• Special to the Leader & Times
Not only is the Kansas Children’s Service League’s Red Stocking Breakfast a holiday tradition in Liberal, but funds raised benefit two long-standing programs in the community, Early Head Start and Head Start.
While these programs are federally or state funded and may receive additional support from United Ways and other grant sources, both rely on the Red Stocking Breakfast funds to fully serve their area.
Red Stocking Breakfast is KCSL’s signature fundraising event. This year’s event will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Liberal Country Club at 339 W. 18th Street. All proceeds will help support KCSL’s Liberal-area Prevention and Education programs.
According to Julie Wright, West Region Director for KCSL, prevention and education programs are designed to help keep children safe and families strong.
“By helping families early, before problems arise, we increase the likelihood that at-risk children are raised in a safe and supportive home – which numerous studies show decreases the probability for negative childhood outcomes such as truancy and substance abuse,” she said.
Liberal Country Club and Ben E. Keith Foods donate all the food for the breakfast; 100 percent of the funds raised benefit KCSL programs and services. The event features a breakfast buffet served by local “celebrities.”
Attendees also have a chance to win a week-long Caribbean cruise and a variety of “stocking stuffers” from Liberal retailers. Other sponsors include Black Hills Energy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, High Plains Pizza Inc., J & R Sand, Keating Tractor & Equipment Inc., National Beef Packing Co. LLC, Supreme Feeders a Division of Agri Beef, The Community Bank, Teeter Irrigation and UniCare Health Plan of Kansas.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door (children age 10 and under eat free). Advance tickets are available online at www.kcsl.org.
“Attending Red Stocking Breakfast is a way to help support children and families in the Liberal area, while having a great breakfast with family and friends,” said Lisa Knoll, Development Manager for KCSL. “By attending a breakfast in your area you’re helping to ensure the future availability of programs that keep children safe and strengthen families.”