Kansas City Irish Center Gala 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022

Cocktail Hour – 6pm
Dinner – 7pm
Program & Awards – 7:45pm
Music & Dancing – 8:30pm-10pm

We’ve made it through a couple of challenging years, and after going virtual for 2020 and 2021, we think it’s time to recognize our amazing Irish community with a wee bit of celebrating.

We’re celebrating in style – cocktail attire – as we honor three amazing members of our community: Tom Freeman, recipient of the John J. Sullivan, Jr. Foundation Humanitarian Award, and Jan Aylward & Jay Burrus, recipients of the John O’Neal Community Award. Enjoy Irish-inspired food stations, specialty cocktails, and post-dinner dancing with the KC All Stars Band.

So dig back into your closet, get all “gussied up” and join us in our beautiful Drexel Hall as we celebrate and honor the best of our Irish community!

2022 Gala Co-Chairs
Sarah Walsh & Erin Gabert

Purchase Your Tickets

Please join us and support the Kansas City Irish Center by attending the 2022 Gala in-person. We have multiple ticket options for you.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Mary Kate Gliedt: 816-474-3848 or [email protected].

Our 2022 Honorees

We’re pleased to honor these individuals for their lifelong dedication and commitment to our Irish community, our history and our city.

Tom Freeman

John J. Sullivan, Jr. Foundation Humanitarian Award

Awarded annually to an honoree who exemplifies the legacy of John’s ethical values, integrity, generosity and goodwill for this community and its people.

Jan Aylward and
Jay Burrus

John O’Neal Community Award

Awarded annually to an honoree(s) whose tireless efforts behind the scenes in our Irish community make a difference through volunteerism and dedication.

What it means to support the Kansas City Irish Center

Your financial support is a meaningful investment in the evolving story of Irish arts and culture in our community.

Your support means:

  • Expanded access to Irish arts and education for citizens of all ages and backgrounds
  • The opportunity to increase awareness of Irish literature and humanities
  • More exciting live music and entertainment
  • Improvements to the home of the Kansas City Irish Center, the historic and iconic Drexel Hall

The Kansas City Irish Center is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Kansas City Irish Center are tax-deductible.