House of Hope helps restore relationships between troubled teens and their families, as well as their communities, through parent-involved treatment, education, and counseling. Runners, walkers, and competitive tiptoers can race to aid the nonprofit's mission by entering the Hope Challenge, which includes slightly more than 3 miles of scenic, high-energy fun. The race route takes entrants from Frank A. Theis Park through Country Club Plaza and past the Kauffman Gardens in their full summer bloom. Afterward, celebrate a personal best by rejoining friends and fans for postrace refreshments and family activities such as a Tot Fun Run. All entrants receive a T-shirt to broadcast their achievement to the world and avoid the sticky residue that comes from taping a racing bib to bare skin.
The Midwest Classic golf tournament—which was just added to the PGA's Nationwide Tour in December—unleashes a field of 156 pro golfers to tackle the rolling fairways of the Nicklaus Golf Club. The four passes grant access to any of the competition rounds of of this seven-day charity tournament hosted by the Kansas City Crusaders, which raises funds and donates tournament proceeds to Children’s Mercy Hospital. When pro golfers start their scorecards on Thursday, August 18, families are free to stand on the sidelines or take youngsters to a kids' play area for face painting and inflatable sports games. Check the tournament schedule for event details and exact times.
Individuals living with ALS may lose their ability to speak, or find that the act of speaking becomes exhausting as the disease progresses. Devices that augment human speech help sustain a connection between those with ALS and their families, friends, and health-care providers. With several applications available for download that convert text to speech, the iPad can be an important tool for individuals living with ALS, providing them with a means of communicating verbally and helping them participate in family life and personal medical decisions. The iPad is easier to obtain than other communication devices for those with ALS, which often require prescriptions and the approval of insurance companies.
A licensed and insured company, Fun Services has equipped events with entertainment and eats for more than 30 years. Within Fun Services' inventory, concession stands with Fun Services–supplied catering await to dot midways alongside carnival sports games such as a basketball toss and high-speed pitching. A Lil Bubba train showcases its ability to escort visitors from parking areas or transport tots in ovular trips around fairgrounds, and mechanical bulls compete to fling riders higher into afternoon skies. Additionally, a menagerie of bounce houses and a 22-foot rock-climbing wall stand ready to test gravitational pulls
The Junior League of Kansas City has donated more than $14 million and 2.2 million hours of time since its founding in 1914. Spearheading these efforts are the nonprofit organization’s now 1,400 female members, all of whom are committed to their volunteer work and to encouraging others to donate their time as well. Their sheer numbers allow the ladies to form 700-on-700 pickup basketball games and to spread out across the community to get a pulse on current issues in need of attention—currently, children’s nutrition and fitness. To help support their efforts, these stalwart altruists host fundraisers throughout the year. Since it began in 1988, Holiday Mart has helped to raise more than $8 million for Kansas City community projects.