Annual Benefit Gala

Annual Benefit Gala

Starlight’s 36th Annual Benefit Gala
Saturday, October 14, 2023

Star Award Honorees: Greg & Rebecca Reid

Gala Chairs: Aviva Ajmera & Wayne Strickland | Nancy Whitworth & Doug Ballou | Carey & Tom Wilkins

The Annual Benefit Gala is one of our most important events, highlighting Starlight’s mission-based programs and bringing the community together in celebration of the arts. Each year, funds raised through the Gala enable Starlight to impact the lives of 30,000 local residents through education and community engagement programs, bring world-class Broadway productions and concerts to more than 320,000 patrons, and sustain this cultural landmark for generations to come.

Consistently ranked as one of the best fundraisers in Kansas City, this black-tie soiree brings together Kansas City community leaders, change-makers, and arts enthusiasts for dinner, live entertainment, presentation of the Star Award to a deserving community member, and much more.

For more information, please contact Erin Olm-Shipman at (816) 997-1133 or

*Seating for ticket packages is in the front Plaza section (price level 3). Upgrades may be available for an additional fee, subject to availability

For more information, contact Erin Olm-Shipman at (816) 997-1133 or, or visit our Philanthropy Team page to contact another member of the Philanthropy team.

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