Project #22: Rusty Eck Adopt-a-School Program Participant

In 2003, the Adopt-a-School Organization was foundedas a “call to action” campaign to gather the Wichita private business sectors’ support for our schools through donations of time, service and money.  Over $500,000 has been raised helping 600 teachers purchase supplies and books for their Kansas area classrooms.  This year, KMAZ contributed to the program by donating  and delivering bottled water for the Tournament and donating reusable water bottles for the teacher gift bags.

Project #21: The Salvation Army Kansas and Western Missouri Music School

Although The Salvation Army may be most widely recognized for its Christmas Assistance Programs, its reach extends far beyond the holiday season.  KMAZ employee Starla Clithero has been a soldier (member) of The Salvation Army since she was 14.  Throughout the years she has donated endless hours to the organization, donating time to everything from ringing bells during the holidays to volunteering for various children’s programs.  For the past 4 years, between January and May, …

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Project #20: Dress for Success Wichita Clothing Drive

  Dress for Success (DFS) is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide disadvantaged women re-entering the workforce with interview and office appropriate clothing.  A DFS client receives at least one interview appropriate business suit allowing her to participate in her job search feeling confident and reassured.  Dress for Success Wichita (DFSW), an affiliate of the national DFS organization, goes above and beyond just providing a suit for its clientele.  DFSW’s primary goal …

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Project #19: Wichita Festivals/Wichita Riverfest

  Wichita Riverfest, like KMAZ, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011.  In 1971, Wichita Festivals Inc. organized the Wichitennial River Festival and Traders Day Celebration, which by 1974 grew into the 10day annual event now known as the Wichita Riverfest. The Riverfest continues to achieve its original goal of bringing our community together, building community pride and focusing onWichita’s great natural resource, theArkansas River.  The Riverfest depends upon a score of community volunteers, and KMAZ …

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Project #18: Paint the Plane Project to Benefit Wichita Aviation Museum

The Kansas Aviation Museum hosts a United States Air Force B-47 plane that was retrieved from the Oklahoma state fairgrounds in 2007. The plane was assembled during the summer of 2010, but has needed a finished paint job before it is officially restored. On June 4, KMAZ gathered at the Kansas Aviation Museum along with regular museum volunteers to roll a fresh coat of paint onto the old war plane. KMAZ also donated the paint …

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Project #17: Special Olympics Torch Run

In 1981, six Wichita police officers came to then Chief Richard LaMunyon with an idea that would unite local law enforcement agencies andthe community for a special cause:  Special Olympics Kansas.  Decades later, Law Enforcement Torch Run has ignited into the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics worldwide.  Each year, law enforcement officers relay the Flame of Hope across the globe in support of a very special population.  The runners blaze …

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Project #16: Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk

Colon Cancer Coalition hosts Get Your Rear in Gear, a race held nationwide to promote awareness and raise research funds to fight colon cancer. Held on a cool summer evening, the race featured a 1 mile fun run/walk, 5K timed run, and a 5K walk.  Well over 600 participants and observers attended the race inWichita.  KMAZ served as an event sponsor, providing funds to get the event up and running.  A group of KMAZ participants …

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Project #15: Joplin Tornado Relief

In May, Joplin experienced a three-quarter mile wide tornado. The tornado was one of thedeadliest this nation has experienced. The tornado caused over 100deaths, thousands of injuries, anddamage to numerous homes and businesses. Countless volunteers, organizations, and state and federal agencies immediately extended a helping hand towards Joplin, including KMAZ. KMAZ donated and KMAZ volunteers handed out basic supplies, such as bottled water and toothbrushes, to victims and other volunteers. While in Joplin, the volunteers …

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Project #14: American Diabetes Association Tour De Cure

KMAZ participated in its first Sedgwick County Tour de Cure on Saturday, May 21, 2011 atSedgwickCountyPark.  The Tour de Cure is a bicycle ride raising funds each year to support the essential efforts of the American Diabetes Association.  Each dollar raised supports diabetes research, treatment, education and advocacy for adults and children, touching their lives in critically important ways.   KMAZ set up a booth at this year’s Tour de Cure, handing out bottled water to …

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Project #13: National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk 2011

 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a non-profit organization that promotes research, provides educational programs, offers services to thosediagnosed, and advocates on the state and federal level. The Mid-America Chapter hosts several of the nearly 600 MS walks held throughout the nation. Walk MS is an excellent way for the community to raise awareness of MS and raise funds to research MS.