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September 20, 2014 was a night to go down in the Special Neighbors history books. Together, we were able to raise an unprecedented $20,000 to support Special Neighbors programs. The doors opened early at 5:30 p.m. to allow guests extra time to tour the museum. First time patrons were amazed by the incredible collection of automobiles and memorabilia and returning guests were treated to some new additions to the museum this year. Entertainment, provided by The Nace Brothers, kicked off the evening, but everyone stayed busy checking out the silent auction items. We were thrilled to see so many generous bids this year, and are grateful to the businesses, board members and individuals who contributed to make this the most successful auction to date.  

Before the evening concluded, a video was shared that featured Suzie, Mary and Eric. After the video, Mary was joined by board member, Justin Iske, for a live auction. Guests generously donated over $6,000 to be used to convert tubs to walk-in showers at Special Neighbors Apartments. With everyone’s support, we are looking forward to converting two additional bathrooms.  

As always, our thanks to Peterson Manufacturing for the generous use of the one of a kind venue and to our event sponsors.

Platinum Level– Fike and O’Halloran Sherman Associates, LLC.

Silver Level– Genoa, South City Furniture, Christopher & Ann Spohn and Harriet Fortel

Bronze Level– Blue Ridge Bank & Trust, Red Carpet Services, Topper’s Food Mart, EBE Office Solutions and Adams Farm


The Mile Starts Here

KevinPennyWhite Oaks is participating in "The Mile Starts Here" 2014 walking program that is sponsored by the Independence Health Department! A mile led route that takes place every Wednesday from May 7th to October 29th at 9 a.m. rotating between six Independence parks and trails. It is open to the public and free. What a great way to partner with Independence Health Department and promote health at Special Neighbors!


Bingo Night a Big Hit

Amy  ChiefsWho doesn't love to win prizes and meet and greet with the Kansas City Chiefs players? We would like to thank the Company of Champions for putting on such a great bingo night. The Company of Champions is an association created for companionship, support, and connections, between children, adults, and families, living with a disability. The bingo nights are held at Bass Pro in Independence in the lower level Conservation Community Room. Everyone attending had a great night playing bingo, winning prizes and enjoying refreshments.


Good News and More Good News

ExcitedSpecial Neighbors is so blessed to be the recipient of several grants this quarter and we thought you might want to hear about some of the exciting things happening as a result of the community contributions. The men at Manor House are looking forward to getting some new furniture, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Independence Young Matrons. In addition, guests at our spring fundraiser gave an extra $1,133 to be used to purchase a new lift chair at Nolen Manor and Manor House. We have already purchased the lift chair at Nolen Manor and can't wait to get the new furniture and lift chair at Manor House. Soon they will be relaxing in style.

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