Archive for Thursday, November 19, 2009

Basehor creates friendly contest to benefit charity

November 19, 2009

The competition is on in Basehor to see who can raise the most food products.

Members of the city’s staff have organized a contest for the month of November to help benefit families in need during this year’s holiday season.

Until Nov. 23, people can bring canned goods to City Hall, Wolf Creek Marketplace, the Basehor Police Department and Fairmount Township Fire Department, all of which will be donated to Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services and distributed in the community. Cash or check donations may also be taken to City Hall.

The city administrative department, the public works department and the police and fire departments are competing to see which branch can collect the most goods, and each is confident of a victory. At then end of the drive, having a little unused money in the budget, the city will match up to $1,000 whatever is collected in donations to give to BLAS.

“I’ve assured (the police department) they’re going to lose,” City Administrator Mark Loughry said with a laugh.

Loughry, who represents the “A-Team,” or the administrative team, said the contest was really just a fun way to get as many donations for the community as possible.

“Honestly, whether we win or lose, it’s helping people,” he said. “That’s what really matters.”

Those who would like to support the A-Team can bring donations directly to City Hall.

The idea for the competition came from City Superintendent Gene Myracle, who represents “Community Collectors,” or the public works department.

“A previous employer of mine did the same thing, and it was really successful,” Myracle said of the food drive.

Myracle said he thought Community Collectors would pull through, but it would be tricky because both the A-Team and his team were accepting donations at City Hall.

“Public works fears if people don’t disclose (donations) are for the public works, the city administration might get credit for these donations that are greatly appreciated,” Myracle said.

Those wishing to support Community Collectors can bring items to City Hall, specifying those items are to count toward the public works department.

The third and final team goes by the name “The Protectors” and is comprised of the Basehor Police Department and Fairmount Township Fire Department.

Police Chief Lloyd Martley said he was fairly sure The Protectors would claim the victory, especially with the department’s Traci Dockery battling against her brother, Gene Myracle, in public works.

“We kind of have a brother-sister rivalry going on here,” Martley said.

Supporters of the police and fire departments can bring items to the police or fire station or to Wolf Creek Marketplace.

For more information, contact City Hall at (913) 724-1370.

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