5 Ways to Give Back This Week

Showing your support for local organizations is as easy as registering for one of this week’s fun fundraising events.

The Midwestern, Kansas City’s Cattle Baron’s Ball, helps the American Cancer Society fund cancer research. Although the main event isn’t until June 11, you can throw on your boots and say howdy at the event’s kick off party 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 20th at Ollie’s Local, featuring music from Tyler Gregory.

Travel back in time with Starlight Theatre’s Young Professionals group’s 1920s-themed fundraiser After Hours at the Towers, inspired by the theatre’s upcoming production of “Bullets Over Broadway.” Guests at the April 22 event will enjoy the red carpet treatment upon arrival, music from Lost Wax, sips and bites, plus surprise entertainment throughout the evening. Net proceeds will benefit one of Starlight Theatre’s 11 education programs.

Don your favorite black and white cocktail attire for the Black & White Party at The Grille at Park Place. The April 23 event on the restaurant’s rooftop will include lounge-style live music, a sampling of wines and an array of appetizers and desserts, such as black sesame tuna tartare, duck confit on a sweet potato pancake with a maple glaze and Black Forest chocolate cake. Tickets are $80 and proceeds benefit Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter providing comprehensive services to women who have experienced domestic violence.

This year’s Bloom Party, which raises funds and awareness for the Kansas City CARE Clinic, is docking in the East Bottoms with a Fleet Week theme. A nod to the time-honored tradition of celebrating when sailors dock at major cities, the April 23 party will be port city paradise with food, drink and entertainment, not to mention spectacular nautical-themed fashion. Join the fleet and find outfit inspiration at

Ready to run? The April 24 Trolley Run is the largest annual fundraiser for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, and all funds go toward critical programming. The fast four-mile downhill course runs through Waldo and Brookside, ending at the Country Club Plaza with an after-bash. Little ones can get in on the fun with the Kids Trolley Run and family party at Mill Creek Park.