A fundraiser is planned next weekend that will benefit a local transportation service for Leavenworth County residents 50-over.
The Leavenworth County Council on Aging, which operates the Senior Express Transportation service, will host a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 55, 300 S. 20th St.
The fundraiser will include a U-Price-It flea market, a biscuits and gravy breakfast, music and games and activities for children.
The fundraiser also will include a Golf Ball Drop event. Attendees can purchase golf balls with numbers on them.
The Leavenworth Fire Department will load the golf balls into a box and drop them from a ladder extended to its maximum height.
The person whose golf ball comes closest to a designated area will win a prize.
A barbecue food truck will also be at the event.
Money raised at the event will go to support the efforts of the transportation service.
“We provide transportation for trips that originate and end within the county limits of Leavenworth County,”
said Scarlet Ross, spokesperson for the Leavenworth County Council on Aging. “The trips are for many purposes to include nutrition, medical, social, work, shopping and business needs. We also provide out-of-county trip services for seniors who have medical appointments outside of Leavenworth County.”
The transportation service utilizes 11 vehicles, the majority of which are ADA accessible.
Ross said the service stays busy. She said the Leavenworth County Council on Aging drivers traveled 169,561 miles last year, making more than 24,500 trips to transport seniors to such things as dining centers, medical appointments and hair salons.
“The Senior Express Transportation service is a vital program designed to assist the disabled and seniors who are no longer able to drive,” she said. “Our transportation fee is at a minimal cost to enable all socio-economic groups to access the service.”
For more information about the transportation service or the fundraiser, call Ross at 913-684-0786.