The Chiefs and the Kansas City community raised more than $840,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) through flag sales during the 31st edition of Red Friday on Friday, Sept. 9. Over the past 10 years, Red Friday sales have raised $4.5 million to help RMHC-KC continue its mission of keeping families close in times of sickness and need.
In addition to the Red Friday donation from flag sales, the Hunt Family Foundation 50/50 Raffle during the club's home opener also benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. An additional $100,827 – the largest regular season pot in raffle history – brings the total donation from this year's Red Friday celebration to more than $940,000.
Through a partnership with McDonald's, the ninth edition of the Red Friday flag was sold in all Kansas City- and St. Joseph-area McDonald's locations and Kansas City Hy-Vee stores for a minimum donation of $5. For the sixth year in a row, the flags were also sold online and available for shipping.
"Wow! Chiefs Kingdom and the KC community showed up enormously for sick children and their families at Ronald McDonald House Charities of KC," CEO of RMHC Kansas City Tami Greenberg said. "We are so thankful to the Chiefs for wrapping their arms around this charity, and to our McDonald's founding mission partner for their lasting support. We are forever grateful for the impact Red Friday has on local families enduring the hardest of times."
The Kansas City Chiefs celebrate 2022's Red Friday with fans across the city.
With this year's donation, more than $4.5 million has been directed to assisting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City as they reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families by providing a "home away from home" while the children are receiving medical care in Kansas City-area hospitals. For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, please visit www.rmhckc.org/.
"Red Friday remains one of the most unique and impactful traditions in Chiefs Kingdom, and the outpouring of support continues to prove how this community can unite and rally behind a cause," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City lifts up children and families who need support during incredibly difficult situations. We are proud to work with McDonald's, our community partners and all of Chiefs Kingdom to provide this donation so RMHC-KC can continue supporting local families."
Red Friday honors the long-standing tradition of selling team-themed commemorative items 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 more than $5 million for local charities, with an emphasis on assisting youth in need.