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The Independent’s Top Ten Events of 2021

The Top Five Golf Tournaments of 2021

  1. Bright Futures Fund’s 4th Annual Bishop Johnston’s Golf Tournament: $227,295
  2. Ronald McDonald House Charities of KC’s Trent Green Golf Classic: $219,842
  3. Lakemary’s Golf Classic with Will Shields: $155,422
  4. Olathe Health Charitable Foundation’s Golf Classic: $118,265
  5. Down Syndrome Innovations’ Step Up for Down Syndrome Golf Classic: $106,895

The Top Five Walk/Run Events of 2021

  1. Head for the Cure Foundation’s Head for the Cure 5K – Metro KC: $434,673
  2. Down Syndrome Innovations’ Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk: $309,774
  3. Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired’s Trolley Run: $219,757
  4. Wayside Waifs’ Strutt With Your Mutt: $112,168
  5. Ability KC’s Groundhog Run 2021: $106,542

The Top Five Multi-Day Events of 2021

  1. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s ShuttleCork 2021: $1,127,040
  2. Big Brothers Big Sisters KC’s Most Wanted Auction: $1,108,125
  3. Cerner Charitable Foundation’s Jeanne & Neal Patterson Legacy Golf Tournament: $573,786
  4. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year: $524,809
  5. Big Brothers Big Sisters KC’s Summer Fun for Kids’ Sake: $442,356

The Top Five Breakfast/Luncheon Events of 2021

  1. Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America’s 2021 Patron Luncheon: $658,206
  2. Women’s Employment Network’s 35th Anniversary Celebration: $447,089
  3. MOCSA’s Community Luncheon: $384,172
  4. Bright Futures Fund’s Annual School Bell Breakfast: $341,548
  5. Jackson County CASA’s Light of Hope Breakfast: $291,363

The Top Ten Nationally Sponsored Events of 2021

  1. JDRF Kansas + Missouri Chapter’s Dream Gala: $1,943,912
  2. American Heart Association’s Kansas City Go Red for Women Luncheon: $1,092,822
  3. National MS Society’s Bike MS: Kansas City: $993,804
  4. American Heart Association’s Kansas City Heart Ball: $799,444
  5. The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter’s The Kansas City Walk to Defeat ALS: $671,725
  6. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Lower Plains Region’s Light The Night Walk: $580,219
  7. Alzheimer’s Association’s Kansas City Walk to End Alzheimers: $554,172
  8. American Heart Association’s Heart Challenge/KC Heart Walk: $353,428
  9. JDRF Kansas + Missouri Chapter’s One Walk, Kansas City: $275,975
  10. March of Dimes’ March for Babies: $233,889

The Top Ten Events of 2021

  1. Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Snow Ball: $3,132,685
  2. Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus: $2,288,647
  3. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Kids Night Out 2021 With Maren Morris: $1,925,367
  4. Wayside Waifs’ Fur Ball: Homecoming: $1,457,150
  5. Rockhurst High School’s Spectacular Auction: $1,390,514
  6. Benedictine College’s Scholarship Ball: $1,019,828
  7. Avila University’s 45th Annual Steer Dinner & Auction: $925,709
  8. Jewish Community Center’s KC SuperStar: $890,260
  9. Ronald McDonald House Charities of KC’s Red Shoe Shindig: $687,720
  10. Symphony League’s Stardust Symphony Ball: 

Also in the February 19, 2022 issue of The Independent.


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