12998681_10153401421547455_553506828070182406_nFundraiser to help Kansas City homeless families

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – River of Refuge is inviting all bikers, riders and watchers to participate in a motorcycle ride across the city on Saturday, June 17 to raise money for local homeless families.

This sixth annual “Ride For Refuge” will start at the First Baptist Church of Raytown (10500 E. 350 Highway Raytown, Missouri 64138) and end at River of Refuge (5155 Raytown Rd – Kansas City, Mo. 64133). The event features food, music, prizes, and other festivities for participants and attendees. All of the proceeds will benefit River of Refuge and the families they support.

Registration is from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 17 and the ride starts at 10 a.m. For motorcycle riders the cost is $25; each passenger is $5; and buggies are $30. Please visit www.riverofrefuge.com for sponsorship and registration information.

The “Ride for Refuge” was started by avid KC motorcyclists and longtime supporters of River of Refuge, Timmarie and Rob Mahaffey. This KC couple wanted to spread the word about the problem of the hundreds of working poor families in the Kansas City area living in pay-by-the-week motels for months and sometimes years. These homeless families work hard to pay $800 -$1,200 per month for a one-room living space just so they can keep their families together. Many find themselves trapped, unable to save enough money for deposits, first month’s rent, or utilities for safe, permanent housing. The Mahaffies hope the “Ride for Refuge” raises money and awareness for this homelessness problem.

River of Refuge, which opened in the spring of 2016, focuses on building self-sufficiency. Families are placed on a strict budget and given the educational tools to help address the issues that lead to homelessness.

About River of Refuge

Wiley founded River of Refuge in 2009 after he witnessed a group of children loading a school bus from the parking lot of an old, run-down motel near his home in Raytown, Mo. River of Refuge was created to specifically address thousands of working families who have become trapped in pay-by-the-week motels throughout Greater Kansas City and into the suburbs. For more information, please visit www.riverofrefuge.com.

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Local snack company hits a home run with citywide, family-friendly scavenger hunt Saturday April 29, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – When Guy’s Snacks learned that MLB player Jason Hammel was told he should eat potato chips by his team doctor when he played for the Chicago Cubs last year and was traded to Kansas City, it was like a gift from heaven! Now, Hammel eats Guy’s Chips, of course, and his favorite flavor is barbecue.

To celebrate Hammel’s arrival in Kansas City and to help him get to know the community landmarks, Guy’s has arranged for a citywide scavenger hunt Saturday, April 29 starting at 8 a.m. for fans of Guy’s Chips as well as Royals supporters.

“Guy’s has a long history with the Royals where our product was sold for many years and our customers remember so fondly our association with the baseball team. So this is an exciting partnership for us,” said Janine Joslin, owner of Guy’s Snacks.

The prize for one winner for Saturday’s Go Get the Guy’s Scavenger Hunt is:

  • Free Guy’s Chips for a year
  • 4 tickets to a Royals home game
  • 2 autographed baseballs and a Royals hat
  • Special visit to batting practice on the field before the game and a chance to meet Jason Hammel at a home game
  • 4 T-shirts from Charlie Hustle
  • Garmin Vivoactive smartwatch

The first clue will be posted at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 29 on Guy’s Snacks Facebook page, website, and Twitter page. The clue will describe one location in KC and hunt participants are encourage to go to that location as quickly as possible to receive the next clue. Guy’s representatives will be stationed at the first location waiting for #GuysHunt teams and individuals to arrive.

At that time, a page of clues will be distributed to all participating in the hunt and they will be asked to take their photos at five more locations and post on a social media platform of their choice using the hashtag #GuysHunt. (@HammelTime39 on Twitter and @HammelTime39 on Instagram will feature info on the Scavenger Hunt too!)

To win the grand prize, the winner must be the first person to successfully prove he or she was at all six locations by showing the photos to the Guy’s staff waiting at the final hunt stop and prove he or she posted the photos to social media using the hashtag within the timeframe.

As a consolation prize (which is a free bag of chips), you must simply finish the hunt before noon on Saturday and show the photos and hashtags.


  • Individuals or teams may enter, but there is only one grand prize and must be shared with your team.
  • Early bird gets the worm – first individual or team making it to the final location wins (photos will be verified).
  • Everyone can be a winner – free bag of chips to everyone who finishes the hunt before noon.
  • Guy’s Snacks is not responsible for damages, injuries or fines to win the #GuysHunt KC Scavenger Hunt and does not advocate speeding or breaking laws. Please be safe! Running is allowed! 🙂
  • Must be 16 to participate. Children can be a part of the team with adult team members. Families and teen groups are encouraged to participate!
  • Cars are a must for this scavenger hunt. Although the clues will be central to Kansas City, they are not within walking distance and the entire city is invited to participate.

About Guy’s Snacks: The company first started in 1938 by Guy and Frances Caldwell as “Guy’s Nut and Candy Company” to sell roasted peanuts throughout Kansas City. Guy’s has a retained a special place in the hearts of many locals throughout the years. Still best-known for its barbecue-flavored chips, which is one of 10 potato-chip products manufactured under the Guy’s label, this Overland Park, Kansas-based business has snack products in grocery stores in seven states and online at www.getguyschips.com.

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New Hyde Park coffee shop emphasizes sustainability, raises money for fellow Hyde Park charity

KANSAS CITY, Mo.Mother Earth Coffee will celebrate its grand opening at the new 2,000-square-foot coffee shop on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22)
showcasing the brand’s commitment to community recycling and in-house sustainability.

Kansas City’s first stand-alone Mother Earth Coffee shop officially opened in late January inside the International at 3504 Gillham giving the local coffee brand its first retail location outside of a hospital. The new coffee shop has an intentional focus on sustainability and leaving as little impact on the environment as possible. Offering three large bins for recycling, glass and compost, Mother Earth Coffee hopes to eliminate all items going to a landfill.

In addition, neighbors can collect coffee grounds for flower beds, use burlap from coffee bags for ground cover to use in community gardens, and will be invited to participate in a community organics recycling program. The café has recently begun to donate its day-old bakery items to its Hyde Park neighbor, Cornerstones of Care.

The coffee shop faces Gillham Road and is inside the newly renovated 1960s building called The International. The location serves both residents and businesses within the retail and apartment complex as well as the neighboring community of Hyde Park and beyond.

Grand Opening – Earth Day, April 22, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• FREE Willow Sapling with every $5 donation
100 percent of proceeds to benefit Cornerstones of Care. Saplings provided courtesy of Mother Earth Cof
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• 15 percent of the proceeds of all Mother Earth Coffee merchandise sales to benefit Cornerstones of Care including the company’s new “Mother Lover” Tshirts.
• $1 off all espresso and seasonal drinks
• Buy one get one free pastry
• $1 off breakfast sandwiches

Serving a variety of coffees and freshly baked pastries, Mother Earth Coffee is open daily: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

About Mother Earth Coffee
Mother Earth Coffee is a 100-percent certified organic, direct trade coffee brand, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. and owned by Paris Brothers Specialty Foods, Inc. Mother Earth Coffee offers franchise opportunities, sells wholesale coffee to restaurants, roasts and sells branded coffee to retail stores including grocery outlets and Costco membership clubs throughout the Midwest, and owns and operates Mother Earth Coffee cafes as well as offers service programs to foodservice operations in other health focused facilities like Cerner West Campus and Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City headquarters among others. Visit www.MotherEarthCoffeeCo.com/ for more information or follow on Twitter @MotherEarthCC and Facebook at Facebook.com/MotherEarthCoffee.

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