KCPT TV Dinner Disaster: You Sell It, It Rains Out, You Keep the $$$?

Hard to imagine a non profit screwing over its supporters much worse than KCPT Channel 19 did last year…

In its seventh year the local public television station’s vaunted TV Dinner – the outdoor black tie blowout at Liberty Memorial – took a bullet via a last minute rainout. To make matters worse not only did the station not have a backup plan in place, sources say they decided to try and keep the cash.

What kind of cash?

Serious, as in $150 per person or $300 per couple. Factor in tuxedo purchase or rental, designer dresses and it can hit some decent digits.

Here’s what KCPT told last year’s ticket holders on its Web site post implosion:

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11 Responses to KCPT TV Dinner Disaster: You Sell It, It Rains Out, You Keep the $$$?

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you want dinner, take the money and buy dinner. If you want to doante to KCPT, then donate. It is a good cause, fergetaboutit.

  2. Anonymous says:

    For the love of Merriam-Webster, the word is “inclement”, not “inclimate”.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you can’t get to the point in the first graph, well ya lost me. I’m not going to press “READ ON…” I’m gone! Seriously, soft leads suck. Get to the point, don’t start out with “Once upon a time….”

  4. Anonymous says:

    stop whining silver spoon boy. Not everything
    in life goes according to plans.
    I was at jazzoo for years when the rains came
    down in buckets. 99% of the people left and went
    home knowing that it was rain or shine.
    KCPT is an incredible operation and we support
    it. Again…you try to shovel crap on this
    organiZation a year after this occurred.
    Have you nothing else to write about but trying
    to destroy and cast doubt on a non profit
    organization. This is nothing but an attempt to
    destroy the stations purpose….to provide a
    community with quality programming that can not
    be found on any other station.
    Stop trying to disparage these people. They work
    hard and long to provide this event. And why
    try to bring this up a year after it occurred.
    Your attempt to make these people and their
    station look bad is about as low as it gets.
    Not all of us have been able to live off
    daddys money. Most ofus have had to long hours
    and hard to get our money. I am one of those.
    I will gladly pay the money to the station
    to show my support for their organization.
    When we buy those tickets we know full well the
    risks involved.
    Now stop trying to make these people look bad.
    I love kcpt…I support it and we don’t need
    whining trust fund babys trying to tear it down.
    You site has become increasingly negative.
    INstead of tearing down non profits…maybe you
    should see the true hard work they do.

  5. Anonymous says:

    KCPT is a typical govt subsidized operation in that it could give a rip about customer satisfaction because the sugar daddy US Treasury (via Joe Taxpayer) will be there to write the check in case you suckers don’t.

    Bob Ross had mad skills though; that guy was alright.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Power to the JOJO!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Bob Berdella

  8. Anonymous says:

    And was going to be served rare with some fava beans and a nice chianti at the dinner.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hearne got fired for a reason
    Wow, Hearne I didn’t think it was possible to suck more at writing a blog then you did as a columnist. I was at this years KCPT TV Dinner at in was phenominal. This is the best Black-tie event in Kansas City. I didn’t see you there, so you must not of been invited. Sour grapes?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hey Brainiac, I turned down a free invite. And you’re right, cover bands like this year’s Disco Dick are far superior to past TV Dinner headliners like the Neville Brothers, Los Lobos, Three Dog Night and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Cluesless in KC
    I guess this just goes to prove that the cause means nothing to you. I doubt you said anything positive even when they had those national acts. Come to think of it, that’s probably why people stopped reading your column.

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