Robby Steinhardt Foundation to launch scholarship with proceeds from auctioning platinum Kansas album

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A piece of rock history is up for grabs as the Robby Steinhardt Foundation is auctioning a rare platinum album owned by the world-renowned violinist who was a founding member of the band Kansas. 

Steinhardt grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1968. The foundation in his name was created “to carry on the legacy of Robby Steinhardt and his musical career, by promoting awareness, education, (and) fundraising in both Visual and Performing Art programs.”

The proceeds from auctioning the Recording Industry Association of America platinum “Point of Know Return” from Steinhardt’s private collection will go toward setting up a new scholarship fund through the Lawrence Schools Foundation.

The auction and bidding began Sept. 16 and will run until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. You can find more information and bid or donate at  

Steinhardt, who died in 2021, is slated to be inducted into the Lawrence Lions Alumni Association Hall of Honor at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana St.

Mayor Lisa Larsen will also pay tribute to Steinhardt with a recognition of “Lawrence’s own ‘Wayward Son’” at the Lawrence City Commission meeting, which begins at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

During the meeting, the Robby Steinhardt Foundation and the Steinhardt family will present a special gift to the City of Lawrence, according to an email from the foundation.

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