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HerofundUSA, Inc., Dispatch

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

4th Quarter, 2022

 

Celebrating 6* Years of First Responder Safety Mission Fulfillment



2022

 

Items funded include bunker gear, thermal imagers, gas detection

meters, ballistic vests, helmets and shields, dual purpose

narcotics/patrol canine, thermal/infrared binoculars, boots, gloves



2021

 

Items requested included partitions for police vehicles, water rescue

gear, K9 Safety equipment, communications equipment, gas detection

meters, ballistic vests, bunker gear and a drone



2020

 

Items requested included a drone, thermal imager,

bunker gear, and ballistic shields



2019

 

Items requested included thermal imagers, drones radio equipment,

ballistic vests, bunker gear, water rescue equipment, particulate blocking

hoods, gas detection meters, and stop sticks



2018

 

Items requested included bunker gear, a drone, heavy-rescue equipment

and water rescue equipment


*HerofundUSA was incorporated on December 26, 2016, however there were no disbursements in 2017.


 

4TH ANNUAL DINING WITH HEROES GALA RESOUNDING SUCCESS… $60,000 and counting!

The evening of Thursday, October 27th was a night of inspiration and success in support of the First- Responder SAFETY mission of HeroFundUSA, Inc.! Some 350 guests comprised of sponsor representatives, friends, volunteers, and, of course FIRST-RESPONDERS gathered in the grand ballroom at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center as we celebrated and honored our Greater Kansas City Area First-Responder HEROES. Highlights of the evening were interactive First-Responder SAFETY exhibits and demonstrations including our friend Pepper, K9 with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department showing off her skills, Fire Fighter turnout gear try-ons featuring our Founder Rick Seithel and Blue Springs Police Chief Bob Muenz, Evergy’s electricity safety exhibit trailer and a drone demonstration by the Lee’s Summit Police Department (the first drone we helped fund a few years ago). First-Responder vehicles on display included fire apparatus from Independence Fire Department, ambulance from Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, a Lee’s Summit Police Department patrol vehicle and a 1928 American LaFrance fire truck courtesy of the Independence 76ers.


We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all of our many sponsors as well as to our volunteers from Fort Osage Career and Technology Center’s Culinary program, CSI/Law Enforcement program and Fire Science program as well as to the Blue Springs High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets.


Please mark your calendar for Thursday, November 2nd, for our 5th Annual Dining with Heroes.


 

TOYOTA/NASCAR/HeroFundUSA, Inc. PARTNER ON 9/11 RACE WEEKEND AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY

All of us at HeroFundUSA, Inc. were honored to be selected to partner with Toyota for the NASCAR 9/11 weekend at Kansas Speedway. Racing action took place on Friday, September 9th, Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th with area First-Responders and HFUSA supporters getting to drive NASCAR drivers onto the track during the Driver Introduction Ceremonies on Friday and Saturday before the races both days. "It was such an honor to get to drive a new Toyota Tundra onto the track with drivers in the back during this ceremony." Stated Scott Childers, Sheriff of Ray County, MO. HeroFundUSA, Inc. has been supportive of our Department with new ballistic vests this year and to get recognized for our work in the community in this way was really special." concluded Childers.

Toyota Motorsports partnered with HeroFundUSA, Inc. with a special exhibit booth near the main entrance -- start/finish line--throughout the entire weekend while inviting nearly 60 area First-Responders and supporters of HeroFundUSA, Inc. to drive on the track and to stay for the races. SPECIAL THANK YOU to the Kansas City Toyota Dealers Association and to Toyota North America's Kansas City Region for their extremely generous $10,000 donation in addition to the donations collected from race fans throughout the weekend. Another highlight was the three new Toyota vehicles that were wrapped in graphics honoring our local First-Responder HEROES --Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Services Personnel -- see the photos to the left!


THANK YOU...Brian Bulkeley, General Manager of TOYOTA North America's Kansas City Regional Office, Ron Donais, Jr, Toyota District Service & Parts Manager, Kyle Smith, MKTG Sports & Marketing Manager and the Greater Kansas City Toyota Dealers Association for their enthusiastic support of the First-Responder SAFETY mission of HeroFundUSA, Inc.!



 

MULLIGANS & MUSIC YEAR #2

Smithville, MO, Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

PARADISE POINTE GOLF COMPLEX was buzzing with excitement as Noe Palma presented his 2nd Annual MULLIGANS & MUSIC golf event. Twenty one (21) teams competed in the event hosted by Paradise Pointe Golf Complex. The event culminated with an outstanding concert by KCFD Fire Fighter and event host Noe Palma and concluded with a very special performance by Thompson Square-Kiefer and Shawna Thompson who traveled to Kansas City just for this event at the request of Noe Palma and KFKF morning personality Dale Carter. Carter has long been a fan and avid supporter of the First-Responder SAFETY mission of HeroFundUSA, Inc. Dale Carter was on hand for the event to specially introduce Thompson Square and to support Noe Palma's efforts for HeroFundUSA, Inc.


SPECIAL THANKS to Paradise Pointe Golf Complex, Noe Palma and Dale Carter/KFKF for making the 2nd Annual MULLIGANS & MUSIC event such a success. Look for plans for the 3rd Annual MULLIGANS & MUSIC in the very new future.

 


GUNS & HOSES III

August 14, 2022; Johnny's Tavern, 1175 Missouri Hwy 7, Blue Springs, MO was the place to be for GUNS & HOSES III. Teams of First- Responders from BLUE SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT and CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT competed in 'friendly' competitions such as a Bags Tournament,

Water Pong, Dunk Tank and a Wing Eating

Contest for bragging rights and a traveling trophy. While the trophy has been in the possession of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Fire Fighters/IAFF Local 3133 since the last competition in 2019, the Blue Springs Police Officers/FOP Lodge 50 took honors and the trophy to their Headquarters for 2022 where it will remain at least until next year's event.


SPECIAL 'THANK YOU' to Sasha Duncan, General Manager at Johnny's Tavern along with Kaitlin Warburton and Dawn Mason of Johnny's Tavern for all of their efforts in planning and implementing this year's event. They are pictured above with HeroFundUSA, Inc. staff; Angela Fera, Terry Smith and Darrell Smith.


THANK YOU to our local First-Responder friends with IAFF Local 3133/Central Jackson County Fire Protection District and with FOP Lodge 50/Blue Springs Police Department for their enthusiastic support of GUNS & HOSES and the First-Responder SAFETY mission of HeroFundUSA, Inc.!


Look for information on GUNS & HOSES IV very soon!

 

6TH Annual GOLFING ‘FORE’ HEROES/HFUSA GOLF CLASSIC - Presented By MOLLE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP - A Resounding Success!


Creekmoor Golf Course in Raymore was the place to be on Monday, June 27th as thirty-two (32) foursomes gathered in support of the First- Responder SAFETY mission of HeroFundUSA, Inc. The weather was fantastic, the tournament play was smooth and enjoyable and the post play awards banquet, hosted by EM CHAMAS BRAZILIAN GRILL was exquisite! Beverages were provided again by County Beverage.


“We are deeply grateful to our faithful participants who come back to us year after year.” Stated Tournament Co-Director Rick Seithel. “We raised nearly $40,000 in support of our local HEROES.” Added Co-Director Sam Silvio. “We are very appreciative to our friends at Molle Automotive Group who was, once again, our presenting sponsor.” concluded Seithel.


Please mark your calendar now for Monday, June 26th as plans are already underway for our 7th Annual GOLFING ‘FORE’ HEROES/HFUSA GOLF CLASSIC which will be held, once again, at Creekmoor in Raymore.





 

4TH ANNUAL FOX4 FIRST-RESPONDER SAFETY TELEVISED GIVING DAY ACHIEVES SUCCESS, ONCE AGAIN!

Thursday, September 8th was the date of the 4th TELEVISED GIVING DAY FOR FIRST RESPONDER SAFETY hosted by MOLLE TOYOTA and broadcast on FOX4 from 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Featured during the day-long event were interviews with our First-Responder HEROES representing FRANKLIN COUNTY, KS SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, LEE’S SUMMIT POLICE DEPARTMENT & FIRE DEPARTMENT, SMITHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI POLICE DEPARTMENT K-9 UNIT and others. Over $30,000 was raised by donations from our generous viewers and our loyal sponsors. Many thanks to MOLLE TOYOTA AND THE MOLLE FAMILY as well as to our friends at FOX4!

 

OLATHE GIRLS SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS AREA FIRST-RESPONDERS

Olathe, KS, September 11, 2022; The Olathe Girls Softball Association hosted their annual Tournament on Saturday

and Sunday, September 10-11. "This year, we are pleased to support our local HEROES via the First-Responder safety

mission of HeroFundUSA, Inc." stated Dan Eaken of the OGSA. The tournament included girls softball teams from throughout the area and the proceeds from entries, shirt & hat sales and other aspects benefitted HeroFundUSA, Inc. In all, $1615 was raised with all proceeds being dedicated to providing new, state-of-the-art safety equipment and resources to keep our local First-Responders safe.


"HeroFundUSA, Inc. is a locally-based non-profit dedicated to providing incremental funding for safety equipment to keep local Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services Personnel and Law Enforcement Officers safe as they protect our friends, neighbors and communities." stated HeroFundUSA, Inc. Board Chairman Dan Karst. "We are grateful to the OGSA for their enthusiastic support of our local HEROES." Concluded Karst.


For more information about the First-Responder SAFETY mission of HeroFundUSA, Inc. and how you can support their efforts visit their website; www.herofundusa.org or call their Headquarters in Blue Springs at 816-389-8970.

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