2021 Honoree - Doug Jones

Doug Jones

2021 Legacy Giving Partnership Award

Doug Jones is a pioneer of philanthropy with a particular passion for theatrical arts. In 2014, he became Starlight Theatre’s second-ever official legacy donor, committing to a gift that is currently the largest estimated legacy gift for the organization in Starlight’s recorded history. With planned legacy gifts to Centre Theatre in Los Angeles and to the Theatre Development Fund in New York City, Doug’s parallel support of the arts in our community has elevated Kansas City’s profile in the industry. Through their generous legacy gift, Doug and his late husband, John Sanger, agreed they wanted to do something that would provide young kids who would not otherwise be able to attend live theatre the opportunity to do so. With a passion for Starlight, where Doug saw his very first show in 1956 at age 8, the couple desired to create an avenue for students from low-to-moderate income communities to experience professional musical theatre performances. Thus, they established the Doug Jones and John Sanger Theater Ticket Fund through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, listing Starlight as the primary Kansas City beneficiary and creating a legacy that impacts hundreds of children in our community by connecting them with the arts and creating the next generation of arts and theatre enthusiasts.