News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Princess Party Tickets are Now Available!

clock September 8, 2009 15:39 by author Jeff Quibell

image FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Monica Meeks, StandUp Blue Springs

September 1, 2009 816-478-4500 or Executive@StandUpBlueSprings.org

IT’S TIARA TIME IN BLUE SPRINGS!

SIXTH ANNUAL PRINCESS PARTY TO BENEFIT DENTAL FOR KIDS PROGRAM

Tooth decay is currently the single most common chronic childhood disease—five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever, according to the Surgeon General. To create awareness about children’s dental health and raise funds for StandUp Blue Springs’ Dental for Kids program, the agency will host its sixth annual Princess Party featuring the Tooth Fairy.

Young ladies ages 2-12 will be the royal guests of honor at the Sixth Annual Princess Party, Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Valley View High School, 5000 NW Valley View Road in Blue Springs. Event organizers anticipate 600 little girls and adults will attend.

The cost to attend the Princess Party is $15 for children and $5 for each adult companion. The admission price includes 15 activities for $15, and includes a visit with special guest, the Tooth Fairy, the debut of Sparkle Smile Academy featuring the Royal Puppets, a Princess concert, crafts, magic show and more. Several optional activities cost an additional fee, and low-cost snacks will be sold.

All activities are offered with marketing and advertising sponsorship opportunities. The agency is also seeking the assistance of volunteer, civic or faith-based groups to “adopt” an activity, where its volunteers can work three-hour shifts to set-up, decorate, lead and tear-down individual activity rooms.

Tickets can be ordered in advance through the StandUp Blue Springs web site, www.StandUpBlueSprings.org, and can be purchased at the door. Discounts are available for online and advance purchases.

Dental for Kids provides free dental care to children and teens from low-income homes in the Blue Springs School District. “Since the program started in 2003, volunteer dentists in Eastern Jackson County have donated more than $300,000 in free dental care to more than 500 children,” says Executive Director Monica Meeks. “Many of the children in the program have extensive dental problems. Dental for Kids provides access to free dental care families could not otherwise afford.”

The Surgeon General has identified dental and oral diseases as “silent epidemics.” Left untreated, the pain and infection caused by tooth decay can lead to problems in eating, speaking and learning. Without proper dental care, children risk significant health problems later in life, including heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

Dental for Kids is a program of the local nonprofit agency, StandUp Blue Springs, which engages adults and teens in Eastern Jackson County in health, safety and community wellness programs. For more information about the Princess Party or the Dental for Kids program, call the StandUp Blue Springs office at 816-478-4500.

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Rainbow Center’s 10th Annual Golf Classic

clock September 8, 2009 12:14 by author Jeff Quibell

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HOW YOU CAN HELP:

MAJOR BENEFACTOR ... $5,000
Sponsorship includes golf for eight, quality golf gifts, complimentary breakfast and lunch. Major sponsorship recognition will be in all published materials, on the welcome banner, your name on one of the holes and special recognition at the awards ceremonies.

HALL OF FAMER ... $2,500
Sponsorship includes golf for eight, quality golf gifts, complimentary breakfast and lunch. Recognition will be in all published materials, on the welcome banner, your name on one of the holes and recognized at the awards ceremonies.

CHAMPION ... $1,500
Sponsorship includes golf for four, quality golf gifts, complimentary breakfast and lunch. Recognition will be in all published materials, your name on one of the holes, and recognized at the awards ceremonies.

INDIVIDUAL GOLFER ... $195
Includes golf for one, quality golf gift, two drawing tickets, and complimentary breakfast and lunch.

DRINK CART SPONSOR ... $500
Recognition in published materials and
name on Welcome Banner.

CART SPONSOR ... $100
Signage on golf cart. Recognition in published materials.

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If Mother Nature interferes with the golf classic, please consider your sponsorship or fee a donation.

SCHEDULE:

Registration / Breakfast - 7:30 AM
Shotgun Start w/ Cart - 8:30 AM
Awards Luncheon - 1:00 PM

$25 MULLIGAN PACKAGES
Two mulligans, drawing prize ticket and putting contest entry.
Mulligan packages may be purchased with your registration form or on morning of the event.

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For information contact:
Rainbow Center:
816-229-3869
2009 Chairman, John Carlson:
816-556-2134

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Thank you for helping make hopes and dreams come true!

Our MISSION is to provide a safe, nurturing and social environment in order to serve persons with special educational and developmental needs.

10th Annual Golf Classic
The Country Club of Blue Springs
1600 NW Circle Drive
Blue Springs, Missouri 64014
A four-person scramble benefiting
Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders

www.rainbow-center.org

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Scopes for Hope - Free Clinic - Fund Raiser Event

clock August 2, 2009 10:54 by author Jeff Quibell

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

Community Foundation Program, Jackson County Free Health Clinic, presents 1st annual “Scopes for Hope” event

Free Clinic save-the-date HEARTLAND NEWS (July 27, 2009) – What began nine years ago as a localized initiative of the Community Foundation to meet the health needs of those underserved in our communities has now grown to a regional effort. Staffed by a newly hired Executive Director, Tracye Laun, the Jackson County Free Health Clinic will host its first-ever annual “SCOPES for HOPE” event on Friday, November 6th, 2009 at the Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex.

Throughout the past nine years, the Jackson County Free Health Clinic (JCFHC) has been working to assist low-income, underserved adults living in Eastern Jackson County. With the goal of forging partnerships with patients, medical staff and the local community to provide quality health care and medications to uninsured adults, area citizens are able to live healthy, productive lives without the complications of chronic illness. The Free Health Clinic provides services specifically to those who suffer from diabetes, asthma and hypertension and is open every Tuesday evening.

Tracye Laun shares, “The issue of those without health care is a very complicated one, but we can work together to address it in our community. Our upcoming benefit will help solve a national problem on a local level by expanding public awareness and medical services to the communities that we will serve.”

The evening will include a dinner, a silent and live auction and special entertainment by medical professionals throughout the region. For reservations, donations, and support or general information: Please visit www.jcfhc.org for more information on this event or contact admin@jcfhc.org.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good. After 27 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $23 million and annual grants surpassing $6.7 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to more than 1,000 donors who plan to leave lasting and meaningful legacies in the communities they care about. To learn more about the Community Foundation and charitable giving, visit us online at www.thcf.org or call the office at 816.836.8189.

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Upcoming Community Events

clock July 21, 2009 10:07 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs City Theater - July 23,24,25 , 7:30 pm, Footloose - The Musical is also on Sunday July 26th at 2:00 pm. The City Theater is located at the Barbara Landes Performing Arts Center located at Blue Springs South High School, 1200 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy.

Street Flicks, Madagascar 2,  Friday July 24th, activities for kids begin at 7:15 pm. Movies begin at dusk.  Bring lawn chairs for seating.  Downtown Blue Springs 12th & Main St. 

Concert in the Park, July 26th, Rotary Park, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Platinum Express will be performing at this free concert.

Bowling Challenge - August 11th, Lunar Bowl, 6:00 - 10:30 pm.  This is a fundraiser for Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and Blue Springs Education Foundation. For more information email Cindy Oddo at coddo@wrisinger-king.com

Texas Hold'em - August 23rd, Side Pockets, 2:00 pm. Your donation of $30.00 will benefit St. Mary's Medical Center's "Calling to Care" campaign.  St Mary's is a non-profit hospital that serves our community.


Pay it forward Blue Springs (Updated)

clock July 9, 2009 10:02 by author Jeff Quibell

On Monday, a "Pay it Forward" chain began at the Steamin' Bean in Blue Springs.  I dropped by to purchase a Latte this morning (July 9, 2009) and found myself to be the 392nd recipient since Monday in an unbroken chain of "Paying it forward".  Go to http://www.aboutbluesprings.com/post/2009/07/06/Pay-it-forward-Blue-Springs!.aspx to see the original article about what is happening in Blue Springs.


Pay it forward Blue Springs!

clock July 6, 2009 19:04 by author Jeff Quibell

This morning a customer walked into the Steamin' Bean on north seven highway and said they wanted to pay for the next customer's order.  When asked what they wanted the next customer to be told, they simply replied that they should find an opportunity to pay it forward.  By lunch time over twenty customers had chosen to pay the kindness forward and this evening the generosity continues.  Some of the customer have been so generous that excess money is accumulating and owner Garin Bledsoe is looking to expand the idea beyond his coffee shop.  He believes that this is an opportunity for us all to help our neighbors and other local businesses improve our economy.  If you would like to participate in this local version of Pay it Forward simply call the Steamin' Bean at 220-2326.  Ask for Garin or Michelle and they will be happy to help you.

The Steamin' Bean is located at 1875 NW 7 Hwy in Blue Springs Missouri.


Truman Heartland Community Foundation Announces 2009 Corporate Citizen of the Year

clock June 17, 2009 20:36 by author Jeff Quibell

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

THCF Announces

2009 Corporate Citizen of the Year

DSI to Receive Award at 14th Annual Toast to Our Towns

HEARTLAND NEWS (April 27, 2009) - In celebrating charitable giving and the philanthropists who make change in our communities possible, THCF is pleased to announce Data Systems International Inc. (DSI) as the 2009 Corporate Citizen of the Year.

 

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Michael J. McGraw, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, founded DSI in 1979. For nearly three decades, DSI has provided services to clients worldwide with industry leading technology solutions. Although DSI operates on an international level, McGraw has chosen to lead his company by

way of giving back locally to the heartland community. This year, DSI celebrates 30 years of delivering innovative data technology solutions, and THCF graciously celebrates their philanthropic actions in the heartland region.

On an annual basis, DSI and its employees contribute their time and treasure to regional and national charities. “Serving the community and working towards improving the quality of life for all people is one of our intrinsic values,” McGraw claims. He is an advocate to other businesses and their employees, encouraging them to give their resources to charitable organizations within their communities. “Charitable giving has been a top priority of DSI since the beginning and we plan to continue doing so.”

The Community Foundation’s Corporate Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to DSI at the Annual Gala event on September 26, 2009 at six o’clock in the evening in the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriot.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good. After 27 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $23 million and annual grants surpassing $6.7 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to more than 1,000 donors who plan to leave lasting and meaningful legacies in the communities they care about. To learn more about the Community Foundation and charitable giving, visit us online at www.thcf.org or call the office at 816.836.8189.

Table sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available by calling the Community Foundation or visiting us on the website.

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2009 Heartland Humanitarians

clock June 17, 2009 20:31 by author Jeff Quibell

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

Truman Heartland Community Foundation Presents

Toast to Our Towns: Giving is Living

Introducing Dave Jeter and Jim Kidwell this year’s Heartland Humanitarians

HEARTLAND NEWS (April 27, 2009)- Preparations are under way for the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Gala event, to be held Saturday, September 26, 2009 at six o’clock in the evening in the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriot. In preparation of the occasion, THCF is pleased to announce both Dave Jeter and Jim Kidwell as the recipients of the 2009 Heartland Humanitarian Award. Both share a unique experience, in that they are recipients of organ transplants. In addition, and perhaps most noteworthy, both recipients have come to learn and model for their communities that giving is living.

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David Jeter has always been an exemplary philanthropist. Apart from his membership and leadership at Second Presbyterian Church and his support of many local non-profit agencies including Rainbow Center, Hope House, Community Services League, Blue Springs School of Economics, and the Community’s Foundation, Dave has also used his professional career to encourage and promote giving throughout our region. Recently retired from his practice as an estate planning attorney, Dave encouraged his clients to create lasting and meaningful legacies in the communities they care about by including charitable giving and/or charitable involvement in their lives and estate plans.

Following his heart transplant four years ago, Dave endeavored to honor his organ donor and express his thanks for the “gift of life” which his new heart represents by underwriting a Celebration of Life service which was attended by over 300 people. Since that time, he has served on the Board of Gift of Life, a Kansas City based not-for-profit, which “builds awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donation and provides assistance to transplant patients, their families and living donors” and has been the moving force behind the creation of the Life Mentor/Life Champion program which offers support and encouragement to transplant recipients. Keith Anderson, Executive Director of Gift of Life, shares, “Nothing has been more important to Dave than to build a community in which he could raise a family, give back with boundless energy and celebrate each day in a community he helped develop.”

 

clip_image006With a robust style that complements Dave Jeter, Jim Kidwell is also a well-known philanthropist who hardly needs an introduction. After receiving a liver transplant nearly six years ago, Jim knows he has been given a second chance at life and he chooses to lend a hand in small ways as well as the big ways. By making the most of his life, he is an encouragement to others to make the most of theirs. “I know that I have been given a second chance at life for some reason and I hope you are able to make the most of it as I am”, Jim shares with transplant recipients from Gift of Life. And Jim has made a difference. In addition to

outright and in-kind gifts through Jim Kidwell Construction, which received the 2002 Corporate Citizen Award, Jim has also given personally his time, talent and treasure to various organizations such as Gift of Life, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Angel Flights, Circle of Hope Society, and Boys and Girls Club. Jim explains, "it’s fun to help people out. And you've got to give back. If more people did it, it would be a lot better world." Keith Anderson affirms, “Some of us work in small ways and others in big ways. Jim Kidwell does both. He rises to the occasion whenever asked.”

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good. After 27 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $23 million and annual grants surpassing $6.7 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to more than 1,000 donors who plan to leave lasting and meaningful legacies in the communities they care about. To learn more about the Community Foundation and charitable giving, visit us online at www.thcf.org or call the office at 816.836.8189.

Table sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available by calling the Community Foundation or visiting us on the website.

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