The Blue Springs Rotary’s main annual fundraiser brought in over $38,000, and while this is an average result for the event, according to Club President Trisha Kennedy, it was a higher number than in 2018.

This year marked the 28th year of the fundraiser, according to Kennedy, which sold out with 375 tickets being purchased.

Over the course of the year, the rotary will spend $10,000 of the collected funds on college scholarships for graduating seniors in the Blue Springs and Grain Valley school districts. Additionally, Kennedy said the remaining funds will be put to work benefiting the Community Services League, Hope House and the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders.

Rotary volunteers will also be paying for and volunteering their time to craft 40 beds on an assembly line for the Sleep in Heavenly Peace program, which provides beds to children removed from permanent homes.

In addition to raising funds, the Blue Springs Rotary collected 319 pairs of shoes and 26 pairs of socks while taking part in the Buckner Shoes for Orphans program, where footwear is donated to children in countries as far away as Kenya and Guatemala.

Rotary District 6040, of which Jackson County and much of northern Missouri is a part, collected approximately 19,000 new pairs of shoes, 3000 pairs of socks, 1200 shoelaces and $12,000.

“We are so grateful for the way our community came together to help children in need,” said Kennedy. According to her, Blue Springs consistently ranks in the top 25 percent in the district when it comes to the shoe drive.