Around our towns | AMC gives $3 million in grants and more community notes

09/24/2013 12:00 AM

09/25/2013 7:59 AM

AMC gives $3 million in grants

AMC Entertainment announced the recipients of the company’s first AMC Cares Charitable Fund Annual Grant Awards last week during the AMC Invitational Golf Tournament at the National Golf Course.

Twenty-three organizations that support children received a total of $3 million in cash grants and in-kind donations.

Locally, cash awards went to Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City, Community LINC, Harvesters, Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Operation Breakthrough.

In-kind contributions went to the Arthritis Foundation of Great Kansas City, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center, Community LINC, Harvesters, Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Operation Breakthrough and Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City.

AMC associates and theater managers chose the winners from 191 applicants.

AMC also donated a portion of ticket sales from 10 days in June to the AMC Cares Charitable Fund and raised nearly $240,000 through its Summer Nights program, which was donated to The Will Rogers Institute, the Autism Society and Autism Speaks.

Little Dresses For Africa

Seven Northland women who want to help orphaned African girls are inviting others to join with them in providing dresses.

The women have formed a Little Dresses for Africa club, which is part of a national group.

The club makes dresses for girls in 10 countries in middle Africa to encourage self-esteem and education. Missionaries and aid workers give the clothes to orphanages and schools.

“The aim of our club is to help the Little Dresses for Africa organization meet its goal of providing at least one dress to every young girl in the world who is without decent clothing,” said Kay Schaefer, who is club president and a teacher Chapel Hill Elementary School. “Our tiny club has made 63 dresses in two months and we’re proud of them. We enjoy finding such a good use for our fabric stash and finding bits of ribbon and lace to make each dress special.”

Schaefer invites interested persons to donate fabric, thread or trims, or to help sew. Only five-eighths of a yard of cotton fabric is needed for small dresses and up to a yard for older girls. The organization also makes shorts for little boys. Even small pieces of fabric can be used for shoulder straps and pockets.

“Your unused fabric and thread can make a big difference in the life of a child,” said Schaefer.

For information call

816-436-5125 or email Donors can give money to the national organization at


Liberty Fall Festival

Liberty’s Fall Festival begins Friday in Historic Downtown Liberty with live entertainment, a carnival and 250 craft, food and commercial vendors.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the carnival and vendors nearby will be open noon to 4 p.m.

A parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday and travels east on Kansas Street from Heritage Middle School — formerly Liberty Junior High — to the Historic Liberty Square and back via Franklin Street.

On Saturday children can participate in pedal car races and a Teresa Y. Porter Memorial Stick Horse Rodeo. The Chamber will have “loaner horses” available for the stick horse rodeo.

Volunteers are still needed.

For more information go to or call the chamber at 816-781-5200


Trivia Night in Liberty

The Trivia Night in Historic Downtown Liberty is 7 to 9:30 pm. Oct. 3.

City Councilman Mike Hagan, a member of Trivia KC, will host the event at Heritage Hall, 117 W. Kansas, Liberty.

Tickets are $15. Teams of eight are welcome to register as well as individuals.

Tickets are available at La Tienda Chiquita, Main Street Goods and Goodies, Quotations - A Fashion Statement, and online at


Snacks will be provided and a cash bar is planned.

Each member of the winning team will be awarded a trophy. A raffle will be held for a $100 gift certificate.

“This sounds like a fun thing to try and proceeds will help offset our holiday lighting expenses,” said Vicky Vance, executive eirector of Historic Downtown Liberty, which is sponsoring the event.

Craft sale

The Annual Pine Ridge Presbyterian Fall Festival Craft Sale is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the church, 7600 N.W. Barry Road, Kansas City, North.

Proceeds will go to church projects. Items include jewelry, crafts and decorator items.

Admission is free. Call


for information.

Bunco in Gladstone

Bunco sessions are planned for 1 and 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Gladstone Community Center.

Participants must be 18 or older. Register by Oct. 9 by calling

816-423-4200; in person at the community center, 7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone; or online at


The cost is $5 for members and $7 for others. Space is limited.

Refreshments and door prizes are planned.

Bethel Creative Sampler Bazaar

The annual Bethel Creative Sampler Bazaar is 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4900 N.E. Parvin Road, Kansas City, North.

A wide variety of hand-made items will be sold, including jackets, purses, seasonal items, wooden decorations, decorated hand towels and gifts.

Proceeds go to Northland charities. The ecumenical group has donated to Clay County Clothes Closet, Hillcrest Ministries, Northland Meals-on-Wheels, In As Much Ministry, reStart, Stepping Stones, the Salvation Army, Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry and the Eastgate Emergency Fund.

For information call



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