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Thank you, Wichita, for helping us celebrate our first year of publishing. So many Wichitans have stepped up to become Founding Members, and the list is growing every day! Your early support helps keep our journalism free for all. Donate today to have your name added to this list. (Updated May 3, 2022)

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