4-for-40 Group

Minsky’s 4-for-40 Check Presentations. Left to Right: Matt Stoltz (Big Brothers Big Sisters), Gregg Johnson (Minsky’s Founder), Denise Cross (CEO of Cornerstones of Care accepting on behalf of Alex Smith Foundation), Brent Wittrock (Minsky’s Partner), Tori Fugate (KC Pet Project), Josh Flowers (Minsky’s Partner), and Jordan Frazier (Turn the Page KC)

Minsky’s 4-for-40 Fundraiser culminated with the official donation check presentations to each of our four, well-deserved not-for-profits: KC Pet Project, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Turn the Page KC, and the Alex Smith Foundation! Thanks to the generosity of our amazing Minsky’s customers, loyal supporters of each organization, KMBC 9 News and 9 Can Help for their assistance with media and publicity, and a very charitable donation from Reinhart Foods, Minsky’s was able to raise almost $30,000 in donations for the 4-for-40 campaign!

To start off the fundraising efforts, Minsky’s donated $1000 to each of the four not-for-profits at the Minsky’s 40th Anniversary Celebration and 4-for-40 Kick Off Party – and just like that, the 4-for-40 fundraiser was in full swing!

Throughout the month of May, Minsky’s donated 15% of in-store dining tickets and 15% of online ordering tickets to the individual customer’s charity of choice when they used a special coupon or online ordering code for their chosen organization. As a “thank you” for participating, Minsky’s rewarded the customers with 5% off their entire order, in addition to the 15% donation to their not-for-profit!

To add an extra incentive for the not-for-profits to promote their organization during the 4-for-40 campaign, Minsky’s announced that the charity to receive the most guest donations during the 4-for-40 program period would receive equal matching funds from Minsky’s – or, double the donation! Reinhart Foods, one of Minsky’s food suppliers, made a very generous donation that was a significant addition to the “4 for 40” total.

The results have been tallied, and the checks have been signed and presented to our fantastic “4 for 40” not for profits at 51st and Main!

KC Pet Project Check

Tori Fugate with KC Pet Project.

KC Pet Project Total Donation: $14,519.44

BBBS Check

Matt Stoltz with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Total Donation: $5,546.96

Alex Smith Check2

Denise Cross with Cornerstones of Care accepting on behalf of Alex Smith Foundation.

Alex Smith Foundation Total Donation: $4,651.44

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Jordan Frazier with Turn the Page KC.

Turn the Page KC Total Donation: $3,832.70

Minsky’s would like to thank everyone who helped make our 4-for-40 fundraising event a success! Each of these amazing organizations have made an impact in our community and have enriched the lives of so many in Kansas City. Minsky’s is proud to have been able to celebrate our 40th Anniversary by giving back to these not-for-profits who consistently strive to better this great place we call home – Kansas City!

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“The Alex Smith Foundation provides foster teens with the tools and resources needed to transition to successful adulthood by developing and promoting Education, Advocacy, Mentoring, Housing, Internship and Job programs.”

The Alex Smith Foundation is looking forward to a new chapter in the Kansas City Community and partnering with Cornerstones of Care. Cornerstones of Care runs many programs serving foster youth. Their YES! (Youth Educational Success) Program offers similar support for former foster youths in pursuit of higher education. The 2009 Missouri Blue Ribbon Task Force on Foster Youth Aging Out reported that foster youths face the following barriers to attending college: lack of financial resources, lack of emotional support from caring adults, and lack of social opportunity. The YES! Program was developed to address these barriers and increase the number of foster youths who attend and graduate from college.

“To end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in Kansas City, Missouri by using the most progressive and lifesaving programs and promoting effective animal control policies.”

The purpose of the Kansas City Pet Project is to facilitate the placement of homeless pets into suitable homes; to establish and maintain an animal shelter for Kansas City, MO; to maintain associated procedures which promote: the health and welfare of pets in our care, prevention of unplanned litters, pet retention and reunification of lost pets to their owners; to increase public safety by addressing issues related to irresponsible pet owners and dangerous animals. We are keenly focused on optimal lifesaving and creating a No Kill Community in the Kansas City Metro – we’re passionate about lifesaving!

“Turn the Page KC instigates Kansas City’s most positive future through 3rd grade reading proficiency.”

The mission of Turn the Page KC is to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all third graders in Kansas City, Missouri. Turn the Page KC was founded by Mayor Sly James in 2011 as an initiative to raise the reading proficiency of third graders, which at the time was only 33%. Volunteer and community organizations began to rally around this mission. In 2015, test scores showed that 3rd grade reading proficiency in Kansas City is now at 49% and appears to be on the rise. In 2014, Turn the Page KC received its tax exempt status from the federal government and hired Mike English to serve as Executive Director.

“Changing perspectives. Changing lives.”

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission: To Create and support life-changing friendships for children.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision: To create positive change within our community through the power of one-to-one mentoring.

BBBSKC is one of the fastest growing Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the country and has been named the Agency of the year, out of 400 network affiliates three out of the last four years.

Founded originally as a Kansas City Jaycee project in 1964, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBSKC) has served more than 20,000 at-risk youth in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Serving over 1,700 youth in Kansas City each year, BBBSKC provides children facing adversity in one-to-one life-changing friendships with adult mentors. BBBSKC matches school-aged youth (Littles) from one-parent or other non-traditional homes, with caring, adult volunteers (Bigs).

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