The UMKC Pride Breakfast raises funds to support programs and scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students and allies at UMKC and serves as a way to show our university's support of inclusivity on campus and in our community.

2023 Event Details

A New Award for 2023

This year we're introducing the C. Stephen Metzler Pride Champion Award to recognize an individual who identifies as LGBTQIA+ or an ally and embodies Steve Metzler’s legacy of making Kansas City a better place for the LGBTQIA+ community through volunteerism, philanthropy and leading by example.

Thank You to Our Current Sponsors

Vanguard — $10,000
Pioneer — $5,000
Ally — $2,500
Advocate — $1,500
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Tim Degnan

Donna Thomason






Julie Quirin and Teri Miller

Robin and Scott Boswell

Madeleine McDonough and Cyd Slayton

Robert and Elise Chapline





Become a Sponsor

Sponsor the event and make a difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ students at UMKC. Call 816-235-5201 or email by Monday, October 2, to register or learn more.
Sponsorship Levels
Trailblazer — $15,000
Vanguard — $10,000
Champion — $7,500
Pioneer — $5,000
Ally — $2,500
Advocate — $1,500
Student Scholarship — $500*
All sponsorship levels include:

  • table for eight at the event (the 9th and 10th seats are reserved for students)
  • recognition on event website, marketing collateral, program and post-event features

*Provides the opportunity for a student to attend the event. Tickets to the Breakfast must be purchased separately.

Supporting UMKC LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services

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

Learn about our LGBTQIA+ programs

Other ways to support our students

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



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