Plus, Lenexa-based Hostess Brands Inc. is up for sale.
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🌎 Unbound origin story
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Step inside the Unbound Experience Center to see the story unfold in person. | Photo by KCtoday
Local gone global. Meet Unbound, a KC nonprofit helping families living in poverty become self-sufficient and fulfill their potential. Editor Bella sat down with the Unbound staff to chat about the nonprofit’s mission, goals, and team.

Fast facts

  • Founded in 1981 by siblings Bob, Bud, and Jim Hentzen and Nadine Hentzen Pearce
  • Headquarters located at 1 Elmwood Ave., KCK
  • In 2022, 91.4% of Unbound’s expenses went toward program support, with over $115 million in direct assistance to global programs.
Unbound KC

See the dedication of the staff, founders, and volunteers.


Photo by KCtoday

Where it all began

Unbound is no stranger to the Kansas City community, laying its foundations in KCK in 1981. The siblings and their friend Jerry Tolle came together after Bob and Jerry witnessed the devastating effects of poverty on families struggling heroically to make better lives for their children.

How it works

Unbound utilizes a sponsorship model, connecting two individuals across geographic, economic, and social boundaries, to develop a unique relationship based on listening, encouragement, and mutual respect. The organization also accepts monetary donations.

“About half of the world’s population lives on less than $6.70 a day,” Senior Director, Market Development Tara Hefner told us. “That sobering reality makes global poverty seem like a problem too big to solve and one that is too far away for us to make a real impact.”

Unbound doesn’t think so.

“At Unbound, we put the needs of the vulnerable first and believe the surest path out of poverty is a self-directed one.”

Unbound KCtoday

This is the sponsor wall where visitors can read about the families in need and sign up to sponsor.


Photo by KCtoday

Get involved

Now that you know the Unbound story, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • 22nd Annual Black Achievers Society Golf Tournament | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Swope Memorial Golf Course, 6900 Swope Memorial Dr., Kansas City, MO | $125-$500 | This annual golf tournament raises money for future student scholarships.
  • Networking for Young Professionals | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Strange Days Brewing Co., 316 Oak St., Kansas City, MO | $10 | Sip on a cold beer while meeting other young professionals in KC.
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Deshtet Live Recording | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 8 p.m. | The Ship, 1217 Union Ave., Kansas City, MO | $10 | The Deshtet returns to The Ship to record the set for a live audience.
  • Open Mic | Thursday, Sept. 14 | Times vary | The Comedy Club of Kansas City, 1130 W. 103rd St., Kansas City, MO | $5 | Show off your skills at this open mic night.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Local Laughs | Friday, Sept. 15 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Leavenworth Local Hotel, 600 Shawnee St., Leavenworth, KS | Free | Get your giggle on at this local comedy show.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Pop-Up Yoga | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1-2 p.m. | Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, MO | $0-$10 | Enjoy a morning of yoga led by True Love Yoga with 50% of proceeds benefiting the museum’s renovation.
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News Notes
  • Lenexa-based Hostess Brands Inc. is off the market. Ohio-based The J.M. Smucker Co. is acquiring the biz for $5.6 billion and $900 million of net debt. The transaction includes products like Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and CoffeeCakes, plus its manufacturing facilities. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Do you remember Country Club Cafe in western Shawnee? The spot is now operating under the name Gallagher’s Coffeehouse. The restaurant’s new location is at 22742 Midland Dr. Its menu and laid back feel are the same as they once were before its 2021 closing. (Shawnee Mission Post)
  • Kansas City barbecue stays on top. Two local barbecue spots made it on Southern Living’s list of “The South’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints Of 2023.” LC’s Bar-B-Q brought in the No. 32 spot thanks to its burnt ends. Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue landed at No. 20, with a nod to its unique sauce.
  • For the families. Mission, KS, landed the No. 14 spot on Opendoor’s “2023 Family-Friendly Cities” list. The rankings reflect the desire for community, simpler living, and an opportunity to meet like-minded families. Other factors included nearby parks + kid-friendly activities.
  • Gladys Knight is joining the 2023 fall season at the Kauffman Center. The iconic singer is a seven-time Grammy Award winner across multiple genres including gospel, R&B, and pop. The concert is Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.
  • Sporting KC is bringing back the Kids Chant Free program in 2024. The membership includes a full season ticket membership in the Price Chopper South Stand — designed to make matches more accessible for all families. Plus, your kids get in for free. Memberships are $580 for the season.
  • Clinical trials are how new treatments are developed. By the time the treatment reaches an individual, scientists have already spent years developing it. The University of Kansas Cancer Center shares five things you may not know about clinical trials — all important things to consider if you’re interested in participating in one.*
  • Date night is only as good as where you go, which is why BRKTHROUGH needs to be added to your activity liststat. With 35+ themed challenge rooms to break out of, it just may help you break out of a rut, too. Book your date.*
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
  • Dramatic and moody, yet tranquil and grounded. Are we describing ourselves, or Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Month for September 2023? Discover the color for your next home project.^
🏟️ North KC vs. East Village
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Pregame with a quick kayaking excursion. | Rendering via Kansas City Royals
House hunting: Ballpark edition. The Kansas City Royals are one step closer to finalizing the location for the future baseball stadium and surrounding entertainment district. ICYMI, here are the options.

We asked our readers which location they would rather see a future groundbreaking ceremony at. After asking in our newsletter and on Instagram, we sifted through 700+ replies to give you the final results.
  • East Village site: 414 votes
  • North Kansas City site: 277 votes
While a final decision from the Royals is still TBD — we’re happy to have so many decision makers on our subscriber list.

Let’s keep the conversation flowing. Which location do you prefer and why? Give us your two cents. Don’t cheat — the current Kauffman Stadium isn’t an option.
  • Put your holiday gifting headaches in the past with Six & Main’s gifting quiz. Get the perfect gift for your friends and family with just a few clicks. Start quiz.
  • Kathyphantastic items are perfect for spicing up your wardrobe, water bottle, or fridge. From unique magnets to art prints, shop the collection.
  • The internet’s favorite tumbler — the 40-oz. Stanley Quencher — is in stock in cute colors like pool, jade, and orchid.
  • Love flying first class? Snag an Elite membership from Going and get emailed when first + business class flights are 40-90% off (hello, European vacation).
  • It doesn’t get more luxurious than the Drowsy sleep mask, which is silky smooth on skin and completely light-blocking for the deepest sleep.
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The Wrap
City Editor Bella Rainey poses on a rooftop overlooking Kansas City, KCtoday. Today’s edition by:
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The weather this week has been wonderful, and even better fall weather is on its way. With that in mind — its time to start planning ahead.

What kind of fall events do you want to see on our 2023 seasonal roundup? Let me know.
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