Annual Benefit Gala

Annual Benefit Gala

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.

Save the Date for Starlight’s 36th Annual Benefit Gala!
Saturday, October 14, 2023

Chaired by: Aviva Ajmera & Wayne Strickland | Nancy Whitworth & Doug Ballou | Carey & Tom Wilkins

Chaired by Cathy & Rick Baier, Starlight’s 35th Annual Benefit Gala: It Starts at Starlight, was held on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Bob Bernstein was honored with the 2022 Star Award in recognition of his commitment to the Kansas City community, the arts, and Starlight. Read more about the event here.

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

*Seating for ticket packages is in front Plaza section (price level 3). Upgrades are available for an additional fee. Confirm sponsorship by June 15th for the option to enjoy the remaining shows in the 2022 Broadway season. After June 15th, sponsors will receive 2023 Broadway season ticket packages.

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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