CYT 2020 Gala Update

CYT KC's gala is going virtual! We would love for you to Be Our Guest at our virtual gala from October 12-17, 2020. We will still be celebrating our past 20 years with all of your favorite gala features, but from the comfort and safety of your own home. Join us the week of October 12th-17th for performances, testimonies, trivia, and to start bidding on silent auction items and helping us Fund a Need. Then, on October 17th from 2-5:30 p.m., bid on our super silent auction items! Each item will be posted for 30 minutes. Be on the look out for an item schedule to be announced prior to the event. Then, tune in to our social media at 7 p.m. to see some of the big winners and find out how much we raised! You won’t want to miss it! Make sure you get registered today!

A Rich History

CYT has a rich history of impacting youth and families in Kansas City, both on and off stage. The dedication, faith, diligence, hope and perseverance of many families has paved a road which honors God and provides a safe place for young people to explore and grow in their creativity and character.

2000 - CYT branch established in Kansas City
2001 - First CYT KC South production - Little House on the Prairie
2002 - Expand to North Kansas City - CYT KC North’s first production - Tom Sawyer
2004 - First Summer Overnight Master Camp - Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2005 - CYT KC opens the Dance Studio
2006 - East Expansion - Lee’s Summit, MO - first production - Robin Hood
2011 - West Expansion - Shawnee/Lenexa, KS - first production - Robin Hood
2013 - Our 100th production - CYT KC South’s Tarzan
2016 - First Full Show Middle School Master Camp - Godspell Jr.
2017 - First Drama Camp - Macbeth
2018 - First Regular Season Full Play - The Compleat Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged)
2018 - Collaboration with Overland Park Orchestra to present Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite
2019 - First CYT “Full Show” Summer Day Camp - Seussical Kids
2019 - New “Workshop Track” introduced for classes

My son's life is richer, wider and is full of meaning because of what CYT did for him.  He learned to take responsibility, to cherish friendships, to be inclusive, to overcome criticism and disappointment, and to use and develop whatever gifts he had been given by God.

- CYT KC Parent

Why a Fundraising Gala?

In normal years, revenue from classes, productions, and camps only covers 70 percent of our operating costs, we rely on the generous donations of people like you to close that deficit and ensure that CYT KC can continue to offer quality and affordable programming. And now as COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of our daily lives, CYT Kansas City needs your help even more just to keep our lights on. Although we are working with a skeleton crew and saving where we can, the cancellation of much of our spring and summer programming, scaling back our upcoming programming to adhere to health and safety guidelines, and more means that CYT KC is not receiving the revenue it relies on to operate. Any donation you can make will help us continue to operate during this time and ensure that we are able to enrich the lives of children and families in our community for years to come.

With your partnership, we can continue changing the lives of children and families in the Kansas City area while constantly improving the experience for both participants and patrons.