Party With A Purpose

Fall is when the galas and fundraisers get started in earnest. If you love combining a good time with raising money, there’s a bountiful selection of events to choose from.

Treads & Threads

It all feels so very James Bond when you’re dressed for a black tie event on a race track. But this Speed Racer glamour is all part of the appeal of Treads & Threads, a fundraiser for the University of Kansas Health Systems. On September 7, get your glam on at the Kansas Speedway and enjoy music, dancing, feasting and fireworks.





Symphony Ball – To Paris With Love

This glitzy affair on September 8 is one of the best galas of the year. With ladies dressed in show-stopping ball gowns, silent auction items that are swoon worthy and an ambiance that will leave you feeling like you’re anywhere but at the Westin, this event is divine. Add in a concert by the Kansas City Symphony and it gets a standing ovation.





Sauced & Lost

The Liberty Corn Maze is hard enough to figure out without the help of adult beverages, but on September 14 you can get “Sauced & Lost” in the maze. Guests will find their way through a corn maze while stopping at six different checkpoints to imbibe in a variety of wines and beers.





Wine and Roses

A lot of the gorgeous rose gardens you see in Kansas City parks are because of the efforts of the Rose Society. To raise money to continue the upkeep of the lush gardens the society is throwing a Wine and Roses party at the Laura Conyers Rose Garden on September 20. Besides exquisite roses, there will be hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails and wine along with dancing.

Rose Society

photo courtesy by kansas city Rose Society 


Harvest Happy Hour

The first year was so successful that the Young Friends of Starlight have brought back the Harvest Happy Hour on October 4. It’s beer, wine, cocktails and seasonal tastings from some of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants. You’ll also get a backstage tour of Starlight, and we’re told there will be amazing raffle prizes.


KC Starlight Harvest Happy Hour

photo courtesy kansas City Starlight 


Ballet Ball

On October 6, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to the Emerald City Ball. This Kansas City Ballet fundraiser will be celebrating the ballet world premiere of “The Wizard of Oz.” What’s makes the gala extra special is that guests will get a glimpse inside the unique world of the ballet’s choreographer, Septime Webre.


Kansas City Ballet

photo courtesy Kansas City Ballet 


Brew At The Zoo And Wine Too

Enjoy the cool autumn breeze and the chill factor of the zoo while partaking in the consumption of beer, wine and the culinary offerings from a selection of food trucks. This October 20 event is always a crowd pleaser, and with a wide assortment of brewers and wineries on hand (from Fringe Beerworks to Apex Aleworks), this is one night at the zoo you don’t want to miss.


Brew at the Zoo

photo courtesy by Kansas city zoo