Donors raise nearly $129,000 for local charities

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The 2019 North Kansas City Hospital Chip In For Charity recipients are all smiles at the check presentation. From left, are Rebecca Gordon-Brown, Northland Shepherd’s Center; Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO of the hospital; Deb Hermann, Northland Neighborhoods, Inc.; and Becky Poitras, Metro Lutheran Ministry.

For the 27th consecutive year, North Kansas City Hospital’s golf tournament fundraiser, Chip In For Charity, supported Northland charities. The event brought in 36 sponsors and 112 golfers this fall, raising more than $128,900.

All proceeds benefit three local charities in Clay and Platte counties.

“Over the last 27 years, the event has raised over $3 million,” said Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO of North Kansas City Hospital. “Supporting organizations that address the needs of our community is a commitment we’re proud to uphold each year.”

This year’s Chip In For Charity check presentation theme, “There’s No Place Like Home,” was inspired by all three recipient charities’ focus on providing safe and accessible housing for Northland residents, according to a press release.

For more than 47 years, Metro Lutheran Ministry has provided housing and emergency services to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Clay, Platte, Jackson and Wyandotte counties. MLM ministers to the needs of the community’s poor, homeless, elderly and disabled.

For 23 years, Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. has provided critical home repairs to low-income homeowners. NNI also supports homeowners associations by offering crime watch education and safety trainings. Monthly programs such as Meet Your Councilperson connect citizens with elected officials and government agencies, giving Northlanders an opportunity to share their voices.

During the past 28 years, Northland Shepherd’s Center has helped more than 4,000 people, who are age 60 and older and on limited incomes, live meaningful and purposeful lives as they age in place. With the support of more than 500 volunteers, NSC provides 20 enrichment and service programs to older, vulnerable people, aiming to help them feel safe and confident in their homes and thrive in the community.

Each year, NKCH’s Board of Trustees accepts submissions from charities that wish to be considered for funding. Applications can be submitted at https://www.nkch.org/community/chip-in-forcharity/.