fabrics that float and ruffles that flutter, get ready for a wide range of choices. Off-the-shoulder styles, mid-length hems and pretty pleats also are some of the trends you can choose from. And of course spring and summer will bring beautiful weddings, but the bride won’t be the only one looking for that perfect dress. - Bonnie Bing

Above: This tiered, pleated, color block dress is short and sweet. Dress it up or make it casual. The dress by Delfi, $387, can be worn on the shoulders, off the shoulders and even as a one-shoulder look. From Pink Saloon. Right: Flowers bloom at the hem of this navy polyester satin dress with stretch jersey off-the-shoulder bodice, by Joseph Ribkoff, $271. Necklace, $505, bracelet, $169 and earrings, $85, all by Konplott. All from GM Clotheshorse.

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Downtown Wichita will host numerous events for all ages surrounding the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournamet at Intrust Bank Arena March 14-17. Here is a list of the must-see events curated by Vist Wichita.

Wednesday, March 14

Open Practice Day Time: TBA Admission: Free Watch the eight teams practice for free without a ticket 2018 Wichita Brewing Company Tailgate Party Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Free Large tailgate party with beer, pizza and food trucks Battle of the Brackets Time: TBA Admission: Varies Giant outdoor glass tent sports bar with food, drinks, live music and dueling pianos Courtside on Commerce Street Time: 4 p.m. -10 p.m. Admission: Free Party on the Patio Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: Free Virtual reality truck, DJ, food and drinks on the patio

Thursday, March 15

Fan Fest Time: Begins 2 hours before tip-off Admission: Free Beer gardens, food trucks, live DJ, “Big Shot” basketball and sports court and large televisions to watch the games Bracket Bash – Presented by Barleycorn’s and Wichita Festivals, Inc. Time: Exact times based on tip-off times Admission: Free Food, drink, carnival and tailgating games, music and TVs to watch the games Brews and Basketball Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: Free Specialty beer for college basketball fans, food trucks and live music 2018 Wichita Brewing Company Tailgate Party Time: 9 a.m.-midnight Admission: Free Large tailgate party with beer, pizza and food trucks

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Battle of the Brackets Time: 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Admission: Varies Giant outdoor glass tent sports bar with food, drinks, live music and dueling pianos Courtside on Commerce Street Time: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Admission: Free

Mort’s Cigar & Martini Bar Watch Party Time: 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Admission: Free Food pavilion serving breakfast, lunch and dinner served up by Wichita Wagonmasters, live music and a heated and cooled patio

Saturday, March 17

Party on the Patio Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: Free Virtual reality truck, DJ, food and drinks on the patio

12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Historic Delano Time: Noon Admission: Free Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade with floats, bagpipes and excitement

Mort’s Cigar & Martini Bar Watch Party Time: Thursday 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Admission: Free Food pavilion serving breakfast, lunch and dinner served up by Wichita Wagonmasters, live music and a heated and cooled patio

Bracket Bash – Presented by Barleycorn’s and Wichita Festivals, Inc. Time: Exact times based on tip-off times Admission: Free Food, drink, carnival and tailgating games, music and TVs to watch the games

Friday, March 16

2018 Wichita Brewing Company Tailgate Party Time: 9 a.m.-midnight Admission: Free Large tailgate party with beer, pizza and food trucks

Bracket Bash – Presented by Barleycorn’s and Wichita Festivals, Inc. Time: Exact times based on tip-off times Admission: Free Food, drink, carnival and tailgating games, music and TVs to watch the games 2018 Wichita Brewing Company Tailgate Party Time: 9 a.m.-midnight Admission: Free Large tailgate party with beer, pizza and food trucks Battle of the Brackets Time: 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Admission: Varies Giant outdoor glass tent sports bar with food, drinks, live music and dueling pianos Brews and Basketball Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: Free Specialty beer for college basketball fans, food trucks and live music Courtside on Commerce Street Time: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission: Free Party on the Patio Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: Free Virtual reality truck, DJ, food and drinks on the patio

Battle of the Brackets Time: 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Admission: Varies Giant outdoor glass tent sports bar with food, drinks, live music and dueling pianos Brews and Basketball Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: Free Specialty beer for college basketball fans, food trucks and live music Courtside on Commerce Street Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: Free Party on the Patio Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: Free Virtual reality truck, DJ, food and drinks on the patio Mort’s Cigar & Martini Bar Watch Party Time: 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Admission: Free Food pavilion serving breakfast, lunch and dinner served up by Wichita Wagonmasters, live music and a heated and cooled patio

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Marty Spence By Scott Elpers - Photography by Madison Ham

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ven on a cold day, Songbird Juice Co. has the vibrant feel of a fresh, spring morning. That’s exactly the mark Marty Spence was striving for when she opened Wichita’s original cold press juice bar more than two years ago. Even the name, Songbird, is a nod to her grandmother and Spence’s rural upbringing just outside of Wichita. “I love when things remind me of home,” Spence said. “This place definitely reminds me of home.” It was also Spence’s family who inspired her to bring healthy eating options uncommon in The Midwest. After her mother suffered a series of medical setbacks, Spence, an only child, took over the role as primary caregiver. “She wasn’t able to enjoy food. It made me realize immediately that I needed to get smart about nutrition for her,” Spence said. “I had this longing for easy, open access to nutrition here in Wichita. We just didn’t have that.” Spence extensively studied nutrition. After nine years of caring for her mother, Spence had used nutritious food to eliminate 10 of her mother’s 16 daily medications. “When you pick up an apple, at the end of the day, you should know it’s an apple,” she said. “Songbird Juice Co. began with that concept.” Wanting to bring healthy living to Wichita, she moved quickly, opening Songbird in just six months in 2015. “I’m a woman of action. I moved very fast,” said Spence, who has a business degree from Wichita State University and had previously worked as a volunteer coordinator at Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center. Songbird Juice Co. uses cold press technology, allowing juice to preserve nutrients for a healthier, longer shelf life. The raw, nonpasteurized juice is pressed every day in-house at Songbird’s flagship location in the heart of Riverside at 1142 N. Bitting. The flavors (and bright colors) vary, but juices and smoothies at Songbird are always an eclectic combination of fresh, natural ingredients. Songbird also has a food truck, making the rounds at local farmers’ markets offering products and juicing demonstrations. “My juices are built for need and taste. There is nothing on the shelf that doesn’t taste good,” Spence said. “Some people might label me a hippie at heart. I just try to be as natural as I can.”


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uring its annual meeting February 9 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, Visit Wichita highlighted six exceptional people, businesses and organizations for significant contributions to hospitality and tourism during 2017. Honorees included Wichita Marriott Hotel, Exploration Place, The Spice Merchant owners Bob and Sue Boewe, Brad Pittman of Wichita State University, Michael Monteferrante of Envision, Inc. and Jim and Sherri Fouts of Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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By Sharon Nelson Have you bought furniture or accessories and then realized the items are too large or small for your space? Or have you kept a room almost empty because you have no idea where to start? These problems reoccur unless you bring in a professional designer to put you on the right path. You may know what you like but don't understand proportion, color tones, spatial issues or how to make your house feel like a home. This month, we’ll discuss three rooms with common design dilemmas and ideas to fix them.

Living rooms often sit unused in homes that also have a family room. Visualize how to best use it for your family. Do you have a piano that could turn the room into a music room? Would it serve you better as an office with a desk? Do you have comfortable seating for conversation? Consider four chairs around an ottoman for a cozy conversation area.

Formal dining rooms are often ignored and unloved, waiting for the infrequent holiday when they might be used. This is my favorite room to place a baby grand piano and add art to the walls to show your personality.

Master bedrooms, large or small, always feel better if a chair or some upholstered piece is introduced. By nature, rooms and bedroom furniture are square or boxy, so adding softness in upholstered chairs, drapes and bedding makes the room so much more comfortable.

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he JayDoc Community Clinic, a clinic run by students of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, held its awards dinner to recognize outstanding medical students and others on February 17 at Botanica. Award winners were Danielle Corbett, outstanding first-year student; Jordan Stiverson, outstanding secondyear student; Nora Strong, outstanding third-year student; Kimberly Hinman, outstanding fourth-year student; Dr. Caitlin Chiles, outstanding resident; and Dr. Douglas Woolley, outstanding attending physician. The JayDoc clinic was founded in 2005 to provide affordable health care to medically underserved patients and provide a clinical setting for medical and pharmacy students to hone their skills. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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Everything Woman Bio

Ann Patterson has made empowering others her mission in life. “Seeing others recognize and embrace their potential makes all the hard work worthwhile,” says Ann. She has served on the Wichita Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for the last 12 years including serving as Board Chair in 2013 and 2014. As Ann’s terms on the Board of Directors concludes, she will continue her service by advocating for Habitat on a statewide basis. Ann also serves on the Alumni Board of Truman State University and has worked to establish a nation-wide volunteer event called TruCare where alumni come together to volunteer in their communities during the month of March. Last year the program’s success led to over 4,000 volunteer hours across the U.S. In her work as Director of Operations for Patterson Ann Patterson truly is an Everything Woman! Legal Group, she empowers her fellow employees through an initiative called Good Guys Give (GGG). Through GGG, the law firm combines funding with employee contributions to support charitable efforts in the community. Not only do the employees decide the direction of the funding, but the law firm pays employees to volunteer during work hours. The Patterson Legal Group team has volunteered and donated to various community groups including Wichita Crisis Center, Ronald McDonald House and Bridges. They also award scholarships to high school students, and perform random acts of kindness in the community like paying for groceries at Christmas or donating rolls of coins at laundromats. One of Ann’s most recognizable efforts during this year has been organizing Hats Off to Heroes recognition at home Wichita State Basketball games. Heroes from the armed services and first responders in the community are introduced in Koch Arena. The reaction of the heroes to the crowd’s response (often a standing ovation from 10,506 adoring fans) has been gratifying and healing to the heroes.


VIP • Aloft Hotel

Hamid Bakhtiari, Daniel Ramirez, Janelle King, Tom Scanlon

Reid Cranmer, Chris Riedel, Sean Babjak

Wichita Independent Business Association Annual Meeting Kelli Morrow, Rich Morrow

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he Wichita Independent Business Association held its 2018 Annual Meeting on the evening of February 8 at Aloft Hotel. Esther George, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, was the keynote speaker. George spoke to a sold-out crowd of 200 people. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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VIP • Intrust Bank Arena

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roject Wichita, a regional community visioning initiative, was unveiled during the sold-out annual Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Lunch on February 1 at Intrust Bank Arena. Bill Wood was the hosting chairman of the luncheon, attended by 550 people. The lunch included a panel discussion about the possibilities of Wichita’s “next big vision.” Ebony ClemonsAjibolade, community relations manager of Westar Energy, moderated the panel of participants Mayor Jeff Longwell; Ben Hutton, president of Hutton Construction; Susie Santo, president and CEO of Visit Wichita; Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh and Zach Wiggins of Young Professionals of Wichita. Longwell also announced that a committee has been formed to study what the city should do with Century II, the downtown performing arts and convention center. Look for photos at www.vipwichitamag.com.

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VIP Professional: DJ Carbon Continued from Page 33 “The skate party is the most fun I have every month because the crowd comes out for some nostalgia,” the self-professed old school funk and soul junkie said. “Everyone has music that reminds them of being a kid and going to the skating rink, whether it’s ’70s funk or the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s. I play a little bit of everything with a whole lot of throwback.” Four years ago, Bobetsky started hosting his own events by creating a pop-up nightlife event inside the Abode Venue about every three months. The inspiration came from deejaying at formal fundraisers and wanting to offer a regular spot for a classy night out. “Those are great events but not everyone can afford $100 or $200 for a ticket yet they want a place to dress up and dance,” he said. “We have a dress code that we enforce. Most people come suited and in little black dresses.” Refresh events range from $10-$20 and attract about 150 people ranging from age 21 to 70. He already has a themed Refresh scheduled for Nov. 9: Carbon’s Sugar Shack. The front room of Abode will be a candy shop filled with tantalizing sweet treats. At the register, you give the secret password to be led to the main room, set up as a speakeasy. Bobetsky has made his operation a family affair. His 9-year-old daughter Brooklyn will make baked goodies for the candy shop and his 13-yearold son Levi will run the coat check operation. And both children have picked up his love of music. “Sometimes this doesn’t feel like real life,” he said. “I love music and sharing music with people makes them smile and dance. To have that impact on someone’s day is a rush for me.”

Tournament Time Continued from Page 16 United States Bowling Congress brings its U.S. Open in October. “For all four events, visitors to Wichita will stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and visit our attractions, creating a real economic boost for our community,” said Susie Santo, Visit Wichita president and CEO. “In addition to economic impact, sports play a critical role in our community – contributing to our quality of place, attracting and retaining talent, building pride, showcasing Wichita on a national stage and elevating community perceptions. In addition, having the opportunity to host four major sporting events in Wichita in one year only solidifies that we are a tremendous sports city capable of hosting sporting events of all varieties and magnitudes.” A.J. Boleski, general manager of the Intrust Bank Arena, said his team loves this event because it exceeds the four walls of the arena. “With a concert, people come in, see the show and they leave,” he said. “This is so much bigger than just the venue. The venue is where the games happen but it’s about the community as a whole welcoming all of the folks into town and the teams and athletes.” As examples, he points to the number of events planned March 15-17 for the areas surrounding the arena, including the official Fan Fest, and improvements made to the downtown infrastructure as well as upgrades inside the arena, including a renovated north entrance, free Wi-Fi and charging stations. “The NCAA event might be the catalyst for these projects but everybody in the community will benefit from those for many years to come,” he said. “When we come out of this tournament in March, we’ll also be able to turn around and start planning on hosting it again in 2021. We’re very fortunate as a city and a community to know it’s already coming back in three years.”

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#WichitaFlag Wichitans take great pride in the fact that Wichita is a sports town, and if there’s anything that our citizens truly love, it’s the game of basketball. This month, thousands of basketball fans from across the country will descend on Wichita for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. To celebrate, we’re dedicating this month’s Wichita flag spread to the game of round ball. Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts are managed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Air Capital Flyers are learning a love for the game and for their hometown. Photo courtesy of Madeline McCullough.

Recognize these Wichita State University men’s basketball legends? Lynbert “Cheese” Johnson (1976-79) and Xavier “X Man” McDaniel (1981-85) still love ICT and the flag.

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The Grizzlies swept the competition and celebrated with some flag love! Photo from @amydevault on Instagram.

Friends University women’s basketball team poses with the largest flag mural in Wichita, reminding us that we’re No. 1. Photo courtesy of Friends University on Instagram.

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VIP Wichita Magazine - March 2018  
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