By Jeff Fox

An evening of ribs and line-dancing was a good chance for more than 100 people to kick back Thursday night while reviving a tradition.

The Eastern Jackson County Builders & Developers Association held a “Denim & Diamond” holiday event in Blue Springs.

The group has monthly dinners with programs of interest to the industry, but that industry has been through tough times in a down economy. It had been a few years since the association held a holiday event.

Through all of that, however, the group kept supporting several local causes.

“No matter how hard their lives have been, they’ve made life better for others,” said the group’s president, Cindy Hood of Stewart Title Company.

That continued Thursday with $500 donations for:

• The Elks Lodge for its charities. (The lodge on Brizendine Road is where the builders hold their dinners.)

• The mission trips that football players at Blue Springs and Blue Springs South high schools take every summer. Recent trips have been to Jamaica and Peru.

• The “Shop with a Cop” program for children in need. Blue Springs Police Department Officer Jennifer Lux said that would be enough for two children in the program this holiday season.

“They really enjoy it,” she said. “They get to be with an officer for a day.”