Month: November 2013

Misfortune in Missouri

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A recent study by BMO Private Bank found that wealthy Missourians will individually donate less than the national average in 2013. Despite this, the study also found that the donations are on the rise.

A Missouri man was accused of stealing donation displays that collect money for the Children’s Miracle Network. The man stole the money from places in Lee Summit, a town in western Missouri.

A woman from Lexington, Mo., a small town east of Kansas City, reported in a Letter to the Editor that members of a charity in Missouri took off the price tags of donated clothing and wore the clothes themselves. She encouraged readers to follow up on donations to avoid this situation in the future.


Kansas City charity, or in one case, the lack thereof

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The Kansas City Rescue Mission denied a request to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to the homeless by the Kansas City Atheist Coalition, saying that they wouldn’t be sending the right religious message to the people they help.

Despite gradually shrinking revenue, Hallmark Cards, Inc., which is headquartered in Kansas City, still manages to donate a huge amount to Kansas City charities. The Hall Family Foundation will give $38 million to the KC area by the end of this year.

A Kansas City man diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease was nominated for a national honor from NASCAR for more than 30 years of volunteer work. Don Post coordinates more than 400 volunteers for KC’s March for Babies and Bikers for Babies charity events.

KU Dance Marathon raises $60,000 for local hospital

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Every year, KU students organize a fundraising event for the Children’s Miracle Network. The money raised goes  toward a local CMN hopsital KU Pediatrics. Students spend the entire day on their feet, raising money for the nonprofit. Since its foundation in 2008, KUDM has raised more than $200,000 for KU Pediatrics.

KUDM Transcript

For more information on the Children’s Miracle Network and KU Dance Marathon, check out this infographic.

Staying fit for charity

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Last week, A.J. Mooney, an employee at the VA hospitals in Leavenworth and Topeka, ran the 62 miles between the two hospitals in an effort to raise money for charities. Why run a marathon when you can run an ultramarathon?

Boxing for a cause. The annual Kansas City Guns ‘N Hoses boxing competition was on Nov. 2, 2013. Firefighters, police officers and ordinary civilians boxed to raise money for the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment.

Children with chronic illnesses show off at the KUDM talent show

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At the KU Dance Marathon, participants stand on their feet all day in an effort to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. KU Students perform the majority of the time through dances and games to entertain and support the children. But for the talent show, the tables turn and the children take the reins.

A group of kids showcased their talents while the large crowd of KU students watched, cheered on and even joined in.

“It’s just a way for the kids to perform for us,” said Shelby Lemon, a KUDM committee member. “While all day we’re performing for them and dancing for them, now they get to have us as an audience.”

All the money raised at this event will directly benefit the children who performed in the talent show, along with many more in the Lawrence area.

“One of the kids who danced in the talent show, Brendan, has been through so much for a 7-year-old,” said Kathleen Gerber, a KUDM participant. “For one child to go through all the surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy is incredible. He’s still here, he’s still smiling.”

The children’s talents ranged from singing and dancing to martial arts.

KUDM participant Olivia sings "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." She was accompanied by several KU students.
KUDM participant Olivia sings “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” She was accompanied by several KU students.

Helpful hobbies

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Gentlemen, start your engines. The Wichita Toy Run Rally cruised through the Delano district on Sunday, Nov. 4, showing off the bikes and toys on the riders’ backs. Each toy was donated to the Salvation Army, the Kansas Food Bank or U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd. Kansas City Kansas Community College’s baseball team offered its expertise to the Phillip Scimeca Wiffle Ball Tournament. With the team’s help, the tournament raised more than $10,000 for spinal cord injury recovery.

Knit for a cure. David Babcock ran a full marathon while knitting a scarf to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. The scarf was more than 12 feet long, which set a Guinness World Record.

United Way University Campaign

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The United Way of Douglas County kicked off its KU campaign on the first October, and as it draws to a close you can see the University’s progress so far.

United Way