November 2011

Time for Thymes

For Susan Rix, owner of Hawthorne Plaza’s aromatic retail gem S-Scents, life is especially “scentsational.” Her boutique was recently selected by Minneapolis-based Thymes Ltd. to showcase the company’s new exclusive store-within-a-store concept. Fragrance authority S-Scents becomes just the fifth U.S. store to boast a dedicated Thymes space. The Thymes corner alcove occupies 25 percent of Rix’ store and displays the extensive botanically-based line of Thymes bath and body products. It offers a varied selection of fine fragrances including Goldleaf, Kimono Rose, Mandarin Coriander, and the ever-popular Frasier Fir. S-Scents is Kansas’ go-to retailer for Thymes and will now feature even more Thymes events and special promotions. “For my store to be chosen for this novel concept, I am extremely honored,” says Rix. For more information visit

To Make a World

The 1940s bring to mind the turbulent years of a country at war, an era that was at once full of chaos and confusion as well as a desire for clarity and peace. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the work of an artist who sought to confront the devastating uncertainty of the times. “To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America” sheds light on a moment in American history when the country was rendered fragile by the Great Depression and caught in a bloody war. On view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum through Jan. 8, Ault’s art reflects his relative isolation in rural upstate New York during WWII. New York became an asylum where the artist was free to depict a world he felt was rapidly changing and where he could try and control this mass chaos through art. The exhibition of 48 paintings, drawings, and prints presents Ault in context with 22 of his contemporaries. In honor of their service, the exhibition is free for veterans and active duty military and their families on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Visitors to the Museum will be able to continue their journey into George Ault’s world with “Ault on Paper,” an installation of a recent gift that spans student work in a realist vein to abstractions made in the year of the artist’s untimely death. To learn more, visit

Scholars with Skills

As high school seniors are applying to college and anxiously checking the mail for admission into their choice university, tuition fees are on the minds of students and parents alike. Fourteen talented Olathe high school seniors have achieved academic excellence, granting them the opportunity to continue in a competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. Nearly 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The Olathe School District has 14 National Merit Finalists.

Olathe East High School

Allison Adams, Quinton Bockhold, Rachael Dennis, Aaron Holthus, Scott Sheets, Maxwell Walden, Alexandra Welch

Olathe North High School

Erich Amerine, John Hack, Levi Hogan, Ian McKaig

Olathe Northwest High School

Lauren Lee

Olathe South High School

Larry Hale, Robert Winslow


Rose Award

The American Stroke Foundation (ASF) honored Shirley Rose with the inaugural presentation of the Rose Award for Philanthropy and Community Leadership at a luncheon held on Sept. 8. The ASF established the award to recognize philanthropists in the community who, like Rose, donate their time, passion, and dollars to organizations and causes dedicated to helping others. The luncheon was held in the Regnier Center at Johnson County Community College.

Mabee Hope for the Future

Due to the scarce resources available and the high cost of programs in place, parents whose children need autism services face the future with fear. KidsTLC, an Olathe-based agency, has plans to change that scenario for thousands of children throughout the Greater Kansas City Area. The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has awarded KidsTLC a $500,000 challenge grant in funding for its $6.95 million capital campaign to build a facility where children with autism can learn how to find balance emotionally, physically and psychologically. The money will go toward establishing the Children and Families Institute to serve youth and their families in the metro area who are struggling with disorders such as those on the autism spectrum, as well as children suffering from a range of psychiatric disorders. In addition, a Wellness Center where they can be taught the basic principles of exercise and diet, and a program offering consulting and workshops will further KidsTLC’s dedication to wellness for disadvantaged kids. KidsTLC’s campus will be expanded to include a new 26,000-square-foot Children and Families Institute, Wellness Center and re-location of the current maintenance building. For the past 39 years, KidsTLC has been providing shelter and social services to children and youth experiencing abuse, neglect or some form of family disruption. With the awarding of this grant, KidsTLC will be able to further serve more than 5,000 children and youth each year through its programs. For more information about KidsTLC or the capital campaign and program expansion, call (913) 764-2887.


A Star-studded Charity Event

On Sept. 19, the Overland Park Rotary Club presented $55,500 to four local charities, proceeds from the 20th Annual July 4th “The Star Spangled Spectacular.” This year, 1,100 American veterans and their families joined a total of 75,000 people at Corporate Woods for Independence Day festivities. Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City, Head Start of Shawnee Mission, SAFEHOME, and the OP Rotary Club all benefited from the contribution. The Down Syndrome Guild provides support and resources to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Committed to making a difference in the lives of low-income children and families for the past 45 years, Head Start provides high quality early childhood education to underprivileged Johnson County kids to prepare them both socially and academically for kindergarten. SAFEHOME, Johnson County’s only provider of shelter and comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence, acts as a safe and healing place for women and children to rebuild lives, free from fear and violence. The OP Rotary Club develops tomorrow’s leaders today in an innovative, challenging and fun-filled week for high school juniors and seniors across the KC Metro area. To learn more about Overland Park’s Star Spangled Spectacular go to


The Seven Levels of Healing

Gain insight into navigating the cancer journey in “The Seven Levels of Healing.” The program is designed to guide anyone touched by cancer to greater wholeness and healing, providing direction and hope at every step along the way. Created by nationally known oncologist and author Jeremy Geffen, MD, the program will be facilitated by Kansas City Cancer Center registered nurses Betsy Bennett of the Liberty location, Myra Godsy of the Southwest location and Shawnee Mission medical offices and Kim Sherman, a float nurse among the various clinics. Offered at the South Kansas City Cancer Center location, 1000 E. 101st Terrace, in Kansas City, Mo., the seven-session program is free and open to the public. Participants may select one of two mandatory introduction sessions to attend—6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 14, or 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 12. The series begins on Thursday, Jan. 5, and will continue each Thursday through Feb. 16. For more information and/or to make the required reservation, call Betsy Bennett at (816) 584-4832 or visit and click on “The Seven Levels of Healing” link in the “Quick Links” section at the bottom of the Web site’s home page.


Cheers to Charity

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant believes in the power of purity. Adhering to the German Purity Law that dates back to the 16th Century, the recently opened brewery restaurant in Leawood’s Park Place declares beer can only be made with three ingredients, barley, hops, and water. This strict attention to detail and their dedication to philanthropy prompted patrons to attend the grand opening of the restaurant’s new location, breaking a company record and raising more than $10,000 for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI). Gordon Biersch partnered with CCVI for the events surrounding the Leawood opening, hoping to help prepare children with visual impairments to reach their highest potential.


Kick Off Fall

The Third Annual KickFall Classic, a unique event that allows participants to designate which organizations will receive the proceeds, raised more than $26,000 Sept. 10, bringing their yearly total to nearly $50,000. The KickFall Classic originated from a passion that its founders had for improving the Kansas City community. With 300 KickFall participants at this year’s tournament, each team designated a charitable organization for which their team would play. At the end of the tournament, the top three finishing teams donated all of the proceeds to their respective charities with 50 percent going to first, 30 percent to second, and 20 percent to third. The Third Annual KickFall Classic contributed proceeds to causes like The Children’s Place, Braden Hofen’s Medical Fund, and Children’s TLC. To learn more, visit


Leading the Charge in Health Care

The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations, recently recognized Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC)—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals. This national recognition is based on 22 evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. The hospital’s strong commitment to saving lives and improving quality of care for patients puts Overland Park Regional Medical Center at the top of the list. One of 405 hospitals in the nation earning the distinction of top performer of key quality for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance, OPRMC’s commitment is making an impact on patients and their community. In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, HCA Midwest Health System’s Overland Park Regional Medical Center is recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check Web site at For more information on the hospital, visit



More than 1,000 people attended a joyous Celebration of Life on Oct. 1, including recent and past Overland Park Regional Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients, their families, and NICU nurses and physicians at Rosehill Park East in Overland Park. For some, it’s been only a year; for other children, it’s been close to 20 years since their NICU experience. The annual reunion, marking its 20th year at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, the only hospital in Johnson County with a Level IIIb NICU, gives former patients, their parents and siblings an opportunity to reconnect with many of the caregivers who became their extended families in the NICU. Several sets of twins attended.


When Tivol decided to remodel its Hawthorne Plaza store in Leawod, they wanted to modernize the 17-year-old store with handsome cabinetry, state-of-the-art lighting and a finish level that resembled the look and feel of the other Tivol locations. They also realized that a reconfiguration of the store’s layout, with a small addition, would extend the current linear feet of display cases by 30 percent. To achieve the desired results, Tivol reached out to companies in other markets for suggestions on craftsmen who specialize in these specific areas. The standout vendor of choice was Icon Architecture, highly recommended by California-based Traditional Jewelers after their work on a major overhaul of the jewelry chain’s Malibu location. Ironically, the nationwide search led Tivol to their own backyard—Icon is located only a few miles away, just off Southwest Boulevard in downtown Kansas City. After years of working in the industry for larger, more corporate entities the three partners who established and own Icon are heavily involved in every project they take on throughout the design and manufacturing processes. It’s attention to detail and their reliability on tried-and-true methods of handmade construction that has earned the firm a national reputation. It also has garnered high-profile designations from companies such as Rolex, which has recognized Icon as one of only two American firms approved to construct case goods for their boutiques. Tivol’s Hawthorne location is one of a handful of jewelry stores in the nation to feature a separate 500-square-foot Rolex corner boutique. With the fortuitous discovery of Icon, it was a natural fit for Tivol to continue the renovation project with an emphasis on “local.” With the grand re-opening event of the Hawthorne Plaza location set for Nov. 19, Tivol is celebrating Kansas City by featuring local beer, wine and hors d’ouevres and incorporating local charity Olathe-based KidsTLC into its promotional efforts. Throughout the day on Nov. 19, Tivol will raffle jewelry pieces with proceeds going to KidsTLC.

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