Thanks to everyone who supported MCC-Blue River’s All for the Children

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The bunny hopped off into the sunset to rest up for Easter, after his big day at MCC-Blue River’s “All For the Children” on March 19.

What a great success it was. We can’t say enough about the generosity and effort that went into supporting this event to celebrate children. We had student, staff, administration and faculty participation in the 5K. 115 people registered, which helped net close to $900 for the All for the Children main event.

Of the 115 registered 5K participants, 18 were from the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute. Those cadets also volunteered for the main event, just one example of the wonderful service that is “All for the Children.”

Although the race was more about participation than competition, we did keep track of times.  The top finishers were:
  • Overall Winners
    • Female – Brenda Hasty
    • Male  – Gavin Fitzwater
  • 10-19 Category
    • Female – Cali Fournier
    • Male – Drew Wetterlind
  • 20-29 Category
    • Female – Jessi Dinsmore
    • Male – Aaron Eyerly
  • 30-39 Category
    • Female – Lindsay Kimberley
    • Male – Brian Hurley
  • 40-49 Category
    • Female – Linda Dinsmore
    • Male – Eric Wetterlind
  • 50-59 Category
    • Female – Kathrine Swanson
    • Male – Jon Burke
  • 60 and over
    • Female – NA
    • Male – Jeff Behrens

We could tell you how terrific the main event was, but the pictures in the attached Facebook album speak for themselves.

“All For the Children” – 2016 Photo Album

We’ll see you next year! #BeMoreAtMCC

Original story from Feb. 29, 2016:

It’s one of Metropolitan Community College’s signature events, and now is the time to make sure you don’t miss out on fun for a great cause: MCC-Blue River’s annual “All for the Children” on Saturday, March 19.

“All for the Children” is a free action-packed family resource fair held on the Blue River campus, 20301 East 78 Highway, Independence. The event, designed to celebrate childhood, is the brainchild of MCC-Blue River psychology instructor Kimberly Glackin, who says she modeled it on others across the country.

“Nearly five children die every day in the United States due to child abuse and neglect,” says Glackin. “Our community can protect its children by educating parents about parenting and child development, and by building community support for children and their families.”

Glackin is aided in organizing the effort by a team including fellow MCC-Blue River staff members Cynthia Heddlesten, Amy Slater and David Owens. MCC-Blue River students also help in the planning, and they run many of the activities.

The day begins with the All for the Children 5K Run/Walk, which has shoe treads hitting the race route at 8:30 a.m. Check-in for the race is at 8 a.m. See below for full race details and pre-registration savings. While the resource fair is free, there is an entry fee for the 5K.

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Nathan Ross, Opening Speaker for MCC-Blue River’s “All for the Children”

Nathan Ross will be the opening speaker following the 5K. At 9:30 a.m. Ross, older brother of Larry and Gary Bass, a well-known Kansas City area child abuse case from the late 1990s, will talk about how he overcame his challenging childhood and how we can all work together as a community to improve conditions for children. Ross currently works for the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association as a  youth advocacy supervisor.

All for the Children will be in full swing from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There will be something for every age. Here’s a sampler:

  • Nine princesses
  • A 10,000-egg Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m., plus the Easter Bunny
  • Free on-site dental care from Truman Medical Centers for the first 40 children in line with an adult
  • Free vitamins provided by Red Cross Pharmacy
  • Self-defense classes for kids provided by MCC-Blue River’s Public Safety Insitute, which trains police officers and firefighters
  • Entertainment by MCC drama students
  • Artwork from Little Blue Elementary
  • Hacky sack camp and tie-dyed shirts for kids by the Hacky Sack Club at Blue River
  • Booths from Bikers Against Child Abuse, Child Abuse Prevention Association and Great Circle, a behavioral health organization
  • Free medical screenings provided by Shriners
  • A Vietnam-era helicopter that was shot down on display, plus pilot Q&A, presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Dozens of student groups showcasing projects on the topic of family development and child welfare

All for the Children couldn’t happen without some tremendous community partners. Key are the faculty and staff at MCC-Blue River neighbor Little Blue Elementary, whose students help with preparations and provide art projects.

MCC is grateful for the many community groups and organizations that have joined in this fifth annual celebration of children:

  • Little Blue Elementary
  • Gigi’s Cupcakes
  • Truman Medical Centers
  • Red Cross Pharmacy
  • MCC Public Safety Institute
  • Panera
  • W.E.E. Learning Bus
  • Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
  • Great Circle
  • Americorps
  • Shriners
  • VFW
  • Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)
  • The Hacky Sack Club at Blue River

“All for the Children” 5K details and registration:

Race fees:

  • $17 for current MCC students
  • $20 for non-MCC students who pre-register
  • $25 for non-MCC students registering after March 4

T-shirts and medals:

  • For a guaranteed T-shirt, register by March 4. This is a chipped timed run/walk. Medals will be given for the fastest male and female overall times, as well as for the top male and female finishers in the following categories:
    • 9 and under
    • 10-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60 and over

5K registration options:

Print out the attached forms linked here. and return to David Owens in the MCC-BR Campus Life and Leadership office (AS 113B). Payment information and return address are on the form.


Register online at Search the website for All for the Children 5K Run/Walk (additional 15 percent credit card fee for online registration)

Proceeds from the 5K go to fund the free activities at All for the Children.

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