Join us for the 19th Annual 

The annual Liberty & Justice Gala is the primary fundraising event in support of KCMBF and its programs. KCMBF is the charitable arm of KCMBA. This exclusive event features a cocktail hour, dinner, auction, and presentation to recognize and celebrate the great volunteer work performed by lawyers in the Kansas City community. 

Venue & Details

Date                     Saturday, September 11, 2021
Time                     5:00 PM - Private Party for Exclusive Sponsors
                              6:00 PM - Doors Open | Cocktail Party
                              7:00 PM - Plated Dinner
                              8:00 PM - Live Auction

Location               The Abbott 1901 Cherry St. KCMO 64108 | Visit The Abbott website for a virtual tour of the space.
Dress Code          Formal
Parking                 Complimentary Valet Parking
Accessibility         The Abbott is ADA accessible in all areas except for the rooftop.
COVID-19             Go to for KCMBA/F’s updated COVID-19 protocol.

If you have any questions, please email
Sponsorship Opportunities

Click the link above to explore sponsorship opportunities at the Gala. To sign up for a sponsorship online, see the registration section below. KCMBF has in place concrete plans for growth in helping the community: Domestic Violence Alliance hopes to cover the cost of continuing education credits for all its participants from various professions; Military Matters is in the midst of a national expansion of its program; and Student Law Academy is developing a Pre-Law Fellowship for Scholars to cover the cost of the LSAT, test-prep courses, and law school application fees. To continue this unparalleled growth, we appreciate your support!    

The deadline for Liberty & Justice Gala sponsorships is September 1.

Auction Wish List

Click the link above to explore our Gala Auction Wish List. Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Federal Tax Code, Federal Tax ID No. 43-11 79222, therefore in accordance with the regulations of the IRS a portion of your donation may be tax deductible. 

Register for a Table or Individual Ticket

Click the link above to register for a table or individual ticket or proceed below to register online.

Special thanks to those who have generously donated their time and resources to make the 19th Annual Liberty & Justice Gala a success!
                Gala Chair: Lauren Perkins AllenLauren Allen, LLC
                Gala Vice Chair: Leon VersfeldVersfeld & Hugo, LLC

                Sponsorship Committee Chair: Scott BethuneDavis Bethune & Jones, LLC
                Sponsorship Committee Vice Chair: Meghan LiteckyDysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt, P.C.                

               Auction Committee Chair:  Ronald NguyenThe Law Office of Ronald Nguyen, LLC
               Auction Committee Vice Chair: Anna BermanKutak Rock LLP

Liberty and Justice Gala 2021

19th Annual Liberty & Justice Gala
Registration & Sponsorships

The annual Liberty & Justice Gala is the primary fundraising event in support of KCMBF and its programs. KCMBF is the charitable arm of KCMBA. This exclusive event features a cocktail hour, dinner, auction, and presentation to recognize and celebrate the great volunteer work performed by lawyers in the Kansas City community. 

To register for a single seat, table, or sponsorship for the Liberty & Justice Gala, follow the steps outlined below:
1. Login with your KCMBA credentials by selecting "Sign In". If you do not have a KCMBA account, select "create an account". If you do have an account but do not remember your credentials, contact the KCMBA team at (816) 474-4322 or
2. Once logged in, scroll back down to the registration section. Select "Register Myself".
3. Select the registration option you would like to purchase. Select "Proceed to Checkout".
4. Fill out the Payment Details section. Select "Submit Order".
5. A confirmation email will be sent immediately to the email on file with your KCMBA account. 

Once registration is complete, there are no printed tickets for this event. If you are a sponsor, please email with the names of your attendees or fill out the form on the last page linked here. If you have registered individually, simply check in at the registration desk when you arrive at the event.

The Abbott 1901 Cherry St Kansas City, MO 64108
Sign in or create an account to register Last day to register is 9/11/2021
My registration status: Not registered

Thank you to the 2020 Liberty & Justice Campaign Sponsors!




     Law Office of Alan L. Markowitz


KENNER LAW FIRM                                     


Athena Dickson | Elizabeth Sharp Lynch | Foulston Siefkin LLP | Lauren Allen, LLC | Law Office of Lisa A. Hansen | Law Office of Young & Kuhl, LLC | Shawn Lee | Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P. | Tamara Veit | The David and Beverly White Charitable Fund | 
Vickie Mauck

In November 2019, the KCMBF Board of Directors passed a Resolution changing the name of the Liberty & Justice Legacy Award to the Jack L. Campbell Legacy Award. To view the Resolution,
please click here.

Marsha Campbell accepting a copy of the Resolution at the
KCMBA Annual Meeting from 2019 KCMBF President, Scott Gyllenborg

During the Gala, the Jack L. Campbell Legacy Award is given in recognition of the recipient's dedication to the principles of liberty and justice through exemplary professional, civic and community service.

Jack L. Campbell Legacy Award Recipients
John M. "Jack" Kilroy, Jr., 2019
Hon. John W. Lungstrum, 2018
Senator Claire McCaskill, 2017
Hon. Cynthia L. Martin, 2016
J. Kent Emison, 2015
Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James, 2014
Hon. Gary Fenner and Hon. Peggy McGraw, 2013
Larry McMullen, 2012
Hon. J.D. Williamson, Jr., 2011
Hon. William Ray Price, Jr., 2010
Jerome T. Wolf, 2009
Hon. Scott O. Wright, 2008
James R. Wyrsch, 2007
Bobbie Lou Nailling-Files, 2006
Robert C. Welch, 2005
R. Lawrence Ward, 2004
C. Patrick McLarney, 2003

Scroll down to see photos from the October 5, 2019 Gala.   

Thank you to our Auction Donors!

A. Goodwin Art                                              
Amigoni Urban Winery
Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Rader PC
Boulevard Brewing Company
Brewery Emperial
Chicken N Pickle
Chris Fulks at Indian Hills Country Club
Complete Legal
CraftLux Candle & Design Co.
Dana & Keith Cutler
David Henrie and Mike Parrott
Destiny Bounds - Kutak Rock LLP
Edelman Liesen & Myers
Frisbie Road Photography
Harold Goss
Hartmann Law Office, LLC
Hogshead Kansas City
Holladay Distillery/Athena & Andy Dickson
Hon. Mark D. Pfeiffer
Isinglass Estate Winery
J.R. Hobbs
Jill & Mark Katz
Kansas City Paralegal Association
Kansas City Zoo
Katrina Smeltzer - Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.
KCMBA Lawyer Well-Being Committee
Kuhlman & Lucas LLC
Law Office of Lisa A. Hansen
Lawson Norris Sorenson
Lynne Drake
McGonagle Spencer Gahagan P.C.
Mike Ketchmark
Missouri Paralegal Association
Nancy and David Kenner
New Strong
Norman & Graves LLC
Paradise Park
Parkway Social Kitchen
Raymond Dake Photography
Simpkins Law Firm LLC
Sporting KC
Tamara A. Veit of McElligott Ewan & Hall PC
Tesla on the Country Club Plaza
The Ceramic Cafe
The Goss Law Firm P.C.
The National WWI Museum and Memorial
Tom's Town
Tracy and Jeff Spradlin
Truly Yours
Underdog Wine Co.
Versfeld & Hugo LLC
Waldo Well
Well Life LLC
west elm

Thank you to Azbill Photography for the photos.
If you would like a digital copy of a photo, please contact Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Fou
ndation at