2021 Annual Event Sponsorships

Thank you to all who supported
UA Foundation’s GalaFest!

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised $293,261 for programs that benefit UA students and alumni!

Our Mission
The mission of University Academy Foundation (UAF) is to facilitate educational programs and opportunities that support college readiness, college completion, and career success for University Academy students and alumni.

Why an Annual Event?
Thanks to the funds raised from our annual event, programs such as Summer Camp for middle school students, Summer Study Abroad for high school students as well as both the College Incentive Program and Career Acceleration Program are available to all UA alumni at no cost. These are just a few of the essential programs we fund and manage which play a large role in closing the opportunity gap for UA students and alumni.

About the Event

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 4:30-5:30 Patron Happy Hour (reserved for donors at $500+)
5:30-8:00pm GalaFest
Location: UA Stadium, 6801 Holmes Rd, KCMO 64131

Check out photos from the event below, or click here to view our online album!

Event Chairs
UAF was thrilled to have Erika and David Dickey serve as the 2021 Event Chairs! Erika and David have given of their time, talent and treasure for many years and their enthusiasm for UA students’ and alumni success is unmatched.


2021 GalaFest Committee
Courtney & Andy Bash
Luke Beckett (’11)
Jeff & Jamie Berg
Mary Bloch
Brad & Dori Boers
Mandy & Scott Burditt
Debbie & John Coe
Josh Cooper (’12)
Jeremy Goff
Erin & Steve Gorny
Laura Greenbaum
Jamie & Bush Helzberg
Gina & John Hendren
Lisa & Larry Hoffman
Susie Jackson
Nicole Jacobs Silvey
Katie Kwo Gerson
Brittany Lewis (’09)
Sonya Nutter
Myron Oates (’06)
David Oliver
Vicki Reisler
Jasmine Russelle (’06)
Linda Sander
Jade Smith (’06)
Kit Smith
Dwight Tiller II (’11)
LeRay Warrior (’04)
Byron White (‘04)
Darrenn White (’10)
Mindy & Josh Wilson

Many thanks to our Patron Sponsors

UA Champion – $25,000+
Mr. & Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Bush Helzberg
The George E. & Annette C. Murphy Charitable Fund

UA Crusader – $10,000+
Mr. & Mrs. G. Kenneth Baum
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Bloch
Robert N. Epsten
Mr. & Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, III
Virginia B. McCoy
Edward Milbank
Ellen & Irv Robinson
The Sherman Foundation

UA Backer – $5,000+
Bonnie & Herbert Buchbinder
Stan Bushman and Ann Canfield
Frank & Sondra Friedman
James & Marilyn Hebenstreit
Mr. Charles Helzberg & Ms. Sandra Baer
Lois Lacy
Patterson Foundation
Ewing Kauffman Fund – Cathy & Michael Schultz
Sunflower Foundation – Alex & Susan Masson
Cindy & Bob Tucci
Tom & Teresa Walsh

UA Advocate – $2,500+
Lynne & Peter Brown
Commerce Bank
Ellis Foundation
Susan & John Goodman
Hiram Capital Management
Kendall & Pete Lacy
Maura & Brian Landers
Vicki & Bill Reisler
Tom & Starr Wagstaff

UA Supporter – $1,000+
Barbara & Richard Atlas
Atterbury Family Foundation
Carol & Tom Barnett
Courtney & Andrew Bash
Paul DeBruce
Anne & Dan Durrie
William & Laura Frick
Gerson Family Foundation
Meg & Michael Grossman
Marlys & Michael Haverty
Anne Hickok
Julie & Mike Hirons
Charles J. Hoffman
Sarah & Bryan Kempf
Lisa & Tony Kline
Robert Lusardi
Renee Neades & Steve Eklund
Nicholas Kuhn Powell Family Foundation
Lisa & Charles Schellhorn
Lynda & Robert Shapiro
Michele & Jim Stowers
Straub Construction
Laura & James Threatt
Kristen & Don Trigg
Todd & Emily Voth
Dashini Jeyathurai & Byron White – Google Giving Week

UA Friend – $500+
Melinda Beal
Jamie & Jeff Berg
Brookside Charter School
Debbie & John Coe
Melanie & Mike Fenske
Gretchen & Jim Gearin
Stacy & Shelly Graff
Guin Mundorf
Gina & John Hendren
Joyce & Mark Hrinya
Nicole Jacobs Silvey – Connection Coach KC
Linda & Larry Johnson
Suzi & Howard Kilbride
Jan-Marie & Brad Kroh
Robert E. Litan
Erin & Steve Mos (in-kind)
Sonya Nutter
Doug & Bonnie Pearson
Christina & Ron Robson
Betty Scott
Tom Sight
Kit Smith
Devin & LeRay Warrior
Jean & Bob Zeldin

*Current as of 6/10/2021

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