The Skywalk Memorial



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Mission Statement

The Skywalk Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation com-mitted to honoring and remembering the 114 people who lost their lives and those who were injured by the tragic events of July 17, 1981. Through the planning, design and construction of a permanent memorial, the Foundation also seeks to recognize and honor the emergency/medical personnel, firefighters, police officers, public servants and others who so bravely responded to this unprecedented disaster.


The Skywalk Memorial Foundation commissioned esteemed international artist Rita Blitt to create a sculpture that will serve as the focal piece of our memorial. Blitt's sculptures invoke sensuous curves and ethereal harmonies of form. They are shown around the world and found in museums in Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri, Overland Park, Kansas and elsewhere. We are proud to partner with her. For more information about Blitt's showings in the Kansas City- area, click here to see her work.

Hospital Hill Park Memorial Design

Memorial Location in Hospital Hill Park

We need your help and
want to hear from you!

To express your support, for questions regarding donations or for additional information, please send an email.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Hyatt skywalk tragedy, Kansas City Star Books presents "The Last Dance: The Skywalks Disaster and a City Changed."

All royalties from the book go to the Skywalk Memorial Foundation to help fund a permanent memorial. Go to to place your order.  The cost is $29.95.


Donations are being accepted and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by the IRS.

Make check out and mail donations to:

        Skywalk Memorial Foundation
        c/o GKCCF
        (Greater KC Community Foundation)
        1055 Broadway, Suite 130
        Kansas City, MO  64105

Meet One of our Heroes

Meet one of our heroes. Ninety-one year-old Leonard Rose of Overland Park, Kansas is a survivor of the Skywalk collapse. He lost three family members, more than any other family at the hotel that night. The following is a short video with Leonard recalling the tragic events of that night and explaining why we need a memorial in Kansas City.


Come meet members of the board who share the same passion as you do for getting this memorial built in Kansas City. We will gather for an informal Happy Hour at La Bodega, 703 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri on July 17, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Board members can provide an update on the status of our fundraising.


We would like to thank the Builders Association of Greater Kansas City & KC-Associated General Contractors for a generous $10,000 donation. In recent months, several law firms have also made donations. We are nearly 3/4 of the way toward our fundraising goal, which includes the need for an endowment required for future care of the memorial. Thanks goes out to everyone for all your support and patience!


You can now make a donation to the Skywalk Memorial Foundation through the United Way of Greater Kansas City!!! Click here for details.

In November 2012, the Skywalk Memorial Foundation Board presented a revised plan to Parks and Recreation Commissioners. While still maintaining the original theme of honoring rescuers, victims and survivors, the modified design moves the plan forward. SMF President Brent Wright told the parks board the new plan preserves the stainless steel sculpture, pedestrian walkway and plaza. To make the best use of donor funds, night lighting, stairs and a masonry wall have been removed. The SMF Board believes we are in our "final push" to get the project completed. We appreciate all the well wishes from people around the country and we will bring you updated information about a planned construction schedule and ribbon cutting in 2013.

Click on the 30th Anniversary video on the left to view portions of our "Celebration of Life and Spirit" event and ceremonial groundbreaking in 2011.

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Skywalk Memorial Foundation, Inc.




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