At Kansas City Barbell, we do our best to let our actions speak louder than any words we can say or write. We sought out local charities to help raise money for, and we came across Operation Breakthrough.
Operation Breakthrough provides a safe, loving, and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid, and education.
We started a “Pennies for Pounds” event that lasted from December 12th to the 23rd, 2020 and the rules were simple:
Choose up to five lifts to max on. Squat, bench press, deadlift, clean & jerk, and/or snatch. Raise flat funds or “pennies for pounds.”
All proceeds go to Operation Breakthrough and their fantastic cause.
Scott and I toured their facility, and it was impressive, to say the least. The work they do for these children is changing lives, providing education and valuable services, and empowering these families. It was touching to see the effort put forth by the staff, community, and local businesses to lift up KC’s urban youth.
We raised $5926 for OB!
Melanie Hungerford was our liaison at OB, and she was THRILLED with our work.
We will be doing this event yearly, and we will start to solicit all of KC’s gyms to be a part of it with us.
Our members and gym family stepped up the plate, and Scott took control of this event’s logistics and made it a rousing success.
We want to improve all of KC with strength training, even if you don’t attend our gym.
On a sad note, one of OB’s co-founders recently passed away.
Sister Corita Bussanmas, co-founder of Operation Breakthrough, passed away 03-27-21 at the age of 87. A 50-year champion of children and families facing adversity, Sister Corita spent most of her life providing social services, education and health for those most in need.
“I have truly loved getting to know Sister Corita. She is one of those rare individuals who always saw the glass as “half full”—no matter what the circumstance—programming, people, support, sports, the list is endless. She believed in people and their potential, noting that many of those she spent her life serving remain overlooked and unseen. Sister Corita was an amazing trailblazer and her impact will be felt for many years to come,” said Mary Esselman, current Operation Breakthrough CEO.
You can send the school a gift in the memory of Sister Corita to this link.
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