Annual Benefit Gala

Annual Benefit Gala

Since 1986, each year Starlight’s Benefit Gala brings together hundreds of local civic, corporate, and community leaders to support impactful arts programming, showcase the talent of local performers, and celebrate one of Kansas City’s most unique cultural landmarks. As the organization’s largest fundraiser, event donations provide critical support to Starlight’s general operating costs, including community engagement programs, maintenance of our historic venue, and show productions. Annually, these donations are applied to the areas of greatest need.

Save the date for Starlight’s 35th Annual Benefit Gala on October 1, 2022!
Chaired by Cathy & Rick Baier

Recently named “Runner Up” for Best Fundraiser Gala in Kansas City Magazine’s Best of KC reader poll, this black-tie event includes cocktails in the Shirley Bush Helzberg Garden of the Stars before a seated dinner on Starlight’s Jeannette and Jerome Cohen Community Stage. Programming includes live entertainment and presentation of the Star Award to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of a community member who has provided incredible support to the local arts community. A post-event celebration in the Applause Club caps the night with more networking, dancing, and fun!

Chaired by Kelly and Joe Privitera, Starlight’s 34th Annual Benefit Gala, Shine On, was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Russ Welsh was honored with the Star Award, and Bob Rohlf was presented with Starlight’s third-ever Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the enduring legacy of his 29 years of leadership at Starlight before his retirement in 2008.

Benefactor levels start at $375. See below for details.

For more information, please 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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