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Kansas City Blues Rugby Club Charities

River of Refuge
The Don Bosco Center
Project 5 for ALS

The Kansas City Blues Rugby Club had the honor of working closely with three philanthropic organizations in 2014, River of Refuge, Proje5t for ALS, and the Don Bosco Community Center.

Rooftop Blues - Kansas City Blues and River of Refuge

River of Refuge

The Kansas City Blues Rugby Club has a special goal in mind - one that doesn’t involve scoring points on a rugby field. River of Refuge and KC Blues are partnering in the inaugural Rooftop Blues, an attention-getting fundraiser to help open the city’s first-of-its-kind comprehensive transitional housing dedicated solely to assisting families trapped in pay-by-the-week motels.

Starting Thursday, March 6, players will camp out on the rooftop of River of Refuge at 5155 Raytown Road for as long as it takes to raise $25,000. The funds benefit River of Refuge, a soon-to-open 11-unit apartment complex designed to offer resources and transitional refuge to homeless working parents and their children.

They’re staying put until the goal is met! Please support the Blues as they brave the elements to raise funds and awareness for this much needed program.

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More information on the Rooftop Blues Event can be found at www.rooftopblues.com.
More information on River of Refuge can be found at http://www.riverofrefuge.com.
Click here to download press release.

The Don Bosco Center
The Don Bosco Community Center

  Casey Cummings
Blues delivering presents during the Christmas season.

In 2012, Blues Hall of Fame member Tim Kluempers again lead the charge for the Don Bosco Community Center Holiday Friends program. Thanklessly taking the lead on this massive project for the 7th year in a row, Tim rallied the Blues and the local rugby community together to make sure multiple Don Bosco families were well taken care of during the 2012 Christmas season.

This Christmas, several Blues members teamed up with the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints RFC, and a number of generous families and organizations, raising the bar considerably in terms of contributions and participation in the Don Bosco event.
The staff at Kohl’s on Shawnee Mission Parkway gave Tim a combined 30% discount on everything… we would not have been able to get nearly the amount of gifts as we did without the support of Kohl’s.

To all of those who contributed to this charity event, a big THANK-YOU for representing the Blues, rugby, and your own families and organizations in such a positive light, and for doing your part to make a Merry Christmas possible for the under-privileged people at Don Bosco who otherwise would not have had any Christmas at all.

All associated with the Kansas City Blues should be proud of Tim Kleumpers and the Saints RFC for taking the lead to so much to support those less fortunate in our community, and we look forward to again supporting Don Bosco in 2013!

< Don Bosco Community Center Website >

Project 5 for ALS
Proje5t for ALS

  Casey Cummings
Bob Willson with Matt Tanner and Jim King.

Proje5t for ALS was founded with one focus: to support its mission of improving the lives of people with this neurodegenerative disorder by promoting collaborative, translational research with real potential to help find a cure for ALS.

Proje5t for ALS was founded in 2010, as a non-profit 501 (c) 3, by Blues members Rich Ehlers, Joe Fridkin and Misty Fridkin to follow the vision of their friend Bob Willson who was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrigs disease, in September 2007. ALS is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe it affects roughly one in a 100,000 Americans. Sadly, Bob lost his battle with ALS on May 17, 2010.

Big Bob was driven by the lack of funding devoted to an illness with a near-universal fatality rate.

“You can give up or you can keep going. I have an obligation to teach my kids that when something bad happens to you, you need to be tough and go as long as you can and as hard as you can,” Bob said. “This disease is solvable. I probably won’t make it to the finish line, but we will win against ALS someday.”

The Blues are proud supporters of Proje5t, contributing to multiple events and campaigns for funding over the past year.

< Proje5t for ALS Website >

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