Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads accepted a challenge for a pumpkin carving contest this week, along with other Jackson County mayors, to support local charities.
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders challenged the mayors to participate in a Pumpkin Playoff with entries representing their communities.
Voting ends at noon Saturday Oct. 26. The entries are on display in the first-floor lobby of the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence.
Citizens cast votes by checking their favorite entry on donation envelopes and dropping the envelopes, with their monetary donations, into a locked ballot box. The pumpkin raises most donations will be the winner, with the money going to the charities.
Lee’s Summit’s is One Good Meal.
Rhoads said he decided to invite community organizations to submit entries, instead of carving himself.
“I picked the one I think best represents Lee’s Summit,” Rhoads said. While making his selection he did not know which pumpkin was from which group.
The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce prepared the pumpkin chosen by Rhoads, the other Lee’s Summit pumpkins are on display at City Hall.
“This is a fun way for us to raise money for a good cause,” said County Executive Sanders. “It is our hope that this event draws attention to the wonderful people throughout our community who dedicate themselves to helping those in need.”
The Pumpkin Playoffs participants and their charities:
• Jackson County, County Executive Mike Sanders - Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired
• Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross - Community Services League of Blue Springs
• Grain Valley Mayor Mike Todd - Grain Valley Holiday Senior Baskets
• Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis - Grandview Assistance Program
• Independence Mayor Don Reimal - Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (Independence Unit)
• Kansas City Mayor Sly James - Turn the Page KC
• Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads - One Good Meal
• Oak Grove Mayor Mark Fulks - Community Services League of Oak Grove
• Raytown Mayor David Bower - Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis
• Sugar Creek Mayor Matt Mallinson - Sugar Creek Citizens Civic Relief Commission