Red Stocking Breakfast to Benefit Kansas City Kids and Families

News from the Kansas Children’s Service League For more information: Jason Green, Marketing & Public Relations Specialist Voice: 877-530-5275 ext.1314; Mobile: 316-393-5908; E-mail:

Red Stocking Breakfast to Benefit Kansas City Kids and Families

Healthy Families is just one Kansas City-area program that Red Stocking Breakfast supports. Child abuse prevention efforts and education campaigns, as well as the Parent Helpline (1-800-CHILDREN), are all made possible thanks to Red Stocking Breakfast funds.

While many of these programs are federally or state funded, and some receive additional support from United Ways and other grant sources, all rely on the Red Stocking Breakfast funds to fully serve their area.

KCSL prevention and education programs are designed to help keep children safe and families strong, according to Patty McCollum, Programs Director for KCSL. “By helping families early, before problems arise, we increase the likelihood that at-risk children are raised in a safe and supportive home – which numerous studies show decreases the probability for negative childhood outcomes such as truancy and substance abuse.”

Red Stocking Breakfast is KCSL’s signature fundraising event. This year’s event will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Jack Stack BBQ, 9520 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. All proceeds will help support KCSL’s Johnson and Wyandotte county Prevention and Education programs. Jack Stack BBQ, U.S. Foods, Liberty Fruit and The Roasterie donated all the food for the breakfast; 100 percent of the funds raised benefit KCSL programs and services. The event features a breakfast buffet served by local “celebrities.” Attendees also have a chance to win two roundtrip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines, and they can bid on several silent auction items from local retailers. Other sponsors include Bank of the West, Wells Fargo, Capitol Federal, ACN, NCS, Kansas Gas Service, Robert Stephan Legal Consulting, The Miller Group, Macy’s and WDAF Fox 4.

“Attending Red Stocking Breakfast is a way to help support children and families in Johnson and Wyandotte counties, while having a great breakfast with family and friends,” said Monica Enloe, Development Manager for KCSL. “By attending a breakfast in your area you’re helping to ensure the future availability of programs that keep children safe and strengthen families.”

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door (children age 10 and under eat free). Advance tickets are available online at

A Holiday Tradition The Red Stocking Breakfast is a continuance of a tradition of holiday giving to the Kansas Children’s Service League that started more than 80 years ago. In the 1920s, the community was invited to make holiday gifts to children living at KCSL’s receiving home, a temporary residence for children awaiting a foster or adoptive home. These children would hang their “Little Red Stockings” in anticipation of the generosity of the community. KCSL will also hold Red Stocking Breakfast events in Garden City, Hutchinson, Emporia, Liberal, Topeka and Wichita.

-- ## -- For nearly 120 years the Kansas Children’s Service League has been giving its best to Kansas kids. KCSL is a statewide not-for-profit agency with a mission to protect and promote the well-being of children.

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