The Independence Young Matrons is pleased to announce this year's gifts to the community totaling $29,909.32.

At the May 22 luncheon meeting, representatives of the following organizations were presented gifts totaling $18,252.67 by Board of Trustees Co-Chair Roma Meinsen: Cancer Action, Community Services League, Tennies for Kids, Developing Potential, Drumm Farm Center for Children, Foster Adopt Connect, Marion Hope, Neighborhood Dinners Program, NewHouse Shelter, Puppetry Arts Institute, Shepherd's Center of Raytown, Tabitha's Closet and the William Chrisman High School Drama and Broadcast Departments. Also awarded was a scholarship for higher education.

Members made ongoing, like-kind donations through the Civic Committee valued at $5,630. These contributions benefit Independence School District children, animal shelters; Community Services League and Crossroads Shelter.

One of the IYM's longstanding gifts to the community is the Children's Theatre production. This year's 60th production was “The Pirates and the Treasure Map” and was attended by more than 4,000 area children. Bus transportation for children to attend a cultural arts program is provided through the Vera Redfield Endowment, which was established by IYM at the Independence School District Foundation.

The annual Holly and Mistletoe Homes Tour, held by IYM on the first Thursday in December each year, provides the majority fundraising for the grants. For more information, visit IYM on Facebook or

Also at the May 22 meeting, officers were installed for the 2018-2018 year. IYM just completed their 77th year anniversary and look forward to continuing our service to the community.

The officers are: Karen Beverstock, President; Sandy Bressman, Vice President and Membership; Linda DeHart, Vice President of Programs; Jackie Fairbanks, Vice President of Publicity; Cynthia Peters, Recording Secretary; Cheryl Hanson, Corresponding Secretary; Kathy Nevans, Treasurer; and Melba Lynn, Historian.