Ticket sales close Monday for Annual Luncheon + Downtown in the news

The Downtown Council Annual Luncheon will take center stage in Downtown KC next Friday at the Loews Kansas City Hotel. Tickets are on sale through Monday.

DTC to honor legacy of Phil Kirk + Urban Heroes; ticket sales close Monday

One of Kansas City’s signature business and civic events – the Downtown Council Annual Luncheon – returns next Friday to shine a spotlight on future of Downtown KC. The 2022 luncheon is set for 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 22  in the City Beautiful Ballroom of the Loews Kansas City Hotel.

The 2022 Annual Luncheon will track progress building from the rollout of the Imagine Downtown KC 2030 Strategic Plan in January. The Imagine plan is the primary vision-setting and policy blueprint for shaping a stronger, better, more resilient urban community over the next 10 years with an unflinching commitment to creating an equitable, inclusive, and vibrant Downtown.
This year’s luncheon is loaded with a triple crown of highlights including annual awards to Kansas City champions who make Downtown KC one of the outstanding downtowns in America; a colorful update on the Imagine Downtown KC strategic plan implementation; and a star-studded keynote panel discussion on how sports and entertainment activate Downtown KC and downtowns across the country.
The Downtown Council will present annual awards in three categories:
  • J. Philip Kirk Jr. lifetime achievement award in recognition of Downtown stewardship and community vision to Vincent P. Dasta, past president of DST Realty
  • Urban Hero awards to recognize small businesses and individuals who work passionately to make Downtown KC a more vibrant place to live, work and play, including:
    • KC Art on the Block: A Black Lives Matter Project – leaders Crissy Dastrup and Natasha Ria El-Scari
    • Jason Parson, President & CEO, Parson + Associates, Historic Jazz District
    • Elizabeth Rosin, President/Owner, Rosin Preservation, Crossroads Arts  District
    • Michael Smith, Executive Chef, Extra Virgin and Farina, Crossroads Arts District
    • Marqueia Watson, Executive Director, Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness

The keynote address of this 2022 gala will be delivered via a show-stopping team of KC sports and entertainment champions, including:

  • Shani Tate Ross, VP of Sales & Marketing, T-Mobile Center (Moderator)
  • Mark Donovan, President, KC Chiefs
  • Angie Long, Founder & Owner, KC Current
  • Kathy Nelson, President & CEO, KC Sports Commission and Visit KC
  • Jake Reid, President & CEO, Sporting KC
  • And more surprises

Mayor Quinton Lucas will share his thoughts on the future of Downtown Kansas City, and recognize outstanding service by two Community Improvement District Ambassadors, Kim Hert and Sheila Tatum, with the coveted Harvey Fried Award. The event will begin with the Spirit of Downtown Kansas City, a networking exhibition highlighting businesses, cultural and non-profit organizations, and new developments.

The event is co-chaired by Lynn Carlton, HOK, and Richard Wetzel, Centric. Jon Copaken, Copaken Brooks, will serve as the honorary chair.

Individual tickets, as well as sponsorship opportunities are now available. Downtown business leaders are encouraged to join 1,000 business, civic, cultural, and education leaders who attend this luncheon each year! Click here to learn more about ticket sales and the complete Annual Luncheon scope of events.

And remember, you can purchase your tickets here through Monday: https://2022dtcluncheon.eventbrite.com
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