Posted by Tony Andresen
For those new Rotary members, Greater Kansas City Day began about 40 years ago as a partnership with the Royals and the KC Star to raise funds for the Youth Camp. We sold newspapers on street corners all over town on Royals Opening Day. It was a Kansas City tradition to be out there and more often than not in freezing cold, windy and rainy conditions. 
So, fortunate for us, the Monarchs stepped up and have become a great new partner! They are a wonderful locally owned organization. The Legends Field is incredibly family friendly. Parking is free and it's very easy access in and out. All the seats are great!
Like last year, we are selling hats and vouchers for a donation of $20 dollars, but here's what changed:
  • First, the seats are upgraded from Outfield Bleachers to Infield Reserve, and much better seat for the same price, good Sunday - Thursday. No Fridays, Saturdays or Opening Day.
  • We are making presentations at most of the local Rotary clubs and have already sold nearly $6,000 in ticket packages!
  • David Hanzlick has continued great work in Sponsorships and has raised close to $20,000 for Greater KC Day and the Regatta in September.
  • Thirteen sites have been identified, including Roasteries, Sutherlands, The Negro Leagues Museum, Union Station and others - to sell ticket packages on Monarchs Opening Day, May 19th. These will be promoted on TV and 810 radio. 
  • There is a kick off Pep Rally at the Granfalloon on the Plaza over Happy Hour on Thursday, May 18th! The Monarchs Jazz Band will be playing, Monty the Mascot will be there, as well as celebrity athletes Warren Moon, Christian Okoye and Frank White! We could still use a couple volunteers to sell ticket packages at the Pep Rally.
  • A group of 26 Club 13 Rotarians will be cheering on the Monarchs on Opening Day from Home Plate Reserve seats!