Parents throughout the metro are invited to submit their photo for a chance to win the first-ever Cutest Kid Halloween Costume Photo Contest. The winner will receive a $500 cash grand prize.
The contest is a partnership between the Rodrock Development Moms Council and The Kansas City Star, an idea designed to extend the celebration of childhood’s favorite holiday. Photo submissions can be uploaded online through Nov. 3. Online voting runs Nov. 4 through 6.
Submitting contest entries is easy. Just visit KansasCity.com/contests, click on the Rodrock Development cutest kid contest icon, and upload the photo. The contest site may also be accessed via a link on the developer’s website at rodrock.com. The only requirement is that your cutest kid is all dressed up for Halloween.
“This lighthearted contest is one more way the Rodrock Development Moms Council seeks to bring people and communities together,” said Brenda Sanders, vice president of strategic development for Rodrock Development.
According to Sanders, the $500 grand prize will be awarded to the photo receiving the most online votes. The grand prize winner will be announced Nov. 13 in The Kansas City Star and also online at KansasCity.com/contests, and Rodrock Development’s website and Facebook.
“The Cutest Kid Halloween Photo Contest is a natural offshoot of the Rodrock Development Moms Council,” Sanders said.
She explained Darol Rodrock, founder and owner of Rodrock Development, personally created the Rodrock Development Moms Council decades ago.
“As a former high school educator and wrestling coach, Darol saw the Moms Council concept as a way to help his new neighborhoods get off to a great start,” Sanders said. “Darol’s idea was to encourage community volunteers to help plan year-round community activities where new homeowners could come together, get to know each other and have fun.”
Today, in communities throughout Johnson County, Rodrock Development Moms Council events include annual spring Easter egg hunts, summer pool opening parties, July 4 bike-a-thons, and holiday horse-drawn hayride parties.
Long recognized in Johnson County real estate circles for creating communities of lasting value, Rodrock Development now numbers more than 80 new-home communities in its extensive development portfolio.
“The company motto ‘Building Better Communities’ is more than a slogan, it’s a personal promise from Darol that has served as a key impetus behind the 80 successful new-home communities he’s created over the years in Overland Park, Lenexa, Olathe, Shawnee, west Shawnee and Stilwell, Kan.,” Sanders said.
“For most of us, buying a house is more than an investment, it’s creating a personal definition of home, the central gathering place for family and friends,” she said. “For Darol, creating new neighborhoods where families thrive has always been his passion. Homeowners tell us all the time that, for them, living in a Rodrock Development community is very much like living in a small town.
Rodrock himself admits that his Moms Council motivation is part professional, a lot personal. As a child he spent a number of years living in a Winfield, Kan., orphanage and foster homes with no home to call his own.
“When I look back on my life, I want to know that I did more than just buy and sell land,” Rodrock said. “I’ve seen for myself that, in addition to providing a great new-home value for homeowners, we’re also helping new neighborhoods come together in positive ways. To me, it’s truly the most gratifying aspect of what we do.”
“More than 30,000 people come home to a Rodrock Development community in Johnson County every day,” Sanders said. “It’s an astonishing record, due in large part to Darol Rodrock’s Moms Council vision.”
For information about the Cutest Kid Halloween Photo Contest, watch for ads running in the main section of The Kansas City Star Oct. 26, 30 and Nov. 4. Or, contact Brenda Sanders by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-238-6370.
Rodrock Development communities are exclusively marketed by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes. Community Welcome Centers, staffed by full-time community managers, are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12-5 p.m. Sundays. For information including community manager phone numbers, directions and more, visit the developer's web site at rodrock.com.