Committees are gearing up for a variety of fall fundraising events.

Even if your school days are long over, summer is still the time to relax, unwind, and take a break from the usual daily business of home and career.  While schedules may be filling up with weekend getaways, backyard barbecues, and kids’ camps, invitations to fund raising and philanthropic events have likely slowed to a mere trickle after spring’s flood of social summons.

Shuffled into these carefree days, however, are the on-going board meetings and committee work that will help produce the next wave of worthy events slated for late summer and early autumn. Taking on sponsorship solicitation, volunteer recruitment, and ticket sales during the weeks typically reserved for vacation is a daunting challenge but one that fall fundraising veterans have developed into a successful science.  So when the phone rings, arise from the hammock and say “yes” to support an autumn fundraiser that today seems miles away.

Aug. 23 is the date for “Hope and All That Jazz,” one of several yearly money making ventures for Hope House. Missouri’s largest domestic violence shelter with locations in Independence and Lee’s Summit, Hope House is commemorating 25 years of operation throughout 2008 and will undoubtedly set an ambitious goal for its signature summer-end event. 

Held at the Marriott Hotel in Kansas City, the gathering promises to be a night to remember. Sponsorship and ticket information are available by calling 816-252-9327.

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The Jackson County Historical Society will commemorate its 50th Anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 18 with a dinner and program at The Sawyer Room, located within the Mark Twain Tower at 106 W. 11th Street in Kansas City. The historic building was the original site of the Kansas City Athletic Club and retains much of the ambiance and amenities of the lavish club and residential hotel. 

The origins of the KCAC date back to 1887 when Arthur Stilwell developed Fairmount Park between the cities of Kansas City and Independence. As part of the development, Stilwell included athletic facilities and the Fairmount Cycling Club was formed to encourage the use of them. The club enjoyed tremendous popularity and became the Kansas City Athletic Club in 1893, a $50,000 stock corporation.  Throughout the early part of the 20th century century the club flourished, gaining national recognition in several sports, and as membership surged, it looked for a new home, acquiring the rights to the building at 11th and Baltimore where construction had begun but never finished. In 1932, the Continental Building Company assumed management of the building due to decrease in KCAC membership and financial hardship brought on by the Great Depression, but the club retained use of six of the building’s 22 floors as a sports and fitness club for businessmen and their families.

Guests of the anniversary celebration will revel in the historic surroundings of the exquisitely restored ballroom as tribute is paid to the achievements of the Society since its reincorporation in 1958.  Sponsorships and individual tickets are available through JCHS at 816-461-1897.

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Saturday, Sept. 20 is the date for the Truman Heartland Community Foundation annual black tie gala, “A Toast to Our Towns”.  Returning to the western part of the county for this year’s extravaganza, the gala committee has selected the elegant Hyatt Regency hotel for its benefit dinner and program. 

Honoring the tradition of charitable giving in the heartland and paying special recognition to outstanding individuals in Eastern Jackson County communities for their philanthropic efforts, the foundation’s gala is a highlight of every year. Unveiling its first ever Heartland Humanitarian of the Year Award, formerly Jackson County Humanitarian of the Year Award, the THCF board will give the mark of distinction to one extraordinary philanthropist along with a similar award to Corporate Citizen of the Year. 

Additional information is available by calling 816-836-8189.

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The Child Abuse Prevention Association will hold its yearly fall hoedown at Lone Summit Ranch in Lee’s Summit on Friday, Oct. 10.  The unfussy antidote to so many formal affairs features the best of the west from the dressed-down duds to finger lickin’ barbecue and country dancing. With proceeds benefitting the prevention of child abuse and identification of risk factors, it is hard to imagine a worthier cause.

Reservations can be secured by contacting CAPA at 816-262-8388.

While enjoying the well-earned rewards of summer, remember that the needs in our community never take a vacation. It is primarily through private contributions and volunteer efforts that local social service agencies, educational outreach programs, treasured historic sites, health care agencies, and many others are able to provide the services and programs that impact the quality of life for all the citizens of our communities.