Annual Gala

Friends of University Academy Annual Gala

Annual Gala

Friends of University Academy hosts an annual fund-raising gala which raises funds to support special programs and educational opportunities for University Academy students and alumni. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we raised $371,930 at the 2016 Annual Gala.

For more information about supporting Friends of University Academy, please contact Maria Dickson at (816) 561-7602 or by email at

Upcoming Event

2017 Annual Gala – One for the History Books
April 8, 2017
Event Chair: Maura Landers
Honorary Chairs: Shirley and Barnett Helzberg

Past Events

2016 – Passport to Success
Event Chair: Nancy Valentine
Honorary Chairs: Vicki and Bill Reisler

2015 – College Graduation Gala
Event Chairs: Jamie and Bush Helzberg
Honorary Chair: Ann Dickinson

2014 – Blue Bayou
Event Chairs: Molly Maxwell and Megan Thornberry
Honorary Chairs: Carla and Danny O’Neill

2013 – Blue Hawaii
Event Chairs: Sonya Nutter and Kristen Trigg
Honorary Chairs: Teresa and Frank White

2012 – BBQ & Blue Jeans
Event Chairs: Jamie Berg, Cathy Schultz, and Mindy Wilson
Honorary Chairs: Michelle and Peter deSilva

2011 – Disco Ball
Event Chairs: Joyce Hrinya and Laurie Ingram
Honorary Chairs: Matt and Melissa Rubel

2010 – An Evening at the Sapphire Club
Event Chair:  Ellen Darling
Honorary Chairs: Fred & Shirley Pryor

Gala attendees dressed in Roaring ’20s-themed costumes and enjoyed performances by University Academy students.

UA lower school students performing “Won’t you Charleston with me?”:

UA high school students performing “Hot Feet”:


2009 – Blues Brothers Bash
Event Chairs: Wendy Burcham, Laura Greenbaum & Jackie Johnson
Honorary Chairs: Tom & Mary Bloch

2008 – Once in a Blue Moon
Event Chairs: Gayle Krigel & Vicki Reisler
Honorary Chairs: Bobby & Jackee Epsten

2007 – House of Blue Lights
Event Chair: Lynne Brown
Honorary Chairs: John & Joanne Bluford

2006 – Enchantment Under the Sea
Event Chair: Laurie Ingram
Honorary Chair: Julia Irene Kauffman

2005 – Back to the Prom
Event Chairs: Mary Bloch & Gail Cluen

2004 – Visions of Blue
Event Chair: Mary Bloch

2003 – Shades of Blue
Event Chair: Mary Bloch