Annual Benefit Gala

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 24, 2016 as we celebrate 30 wonderful years of the Starlight Gala. Pat McCown, CEO of McCownGordon Construction and Starlight Board member, and his wife, Beth, will serve as Co-Chairs for the evening.

Throughout the night, guests are treated to cocktails in the Helzberg Garden of the Stars, a delicious multi-course dinner on the stage and live entertainment featuring children from Starlight Theatre’s Education department. Gala attendees will also be the first to witness the exciting reveal of Starlight’s 2017 Broadway season! The event will recognize our 2016 Star Award honoree, an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Starlight Theatre and the Kansas City community. The evening ends with an after-party in Starlight’s Applause Club.

Starlight Theatre’s 2015 Annual Gala, Prism: Reflecting Forward, was a record-breaking night in Starlight history. The evening raised a total of nearly $705,000, all of which directly supports Starlight’s new Education building 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

Gala 2015 - Prism: Reflecting Forward