Gala 2019

Foundation Fund a Need

Foundation awards Fund-A-Need proceeds

The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation on April 9, 2019, awarded $7,750 to Ray-Pec school principals to use for STEAM related programs or projects. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The funds were raised during the Foundation’s annual Gala, as attendees made donations to support STEAM efforts in the schools. A portion of the funds will be allotted to each school.

Front row, from left: Bridle Ridge Principal Missy Mattingly, East Middle School Principal Katie Campbell, Eagle Glen Principal Robin Jones, Timber Creek Principal Lovie Driskill, Foundation President Phil Parke, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, Foundation Board Member Jamie Bogner, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board Member Kim York, and Steve Pearce of Pearce Photographics.
Back row: Shull Early Learning Center Director Mary Shatford, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Raymore Elementary Jennika Miller, Peculiar Elementary Principal Rob Weida, Stonegate Elementary Principal Doug Becker, Creekmoor Elementary Principal Melissa Lucas, High School Principal Steven Miller, Ray-Pec Academy Principal James Brown, South Middle School Principal Randy Randolph, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, and Foundation Board Member Greg Teale.

Foundation honors Real Life Church and Kerckhoffs with Partners in Education award

Real Life Church and Pete and Renee Kerckhoff are the 2019 recipients of the Partners in Education award from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation

They were honored on Feb. 23 at the annual Gala, which is a celebration and a fundraiser. Sponsorships, donations, and participation in silent, and live auctions raised money to support Foundation projects, grants, and scholarships.

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Foundation President Phil Parke (at microphone) introduces Pastor Sean Petrie, at left.

Honoree: Real Life Church

Pastor Sean Petrie and his wife, Diane Petrie, accepted the award on behalf of Real Life Church.

The Petries began Real Life Church in September 2017. Since that time, the church has helped to organize and implement a renovation of the Panther Closet, which is a place for families to obtain hygiene items and gently used clothing. Church members helped to repaint and relocate the CAN Food Pantry and helped provide child care and set up for both of our Good Neighbor, Strong Community events in 2018.

Real Life has also helped with sorting CAN donations, Back-to-School events, and the MAD Dash 5K. The church also hosted a peanut butter drive for CAN. Real Life Church also supports a variety of other local community and global organizations seeking to make a difference in our community and beyond. The church meets weekly at Kentucky Trail Elementary School in Belton.

Honorees: Pete and Renee Kerckhoff

The Foundation also honored Pete and Renee Kerckhoff. The Raymore couple has an impressive resume of community involvement and support.

Pete and Renee met while attending Belton High School, but didn't start dating until Pete had completed a year of college. One year after marriage, they moved to California for Pete's job in Silicon Valley. While living there, they had two daughters, Danielle and Brittany. When the girls reached school age, the couple returned to the Midwest, settling in Raymore in 1992. Both girls are Ray-Pec High School graduates.

Pete's working life has included: night janitor, programmer, electronics engineer, manager of engineers, college professor and college dean. Renee's working life has included: retail, banking, business owner, landlord, and business consultant.

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The Kerckhoffs enjoy giving back to the community. Pete's community involvement has included: serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation board, and as a Raymore city council member and as Raymore mayor.  

Renee's community involvement includes: Raymore United Way, serving on the Belton Educational Foundation board, and serving as Raymore Historical Society president, and a Belton Historical Society board member. Renee was also instrumental in expanding the CAN food program to a district wide program under the Foundation umbrella.

Both Peete and Renee are active in the Belton and Raymore Chambers of Commerce and Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club. Renee is a past president of the Belton Chamber of Commerce. Renee has also been honored as Optimist of the Year in 2017 and was inducted into the Belton High School Hall of Fame in 2016.

In their spare time, they enjoy theater, spending time with friends and family, and traveling especially when we can include their German Shepard, Boo.

Thank you - 2019 Event Sponsors

  • Jack Bondon
  • Chris Molendorp, Class of 1987
  • Apple Bus
  • Steve Pearce - Pearce Photo

Thank you - 2019 Table Sponsors

  • All Systems
  • Rich and Kara Bartow
  • CBIZ
  • Guin Mundorf, LLC
  • Houdyshell & Associates/Edward Jones - Jane Redmond/Dave's Bike Shop
  • Phil Parke - Edward Jones
  • Scott and Dana Jermain
  • Keystone
  • Rock & Dirt Construction
  • Timber Creek PTA
  • Westbrook & Co, P.C.
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Join us for an enjoyable evening out with dinner at Centerview, live and silent auctions, all for a worthy cause...Ray-Pec's students and staff. Tickets are $60 per person. Purchase tickets

Donations and sponsorships

If you would like to donate an item for our silent or live auction or sponsor this event, please contact Jodie Huston,, or call 816-892-1368.

  • Sponsorships available:
    $500 - Table of 8 - Logo in program
    $250 - 2 tickets - Logo in program
    $150 - 1 ticket - Name listed in program
    $100 - Name listed in program