March is an exciting time for basketball fans, and Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) staff members are eager to show their game day spirit. DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to announce that for the fourth year in a row, the agency will hold its annual Charity Championship event in conjunctions with the NCAA basketball tournament.
During workdays when tournament games are played, DCF employees may voluntarily make a minimum $3 donation so they can wear college T-shirts, polos or sweatshirts. All money raised goes to five designated charities selected by the four DCF regions and by the employees who work in Topeka’s Administrative Office.
The charities selected by the regions include Big Brothers Big Sisters (West Region), Opportunity Zone of the Wichita Children’s Home (Wichita Region), Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (Kansas City Region), Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas (East Region) and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas (DCF Administration).
“We are always looking for ways to boost the morale of our employees, and this is a great way to do that, while at the same time, raising funds for some wonderful organizations that support low-income families of Kansas,” Secretary Gilmore said.
The regions are also competing for bragging rights. The region to raise the most money for its designated charity will be declared the DCF 2017 Charity Champion. Last year, the Kansas City region won by raising $3,588. In all, the agency raised $11,711 for five charities during last year’s tournament.
DCF has approximately 2,150 employees.