GALA RAISES $21K FOR HAWK'S NEST INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND
RAYMORE, MO – Raymore’s Centerview event space was filled with a few lion tamers, mimes and knife throwers, and about a hundred other attendees and volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Vintage Circus Gala presented by Holmes Murphy.
WDAF Fox 4’s Mark Alford was the guest emcee and auctioneer at the benefit that raised $21,023.25 for the Hawk’s Nest inclusive playground.
“This event was awesome and I’m so thankful for all of the people who came together to make it happen,” Parks & Recreation Director Nathan Musteen said. “We truly appreciate all of the support we received to make this a successful fundraiser.”
“Our goal for the evening was to raise $20,000 to purchase the custom-designed treehouse play equipment for the inclusive playground,” Communications Manager Melissa Harmer said. “We still have a lot of fundraising to do for this fully accessible playground, but I’m thrilled that our supporters who attended the gala had a great time and helped us exceed our $20,000 goal.”
Holmes Murphy was the title sponsor of the event that included dinner, dessert, a silent auction and a live quarter raffle auction. Additional sponsors were Brinton Electric Co., Inc., Gilmore Bell, Constable Sanitation, Piper Jaffray, Integrity Group Real Estate, Affordable Elegance Catering and FastSigns.
Teresa Keene, Blue Springs artist and owner of Kreeayt Art Studio, painted live during the event and a lucky winner went home with the custom painting of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
In a surprise pop-up live auction toward the end of the evening, guests were able to bid on the once in a lifetime opportunity to throw a pie in the faces of City Manager Jim Feuerborn, Ward 2 City Councilman Tom Circo and Ward 3 City Councilman Jay Holman.
“I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for every single person who contributed their time and efforts to help make this event a success and get us one step closer to bringing the Hawk’s Nest inclusive playground to our community,” Harmer said. “There has already been chatter about next year’s event, so we better start planning now.”
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 bring the Hawk’s Nest inclusive playground to Hawk Ridge Park.
A portion of the playground’s nearly $850,000 price tag has already been funded by the City and with donations from organizations and individuals in the area. Monetary donations, in-kind donations and donations of services are tax-deductible as allowed by law through the Raymore Community Foundation, the City’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Learn more and give a gift online at www.raymore.com/hawksnest
For questions for additional information about the gala or Hawk’s Nest, contact Melissa Harmer at 816-892-3002 or at MHarmer@Raymore.com.