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Raytown South Soccer annual alumni soccer challenge

Raytown South Soccer programs will be hosting the 4th annual alumni soccer challenge as a fundraiser for both the boys and girls soccer teams. 

 –           June 8th   from 3:30 until about 8:00

–          For all former RSHS soccer players

–          Contact us for more information or if interested in playing

–          Shirts, awards, concessions, and a silent auction are all a part of the event.

–          Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come check out auction items

–          For questions, contact dan.porter@raytownschools.org or ryan.murdock@raytownschools.org



REAP Fundraiser BBQ

The Raytown food bank (Raytown Emergency Assistance Program) is having a Fundraising BBQ this coming Saturday. Please come out for a good cause. 

reap fundraiser

Raytown Rotary and Boy Scout Food Drive for REAP

April 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  at Cosentino’s Apple Market 11501 East 63rd Street and Wal-Mart – 10300 Missouri 350 Highway. 


Raytown High School to host “Relay For Life”


Raytown High School is proud to be hosting a Relay For Life event on April 19 from 7:00pm-12:00am in the Raytown High School Gymnasium.

Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society(ACS). ACS provides numerous programs for those who are battling cancer or recently recovering. A requested donation of $10 to the event per person allows attendees access to games, music, bands, activities and lots of fun for people of all ages!

Those who cannot attend the event can still donate at  www.RelayForLife.org/RaytownYouthMO  or by mailing donations to: RaytownHigh School, Attn.: Relay For Life, 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd.Raytown, Mo.64133. All money raised directly benefits the American Cancer Society and there numerous programs to help those battling cancer.

Sponsors are also looking for cancer survivors or anyone currently battling cancer, for a survivor dinner at 6:00 p.m. the same night at the high school.  Those seeking additional information  about the dinner or planning to attend should contact Hannah Treat at musictreats96@yahoo.com.

Research shows that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. We believe in this event because everyone will be affected by cancer at some point in their life. We encourage you to donate to this great cause that could help you and your family in the future.

For more information or any questions please contact sponsors at: raytownrelay4life@yahoo.com or Sarah.Thompson@raytownschools.org

Still $150,000 left in grants for non-profits

truman_heartlandTruman Heartland Community Foundation is once again inviting nonprofit organizations located in or serving citizens in Eastern Jackson County to submit a letter of interest requesting funding from the nearly $150,000 currently available through its annual Community Grants Process.

 The two-step review process will begin within weeks. Grant seekers should first submit an initial letter of interest by Thursday, April 4. Finalists will then be invited to submit a full proposal. To be considered for funding, programs must address one or more of the following issues which are important to the communities served by THCF. 

  • Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation
  • Building Stronger Neighborhoods
  • Education
  • Fostering a Sense of Community Spirit
  • Health Needs for the Community
  • Leadership Development for Youth and Adults
  • Programs for Seniors
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Transportation
  • Violence Prevention

 To complete the letter of interest and subsequent application, download the Community Grants Program Guidelines from www.thcf.org.

 In 2012, 44 nonprofit organizations received grants from THCF totaling $144,000. This included the Kansas City Symphony to conduct KinderKonzerts, JobOne to fund jobs for disabled adults, City of Independence Health Department to build community gardens, Baptist Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation to provide short-term medical assistance, Kansas City Hospice for operating support of care teams and the Veterans Way Memorial in Blue Springs. A full listing can be found at www.thcf.org.

 Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good.” Founded in 1982, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $28 million and annual grants surpassing $3 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit www.thcf.org or call 816.836.8189.

Scholarship opportunities offered

Foundation Offering $175,000
in Scholarships for 2013
THCF administers 150+ scholarships for area donors

truman_heartlandEASTERN JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. (February 27, 2013) – Scholarship season is in full swing and Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) has more than 150 scholarships valued at approximately $175,000 available for Eastern Jackson County area high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students pursuing a higher education degree, including technical schools.

Many scholarships have application deadlines in March 2013. For a complete list and to view all applications, visit the Grants & Scholarships section of www.thcf.org.

In 2012, nearly $175,000 was awarded from 69 scholarship programs to 157 student recipients. The average scholarship was $1,100 with the largest scholarship totaling $4,000.

One long-standing scholarship is The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship sponsored by the Junior Service League of Independence. It’s awarded to area women preparing for their undergraduate education who demonstrate a commitment to service and uphold the high ideals of Bess Truman. Since 1999, $39,000 has been awarded to 37 area graduating female high school seniors.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good.” Founded in 1982, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $28 million and annual grants surpassing $3 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit www.thcf.org or call THCF at 816.836.8189.

Raytown Middle School’s Blair’s Socks Fundraiser

Blairs SocksSocial Studies Teacher Andrew Kellermeyer’s sixth grade advisory class at Raytown Middle School collected over 110 pairs of new, packaged socks for Blair’s Foster Socks, an organization that provides socks to foster and homeless children around the Kansas City metropolitan area.

When given the task of choosing a class project, students expressed their desire to choose a project that had the potential of having a great impact on students and families in the community.  Many of Mr. Kellermeyer’s Advisory students were elementary classmates, in Girl Scouts, or were neighbors of Blair Shanahan and knew of her interest in providing socks to foster and homeless children.

“With Blair’s untimely death, her mother Michelle Shanahan-DeMoss decided to continue Blair’s mission of offering socks to foster & homeless children,” Kellermeyer explained.  “My Advisory class of 20 sixth-grade students was excited to partner with Ms. Shanahan-DeMoss in hosting a Sock Drive at Raytown Middle.” 

On Wednesday, January 16th, Mr. Kellermeyer’s advisory class invited Ms. Shanahan-DeMoss to meet the students who donated socks in her daughter’s honor. Ms. Shanahan-DeMoss shared an inspirational message encouraging students to get involved in meaningful organizations that impact the lives of others in positive ways.

For more information about Blair Foster’s Socks, please visit http://blairsfostersocks.org/

Raytown High Fashion and Textile students makes dresses to donate to Little Dress for Africa

Raytown High School’s Fashion Merchandising, Textiles, and Apparel Class turned pillowcases in to dresses to donate to the Little Dresses for Africa (LDFA) organization.

The activity was part of an introductory sewing skills unit and combined sewing skills development with literacy and community outreach initiatives.  Before constructing the dresses, student read an article about Rachel Alexander O’Neil and the history behind LDFA.

Teacher Harriet Haxton Halterman said, “It really brought a powerful message and a literacy activity to my students.  The message is that with the spread of AIDS, nearly a generation lost, there is a need to give others the opportunity to feel worthy.” 

The students also wrote messages to the little girls as a way of personalizing their gift.  The dresses have been shipped and are in transit to Africa. 

Raytown School District raised $23,878.82 for United Way

 The Raytown School District raised $23,878.82 for its annual United Way campaign. The total donation is up 4% from last year’s donation of $22,982.

 United Way is a not-for-profit organization that funds programs designed to improve lives by promoting human potential. Over the past 4 years, Raytown Schools has donated a total of $81,989.82 to support programs and organizations that embody the United Way mission.

 “It has been great to see the district come together to support United Way,” Cathy Allie, Director of Communications and Community Relations said. “This year, our students and their families donated $12,578.30; this money will go to sponsored programs that promote education, financial stability, and healthy lives in our community.”

 Each school or work site ran its own campaign from October 1 to 17. Popular events were wacky dress and pajama days, coin wars, and doughnuts sales. Incentives such as eating lunch with a teacher or the principal were other profitable items. Robinson Elementary was recognized for having the highest per-pupil contribution of $4.72. Little Blue Elementary had the highest total donation with over $4,000 donated.

Spring Valley Principal Greg Owen gets a pie in the face from a student during the school’s closing United Way celebration.

Raytown High School boys’ soccer team raised $350 for cancer research

During their varsity game on October 23, the Raytown High School boys’ soccer team announced that they raised $350 for cancer research. 

The players, along with parents, friends, high school staff, and community members, celebrated their efforts and honored loves ones affected by cancer during the halftime show by releasing a pink balloon on which they wrote the name of the loved one.  The balloons were then released into the air. The release symbolized how their thoughts, hopes, research, and prayers, lift up their loved ones. 

When asked about the fundraiser, Coach Jeff Dierking said, “I was extremely proud of the entire soccer program and the Raytown family that supports us. Thank you to everyone who made the evening possible through their generosity and support!”

Charity Auction for REAP and Ivanhoe Church

Ivanhoe United Church of Christ at 6512 Woodson Road is holding a charity auction on Saturday, October 20th to benefit REAP (Raytown Emergency Assistance Program) and Ivanhoe . The proceeds will be split 50/50. There will be a silent auction items and food available beginning at 5:00 pm, with a live auction to follow at 7:00 pm. We’ll also have items up for raffle, including a new iPad 3 and a new flat panel 32″ LCD HD TV!

Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Ivanhoe-UCC/217048525089063?fref=ts

REAP Food Drive

One of REAP’s largest food drives of the year will take place with the help of the Boy Scouts and Rotary Club. The Scouts will pick up groceries in sacks delivered to front doors back in early October. The Raytown Rotary will also collect food donations in barrels at three participating grocery stores. Click for details.

Dave and Shirley Wurth named as Heartland Humanitarians.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation has named Dave and Shirley Wurth as Heartland Humanitarians of the year.  The following is from the Foundation website. Click HERE to go to the full article.

Long-time Raytown residents, Dave and Shirley Wurth, have a passion for sharing that is well known not only in their home town but throughout Eastern Jackson County. As a couple they support various organizations and individually serve on many nonprofit boards. Shirley is a former educator and Public Information Coordinator for the Raytown School District. As a Rotarian she has been president of the Raytown Club and chaired committees in District 6040. Dave retired from the Blue Ridge Bank & Trust. He has been involved in various leadership positions including president of the Keith Worthington Chapter ALS.

In 1997 the couple was selected as Raytown’s Citizens of the Year for the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Gala. They are active members of the Second Presbyterian Church.

Click HERE to go to an article on the Wurths on Examiner.net

Annual Book Sale for Shepherd’s Center

The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown will sponsor their Annual Used Book Sale. Proceeds from the sale support older adult programs and services of the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown.

Select from a large assortment of hardback and paperback books from many categories – mystery, fiction, non-fiction, children, travel, gardening, religious & more!


Date & Times:
Friday, September  21, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 22, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church  6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO
(Across from Blue Ridge Elementary School)

Volunteers are needed to sort books prior to the sale. Call the SCR office at 356-9000 for days and times.


The Raytown Community Choir begins 16th year

The Raytown Community Choir a non-audition group for people who love to sing, and always welcome new members.  They meet Thursdays, 7pm, at Ivanhoe UCC, 6512 Woodson Rd., Raytown, MO., 64133. Rehearsals start Sept. 20. Enrollment will begin at 6:30, refreshments will be served. There is a $30 fee for the fall semester. They are a volunteer group, proud that we have taken donations at our performances over the years, and those monies have gone to organizations in Raytown like REAP and The Shepherd Center.

 The contact number is Tom Shadley, 816-737-8864.

Austin Mayo Medical Bill’s Fundraiser

Austin Mayo was seriously injured in a riding lawnmower accident this June. He has made a remarkable recovery from a coma, but the medical bills are huge. There will be a softball tournament this weekend at Graceway Church located at 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoffto raise funds for the medical bills.  The entry fee is $200 per team, For more information, call 816-651-9279

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Annual Book Sale

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Annual Book Sale

Friday, September 21

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 22

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown

(Across from Blue Ridge Elementary School)

Fiction, Gardening, Science Fiction, Childrens,

Nonfiction, Religious, and more!

If you have books to donate or would like to volunteer to sort and set up, call the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown office at 816-356-9000.

Let’s Move Camp Supporters

The names of the front row from left to right.  (click on the photo for a larger view, click again for a very large view)

Police Chief Jim Lynch, Alderman Jim Aziere, Entertainer Ronald McFadden, Fire Fighter Jason Ramey, Wynn Twins Owner and Let’s Move Supporter Jann Wynn, Elijah Thomas, Dr. Allan Markley, KMBC’s Larry Moore-Dream Factory, Tony Richardson – Former Chiefs Player, Alderman Charlotte Melson, Jackson County Deputy Ray Heck, Carmen Kraus, Danielle Wraybec – Former Dream Factory Recipient and Wynn Twins Team Member.

From the Let’s Move Camp fundraiser for Larry Moore and the Dream Factory

Kids, elected Raytown officials, and the School Superintendent work it at the Let’s Move Camp fundraiser in Raytown.

Firefighters vs Police for Charity

The Raytown firefighters competed in a dance auction for the Let’s Move Camp Fundraiser for Larry Moore and the Dream Factory. The winner was determined by money votes for the fundraiser. The vote ended in a tie. RaytowOnline would have to say that it was a hard call. The firefighters had a couple star performers, but were lacking in their backfield. The Police had the cutest team with an even overall good quality performance and leadership that was wise enough to leave the dancing to younger members. We applaud the Fire Marshall for being a good sport, but advise him to keep his day job.  

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Breakfast for Harry

Harry Stone, aged 60, was gunned down and killed while jogging near his Raytown home on May 13, 2012, Mother’s Day. There has not been an arrest in his homicide but the Stone family is hoping to change that by raising the reward money.

 Harry’s church, St. Luke’s United Methodist, at James A. Reed and Bannister Roads (South Kansas City) is hosting a Country Breakfast on Saturday, August 4 from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Breakfast includes eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, cereal and more for just $3.00 per person. For more information contact the church office at 816-763-8444.

 All profits from this event will be donated in Harry’s name to the TIPS Hotline to encourage those who have information about a crime to come forward. Help spread the word and bring some hungry and generous friends.

 Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically at KCcrimestoppers.com, or by texting TIP452 and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is anonymous.

 ‘Do the Right Thing’ ~ Harry Stone’s favorite quote


Golf Tournament for Raytown High

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Steak & Shrimp fundraiser for REAP

Raytown Emergancy Assistance Program Fundraiser

A steak and shrimp dinner provided by the Daily Double Lounge at Woodson Villiage Shopping Center. There will also be a band playing. So great food and great music. The best part of this fundraiser is that the whole cost ($20) goes to REAP. The Daily Double picks up the whole cost of the fundraiser.

When: Saturday, May 19th
Dinner is from 6-8
Silent auction 6-7:30
Band plays from 7-???
Where- Daily Double
11509 E 63rd St
(Woodson Village Shopping Center)
Raytown, Mo 64133
Reservations would be appreciated but not necessary

Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry

Click HERE to download the brochure.

Shave a sheriff, chief of police or a local politician for Hope House

Hayden Torpey, Rep. Noel Torpey, Nick Swearngin, Rep Mike Cierport, Rick Roeber, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp, Aaron Goff, KC Police Credit Union and Greenwood Chief of Police Robert Leslie, Anna Huff, Taylor Scott and Mike Talboy (inset) will auction the right to shave their heads on Saturday, March 10. Submitted photo.

You will be able to if you are the highest bidder on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in downtown Lee’s Summit.

John’s Barber Shop will be holding their annual Hair Razing and Silent Auction to benefit Hope House, a shelter for abused women and families again this year.

The event has out grown the Barber Shop location and Nick Swearngin, owner, has announced the event will instead be held at IAFF Local 2195, the Lee’s Summit Fire Fighter Association building. Start bidding on the Silent Auction items at 10 a.m.

The newest candidates to be in the elite circle called “Lee’s Summit Bald Eagles” will be Jackson County’s Sheriff Mike Sharp; Greenwood Chief of Police Robert Leslie; Aaron Goff, President/CEO of the K.C. Police Credit Union; Rep. Noel Torpey and his son, 10-year-old Hayden, who is in the fourth grade at Sycamore Hill Elementary; Rep. Mike Cierpiot; Lee’s Summit resident Rick Roeber (Barefoot Rick); Rep. Mike Talboy, Democrat Minority Floor Leader.

But the most poignant group are the three generations of Lee’s Summit women. Anna Huff is a 911 dispatcher for the Central Jackson County Fire Department. Anna recently began her battle with cancer by having a double mastectomy. Ironically, her first chemotherapy treatment is scheduled for the day before Hair Razing. Joining her to show their support of both Anna and Hope House are her aunt Peggy Martin, a three-year cancer survivor, and Anna’s granddaughter, 11-year-old Taylor Scott, a student at Meadow Lane Elementary.

You may remember Nick Swearngin walking around downtown Lee’s Summit, at his church or at the Maverick’s game looking like cotton candy with his dyed pink hair and beard last year. Well, Josh, a fellow barber, has started bidding, and Swearngin has agreed to have Donna Knight, owner/stylist of Ray’s Beauty Shop dye his hair Hope House Blue at 1:00 p.m, Saturday, March 3rd.

Officer Wiesemann has a group walking in the Downtown Lee’s Summit Emerald Isle parade prior to Hair Razing to show Hope House victims that they have the support of the community and also support the fundraiser. So grab your green, your signs and your walking shoes and join the group in the parking lot of Lee’s Summit High School at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Hope House is a fantastic organization, and the more you know about them, the more your heart longs to help them,” Swearingin said. “I am grateful to the entire Kansas City metro area and especially Lee’s Summit for embracing the Hair Razing for Hope House. LS Police Officer Mark Wiesemann and Linda Ahern, have been a major force in this effort this year.”

If you would like to help either by donating to the silent auction or by donating some money, you can send it to John’s Barber Shop, c/o Nick Swearngin, 217 SE Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. Please make checks payable to Hope House.

Don’t forget to stop in at the IAFF Local 2195 – Lee’s Summit Fire Fighter Association building, 322 S.E. Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit. The silent auction will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The Hair Razing Auction will begin at 2 p.m. You will actually be able to shave our Jackson County Sheriff, Chief of Police, a Politician or support one of our honorable ladies – that is, if you are the lucky highest bidder.