Rotary District 6040 Foundation HOOP-la Success and Thank You:
Randy Steinman, District Governor, and Frances Reddis, HOOP-la Committee Chair, want to thank the Rotarians of District 6040 who helped plan and participated in the annual District Foundation fundraiser, HOOP-la, at the College Basketball Experience on November 4, 2023.  The event was a success raising almost $65,000, which will be available for future District and Global grant projects. 
The following clubs contributed $39,000 by attending and sponsoring tables at the event:  Kansas City Plaza (four tables x $2,500 = $10,000), Kansas City (two tables x $2,500 = $5,000), Lee’s Summit ($2,500), Liberty ($2,500), Lee’s Summit Sunrise/Sunset ($2,500), Lexington and Richmond ($2,500), St. Joseph East ($2,500), Lawson ($2,500), Waldo/Brookside ($2,500), and Trenton ($2,500).  The Independence and Kirksville/Kirksville Thousand Hills Clubs each sponsored four reserved seats for $1,500 each.  Kansas City South and Parkville each sponsored two reserved seats for $500 each.  There were 73 other individual Rotarians and guests who purchased tickets for the event, totaling $9,125.
The committee secured four community sponsors, which was a new concept for the District Foundation's annual fundraiser.  Arco National Contractors, Blue Scope, and Zipco each sponsored a table for $2,500 each.  Toast and Jam reserved four seats for $1,500.
The event could not have been a success without the many contributions by clubs and individuals for the silent auction and wine/whisky pull which raised $8,935 and $2,300, respectively.  Contributors for these events were:  Brookside Business Association & Merchants, Bill Quatman (Waldo/Brookside), Kim LeSage (Raytown), Denise Holt (KC Plaza), Cassy and Jerry Venters (KC Plaza), Janet Gremaud (Kirksville 1000 Hills), Eastern Clay County Club, Brad Kleindl (Parkville), Independence Club, Elizabeth Usovicz (KC Plaza), Chad and Emily Higdon (Andrew County), David Walker (Kirksville), Becky Treccariche (Richmond), Marc Horner (Kansas City), Karen Hawkins/Jacomo Sailing club/Club 13 Women of Rotary, Union Horse Distillery, Mary Beth Revels (St. Joseph), Andrew County Club, Ted Bowman and Sue Franks (KC Plaza), Trisha Kennedy (Blue Springs), Whiskey River Pizza & Pub, Mary Beth Revels (St. Joseph), Jeff Penland (St. Joseph Southside), ARCO National Contractors, Sally Bibb (KC Club 13), Donna Thomas (Macon County), Jeff and Marilyn Romine (Kirksville), Monika Lozinska (Rotary International Photographer), Richard Ray (Odessa), Reed R. C. Hastings (Liberty), Denise Riley (Richmond), Kansas City Club 13, Ann Waterman (Liberty), Tom and Denise Gibbons (Raytown), Janet Gremaud (Kirksville 1000 Hills), Pam Jarding (Chillicothe), Blue Springs Club, Higginsville Club, Lynn Johnson (Weston), Therese McGill (KC Plaza), Erik McGuire (St. Joseph East Side), J. Rieger Distilling, Bob Latz (KC Plaza), Bone Hill Distilling, Roger Samuel (KC Plaza), KC Plaza Whiskey Club, Kirksville 1000 Hills Club, Lee’s Summit Club, Liberty Club, Richmond Club, Ruth Bowers (Kirksville), Denise Holt with J. Dusi Vineyard, Melynn Sight (KC Plaza), Frances Reddis (KC Plaza), Bo Steed (KC Plaza), Excelsior Springs Club, and Martha Voight (KC Club 13).
A special thanks to Bill Moran, KC Plaza club, who offered his Colorado Condo for the raffle.  $3,000 in Visa gift cards, provided by ?, were added to that prize. 173 tickets at $100 each were sold making $17,300.  Bill also offered a second week of his condo during the Live Auction, which raised another $2,050. 
These other Live Auction items raised $1505:  Hall of Fame Baseball bat 1999 with George Brett and other signatures (anonymous donation from KC Club 13) $255; Fishing trip to Lake Taneycomo & Table Rock Lake (David Fritz, Lee’s Summit Sunrise/Sunset ? Raytown??) $400; and In Home Whisky Tasting curated by Roger Samuel (KC Plaza) $850.
We thank all the Rotarians and their guests who attended the event and purchased items or made cash donations to the Fund the Need.  Activity tickets in the amount of $820 were also purchased at the event and used for the various activities. 
Of course, this event could not have been successful without the hard work over several months of the HOOP-LA Committee:  Randy Steinman (KC Plaza, District Governor), Frances Reddis (KC Plaza, Chair),  Kandi Kos (Waldo/Brookside, District Executive Secretary), Melynn Sight (KC Plaza, Marketing and printing for the event), Michael Wunsch (KC Plaza, Video clips for marketing and video screens at the CBE event), Denise Holt (KC Plaza, co-lead for Silent Auction and sponsorships from ARCO National Contractors and Blue Scope), Beth Franklin (Independence, co-lead for Silent Auction), Bethany Ruhl (KC Plaza, lead for Wine/Whisky pull), Jodi Sundaram (Liberty, lead for Community Sponsorships), Erik McGuire (St. Joseph East, lead for Condo Raffle), Lucy Betteridge (KC Plaza, lead for CBE activities), Linda Blessing (Schuyler County, Decorations), Rich Linden (Emcee and Guest Speaker), Amy Chinnery-Valmassei (Lee’s Summit), Marc Horner (KC Club 13, presentation of District and Global Grant Projects), David McCaughey, Kent Shelman (Lee’s Summit, Club Awards), and Ann Wilkinson (KC Plaza, coordinator for Homestays).
The event couldn’t have gone on without these volunteers who helped on the night of the event: Frances Reddis (KC Plaza, HOOP-la Chair), Melynn Sight (KC Plaza), Kandi Kos (Waldo/Brookside and District Executive Secretary), Jodi Sundaram (Liberty), Erik McGuire (St. Joseph East), Pat Knauss (Liberty), Denise Holt (KC Plaza), Beth Franklin (Independence), Bethany Ruhl (KC Plaza), Karyn Eppler (KC Plaza), Lucy Betteridge (KC Plaza), Kathy Hogarty (KC Plaza), Therese McGill (KC Plaza), Jane Brown (KC Plaza), Ann Wilkinson (KC Plaza), Michael and Linda Wunsch (KC Plaza), Val Anderson (NKC and photographer), Marc Horner (KC Club 13), and Kent Shelman (Lee’s Summit).  Special thanks to our guest speaker, Monika Lozinska, Rotary International Photographer, and our Emcee, Rich Linden. 
Awards to Individuals and clubs were presented at the event and are included in the HOOP-la Program at under 2023 Foundation HOOP-la; link Dinner program.
 We hope everyone who attended the event enjoyed the evening.  We appreciate everyone’s involvement and contributions to District 6040’s Foundation.