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LS Educational Foundation hosts Taste of Lee’s Summit to benefit R-7 schools and students

LS Educational Foundation hosts Taste of Lee’s Summit to benefit R-7 schools and students

Annual event raises more than $124,000 

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation hosted the 18th annual Taste of Lee’s Summit on March 4 to raise money in support of excellence in education in the Lee's Summit R-7 School District community. Held at The Pavilion at John Knox Village, the event raised more than $124,000.

from Lee's Summit R-7 School District

The popular event carried the theme “A Festive Evening of Generosity,”  and included both live and silent auctions, the Game Board sponsored by Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists, Dine-Around raffle, PLINKO Game, Photo Booth sponsored by Inter State Studio, and an opportunity to help provide classroom PEAK Grants and technology through the Fund-A-Cause portion of the evening which showcased and exceeded a matching $5,000 grant opportunity from the H.B. Oppenheimer Foundation. The Foundation also shared information on how to become a Legacy Donor through estate and/or endowment gifts and unveiled an estate gift from Jim Noel which included an endowed engineering scholarship to be awarded this May and a matching grant endowment for engineering-related grants. Mr. Noel also left his 300+ acre farm near Lone Jack to the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation.

More than 550 guests and 75 volunteers, including Music Parents from each high school and from Great Beginnings Early Education Center, also had the opportunity to sample cuisine from the following businesses: Andy’s Frozen Custard, Costa Vida, Edible Arrangements, The Egg & I, Fig Tree Cafe and Bakery, Jason’s Deli, Llywelyn’s Pub, Longboards Wraps & Bowls,  Longhorn Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Summit Hickory Pit BBQ, Third Street Social, Jazzy B’s, Waldo Pizza, County Beverage Company, Hy-Vee and Post Coffee Company.

Volunteer event co-chairs were Bill Baird and Chip Moxley, and the live auctioneer was Todd Hertzog, Hertzog Auction Co. and Lee’s Summit High School alum.  A number of area individuals and organizations also generously helped sponsor Taste of Lee’s Summit, including annual Friends of the Foundation Sponsors at five different participation levels plus Taste of Lee’s Summit Event Sponsors.   

Legacy  Sponsor includes H.B. Oppenheimer Foundation.

Superintendent’s Circle Sponsors include CCR Roofing, JE Dunn, Larry and Trish Frevert, Bob and Marlese Gourley, Major Saver, Meyer Music, McCownGordon Construction, Jane and Bob Rutherford, Chris and Audra Storms and Tingle Flooring.

Benefactor Sponsors include George K. Baum & Co., CBIZ, CEAH Realtors, Control Service Co., GEHA, Gilmore & Bell, P.C., Landers' Visions, Metcraft Industries, Paradise Park, Adam and Amy Rutherford, Saint Luke’s East Hospital.

     Leader Sponsors include Atcheson Lawn and Landscape, Bill and Hillory Baird, Capital Construction, Central Bank of the Midwest, Commerce Bank, Phyllis and Jim Edson, Flooring and More, Hollis + Miller Architects, Parrot Properties, Stu and Teera Rogers, Doctors Orth and Beth Rosemergey, Steppin’ Out - The Studio, Jim and Mary Stilley, Spencer Fane LLP, Summit Bank of Kansas City, UCM-Lee’s Summit, UMB Financial Corp., Greg and Anna Vahrenberg and Bob and Candy White.

Scholar Sponsors include B&B Theatres, John Beaudoin, Dr. Brent Blevins, David Boulden, Steve and Patti Buie, Chinnery Evans & Nail, Dr. Katie Collier, DLR Group, Dr. Kevin Daniel, Brian and Sheryl Franke, Kim Fritchie, Carol Germano, Dr. Judy Hedrick, Keith Henry, Tricia Hile, Dr. Janette Miller, Rosalie Newkirk, Tim and Janice Phelan and Summit Custom Homes.

Event Sponsors include Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists, Hertzog Auction Co., Hy-Vee, County Beverage Company, Inc. and Konica Minolta.

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization established to raise and manage resources in order to expand and initiate educational opportunities for Lee’s Summit R-7 students and staff. For more information, contact Sheryl Franke, Foundation Director at 816-986-1015 or visit

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