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Join our ticket sales kick off event Sept. 30 for a fundraiser gala

Post Date:09/20/2019 2:00 PM

RAYMORE, MO - Whether you are traveling by trapeze, clown car or elephant, you will not want to miss the Vintage Circus Gala, a benefit for the Hawk’s Nest inclusive playground. The Raymore Community Foundation invites area residents and surrounding community members to purchase tickets for the gala at a ticket sales kick off event from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Tavern on the Moor, 1112 E. 163rd St. in Raymore.

The circus-themed gala will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the Centerview event space at 227 Municipal Circle in Raymore. The event will include dinner and dessert, take home gifts for all who attend, a silent auction and live quarter auction, a wine pull, live entertainment and a cash bar. Visit www.raymore.com/gala for more information.

Those attending the ticket sales event at Tavern on the Moor will be able to choose their seating arrangements for the gala when they purchase tickets. Numbers will be given out starting at 6 p.m. so those in attendance may mingle while waiting for their number to be called to make a purchase. A total of 126 tickets will be available on Sept. 30, with an additional 24 tickets reserved for event sponsors. Tickets are $60 each. 

“Our goal for the gala is to raise $20,000 to purchase the custom-designed treehouse for the inclusive playground,” Communications Specialist Melissa Harmer said. “While we still have a lot of fundraising to do, this event is the perfect opportunity for our supporters to enjoy a wonderful evening out while helping our community get a little bit closer to making this playground a reality in Raymore.”

Raymore Parks & Recreation has teamed up with Unlimited Play, an award-winning not-for-profit organization that helps plan, design and build fully accessible playgrounds that allow children of all abilities to play alongside each other, to fundraise to bring the Hawk’s Nest inclusive playground to Hawk Ridge Park. Learn more about Hawk’s Nest at raymore.com/hawksnest.

“A portion of the playground’s nearly $800,000 cost has been funded by the City and with donations from individuals and organizations in the area, but we still have a lot of fundraising to do to build this special playground so that children with disabilities are able to have a place to enjoy the same opportunities for play as any other child,” Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Musteen said.

Contact Melissa Harmer for information on donations for the silent or live auction or available sponsorship opportunities. Gifts are tax-deductible through the Raymore Community Foundation. Harmer can be reached at 816-892-3002 or mharmer@raymore.com.

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