We join the rest of Kansas City in mourning the passing of a dear friend and champion of philanthropy, C. Stephen Metzler.
Although he graced our Agenda pages often, his passion was truly evident behind the scenes. With a philanthropic career as vast as his generosity, it may be easier to recount the local organizations that Metzler did not impact.
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He was a tireless and revered leader in the Kansas City community. Metzler’s pioneering efforts through the AIDS Service Foundation and AIDS Walk have helped Kansas City lead the nation in getting care to those with HIV/AIDS. A founding board member of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, he was a dedicated to the growth of small business in Kansas City.
Metzler and partner Brian Williams’ passion for the arts extended well beyond the boardroom and had a deep impact on organizations such as Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, the Folly Theater, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Kemper Museum and Heartland Men’s Chorus, just to name a few.
Our hearts are heavy today but we know that the love Metzler felt toward our community will reverberate through the streets of Kansas City for decades to come. He has shown us a level of compassion, dedication and goodwill that all of us should aspire to achieve.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Brian and to the families and friends of Steve and Brian.
As Missy Koonce, President of the Board of the AIDS Service Foundation said in a message, “Steve Metzler was a visionary, a leader, a pioneer and a torchbearer. However, more than that, Steve Metzler was a friend to all he met. We shall miss him dearly.”
All of us at Kansas City Spaces