Folly Benefit 2012: “Light the Lights!”

By | November 20, 2012

Kansas City is known for a lot of things – its sports, its jazz, its barbecue. Many people, however, do not recall that the performing arts play a large role in the community. For years, plenty of stars have come through Kansas City on their way to bigger and better things and the Folly Benefit of 2012 was the perfect spotlight to generate the next possible star in performing arts. Blair Stover has more on the “Light the Lights” festival below.

The Folly Theater’s rich history only continues to get better and on Saturday November 3 at 8pm, the “Light the Lights” festival celebrated another year of festivities. Sam Harris, the original Star Search winner, electrified the crowd again with hits by John Lennon and other well known artists.

The evening also included some recognition events of civic leaders like William Dermus III and Joan Kent Dillon, who took it upon themselves to save and renovate then Folly Theater in the 1970’s. They re-opened the theater back in 1981 and it has been going strong ever since.

After the concert  concluded, a number of festivities took place outside and a champagne toast occurred outside where the Folly unveiled their new sign for the theater.

The Folly Benefit was a great time for all, and a great even for anyone with history or music in mind. Did you manage to get to the benefit this year? What was your favorite part? Share your memories below here at Ablairstover.


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