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An Evening in Paris
Night of Independence Awards

Friday, September 24, 6-10pm (Virtual program begins at 7:30pm)
The Abbott Kansas City
1901 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri

VIrtual Tickets still available!  Purchase below.

Venez nous rejoindre (Come join us!)

Make plans now to be whisked away by the ambience of the romantic streets of Paris!  This year’s Gala will be held on Friday, September 24th at the beautiful Abbott Event Space in the heart of the Crossroads. The event will be a HYBRID event with In-Person and Virtual Tickets available. All virtual attendees will receive the Zoom link immediately upon purchase.

A creative black-tie affair with cocktail hour, cash bar and live music from 6-7pm, followed by buffet dinner and awards program.  Exquisite desserts by Chef Tiffany Bohm-Taff.  Parisian music by instrumentalist Jane Christison, and entertainment by Beth Byrd-Lonski. 

Face masks will be required, and social distancing protocols will be in place to provide a safe environment for our guests.

Purchase Virtual Tickets Here!

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Night of Independence Award Winners

Every year we honor individuals, organizations and businesses in Kansas City who advocate for people with disabilities through their actions and support.

Our Silent Auction is Open!

Browse and bid on the many gift items, Chiefs memorabilia, recreation experience packages, wine tastings, gift certificates, food items, gifts and more!  Additional items added every few days until the Gala. Bidding closes at 9:00pm, September 24.  Need not be present to win. 

Here's how to bid

  1. Go to
  2. Sign-in with your email and choose a password
  3. Enter your name, contact information and phone number so we can contact you with bidding updates
  4. Enter your credit card information into our secure site so that your bids record correctly
  5. Happy bidding!  (You will be notified if you are outbid, and if you win!)

NEW!  The Golden Tickets!

The Golden Ticket is a raffle game where the winner gets to pick from 4 exclusive travel packages or 12 bottles of exquisite Tuscany wine.

Purchase a Golden Ticket for $100. Only 100 tickets will be sold!

One lucky winner will be chosen at the event. You do not need to be present to win.

PURCHASE your GOLDEN TICKET here!  (See instructions above on how to sign-in to our bidding platform)

Winner chooses one of these 4 Golden Ticket Exclusive Vacations

  • Gaylord Texan Grapevine Golf Package: 3-night deluxe accommodations for 2 adults at the Gaylord Texan Grapevine Resort. Includes 2 rounds of golf: 1 at Tour 18 Dallas - Imagine yourself playing on carefully simulated holes from some of the greatest golf holes in America; and 1 at Cowboys Golf Club - The first and only NFL-themed golf club in the world. $200 resort gift card is included.  Trip package does not include airfare.
  • Tuscany Italy Vacation: 6-night accommodations for 2 adults in private apartment in Cortona, Italy. Dinner show and wine for two by a private chef. Wine education and local wine tasting with four varietals of local wines.  Trip package does not include airfare.
  • Kentucky Bourbon Experience: 3-night deluxe accommodations for 2 adults in Lexington Kentucky. Tour of four bourbon distilleries (Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses and Wild Turkey). Includes a $150 gift certificate to Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Trip package does not include airfare.
  • Costa Rica All Inclusive: 5-night deluxe accommodations for 2 adults at a beachfront resort (Riu Guanacaste, Occidental Tamarindo, Barcelo Tambor or Occidental Papagayo). All meals, drinks (including alcohol), gratuities and non-motorized activities included. Costa Rica is a rugged, rain forested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. It is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle. Trip package does not include airfare.
  • OR CHOOSE - Exquisite Tuscany Wine – 12 bottle package. True masterpieces shipped right to your door! 3 bottles of Cupano; 3 bottles of Flaccianello; 3 bottles Brunello of Montalcino Fattoi; and 3 bottles of Bolgheri Superiore.

Merci to our Co-Chairs and Emcee!

  • Co-Chairs, Jennifer Salva and Logan Weed
    Co-Chairs, Jennifer Salva and Logan Weed

    We would like to thank Jennifer Salva and Logan Weed who are serving as Co-Chairs of the "An Evening in Paris" Planning Committee. Jennifer, an Attorney for Kuckelman Torline Kirkland, is driven by a dedication to meaningful inclusion and justice for individuals of all ability levels in our community. Logan is a Project Manager at LLC RCC Framing, LLC, an experienced designer with a proven background in the building components industry.

    Other committee members include Jordan Ward (Immediate Past Co-Chair), Chris Albright, Jessica Barranco, Hilary Muehlberger, Kelly Grooms and Mitch Chalk.

  • Gala Emcee, Kelly Eckerman
    Gala Emcee, Kelly Eckerman

    We are thrilled to have Kelly Eckerman serve as Emcee for our In-Person Gala. Kelly has been a KMBC 9 News anchor and reporter for more than two decades. Born in Russell, Kansas, she fell into a TV career and worked at various stations in Iowa and Illinois before coming to Kansas City in 1990. Kelly has won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting, and is a two-time Emmy winner. She's also won various state and regional reporting awards. Kelly works with numerous charities throughout the year." (shared from

A first class guest experience in a strikingly decorated repurposed warehouse, located in the East Crossroads neighborhood which has now become Kansas City’s Place to be.

The Abbott Event Space

An Evening in Paris will be held at The Abbott which features a first-class guest experience in a strikingly decorated re-purposed warehouse. Located in the unique and energetic East Crossroads neighborhood of Kansas City.

The Abbott is the ideal setting for our memorable event and features a white washed vaulted ceiling, white washed original brick walls, 5 stunning chandeliers, polished concrete floors, glass walls and a private outdoor patio.  The Abbott is a perfect location for our themed Gala this year, its beauty compliments the beauty of the evening.