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Night of Independence Awards

CARNIVAL! Night of Independence Gala

Join us on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Harrah's North Kansas City

The Spirit of Brazil at an Evening of Giving!


Saturday, September 28
Harrah’s North Kansas City
1 Riverboat Drive
North Kansas City, MO


5pm Doors Open, Silent Auction & Cocktails
7-9pm Dinner & Awards Ceremony
9-11pm Dancing & Merriment!

The CARNIVAL! Night of Independence Gala will honor individuals and organizations that are working to further The Whole Person’s mission to assist people with disabilities to live independently.

CARNIVAL! will be an extravaganza of international cuisine, spectacular carnival dancers and performances, a traditional Brazilian band, live and silent auctions and our famous balloon pop.

This event of giving supports programs and services for people with disabilities throughout the Kansas City metro area.

Dress for the event will be black tie with a colorful or creative twist!

Keynote Speakers and Co-Chairs

Ian and Lindsey Denney

Photo by Jades Photography

"The Whole Person has become so near and dear to our hearts since finding out Fletcher is deaf.  The work they do and the resources they provide for people with disabilities is beyond amazing.  The Whole Family Project has introduced us to the Deaf community and so many incredible people, as well as providing Fletcher with language from day one.  Our hearts are full of joy and I look forward to giving back for all we have been given." - Lindsey Denney, TWP Consumer.

Our Venue - Harrah's North Kansas City

CARNIVAL! will be held at the beautiful Harrah's North Kansas City!  Overlooking the Missouri River off Highway 210, this modern, casino hotel is 8 miles from both the upscale shops at Crown Center and the American Royal Museum. Book one of their luxurious rooms for the Gala and enjoy exquisite dining and the area's hottest gaming and entertainment!

Music by Balacobaco do Brasil

The newest Brazilian pop band in Kansas!

Balacobaco do Brasil plays popular music from Brazil including samba, forró , xote, baião, Axé Music, MPB, and bossa nova. The band is led by the KC-based vocalist Angelique Staggs, and musicians who are based in Lawrence, KS with Alejandro Alvila Alvarez on piano, Luciano Tosta on mandolin and lead guitar (Guitarra Baiana), Cody Case on rhythm guitar, Dylan Bassett on drums, and Mike Wade on bass.

Click here to learn more about Balacobaco do Brasil.