Linwood Elementary School is hosting its 16th annual chili supper fundraiser from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday night. The event is expected to be so large that it has already been relocated from the cafeteria to the gym. The annual event is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and will include dinner as well as free ice cream, raffles, prizes and a bake sale.  

Enough chili to fill eight roasters is being prepared and 400 hot dogs have been purchased. The goal is to raise $5,000 to help purchase some much-needed playground equipment for the school.

“The current equipment is old, real old, not sure how old, like when the school was built,” said Jodie Saultz, one of this year’s event chairs. “We got an amazing deal with the district’s help. We are getting a $62,000 play set for around $29,000.”

Many raffle items will be awarded, including a Basehor Bobcat rock, Kansas City Royals tickets, Top Golf gift certificates, gift baskets and a photo autographed by Kansas City Chiefs player Marcus Peters. Many of the raffle items were donated by Basehor and Linwood merchants and residents. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the event.

The Basehor-Linwood school board is also supporting the project.

“We would not have been able to do this without the support of Superintendent (David) Howard and the USD 458 Board of Education. We greatly appreciate the district’s contribution to making this happen,” Saultz said.

Tickets for the chili dinner can be purchased at the door for $6 for adults and $3 for students. Pre-sale discounted tickets are also available through the school. 

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com