Gala 2020

Foundation honors Partners in Education

The Peculiar Charitable Foundation and Allison Scott are the 2020 recipients of the Partners in Education award from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. They were honored on Feb. 22 at the annual Gala, which is a celebration and a fundraiser to support Foundation projects, grants, and scholarships.


Honoree: Allison Scott

The Foundation honored Allison Scott of Raymore with the Partner in Education award to recognize her for her positive impact on the students, staff, and families of the entire District.

She has been a behavior interventionist for the school district since 2013 and is well-known for her expertise on brain development and behavior. In addition, she helps Ray-Pec staff learn and develop strategies to handle challenging student behaviors.

Gala 2020 Phil Parke with Allison Scott

Allison is a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and is the chairperson of Ray-Pec CARES. She was instrumental in the creation and expansion of the Panther Closet, helped co-found the Refuge Student Center and co-sponsored the Girl Talk mentoring program for youth in the community.

She and her husband, Chris, moved to Raymore in 2007 with their familly. From 2008 to 2010, Allison was a substitute teacher in the District. In 2010, she accepted the position as Focus Facilitator at Raymore Elementary. Her impact was felt nearly immediately, and she was nominated for and honored as the District’s Support Staff Employee of the Year in 2011. Allison taught at two school districts before moving to the Ray-Pec community.

Alison’s oldest son, Jacob, is a 2019 Ray-Pec graduate who now attends her alma mater, Mizzou. Sons Zach and Isaac are current students at the high school.

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The Peculiar Charitable Foundation received the 2020 Partner in Education award on Feb. 22 from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Representing the Foundation, from left: Office Secretary Mayda Skinner, Director Thomas Peter, Director Rebecca Dobson, Director Scott Dobson, President Mary Dobson, and Secretary of the Board Larry Dobson. (Photos by North Cass Herald) 

Honoree: Peculiar Charitable Foundation

The Ray-Pec Foundation also honored the Peculiar Charitable Foundation with the 2020 Partner in Education Award. (At right is honoree Larry Dobson with Foundation President Phil Parke.)

The Peculiar Charitable Foundation was founded in 1968 by Edward Schug, a life-long resident of Peculiar and Cass County. He wanted to give back to his community through an organization that benefited many local groups and individuals. Ed’s daughter, Mary Dobson, and her husband, Larry, became members of the Board of Directors in 1998, continuing the family’s tradition of community involvement.

Gala 2020 Phil Parke with Larry Dobson

Mary is the President and Larry is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Other Directors are Scott and Rebecca Dobson, and Thomas Peter. The family was deeply saddened by the passing of Lauren Dobson Peter late last year. She was Vice-President of the Board and very proud of her grandfather’s legacy.

Other people who assist in the work of the Foundation are Sharon Shores, serving as Trustee, and Mayda Skinner, serving as Office Secretary.

The Foundation has become a leading philanthropic entity in Cass County, providing funding for over 800 college scholarships, special school projects, food pantries, playground equipment, senior citizens, libraries, dental clinics, hospital events, and assisting many local organizations. The Foundation is the primary sponsor of the annual Cass County Spelling Bee. The Peculiar Charitable Foundation plans to be a strong advocate for Cass County for future generations.

Raffle #1 - Branson Getaway

CONGRATULATIONS to Scott York for winning Raffle #1 - The Branson Getaway! Thank you to everyone who purchased a chance to win! Special thanks to Best Western Plus Landing View Inn & Suites and Silver Dollar City Theme Park for contributing to this package!

Branson Getaway

Raffle #2 - Kansas City adventure package

CONGRATULATIONS to Larry Dobson for winning Raffle #2 - The KC Adventure Package! Thank you to everyone who purchased a chance to win! Special thanks to Mitchell Theatres Belton Cinema 8, Pam Steele, Aaron’s Family Fun Center, Jump City, and Chaos Course LLC for providing items for this package!

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Raffle #3 - Samsung TV

CONGRATULATIONS to Linda Martin for winning Raffle #3: The 55" Samsung TV! Thank you to everyone who purchased a chance to win! Special thanks to Dr. Kari & Laura Monsees for donating the TV!

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Medsker at Gala

The annual Gala, a dinner and auction event to benefit the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Centerview in Raymore. Reserved seating is $60 per person.

Purchase tickets to attend the Gala 

3 raffles - Need not be present to win!

If you can’t make it to the Gala, you can still participate in the annual fundraiser by purchasing tickets for these three exciting raffles:

1. Branson Getaway

2. KC Adventure Package

3. 55-inch Samsung Smart TV

Tickets are $10 each, and you may designate which raffle you want to enter. Ticket prices decrease if you buy a larger quantity. You may purchase 3 tickets for $20, 5 for $30, 8 for $40, or 12 for $50. The best value is to purchase a Superticket for $100 and receive 12 entries into each raffle. The winners will be drawn during the Gala. You do not have to be present to win. Purchase tickets here

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Raffle details

1. Branson Getaway includes: 2-night stay at a hotel, 2 passes to Silver Dollar City, and a $250 Visa gift card.

2. KC Adventure Package includes a variety of family activities, including:

  • Movie Tickets for 4
  • New Theatre Tickets for 2
  • Chaos Course Party for 10
  • Jump City - 3 passes
  • Aaron’s Fun Center - Family Package - 2 hours Bowling & Shoes
  • Kansas City Zoo - 4 general admission tickets
  • Museum at Prairiefire - 4 visits
  • Science City at Union Station - 4 visits
  • Coco Key Water Resort - 4 general admission tickets
  • Adventure Oasis - 4 general admissions
  • Kansas City Mavericks Hockey games - 8 tickets during each season
  • National Frontier Trails Museum - 4 general admission
  • UMKC Kangaroo athletic home games (multiple sports) - 16 general admission tickets
  • Sky Zone Trampoline Park for a One (1) hour jump session - 8 visits
  • Paradise Park Family Fun Center - 2 attractions
  • Kansas City T-Bones baseball seasons - 8 games
  • RoKC for a day-pass - 4 climbing visits
  • Wonderscope Children’s Museum - 4 visits
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum - 4 visits
  • Black Bob Bay Waterpark - 4 visits
  • Pump It Up - 8 visits
  • American Jazz Museum - 4 visits

3. 55-inch 4K Samsung Smart TV