KCP&L Teams Up with Mike Moustakas to Host Foster Care Program

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KCP&L to Sponsor the “Moose Lodge” that Allows Foster Children & Their Families to Enjoy a Special Night at Kauffman Stadium; First Event Set for May 22

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 12, 2015) —  The Kansas City Royals and KCP&L, together with third baseman Mike Moustakas, announced today details of the “Moose Lodge,” a special program that will bring foster children and their families to select games throughout the season.

Formerly known as the “Big Game James Shields” section, Moustakas decided to take over the program to continue to give the kids and families a fun night out at the ballpark.  The third baseman will host 250 children and their families who are part of local foster care programs at five Royals home games this season.  Each child will receive complimentary tickets in section 206, a “Moose Lodge” t-shirt, courtesy of KCP&L, and a free meal courtesy of ARAMARK and Papa John’s Pizza.  In addition, the children will participate in a meet and greet with Moustakas prior to the game.  Fans who purchase tickets in section 206 on the designated Moose Lodge nights will also receive a “Moose Lodge” t-shirt in support of the program.

In addition to treating the kids to a baseball game, the ultimate goal of the program is to continue to raise visibility about the thousands of local foster children in need of homes and the opportunity for families to serve as foster families.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Royals, Mike and KVC to continue this remarkable program that shines a light on the foster care system and more specifically on the children and families affected by such a major life transitions,” said Chuck Caisley, KCP&L vice president of Marketing and Public Affairs. “KCP&L continually supports endeavors where the focus is on the children of our community and this program gives foster kids the same chance to go to a baseball game, bond with their caregivers and make childhood memories that other kids in our community enjoy.”

In conjunction with the program, the Royals are honoring a KCP&L employee, [insert name], and his family for their personal support of the foster care program with tickets to the Buck O’Neil seats for a night to cheer on their hometown team. The first Moose Lodge event will be held on Friday, May 22 when the Royals take on the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 p.m.  Children from KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. will be guests that evening and will also participate in the program later in the season.  KVC’s work as a private, non-profit organization enriches and enhances the lives of thousands of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education.  Founded in 1970, KVC works to heal the most traumatic cases of childhood abuse and neglect.  Named in 2008 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a best-practice organization, KVC is a leader in the use of evidence-based research and innovative tools and technology to advance the welfare of children and families.

Other foster care children associated with Cornerstones of Care and Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association will also participate in the program later in the season.

“I’m excited to host the Moose Lodge at ‘The K’ this season,” said Moustakas. “And, I hope bring some awareness to help find these special kids a more permanent lodge of their own.” 

The following is a complete list of Moose Lodge events scheduled for 2015. 
  • Friday, May 22 vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • Friday, June 19 vs. Boston Red Sox
  • Friday, July 3 vs. Minnesota Twins
  • Friday, July 24 vs. Houston Astros
  • Friday, August 14 vs. Los Angeles Angels
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