Apr 18, 2012    #056
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

UMKC Women's Center 40th Anniversary finale

Funds raised will support the programs and services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Missouri-Kansas City Women's Center will hold the last in a series of 40th Anniversary celebrations with a finale that includes the premiere of a song written and performed for the event by the Barclay Martin Ensemble.

The gala event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at the River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Mo. Funds raised from the gala will support the Women's Center's programs and services, including Her Art Project, Women in STEM projects and the Violence Prevention & Response Project.

"The gala is a way for us to bring together our supporters from UMKC and the Kansas City communities to thank them for supporting the Women's Center not only during this past year, but for the past 40 years," said Brenda Bethman, Director of the Women's Center.

The music by the Barclay Martin Ensemble will include "So Beautiful," a song written in honor of the anniversary. Individual tickets are $20 for students and $65 for everyone else. Sponsorships range from $115-$5,000. For additional information or to register, visit here.

During the evening, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, bidding on items such as a quilt by Kansas City fiber artist Nedra Bonds; a vacation home rental in Cape Cod; original drawings custom created during the event by local artist Shane Evans; and a house concert with Barclay Martin catered by Chef Celina Tio's restaurant, JULIAN.

For more information, contact the Women's Center or call 816-235-1638.

About the Women's Center

Founded in 1971 as the Women's Resource Service in the Division of Continuing Education, the UMKC Women's Center is one of the oldest campus-based women's centers in the U.S. and the second oldest in the Midwest. The Women's Center's mission is to advocate, educate and provide support services for the advancement of women's equity on campus and within the community at large.

About UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.


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