Since 2008, the UMKC Pride Breakfast has raised funds to support LGBTQIA+ students at UMKC and served as a way to show our university's support of, and commitment to, LGBTQIA+ students on campus.

The Pride Breakfast benefits programs and scholarships established specifically for LGBTQIA+ students, including the Pride Empowerment Fund, which provides emergency assistance to students who are experiencing financial difficulty due to loss of family support.

This year, UMKC is pleased to partner with SAVE, inc. to bring our featured speaker, Peggy Rajski to Kansas City.


2022 Pride Breakfast

Featured Speaker

Peggy Rajski, Co-Founder of The Trevor Project

Peggy Rajski is an Academy Award-winning director for her directorial debut, the short film TREVOR, a poignant comedy about a young teen whose world is turned upside down when word spreads at school that he might be gay. After the film, Rajski discovered there weren’t any nationwide suicide prevention crisis services available to support gay and questioning young people, a high-risk group. In response, she founded The Trevor Project.

Sponsorship Registration

Funds from the UMKC Pride Breakfast are critical to support LGBTQIA+ students at UMKC. The money raised contributes to several programs and scholarships, including the Empowerment Fund. 

You can register as a sponsor and make a difference in the lives of UMKC students.


Current Sponsors

Thank you to our current sponsors.

Activist - $5000

  • Scott Francis
  • The Joseph H. Birmingham, Jr. Memorial Trust
  • Mike Sigler
  • Madeleine McDonough and Dr. Cyd Slayton
  • Hailee Bland Walsh and Tiffany Spriggs
  • Morgan Stanley | Kathleen Kunkler and Brooke Todare

Ally - $2500

  • AXIS Capital
  • JoZach Miller and Peter Bali
  • Jon and Sarah Baum
  • Hollyday Med Spa + Aesthetics
  • Listening to Change, LLC
  • Dave Brinkerhoff and Dan Meiners
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

Advocate - $1500

  • Kirk Isenhour and Doug Anning
  • Husch Blackwell
  • Commerce Bank
  • Tom Suther and Kevin Bryant
  • Chris Gibson
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Terry Anderson and Michael Henry
  • Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Lee Page
  • Greg Porter
  • SAVE, Inc.
  • St. Luke’s Health System
  • Donna Thomason
  • Greg Thurman and Don White
  • Ron White
  • Chris Beal and Tim Van Zandt
  • Anonymous

Student Scholarship - $500

  • Tania and Bob Bailey
  • Robert Claassen, D.D.S. ($1,000)
  • Dr. Diane Filion and Dr. Joan McDowd ($1,000)
  • Mark Sappington and David McGee 

Pride Breakfast Champions

A special thank you to our friends and community members who jump-started our fundraising and are helping promote the event.

  • JoZach Miller & Peter Bali
  • Robert Claassen, D.D.S.
  • Kathleen Kunkler
  • Dr. Diane Filion and Dr. Joan McDowd
  • Blaine Proctor
  • Mike Sigler
  • Madeleine McDonough and Dr. Cyd Slayton
  • Donna Thomason

Unable to Attend?

If you are unable to attend the Pride Breakfast but would like to support LGBTQIA+ students at UMKC, you can donate online.

Make an online donation


Complimentary parking is available at 5000 Cherry St. in the Cherry Street Parking Garage on Levels 5 and 6. The pedestrian walkway to Swinney Center is located on the northeast corner of Level 5.



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