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Eat, Drink, and Be Jolly for the Folly!

Thank you to the many friends of the Folly who joined us at the 2022 Folly Garden party! More information regarding next year’s event will be made available in early 2023.

Every year our Development Director, Brian Williams, hosts the Folly Garden Party in the garden of his historic Hyde Park Home to help raise funds for the Folly Theater’s general operations fund. These funds are used to help pay for the operation and maintenance of the historic theater, book internationally acclaimed artists for the Folly Jazz Series, and much more.

Guests will be met with a picnic basket full of fried chicken and other picnic fares from Anne’s Catering, refreshing beverages, and live jazz music provided by Luck20 Jazz Quartet among the blooms. Join us for a fabulous afternoon of conversation and “cheers” in honor of our late friend C. Stephen Metzler & the Folly Theater.

The Folly thanks our generous 2022 Underwriters & Sponsors!

Pete B. Browne & Julie Walker Browne Julie & Mike Kirk John & Marny Sherman
Robert Claassen Keller & Associates TJ & Willard Snyder
Steve & Cathy Doyal Alison and Steve Paddock The C. Stephen Metzler & Brian D. Williams Fund
Ross Haynes & Mark Seely Mark E. Persson, DDS Theater League
Joan J. Horan Rorik Peterson & Chris Porter Twin Financial Inc.
Dan Hubbard & Ron Smith Randy Sedlacek & Mary Ventura Sara Welch


Ann Abercrombie & Genny Nicholas Mark Ensman & Fernando Rodriguez Kurt Knapstein Dennis & Palle Rilinger
Christine & Gary Adams Barb & Robin Foster Erin & Brett Lambert Lisa & Charles Schellhorn
Jim Allen & Kay Noonan Pam & Gary Gradinger Lisa Leonard Sandy Schermerhorn & Martha Boyd
Jonathan & Sara Baum Bill & Paula Hankins Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley Hon. Katheryn Shields, KCMO City Council
Diane Botwin & Mike Vessels Lisa Merrill Hickok Lonnie Shalton & Rita Leifhelm Mike Sigler & Greg Oborny
Cliff & Jordan Brazen Tom & Denise Holcom Bill & Peggy Lyons Rick & Aimee Starks
Danny Carmichael & Theresa Ryan Tom & Carol Hynek Steve & Kim Nelson JoAnn & Bill Sullivan
Robert J. Cody Brad A. Johnson Sue & Lewis Nerman Gene Switzer & Jeffrey Schmitz
Chris Coffey & Chuck Michel Kay Johnson & Bill Koenigsdorf Bob Pauly & Rocky Mountain Greg Thurman & Don White
Jill & Bill Coughlin Mark & Vicki Johnson Margi & Keith Pence Hoang-Anh Tran & Frank Diez
Dean Dachenhausen Newton Jones & James Corrick Lyla & Rory Perrodin Rick Truman & Jerry Pope
Cheryl Dillard & Pat Titterington Steve Joss Gregory Porter & James Townsend Clyde & Katie Wendel
Mark & Linda Eagleton Jolie Justus & Luciana Bardwell Danny Ramón and Kane Hosmer Sally & Robert West
Jacob R. McMillian Frank & Helen Wewers Sheri & Bob Wood Rick & Annie Zander

To be a Folly Garden sponsor, contact Brian Williams at 816-768-6886 or

Become a Garden Party Sponsor

Underwriter – $1,000

4 Tickets

Name Recognition on invitation, signage, website, and the 22-23 Folly Jazz Playbill

($820 is tax-deductible)

Sponsor – $500

2 Tickets

Name recognition on invitation, signage, website, and the 22-23 Folly Jazz Playbill

($410 is tax-deductible)