Kelly Urich

Kansas City helping to turn eyes at the World Cup

Kansas City is being feature in the World Cup thanks to a KC based firm, Populous.Populous, located in Kansas City’s River Market, designed the stadium where Mexico took on Cameroon last Friday.  

The 42,000-seat stadium is hosting the U.S. team as they take on Ghana today. Being the only American company to design a stadium for the World Cup, Populous modeled the stadum after the rolling dunes of Brazil. The stadium is called “Estadio das Dunas." Using a steel white roof on slits, Populous is able to create the impressed that the stadium is moving like a sand dune.  

"The arena das Dunas really reflects the climate and culture of Natal, Brazil and we've tried to make it a stadium appropriate for that location,” Senior Architect Bruce Miller said.

- Kelly Urich 

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Great American Milk Drive

Hiland Dairy has teamed up with Price Chopper at 500 NE Barry Road Saturday, June 14 from 7am to 4pm to host a Great American Milk Drive Event that will benefit Harvesters—The Community Food Network 

We’re asking shoppers to buy an extra gallon of milk while they are shopping on Saturday that can be donated on-site. Both Hiland Dairy and Price Chopper will do a match for each gallon donated during 7am to 4pm on Saturday, June 14. 

For many, that gallon of milk that we consider a staple in our refrigerator is missing in Kansas City’s food banks. According to Harvesters’ parent organization, Feeding America®, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated

It’s been a challenge for Feeding America to meet the demand for milk due to the lack of donations – canned goods and other non-perishable items are more likely to be donated

There are other ways to donate for those who cannot make it to our on-site events:

With the simple click of a mouse ( or text message (text “Milk” to 27722), anyone can buy much-needed milk and donate it for as little as $5.00 to a family who does not have regular access to milk. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered from the farm to a local Feeding America food bank in your very own community

- Kelly Urich 

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Local dad named Father of the Year

In case you somehow forgot, this Sunday is Father’s day; but last night one Kansas dad got to celebrate Father’s day a little early.

This year marks the 19th year of the National Centering for Fathering essay contest. Nominated by children, the essay contest honors fathers, grandfathers, and role models for their life-long impacts made on children’s life and to the community.

Just before the start of the Royals game yesterday, Steve Huff of Topeka received the top honor of the Kansas City Father of the Year.His son, Braxton Huff of Perry-Lecompton High School, wrote an essay about why his dad is the greatest.

To see Braxton’s essay along with essays from other age-groups, click here.

- Kelly Urich 
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We are waggin our tails to save lives

The 5th and final ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is underway right now.  Starting at the beginning of the month and extending to the end of August, the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a national competition meant to increase pet adoption, reunite lost pets, and ultimately save more animal lives. The winner of the competition will receive $100,000 to continue to save even more animals.

There will be 50 animal shelters competing nationwide for the big prize, including our very own KC Pet Project. To help gain the competitive edge, starting today, KC Pet Project will be offering “Tail Waggin’ Tuesdays.” Every Tuesday for the month of June, dog adoptions are only $50.00.

In addition to fighting it out for the ASPC Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, KC Pet Project is a running an adoption campaign called #PetsforKC. It is there hope that they will be able to find homes for 2,498 pets during this campaign and 100K challenge. To find out more information about adopting a pet, click here.   

- Kelly Urich
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The fight against childhood cancer comes to Kansas City this weekend

The 11th year of Alex’s Lemonade Stand events will be happening this weekend here in Kansas City. Alex’s Lemonade Stand started back in 2000, after 4-year-old Alexandra "Alex" Scott built a lemonade stand to raise money to fight against cancer. Since then, Alex’s lemonade stand has turned into a national fundraising movement, raising more than $80 million towards defeating childhood cancer.

Kansas City has played a special role in Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Back in 2004, inspired by Alex’s story, 7-year-old Jacob Mozer, a fellow Kansas Citian with remission cancer, set up his own lemonade stand at his neighborhood Hy-Vee store in Blue Springs. Since 2004, Jacob’s efforts have expanded throughout Kansas City, helping to raise $900,000 for childhood cancer. It is the hope that this year that a goal of an additional $100,000 will be raised, to ultimately mark $1 million raised here in Kansas City.

Be on the lookout this weekend at 25 Hy-Vee locations throughout the local Kansas City metro area to help support Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The lemonade stands will be from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, specifically at Hy-Vee locations in metro Kansas City, Lawrence, St. Joseph, Topeka and Manhattan.

For more information and exact locations participating, click here

- Kelly Urich 
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Cop raises over $100,000 for a family going through a tragedy

Earlier this month, a 37-year-old bus driver named Phuoc Lam lost his life due to a road rage incident. 
Phuoc didn't have any savings, and was working seven days a week just to stay afloat. His wife, who speaks almost no English, didn't even know how she'd pay RENT next month. They also have two young sons, including one who's autistic.
Luckily, one of the cops investigating decided to go above and beyond. Huan Nguyen immediately took an interest in the family, because they're Vietnamese immigrants like he is and also has two kids.  
Once Huan found out about their money issues, he started texting all his friends asking for help.  He also encouraged other officers to do the same, hoping to raise only a few thousand bucks.
Then he set up a fundraising page on the site and three weeks later, complete strangers have donated over $100,000.
Huan says he usually tries not to get emotional when it comes to being a cop. But this time it was too much, and he knew he had to help. If you would like to help or donate, head to The Point’s Facebook page.

- Kelly Urich 

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A Broadway star is coming to KC to help a local paralyzed high school student

On March 17, 18-year-old Alex Fraser, a senior at Blue Valley High School, suffered paralyzing injury to his spine while swimming at a beach in Mexico during spring break.

Alex had a first major surgery in Mexico and, less than a day later, he was then air lifted back to Kansas City to have a second major surgery at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS.

Now, it was just back in February he BROKE Blue Valley High School’s swimming record for the 100M breaststroke! And just three days before his injury, he received a call back from the University of Arkansas, where he had auditioned to be a part of their in the drum line.

His focus is now to regain mobility in his hands and the function of his arms. While Alex works hard to rehabilitate, tens of thousands in medical bills have mounted, and in the very near future he will need a motorized wheelchair and a full-size van with a hydraulic lift that can serve as the needed mode of transportation for Alex and the wheelchair. 

To help with Alex’s medical bills, David Gaschen, who played the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” in BROADWAY, has stepped in. David is Alex’s cousin, and is now coming to Kansas City to perform for donations.

An event called “Alex's Angels Presents A Night of Music by Broadway's David Gaschen” has been set up for donations. The show will be held at Rockhurst High School in the Rose Theatre on Saturday, June 7th. For more details and tickets, click here

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Soldier raised money to pay for a boy's new face

In 2003, a British soldier named Wayne Ingram was on a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia when he met a four-year-old named Stefan.
Stefan was born with a rare deformity called a facial cleft, which was causing his eyes to move farther and farther apart, leaving his nose was basically split down the middle. Due to the high cost of survey, unfortunately, his parents couldn't afford to have it fixed.
Luckily, Wayne didn't forget about Stefan when he got back to the U.K., and started raising money for him.  In the first four years, he raised about $145,000, which paid for three surgeries.
Then doctors had to wait until Stefan got older before they could do anything else.  But Wayne never forgot about him, and recently raised another $25,000 for a fourth operation, which happened earlier this month.
Stefan still needs at least one more minor surgery, now he basically looks like a normal 14-year-old kid now. 

- Kelly Urich 
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Erin Little of KMBC News takes to the national stage

Be on the lookout for Erin Little on the news this weekend, but not on her typical news programming slot.

Local KMBC weekday morning meteorologist, Erin Little, has left Kansas City and is in the BIG Apple.

Erin will be the guest weather anchor this weekend on “Good Morning America,” which airs from 6-7am. 

“I grew up in Kansas City, and now I’m raising my own family here,” Little said. “I can’t wait to represent this great city.”

Luckily, Erin, who is a mom of two young girls, will be back in Kansas City later in the afternoon on Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day. 

- Kelly Urich 

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Pleasant Valley woman wins BIG in the MO Lotto

Last night, The Missouri Lottery unveiled that 64-year-old Patricia Roscher of KANSAS CITY won the April 12 drawing after buying a ticket at a QuikTrip in Pleasant Valley!

The MO Lotto prize winnings—$2.5 MILLION!

Based off of her winnings, Patricia says that she plans to retire early as a financial analyst at a credit card company.

In addition from retiring, Patricia says that she and her partner plans to purchase a brand new house.

According to MO Lotto officials, Patricia is the 225th player to win the Lotto jackpot and the 401st to win at least a million in the MO Lotto. In others words, get out there and purchase your lotto tickets—just be sure to share the wealth with me once you win it!

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