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A sell-out crowd gathered August 26 for the 2012 KC SuperStar event. The high school singing competition included 10 finalist students from across the metro area who competed for the title of KC SuperStar and a $7,500 scholarship provided in memory of Brooke Tivol McGrath. Produced by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, Inc., the American Idol-style event selected Erick Patrick, an Olathe South High School Junior, as the KC SuperStar for 2012.


Audrey Langworthy

The stage is set for the 26th Annual Johnson County Community College Foundation’s Some Enchanted Evening. The black-tie gala, to be held November 10, honors this year’s Johnson Countian of the year, Audrey Langworthy, and the Corporate Citizen Award, BNSF Railway. Langworthy, a former Shawnee Mission School District teacher, served in the Kansas State Senate from 1984 through 2001. She has donated time to the United Way of Greater Kansas City, the Advancement Board of the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Youth Volunteer Corps of America, among others. Co-chairs for the 2012 Some Enchanted Evening are Pat and Beth McCown.

Nine Hyde Park homeowners are opening up the doors to their turn-of-the-century homes to show that “It takes a neighborhood over 100 years to look this great.” The Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour will feature diverse architecture, from grand mansion to bustling bungalow, each exuding unique character. These Hyde Park homes are nestled in the heart of Midtown Kansas City. Friday, October 5, will feature a candlelit evening tour while the Saturday, October 6 event boasts a Classic Car Show and food trucks as an added bonus. For more information, visit

September 4 saw the unveiling of Little Sunshine’s Playhouse in Leawood. The preschool, which is available for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age, focuses on building self-esteem through arts and sports. Classrooms are small and parents can check in any time with the live, remote-viewing, password-secured Kiddie Cams. The first school in the area to offer this service, Little Sunshine’s Playhouse is centered on heavily involved families. Children are encouraged to learn through play; a nature center and themed playhouses dot the campus; and classrooms feature iPads for children’s use. Little Sunshine’s Playhouse has six other locations throughout Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona and chose Leawood for their seventh location based on the community values and charming landscape.

CNN Money Magazine issued its national rankings of top cities recently and Overland Park, Kan., received a spot in the Top 10 communities nationwide. While not

surprising to residents of the bustling area, ninth-ranked Overland Park was chosen for the satisfying response from 98 percent of residents. With amenities such as the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the Overland Park Farmers’ Market, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and the Overland Park Soccer Complex, it is no wonder that Overland Park is one of three cities in the country to consistently rank among the top 10 cities to live since 2006.

Sponsored by Jewish Family Services and the Shepherd’s Center Central, the 5th Annual Extreme Yard Rakeover is scheduled to kick off November 4, 2012. The annual event provides volunteers to rake the yards of adults age 65 and older who can no longer do the work themselves and don’t have the financial means to pay for such services. Volunteers will rake and pick up twigs for approximately 100 Kansas City residents. A great team activity, groups of three to 10 are needed for this project. For more recipient information, call (913) 981-8815. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, call (913) 327-8298 or e-mail


Beauty Brands invites clients to “Stand Up. Stand Out. End Abuse” this fall with the 11th Annual End Abuse program. From September 24 through October 28, 2012, Beauty Brands locations nationwide will pair up with Redken to donate 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of every Redken Guts hair product to local shelters. The program, launched in 2001, has raised more than $795,000 benefitting more than 50 domestic violence shelters nationwide. Beauty Brands’ home office is located in Kansas City, Mo.

Greater Kansas City boasts more than 3,400 nonprofit organizations, making it a natural choice for the 2012 Philanthropy Midwest Conference. The 20th annual event, presented by Nonprofit Connect and UMKC’s Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, will host hundreds of organizations and business at the two-day conference. Workshops will be held on October 22 and 23, along with multiple speakers, discussing such topics as innovation in the digital age and the effect of the upcoming election on nonprofits, and the 10th Annual Philly Awards. Eleanor Clift, a contributor to Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beat website, who has covered every presidential campaign since 1976 and is currently assigned to the White House, will be the keynote speaker at breakfast on October 23, with Steve Kraske, host of KCUR’s Up to Date, posing the questions. For more information, or to register online, visit

St. Thomas Aquinas is racking up achievements in all areas, including multiple state championships in sports, a National Blue Ribbon title and eight Blue Star Award nominations. The Overland Park, Kan., school, with under 1,000 students, has won the Kansas Governor’s Achievement Award four times in six years, had three students achieve perfect scores on college admission tests in 2011 and held more state championships in one year than any other school in the state.

Move over jocks … Rob’s coming to the party! Popular comedian and actor Rob Riggle has been invited to join the boys on FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s No. 1 NFL pregame show. A Kansas City native, Riggle is best known for his hilarious roles in films such as “21 Jump Street,” “The Hangover” and “Step Brothers” and is a former Saturday Night Live cast member. Riggle joins an all-star group including Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer. The third comedian to join the program’s cast, Riggle follows Jimmy Kimmel and Frank Caliendo as the NFL SUNDAY comedic prognosticator. A lifelong Chiefs fan, Rob will lampoon the game and challenge costars throughout the season.