County Executive and Local Mayors
Join Together to Raise Money for Local Charities

October 21, 2013 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – This week, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and nine local mayors will showcase their pumpkin carving skills to help support local charities.

The carved and decorated pumpkins for the “Pumpkin Playoffs” will be on display in the first floor lobby of the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence beginning Tuesday, October 22. Each pumpkin is meant to symbolize the community that each elected official serves.

Voting to select the public’s favorite pumpkin will begin Tuesday at noon and will end at noon on Saturday, October 26. Citizens can cast their votes by checking their favorite entry on donation envelopes and dropping the envelopes, with their monetary donations, into a locked ballot box. Whichever pumpkin receives the most funds will be declared this year’s winner.

“This is a fun way for us to raise money for a good cause,” said County Executive Sanders. “It is our hope that this event draws attention to the wonderful people throughout our community who dedicate themselves to helping those in need.”

The Pumpkin Playoffs participants and their charities:

  • Jackson County, County Executive Mike Sanders - Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired
  • Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross - Community Services League of Blue Springs
  • Grain Valley Mayor Mike Todd - Grain Valley Holiday Senior Baskets
  • Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis - Grandview Assistance Program
  • Independence Mayor Don Reimal - Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (Independence Unit)
  • Kansas City Mayor Sly James - Turn the Page KC
  • Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads - One Good Meal
  • Oak Grove Mayor Mark Fulks - Community Services League of Oak Grove
  • Raytown Mayor David Bower - Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis
  • Sugar Creek Mayor Matt Mallinson - Sugar Creek Citizens Civic Relief Commission