KCRep Gala 2022

What a night, what a gala!

Thank you for your enthusiastic support of the KCRep 2022 Gala. You helped us raise nearly $420,000! Your support of this annual event will help KCRep be a catalyst for a culturally vibrant, equitable, and thriving Kansas City, and we couldn’t do it without you. THANK YOU.

KCRep Gala 2022 created so many memories we will never forget: The exciting live auction, led by Scott Jones, where we saw an entire table decide to purchase Cabo trip packages together! The riveting and wonderful performances from PigPen Theatre Co., Calvin Arsenia, Sam Wells, and Vanessa Severo! The surprise auction package of an exclusive dinner with Andrea Bocelli at his Italian estate! The truly magical setting of the Hotel Kansas City Tudor Room, where our guests were spangled in stunning stained glass light! It was an evening to remember.

Thank you, again, and we look forward to seeing you at the KCRep 2023 Gala!

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 Photos by Kyle Rivas



The event (and the fun) begins!


Opening Entertainment – guests will attend one of two mini performances by local artists while enjoying the appetizer course and a welcome beverage.


Mingle while you make your way to the main event!


Welcome by Event Chairs
State of KCRep Address
Live Auction
Mission Moment
Fund A Need


Closing Remarks and Raffle Drawing
Exclusive Performance by PigPen Theatre Company


Event concludes – get home safe!


Cocktails on the Rooftop for VIP Sponsors


2022 Gala Chairs

Hayley Hanson and Todd McGuire

2022 Vice Chairs

Drs. Jessica and Benjamin Stone

Meet the Performers

PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. They have since performed, produced, and licensed their original plays in New York City and all over the world – earning them critic’s picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, and many more, ranking them in the top ten theatrical events of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. They were the first group to win the NYC Fringe Festival’s top honor for a play two years in a row (2010/11) and have gone on to win IRNE (2012, 2015) and Jeff Awards (2014) for their theatrical productions. In 2016, Sir Trevor Nunn invited PigPen to be a part of his first American acting company for a production of Shakespeare’s “Pericles”.

Voted Kansas City’s Best Musician 2018 and 2019 (PitchKC), and featured on Billboard, NPR.org, NEWNOWNEXT, Pride.com, and GRAMMY.com, singer and harpist Calvin Arsenia has built a reputation for turning the arts world on its head.

The delicate pairing of Sam Wells fiery voice and her baritone ukulele will steal your heart.Through the use of her looper pedal, she graduates the traditionally light and beachy instrument into a Jazz – Rock force with ease.

2022 Gala Sponsors






  • Sarah & Jon Baum
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Herb & Bonnie Buchbinder
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Commerce Bank
  • Bunni & Paul Copaken
  • Ford Motor Company Fund
  • H&R Block
  • Laura & David Hall
  • Halls Kansas City
  • Hayley E. Hanson & Todd McGuire
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • JE Dunn Construction Company
  • Mary & Mark Jorgenson
  • Mariner Wealth Advisors LLC
  • Debra & Allen Parmet
  • Polsinelli PC
  • Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts
  • Seaboard Corporation
  • Stinson LLP
  • Bert & Sue Trucksess
  • UMB Financial Corporation
  • University of Kansas Physicians/Community Department



  • Dana Abraham & Chuck McCann
  • American Century Investments
  • Ivan & Karla Batlle
  • Ann Kaufmann Baum
  • Anne & Bill Blessing
  • Cathi & David Brain
  • CommunityAmerica Credit Union
  • Copaken Brooks
  • Country Club Bank
  • Rick & Barbie Dierks
  • Andrew & Sheryl Kaplan
  • Mike & Candis Lochmann
  • Bill & Barbara Nelson Family
  • Ovation TV
  • Roshann Parris & Jeff Dobbs
  • Jo Ann & William D. Sullivan
  • University of Kansas Health System – Broadmoor
  • VanTrust Real Estate
  • Susan & Jason Waldron
  • Teresa & Tom Walsh


Special Thanks

Barkley, Inc.
Chappelow Events
Hotel Kansas City
Rivas Media
Maurice Watson


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