Without the generous support of our sponsors, not only would we be unable to put together the Folly Frolic with such amazing talent, but we wouldn’t be able to sustain the Kansas City legacy that is the Folly Theater. Our sponsors help us to maintain the historic building, provide wonderful programming that brings new music to Kansas City and sustain the longest running Jazz series in Kansas City, and even provide transport for some Title-I schools to attend the Folly Kids’ Series. For that, we want to thank them and recognize them for all they do!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for Folly Frolic there is more info HERE!
Although Lockton is the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker, clients typically describe us as team members who care about their business. Energy, innovation, and deep expertise fuel our efforts to solve problems and achieve real results. At Lockton, they are passionate about serving their clients, developing their Associates, and giving back to their communities. They harness all of their global resources to do one thing: help you make your business better. They achieve this by improving your bottom line, managing your capital, attracting and retaining talent, and protecting your people, property, and reputation.
A catalyst is a person or force that drives change. Our DST Catalyst program builds upon the existing foundation of employee engagement to positively impact the quality of life in our communities. It provides an outlet for the individual philanthropic passions of our employees while inspiring opportunities for workplace teams to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We care about the causes that our associates love and we support them with funding, time and resources.
This will be DST’s second year as a Folly Frolic Presenting Sponsor!
The Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund is a giving program put together by The Kansas City Southern company. The Kansas City Southern Company has had a long history of involvement with the Folly, including having several executives sit on the Folly Theater Board, especially during the revival of the Folly Theater in the 1980’s.
The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) program provides support to non-profit organizations through contracts for services, established by State law in 1989 to help promote Kansas City’s distinct and diverse neighborhoods through cultural, social, ethnic, historic, educational and recreational activities in conjunction with promoting the city as a premier convention, visitor and tourist center.The tourism and convention industry contributes $4.6 billion in direct expenditures to the Kansas City metropolitan area’s economy. Kansas City receives about 22.3 million U.S. visitors annually. The city’s top activities are shopping, fine dining, gaming, sightseeing, cultural attractions, sports events and exhibits/festivals. The Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund plays a significant role in these activities.
We’ve been the home of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City for more than 75 years. Starting with one member in 1938 and growing to nearly one million members to date, Blue KC has spent a lifetime helping folks live happier, healthier lives.
More locals choose Blue KC than any other health insurance company. And these nearly one million folks have something in common. They love the choices, affordability, innovative programs and award-winning service that go hand-in-hand with belonging to the Blues family.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City has sponsored Folly Events in the past including prior Folly Frolic‘s and paid for teams of their employees to attend the Folly Golf Classic. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC have also purchased a seat for the Seat Naming Campaign at the Folly Theater.
We have been talking to our clients about the trends that are shaping our world, such as resource scarcity, technological breakthroughs, and rapid urbanization. These global trends not only impact business and the economy, but they are also shaping our communities. At PwC, we apply our skills and experience to address challenges impacting the communities in which we live and operate by developing programs to help people in underserved communities prepare for the workforce and manage finances more effectively. Find out more about us and the progress we’ve made.
PwC sponsored the Folly Frolic last year at a Silver Level and have stepped up as a Gold Sponsor this year! Thank you for your continued support to the Folly Theater!
First Federal Bank’s mission is to create a better financial future by investing in our customers, employees, and communities—so we can all prosper together. This mission statement is the framework we use to achieve our philanthropic objectives. As a mutual bank, we share our success with our local communities by giving back to non-profit organizations and educational institutions that address vital needs, such as community & economic development, education & youth activities, arts and culture, and health & human services. The Bank directs giving to areas that positively impact the future success of communities, with preference given to projects that will impact a large number of individuals over an extended period of time. In certain situations, the Bank will support projects that have a national or international reach.
First Federal Bank of Kansas City sponsored at the gold level for Folly Frolic last year as well.
Learn more about First Federal Bank of Kansas City at www.FFBKC.com, or visit their Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Tricia and Chris Benner (DST Matching)
Tricia and Chris Benner have been longtime supporters of both the Folly Theater and the Folly Frolic. Chris is an active Folly Theater Board Member and a co-chairman of the Folly Frolic. Chris was also crucial in securing the Presenting Sponsorship of DST.
Barbara K. Nelson
This is Barbara Nelson’s second year sponsoring the Folly Frolic and upgraded this year from a Silver Sponsor to a Gold Sponsor!
We provide sophisticated corporate, transactional and litigation legal services to clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to privately held companies and emerging businesses. We combine our national reach and depth of experience with a cost-effective approach to advise regional, national and international clients on critical legal and business issues. We will differentiate ourselves from other law firms through collaborative professional excellence and by delivering great value, great service, and great results to our clients. We will serve and support our profession and our communities with resources and action. We will build a one-firm culture, seeking, honoring and using diverse characteristics, talents, and experience to work together in common purpose. Within the framework of our other values, we will operate efficiently as a business, to return profit to partners and provide stable and competitive employment to all constituents.
McCownGordon defines culture with philanthropy and stewardship at the forefront. It’s something that has always been a huge part of who we are. Our associates commit their own time and energy, on top of a company promise to devote at least 10 percent of after-tax profits to worthy causes, artistic endeavors and charitable events in the region. But it’s more than good stewardship. It’s a way to stay connected to the people who work in, live in and use the communities McCownGordon helps build. Community service is a reflection of people who actively seek out opportunities to live beyond themselves. Selflessly. Genuinely. And with passion. Around here, it’s a way of life.
This is McCownGordon’s first time supporting the Folly Frolic and we’re so excited to welcome them to the Folly Family!
Pete B. Browne and Julie Walker Browne
Pete & Julie Browne have been supporting the Folly Theater for several years including attending shows regularly, donating time and skills (like replacing the main stairs to the stage), through monetary donations, and even being a voice for the Folly in networking and marketing. Pete Browne served as a past President and current member of the Folly Theater’s Board of Directors. Pete and Julie have been individual supporters of the Folly Jazz Series, Cyprus Avenue LIVE Series, The Folly Encore Club, The Garden Party, Folly Seat Naming Campaign, and the Folly Golf Classic. Pete, Vice President of Kissick Construction Company, was also a factor in helping us obtain sponsorship from Kissick Construction Company, for this and several other programs at the Folly.
Aristocrat Motors is not just a dealership that offers premium luxury imports from a variety of makes and models. We are also a part of the greater community. Whether that means treating everyone who walks through our door to a luxury service experience or hosting events to support those in need in the Kansas City area, we give it our all. Aristocrat Motors community involvement spans locations, people, and experiences because that is what we see in this great community.
Aristocrat Motors is heavily involved with the Folly Theater! Aristocrat Motors sponsors the Folly Golf Classic, the past 3 Folly Frolic events, a long time sponsor of our Folly Jazz Series, The Folly Garden Party, and even donates water for our concessions stands sold by our Folly Volunteers!
We’re connected to this region through the energy we provide, but our commitment goes much further. As a local company headquartered here for more than 130 years, our approach is simple—a healthy company is dependent on a healthy community. KCP&L employees volunteer nearly 20,000 hours each year to support the neighborhoods in which we live and work. Employees also supplement our corporate community investments with more than $1 million of their own money.
KCP&L has supported the Folly Theater with general donations in past and this is their second year sponsoring the Folly Frolic.
We’re an independent, state-chartered trust company. We’re local. And we work with you to define your needs and help you grow toward your goals. That means we partner with your accountant and attorney. We have only your best interests at heart. Your goals shape our services.
Serving private clients and institutions since 1966, FCI Advisors is committed to being a premier national investment advisory firm dedicated to the delivery of a superior client experience.
Midwest Trust/FCI Advisors was brought to us by a long time board member, Jim O’Sullivan. This is Midwest Trust/FCI Advisors’ second year supporting the Folly Frolic, stepping up from Patron level last year.
Vaughan Mechanical Inc. has been in business since 1988 as a full line mechanical contracting company. As a family-owned business, we expect our staff and field managers to achieve perfection to your satisfaction. We believe in forging lasting relationships with our customers in order to better serve them. Our work ranges from commercial plumbing and HVAC to work in pharmaceutical plants, food plants, automotive plants, and waste water treatment plants. We also specialize in underground utility piping and process/industrial piping. As we’ve grown so has the scope and complexity of the work we perform along with a reputation for excellent service and quality of work.
This is the third year that Vaughan Mechanical has supported the Folly Frolic.
Thinkers. Dreamers. Doers. Entrepreneurs. They’re not just the building blocks of our local economy. They’re the mobank community, a collection of visionary leaders, inspired artists, powerful minds, impassioned citizens and wunderkind makers.
At BOK Financial, we’re proud to trace our roots to a small energy bank founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma over 100 years ago during an oil boom. Today, as a top 25 U.S.-based bank with more than $30 billion in assets, BOK Financial has successfully diversified into a variety of industries, businesses and geographies throughout the U.S. We have banking operations in eleven states, with services throughout the nation, and a full-service brokerage firm, BOK Financial Securities, Inc., which has become one of the largest municipal bond underwriters in the country. Our wealth management division also continues to grow, offering a full suite of services to individuals and institutions nationwide.
Mark Seely & Ross Haynes have been heavily involved in the Folly for the past several years. They both contribute & participate annually in the Folly Frolic, Folly Golf Classic, Folly Garden Party. Mark Seely is the current acting Board President for the Folly Theater, encouraging a strong direction for the Folly’s stability and other initiatives in his term. Mark & Ross were also crucial in gaining our first Presenting Sponsor for this event, Lockton Companies.
You can learn more about Three Feathers Construction & Sales, LLC at www.3-Feathers.com.
Kissick Construction Company
Kissick Construction Company was founded in 1994 by Jim Kissick III and Pete Browne. To their new firm, they brought a long working relationship and a commitment to provide quality service to their Kansas City client base. They believed then–and still do today–that success is the result of treating others fairly and with respect, hiring and retaining talented people, and never saying “we can’t” to a client. Since then the firm has grown to manage 100 million dollar single projects and has developed a strong reputation for providing innovative thinking to solve engineering challenges.
Alison and Steve Paddock
Alison and Steve have been long time Folly Supporters and Cyprus Avenue LIVE fans! Steve has served on the Folly Theater Board in prior years and has recently come back to help us move forward and act as Co-Chair of the 2018 Folly Golf Classic. Alison and Steve have supported several events including past Folly Frolics, Folly Garden Parties, our Light the Lights event, and past Folly Golf Classics.
How does a company get to be over 150 years old, while still staying relevant today? The answer lies in maintaining a strong set of values while keeping our clients’ needs primary in everything we do. As a mutual insurance company, we are owned by our policyholders who share in Guardian’s actual financial results through annual dividends*. These payments are determined by the firm’s profits, and Guardian has paid a dividend every year since 1868. We take the very long view, invest soundly, and maintain a strong capital base that enables us to meet our insurance commitments today and far into the future. Our sole responsibility is to our clients and policyholders, and that is reflected in everything we do.
Ann & Frank Uryasz
Ann & Frank Uryasz are individual donors that have helped support the Folly Theater for over 3 years now. They have continually supported the Folly Frolic & the Folly Garden Party. We thank them for their continued support of the Grand Lady of Twelfth Street.
Community participation and leadership are important to DDKS and our employees. That’s why we spend hundreds of hours each year volunteering for local organizations. Delta Dental of Kansas (DDKS) is the largest, most experienced dental benefits company in Kansas. We are passionate about providing benefits that meet the needs of our customers and educating Kansans about the importance of good oral health.
Delta Dental of Kansas has sponsored the Folly Frolic for 2 years now!
Joy & Stewart Koesten
Joy and Stewart Koesten have been long-time contributors to the Folly Theater both through their own personal giving and through their businesses. Stewart Koesten currently sits on the Folly Theater Board and served as the past Board President. Joy and Stewart have supported and attended all of the Folly Frolic events, the Folly Golf Classic events, and The Folly Garden Parties.
Helping people is an important part of our culture at Principal®. That’s why the company, its employees, and the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., work together to give back in a variety of ways. Our charitable giving is based on a simple philosophy: by targeting our contributions toward entities that have the greatest impact on our employees and marketers, customers, shareholders and businesses, we are able to make the greatest difference.
This is the first year that Principal has helped to support the Folly and we welcome them to our family!
Odyssey was founded in 2007 with a mission of assembling a local investment portfolio by providing acquisition, asset management, and leasing services to commercial real estate investors in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our business evolved rapidly in 2008 as real estate values fell sharply and lenders, loan servicers, and institutional investors began requiring local expertise and service providers in managing troubled assets. In addition to owning and operating commercial properties, Odyssey primarily provides brokerage and consulting services to lenders, servicers, and owners.
This is the first year that Odyssey has helped to support the Folly and we welcome them to our family!
Joseph & Charlotte Fahey
Joseph and Charlotte Fahey have been longtime supporters of the Folly Theater and are now in their second year of supporting the Folly Frolic.
JE Dunn is proud of our commitment to donate over 10 percent of pre-tax earnings to charities around the country. The majority of JE Dunn employees spend time volunteering throughout the year in organizations such as educational and youth development, healthcare research, sustainability efforts, religious groups, arts and cultural foundations, and much more. Through the efforts of employees and the support of the Dunn Family Foundation, JE Dunn supported more than 300 philanthropies last year. JE Dunn has created an environment for employees which encourages them to get involved in the communities in which they live and work. We aren’t just dedicated to building buildings, we are committed to building better communities.
JE Dunn is joining us for their first year supporting the Folly Frolic.
Lyla & Rory Perrodin
Lyla and Rory are both private donors. Lyla is a member of the Folly Theater board and stays very active. Lyla and Rory continually attend the Folly Frolic, Folly Golf Classic, and the Folly Garden Party. Lyla and Rory have also supported the Folly Forever Campaign and the Folly Seat Naming Campaign.
Russel Derringer & David Hilton
Russel & David are first-time contributors to the Folly Frolic! Thank you, both for your contribution!
Sean Barnard has purchased a seat in our Folly Seat Naming Campaign and this is his first time as a sponsor for the Folly Frolic!
Jim & Kathy O’Sullivan
Jim and Kathy O’Sullivan have been long-time supporters of the Folly Theater. Jim O’Sullivan, with Midwest Trust, is a long-standing Board member of the Folly Theater and was crucial to winning us a sponsorship this year and last with Midwest Trust.
Grant Thornton is supporting the Folly Frolic for the 3rd year in a row as a Patron Sponsor.
Aimee Asbury & Rick Starks
Rick Starks currently sits on the Folly Board and has been instrumental in helping the Folly staff with financial planning and treasury management. Rick has been an asset to the Folly helping to attain sponsorships from Waddell & Reed for the Folly Golf Classic. Aimee and Rick have also been sponsors for the Folly Garden Party.
When Charles Kelly and Niles Hill were engineers for the Burlington-Northern Railroad, they saw a need for a private contractor who could build, maintain and repair spur tracks from private owners up to the railroad’s right-of-way. To serve that need, they created Kelly-Hill Company in 1955 and dedicated themselves to providing quality workmanship and superior service to clients. Kelly-Hill Company is not only a family-owned business but a Woman-Owned Business (WBE) as well. Alice and Neal’s daughter-in-law, Kathy Wright is a co-owner and now manages the office. From Class I railroads to power plants and everything in between, Kelly-Hill Company has developed into a company known for their impeccable safety record and their ability to serve clients’ rail maintenance and construction needs day or night, each and every day of the year.
This is Kelly-Hill Company‘s second year supporting the Folly Frolic.
Construction Anchors, Inc.
Since 1960, Construction Anchors has supplied construction products, quality service and technical expertise to a large customer base of contractors, engineers, and architects in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and the rest of the United States. We aim to “do things right” by our customers and strive to meet and exceed our customer’ expectations.
This is Construction Anchors, Inc’s second time supporting the Folly Frolic.
You can learn more about Construction Anchors, Inc at www.ConstructionAnchors.com.
Douglas and Dana Nelson
This is Douglas and Dana’s first time supporting the Folly Theater through the Folly Frolic! Welcome to the Folly Family Douglas and Dana!
Solorio & Avila Law Firm, LLC
Our attorneys firmly believe in giving of their time and expertise to our community. We believe in supporting the missions of area non-profit agencies that serve both the Latino and general community as a whole. Our team has experience in cases covering a wide spectrum of immigration law throughout the U.S. giving us the ability to see things from a fresh and comprehensive perspective. We take pride in getting to know each of our clients personally which provides us with the necessary tools to take a proactive and creative approach in each case.
Solorio & Avila have been sponsors the last 3 years of the Folly Frolic and major sponsors of the Folly Golf Classic. Alex Solorio, of Solorio & Avila, is an active member of our board as well as the chair of the Folly Golf Classic for the past several years.