We threw an unforgettable bash at Ward Parkway Lanes on April 21st, and it was an absolute blast for a fantastic cause! Our non-profit organization, dedicated to delivering a Bag of Fun to every child fighting a long-term or life-threatening condition, knows how to mix fun and fundraising flawlessly.
The night was set on fire with DJ Dierks spinning groovy tunes that had everyone showing off their smooth moves on the lanes. And let’s not forget the mouthwatering pizzas generously provided by our friends at Southside Bar and Grill – they fueled our bowlers’ competitive spirit in the best way possible!
Thanks to the incredible support from our sponsor, Basys Processing, as well as the incredible generosity and humor of our bowlers, we managed to raise an astonishing $7,000! Each dollar raised will go towards the Bags of Fun KC program… delivering the power of play to children fighting life threatening conditions.
But don’t hang up your bowling shoes just yet! We’ve got another thrilling Bowling for FUN event lined up before the year comes to a close. So, keep your eyes peeled and your bowling arm warmed up because the excitement is far from over!
Join us as we continue to spread joy, laughter, and Bags of Fun to these incredible young warriors. Together, we’re making a difference one strike at a time!
Did you know anyone can sponsor a bag of fun and be a part of the stuffing and delivering?
Intellicents did just that at their national meeting in Kansas City.
Intellicents sponsored 10 bags of fun! At their meeting everyone worked together and tested their packing skills. They made sure that each bag of fun was filled to the brim with unique items for each child based on their interests and developmental needs.
Looking back over all that we’ve been through this past year, we’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. We adjusted to some difficult things like social distancing, wearing masks, and all the harrowing work of our health care professionals. We also adjusted to unexpected things like zoom calls, unmuting and muting, and of course attending meetings in our pajamas pants.
One of the adjustments for Bags of Fun was having to cancel our in person events.
So we are overjoyed to say: we are back! We are back to getting together, playing together, and sharing together.
Whether you are looking for family fun or a luxurious evening out, there are many events going on in all three of the cities that Bags of Fun calls home.
The events themselves are packed with fun, food, and prizes, but what really has us running out the door is the fact that we are going to see our Bags of Fun Family. We have missed seeing your faces and hearing your stories.
After all we have had to adjust to this year, it is nothing compared to the adjustments children with long term illness make everyday. Our organization is distinctive in that it focuses on unique play as a means of recovery for kids in the fight of their lives. Because of that, all of our events focus on play…play for the family, play for kids that aren’t able to play, play for the adults.
Critical illness diagnoses, doctor’s appointments, and treatments did not stop during this pandemic and neither did our important work of delivering Bags of Fun to families in crisis. We hope that you’ll come out and play with us and help us provide joy, laughter, and relief to kids and families for many more years to come.
We are so proud of our Board Member Susan Rhyner for her performance in this year’s BMA Foundation’s Dancing with the Stars event!
Hudson has early onset kyphoscoliosis which has progressively worsened over his 2 1/2 years. Over the next 5 weeks, he’ll undergo HALO gravity traction & spinal surgery to correct the curves. HALO gravity traction requires as much time as he can tolerate to be spent in a wheelchair or bed where the pulley system connects to the HALO – which is a metal ring that is screwed into his skull and surrounds his head) , slowly straightening and lengthening his spine.
Hudson’s mom, Shaley, says, “It’s very difficult to keep a busy 2 year old in a wheelchair so all of the fun activities & toys from Bags of Fun KC are so helpful in keeping him entertained & keeping his mind off of his discomfort! The first thing he pulled out was the superhero cape! He ran around the halls showing it off to all the nurses. He also loves the poke a dot books, stuffed Buzz Lightyear, stickers, coloring books, paw patrol items, and toy & shape game! He really enjoys all of it and it will help us over the next few weeks when he is in and out of his chair! Thank you so much!”
We think we have never seen a cuter superhero and we are fighting right alongside you, Hudson!