Annual Dinner 2018

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Name: Annual Dinner 2018
Date: November 20, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Registration: Sorry, online registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Join 1,900 area business leaders and legislators at the region’s premier business event. The KC Chamber’s Annual Dinner is the largest and single most anticipated event encompassing businesses, education and community organizations across the metropolitan area.

The evening's keynote presenter will be Mr. Nate Silver, founder of, and author of The Signal and The Noise.

Nate is a leading statistician and a pioneer of the new field of data journalism with his award-winning website FiveThirtyEight. Now in partnership with ABC News, FiveThirtyEight allows Nate to explore a wide range of areas including politics, sports, science, and more.

The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Kansas Citian of the Year Award. Past recipients include Robert Regnier, Tom Watson, James and Virginia Stowers, Thomas McDonnell, Shirley and Barnett Helzberg, The Rev. Emanuel Cleaver, R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., Donald and Adele Hall, James B. Nutter Sr., Phil Kirk, Greg Graves, and Leo Morton. Learn more about past Kansas Citian of the Year recipients here.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City; premier sponsors Burns & McDonnellHallmark Cards, Inc., and UMB; executive sponsors Black & Veatch and JE Dunn Construction; partner sponsors American Century InvestmentsCommerce BankDST Systems, IncEPIC Innovative EventsH&R Block, Inc.Harvest ProductionsKCP&LLathrop GageLockton Companies, LLCPolsinelliShook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.Trozzolo Communications Group, and Smithfield Foods; and corporate sponsors ARC Physical Therapy+ and Bardavon Health InnovationsBayerBryan Cave LLP, CBIZChildren’s MercyCommunityAmerica Credit UnionDeloitte LLPFleishmanHillardGrant Thornton LLPHCA Midwest HealthHoneywellHusch Blackwell LLP, Kansas City University of Medicine and BiosciencesKansas City ChiefsKVC Health Systems, Inc., KPMG LLPPNCSpireSprintStinson Leonard Street LLPThe RoasterieTruman Medical CentersVanTrust Real Estate, LLC, and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.

We are looking forward to celebrating with you at the KC Chamber’s 131st Annual Dinner. In preparation for a fun evening, take a look at the information below to answer some frequently asked questions:

Event Attire: Annual Dinner attire is business.


Join the Conversation: This year, the KC Chamber is excited to unveil #EVERYWHEREKC – a nod to the reach and impact Kansas City companies have around the world! The KC Chamber invites you to join the conversation leading up to, and at Annual Dinner. Join us in sharing photos, quotes, and successes on social media about how your company is “Everywhere KC.” We are happy to have local social media influencers joining us at the event to help facilitate conversation, too! 

Where to Park: We recommend parking in either the Barney Allis Parking Garage or in the Arts District Parking Garage. Please note that Wyandotte Street is closed between 14th Steet and 16th Street. The sidewalk along this stretch is also closed due to construction. 

Valet: For our guests who have received complementary valet, we ask that you either come from Broadway to 16th Street or take Baltimore to 17th Street and then up Wyandotte to Valet. Valet will be stationed at 16th and Wyandotte and will be taking cars from both directions.  

Tickets will be emailed to your company one week prior to the event. Please get in touch with the email recipient at your company to secure your tickets.  

Food and Beverage: The salad and entrée courses for the evening are gluten free. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact the KC Chamber events staff ( no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16.

Event Sponsors:
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • UMB Financial Corporation
Kansas City Convention Center, Kay Barnes Ballroom
1502 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Date/Time Information:
November 20, 2018
5 p.m. | Networking 
6:30 p.m.| Dinner and program
9:00 p.m.| Event Ending
Contact Information:
Laura Dryden
(816) 374-5444
Tickets are $150 for KC Chamber members only.
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