Committee of 100 Luncheon

The Mission
The Committee of 100 is dedicated to planning and implementing signature fundraising events for the benefit of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Who We Are
The Committee of 100 (C100) is an organization of volunteers who believe deeply in advancing the mission of the Nelson-Atkins, enhancing its programs and collections, and keeping admission free for all. 

The History
The C100 was formed in the summer of 2012. The original charge from Sarah Rowland, then Board of Trustees Chair of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, was to identify and develop a signature fundraiser for the museum. The resulting ad hoc committee, chaired by Joan Marsh, included members Ann Baum, Mary Lou Brous, Karen Craft, Shirley Helzberg, Daisy MacDonald, Jeanne Sosland, and Liza Townsend.  

The plan was to invite 100 members to form a dedicated group to plan and execute events on behalf of the museum. Instead, more than 500 people joined as Charter Members. “The Committee of 100” name remains as a reminder of such resounding enthusiasm that kickstarted the committee.  

The C100 Luncheon
The C100 Luncheon is a premier fundraising event held each September, benefiting The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. After a welcome reception on the East Terrace of the Sculpture Garden, guests enjoy a presentation from a well-known designer in the visual arts. Finally, a sumptuous lunch is served among the grandeur of Kirkwood Hall. Altogether, the luncheon is an intellectually stimulating celebration of fellowship and the museum’s commitment to our community. 

C100 and Nelson-Atkins Membership
Year-round participation with the C100 starts at the $575 Art Lover Friends of Art membership level.  

Members at this level and higher receive invitations to exclusive C100-sponsored activities and events. They are also eligible to serve on the C100 Board and as Chairs on the Luncheon Committee or other C100-sponsored events.  

Nelson-Atkins membership is not required to attend the luncheon or volunteer for one of the luncheon committees 

If you are interested in joining as a member to enjoy C100 programs, please contact our 1ART department at 816.751.1278 or 1ART@nelson-atkins.org