Details have been finalized for the 28th edition of Red Friday on Friday, Sept. 6. Red Friday festivities will last throughout the week and include Chiefs Kingdom flag sales, a Chiefs wrapped KC Streetcar, light and fountain displays of Chiefs pride, a player appearance at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and appearances by KC Wolf, Chiefs Cheerleaders and more.
Chiefs Kingdom flags will again be sold for a minimum donation of $5 at more than 135 Kansas City- and St. Joseph-area McDonald's restaurants, with the net proceeds from flag sales benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. In addition to McDonald's, Chiefs Kingdom flags will be available at Kansas City-area Hy-Vee and CommunityAmerica Credit Union locations.
The flag design for this year's collector's edition flag features the club's specially designed 60th season logo, which will also be worn as a special helmet decal this season. Last year, more than $323,000 was raised from flag sales alone, while over the past five years, flag sales have raised over $1.2 million to help RMHC-KC continue its mission of keeping families close in times of sickness and need. Fans who don't live in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas can purchase a flag beginning on Friday, Sept. 6 on shop.chiefs.com with all net proceeds from online sales also benefiting RMHC-KC.
To celebrate the 60th season in franchise history, the club is introducing a special Red Friday promotion featuring 60 vintage autographed prizes from Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, QB Patrick Mahomes, TE Travis Kelce, RB Damien Williams, DE Frank Clark and S Tyrann Mathieu. To earn an opportunity to win one of the 60 prizes, fans need to purchase their flag on Red Friday and share their Chiefs pride by posting a photo with the new flag using #RedFriday on social media. Sixty lucky fans will be randomly selected to receive one of the special vintage autographed items.
"Chiefs Kingdom continues to deliver incredible support for Red Friday and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City each and every year," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "The entire organization, including the players, coaches and staff, can feel the excitement and energy around the city and the entire Kingdom. This year's Red Friday will be a great way to kick off what will be a special 60th season of Chiefs football."
For the third-consecutive year, Red Friday will also head south for a stop in Springfield, Missouri. In alignment with Red Friday in Kansas City, Chiefs Kingdom flags will be available at 55 McDonald's locations in Springfield and surrounding areas, as well as the Springfield Hy-Vee, for a minimum donation of $5 on Friday, Sept. 6. All net proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. Last year, donations made at those locations totaled $35,000 for RMHC of the Ozarks.
During the lead-up to Red Friday, special events will take place over the course of the week. The week kicks off with a visit to Ronald McDonald House Charities from Chiefs players on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Chiefs jerseys, flags, artwork and red lighting will start appearing around Kansas City throughout the week as the city prepares to celebrate Red Friday.
Thursday, Sept. 5 will feature the inaugural Red Friday Eve Rally, which is being hosted in conjunction with CommunityAmerica Credit Union at Westport Ale House (4128 Broadway Blvd.). The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a new Chiefs-themed mural featuring QB Patrick Mahomes being unveiled on the side of Westport Ale House. A group of 100 Chiefs Season Ticket Members, plus a guest, as well as CommunityAmerica Credit Union executives and VIP guests, will enjoy complimentary food and a custom beverage menu, as well as have the opportunity to purchase a 2019 Red Friday flag before they're available to the public. The Red Friday Eve Rally will officially end at 7 p.m., when Westport Ale House will open back up to all patrons to enjoy the evening.
Red Friday honors the long-standing tradition of selling team-themed publications around the city to raise money for local charities that was started by Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt and the Chiefs Red Coaters. Since the inception of Red Friday, newspaper, magazine and flag sales have raised nearly $2 million for local charities, with an emphasis on assisting youth in need.
Additional Red Friday information, including details on the "60 Prizes for the 60th Season" promotion, a map of sale locations in Kansas City, St. Joseph and Springfield, as well as the opportunity to purchase flags online, is available at www.chiefs.com/redfriday.
The Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle at the club's home opener vs. Baltimore on Sunday, Sept. 22 will also benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. This gameday fundraiser provides fans the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets before and during all Chiefs home games. One lucky fan will go home with half of the net proceeds and the other half will be donated to RMHC-KC. Raffle ticket packages are three tickets for $5, 10 tickets for $10 and 60 tickets for $20.