Each year, the first Kansas City Chiefs preseason game serves as the "Charity Game," and for the second year in a row, The Children's Place was the game's beneficiary.
Last year, The Children's Place set a record for funds raised with $736,000. This year, when the Chiefs hosted the Seattle Seahawks, The Children's Place broke that record by raising $740,000. The two years combined equate to a total of $1.47 million. Those fundraising efforts were in large part due to the leadership of honorary chair and Sprint CFO Tarek Robbiati, as well as event chairs Patty and Don Kincaid.
According to its website, the mission of The Children's Place is to nurture and promote the healthy development of young children who have survived abuse, neglect and trauma by providing specialized services and family support, within a safe and caring environment.
"Being the beneficiary really is a game-changer for us," Ann Thomas, the president and CEO of the Children's Place, said back in April. "We went into this with the hopes that it would allow us to raise some additional dollars to expand and change our facility in some way, and that's just not something that was in our budget prior to that event, so it really is the opportunity that over these next couple of years, we will raise some money that will help us make this place look different for the children."
Chiefs Charity Game beneficiaries are awarded the game for three-year terms, so 2017 will mark the final year for The Children's Place as the event beneficiary.
Since its inception, the Chiefs Charity Game has raised $11.5 million for the 17 charities that have been beneficiaries of the event.
To learn more about the Chiefs Charity game, visit: http://www.chiefscharitygame.com.