Fundraising in full swing for Lee’s Summit non-profit organization

tporter@lsjournal.comJune 21, 2013 

  • $9,4000 The amount of money raised during last year’s inaugural Drive Out Hunger golf tournament to benefit Coldwater in Lee’s Summit. Organizers said this year’s tournament held June 17 may have doubled last year’s efforts.

The fundraising season is in full swing for Coldwater’s No Hungry Kids initiative.

Coldwater hosted its second annual Drive Out Hunger golf tournament June 17 at Lakewood Oaks Golf Club, and in the process may have double the amount raised during last year’s inaugural event.

“We had 110 golfers this year,” said Jan Durbin, Coldwater’s co-director. The No Hungry Kids initiative helps support the Lee’s Summit-based community organization’s partnership with Harvesters for its BackSnack program for elementary school children, a backpack program for early childhood and middle school students, and its summer lunch and summer barbeque programs. “I don’t have a number for you for what we raised, but I do know that it’s going to be about double of what we raised last year, so we’re pretty excited about that. Last year we raised $9,400 and we project that’s going to be about double this year.”

Durbin said all proceeds from the golf tournament will help fund Coldwater’s initiative to address a need not commonly associated with Lee’s Summit: hunger.

“It’s very important that Lee’s Summit knows that there is a need here,” she said. “Harvesters has identified over 858 elementary school children alone that are chronically hungry. And that’s just the elementary level. We know that there is huge need in Lee’s Summit that often goes unrecognized, so we are trying our best to get the word out. We have children right here in our own community that are hungry.”

Getting in on the fundraising act as well is a group of neighbors from the Monarch View subdivision in Lee’s Summit.

Residents of the East Side of the subdivision, which is divided by two pools and a park, will challenge residents from the West Side from 9 a.m. to noon June 22 at the subdivision’s pool for a food drive.

The food drive competition will help Coldwater’s summer lunch program, which provides summer lunches for school-aged children in areas of Lee’s Summit deemed most in need.

“Our subdivision is kind of split down the middle,” said Shannon Gillihan, whose husband, Chris, is the president of the Monarch View Property Owners Association. “There has always been this ongoing joke, ‘East Side, West Side, which one’s better?’

“We decided to kind of take that competition and turn it into something good.”

Gillihan said the East Side has 105 homes and will host a final pick up June 21 for those that can’t make it to the food drive. She added the Cookie Monster will be on hand the morning of the event to pose for pictures with everyone who donates an item for the East Side. A LaMar’s doughnut will also be presented to those that donate an item to the East Side.

The West Side has 152 homes and has distributed bags and fliers to all homes on the West Side. West Side representatives have offered to pick up donations since June 19 until June 21 for those that can’t make it to the food drive challenge.

Each item donated is worth a certain amount of points and the side with the most points per household ratio wins the challenge.

“We’re basically just competing against each other to see who can raise the most food,” Gillihan said. “It’s an activity that our whole subdivision can do. This is something everybody can do. Everybody’s involved. At the end of it, we’re going to close the pool off for whatever side that wins and have a special celebration.”

The following are requested donations for Coldwater’s summer lunches program:

individual fruit cups

individual applesauce cups

fruit snacks

granola bars

peanut butter (smooth)

grape jelly

zip lock sandwich bags

brown paper lunch sacks

plastic spoons

10- 12 oz. cups

Cash

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