Following through is essential in golf. During the County Legislative meeting Monday, October 1, County Executive Mike Sanders followed through when he presented a check to Operation Breakthrough co-founder Sister Berta Sailer for the $17,000 raised via the 2012 County Executive Golf Tournament on September 14.
"Every dollar that flows into Operation Breakthrough is going to a good cause," Sanders said. "You know it's going to go to people who need it. You know it's going to go to a great organization that has been doing good work for a very long time. Over two generations of families in great need in Kansas City have been taken care by Operation Breakthrough."
Fifty kids enrolled with Operation Breakthrough when it opened in 1971 to provide child care for poor working families in Kansas City's urban core. In the four decades since, Operation Breakthrough has expanded to now serve more than 500 children on a daily basis, providing food, clothing and social services -- in addition to operating a pre-school as well as before- and after-school programs.
Over the last three years, the County Executive Golf Tournament has rased $51,500 for the non-for-profit organization.
"This is a testament to the generosity of the citizens of Jackson County. It is important that we continue to support those organizations who work to help the less fortunate in our community," Sanders said following Monday's meeting. "Sister Berta Sailer and her staff at Operation Breakthrough should be commended for the positive impact they have had on the children of our community for the past four decades."
Sanders cited what he called "striking numbers" regarding the families Operation Breakthrough serves: 25 percent are near homeless, 98 percent live in poverty, and the average family income is $9,400 a year.
Introducing three children who accompanied her to the check presentation, Sister Berta said, "This is the future of Jackson County. This is why we work so hard."