Annual Benefit Gala

Mark your calendars for Saturday night, September 23, 2017 to attend the highly anticipated 31st Annual Starlight Theatre Benefit Gala.

Ora Reynolds and Carolyn Watley, 2017 Gala Co-chairs, will host another fun-filled evening featuring a cocktail reception, multi-course dinner, special performances and the exciting reveal of Starlight’s 2018 Broadway season, followed by an after party in Starlight’s Applause Club.

Howard and Rosalyn Jacobson will be honored with the Star Award for their long-time commitment and service to Starlight and the Kansas City community.

The 2016 Starlight Gala featured a 20-minute surprise live performance from the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys and grossed $583,200 to support Starlight’s education and outreach efforts, Broadway programming and theatre operations. We remain grateful to Pat and Beth McCown, 2016 Gala Co-Chairs, for their leadership raising these critical funds. With their help and the support of our many sponsors and guests, Starlight Theatre will remain a treasured Midwest destination for years to come.

For sponsorship information, please contact Allison McLain, Director of Development at 816.997.1127 or

The 31st Annual Starlight Theatre Benefit Gala – September 23, 2017

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.