Center for Inclusion Prepares for Purple Masquerade

The ball will be Dec. 7 at Union Station’s Chamber Board Room.

For the third year in a row, the Kansas City Center for Inclusion (KCCI) will be hosting its annual Masquerade Ball. This year’s theme is “Purple Prince,” and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

“We have grown every year,” said board chair Stedmond Ware. “We outgrew the two previous locations. So, for this year, we will be hosting it at historic Union Station’s Kansas City Chamber Board Room. I’m so excited for the space and the event!”

The ball is the largest fundraising event for KCCI, Kansas City’s only LGBTQ+ resource and community center. Its proceeds help fund 40% of KCCI’s work.

This year’s sponsors for the Masquerade Ball include the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Cerner, KU Medical Center, and Pierpont’s.

In addition to the ball, KCCI will be hosting a silent auction.

“The theme is Purple Prince, which means your outfit should reflect the major theme of purple and Prince [the singer], and look fabulous,” said Marco Drummond, KCCI board member and Masquerade organizer. “Also, don’t forget your masquerade mask.”

General admission is $50. VIP tickets are $100. All guests will have access to unlimited food and drink. In addition, VIP guests will have exclusive access to a private room overlooking the dance floor and will receive a gift bag and recognition.

“Be sure to get your tickets now,” said Ware. “They are selling quickly.”

Tickets can be purchased via the KCCI website, inclusivekc.org. The Chamber of Commerce Board Room is at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.