Annual Benefit Gala

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 24, 2016, as we celebrate 30 memorable years of the Starlight Theatre Gala with this year’s event theme of Starry Night, Future Bright: Building Tomorrow’s Dreams. Pat McCown, CEO of McCownGordon Construction and Starlight Board member, and his wife, Beth, serve as Co-Chairs for the evening.

Throughout the night, guests will be treated to a cocktail reception in the Helzberg Garden of the Stars, a delicious multi-course dinner on the Cohen Community Stage, and live entertainment featuring children from Starlight’s Education programs. Gala attendees will also be the first to witness the exciting reveal of Starlight’s 2017 Broadway season! 

The event will recognize Steve and Cathy Doyal as the 2016 Star Award honorees, which honors individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Starlight and the Kansas City community. Also, our 30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Anita Gorman, a lifetime member of the Starlight Board of Directors and one of our theatre’s biggest advocates. The evening will close with an after-party in Starlight’s Applause Club.

Starlight’s 2015 Annual Gala, Prism: Reflecting Forward, was a record-breaking night in Starlight history. The evening raised nearly $705,000, all of which directly supports Starlight’s new Education Pavilion and 11 Education programs. We wholeheartedly thank Cliff and Bonne Illig, 2015 Gala Co-Chairs, for their leadership in raising these critical funds. We also thank EPIC Innovative Events, a Starlight subsidiary, for providing a full spectrum of event management services.

For sponsorship information, Andrew Lang, Development Coordinator at 816.997.1129 or

The 30th Annual Starlight Theatre Benefit Gala – September 24, 2016

Evening Timeline:

6:30 p.m. – Welcome reception in the Helzberg Garden of the Stars

8 p.m. – Dinner and entertainment on the Cohen Community Stage

10 p.m. – Cocktails and dancing in the Applause Club

Tickets: Tickets will be delivered to attendees in early September

Attire: Black tie

Guest Names: If Starlight does not have your guest names, please email those names to Andrew at as soon as possible.

Dietary Restrictions: If any of your guests have any special dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking is available outside of Gate 7 on the east side of Starlight.