Sheila Kemper-Dietrich

SAVE, Inc. Supporter; Co-Chaired first SAVE, Inc. fundraiser

Sheila Kemper Dietrich remembers that early on, when Mayor Dick Berkley was appointing a spectrum of Kansas City representatives as members to the first AIDS Council, no one realized all the barriers they would face in trying to provide a means for care to this population in need.

When she was asked to Chair the first fundraiser for SAVE, she was hooked after her first tour of SAVE Home, where “the hush in the house sealed the deal.” Sheila knew they were doing the right thing, as she had seen her first glimpses of the terrifying impact of AIDS in the 1980’s as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire. She recalls AIDS being all about fear back then, but now sees it as a reminder to celebrate life.

Sheila and a cadre of well-connected and high-spirited volunteers spearheaded our first ever fundraiser, a REQUIEM, “Listening to Your Heart,” composed by Christopher Lacy and performed at the Lyric Theatre by the Kansas City Symphony on May 25, 1989, which netted $100,000 for SAVE!