LRN Helps Kits for School

The Kits for School Program got a big boost on Tuesday when a local business networking group donated a thousand dollars to the fund that helps provide school supplies for Lawrence students in need. The Lawrence Referral Network donated the money after Kyle Roggenkamp the Human Resources Director for Penn House and The Ballard Center was invited to speak to the group at their weekly meeting last Tuesday. He explained to the group that there is more need this year because there are fewer organizations that are providing this service.

Roggenkamp told me “The gift was just completely unexpected (the amount that is), by far our largest contribution of the season. It is amazing that a group of young professionals can make such a large impact on their community. We are used to individual donors and churches pulling the weight. It is good to know that groups like the Lawrence Referral Network exist. It gives me hope for the future as far as donations go.”

LRN President Allson Gowing from Truity Credit Union said, ”LRN - Networking group was started in November of 2010, we're a non for profit organization that was created to generate business for its members through quality referrals. We meet once a week at the clubroom in Hy-Vee on Clinton Pkwy over lunch. We're looking for business professionals from all different industries, we are a one member per profession. If they'd like more details they can contact me allison.gowing@truitycu.org”.

Current members of LRN include Dennis Frederickson of KFX Embroidery, Allison Gowing from Truity Credit Union, Brian Byers owner of Big Happy Photo Booth, Wendi Braden from Send Out Cards, Collin Elwell with Farm Bureau Financial Services, Garrett Harper with New Your Life, Geoff Strole from Truity Credit Union, Jeff Frye, Owner of Mr. Bacon BBQ, Kenna LaRue with McGrew Real Estate, Mike Hannah with Great Plains Media, Sara Kellogg, owner of Kellogg Interiors, Adam Linhos of The UPS Stores, Jon Sabillon with Urvogel Social Media, Tonya Masem with Express Employment, Jade Brown with A&E Legal Services, and Jamie Engnehl with Crown Automotive.

The supplies for the program that are still most needed are red writing pencils, Pens for high school students, plain colored pocket folders, thin point dry erase markers, and notebook paper for high school students. Cutoff date for donations is this Friday, July 2 but Roggenkamp will extend that deadline until Monday the 5th, because of the over whelming need this year.

There are several drop-off location that people can take supplies to be collected. Take donations to any Peoples Bank branches, The UPS Stores on 31st and 6th, M&M Supply downtown, Frank’s North Star Tavern in North Lawrence, or from 11-1:00 Fridays at Mr. Bacon BBQ at 9th & Illinois. Cash donations as well as supplies can be taken to Penn House at 11th and Pennsylvania, or The Ballard Community Services Center at 7th and Elm. School supply lists can be found at ballardcenter.org.

LRN President, Allison Gowing presents a gift card to Kyle Roggenkamp from Ballard Center& Penn House.  Photo by Brian Byers

LRN President, Allison Gowing presents a gift card to Kyle Roggenkamp from Ballard Center& Penn House. Photo by Brian Byers by Brenda Brown

Lawrence Referral Network presents Kyle Roggenkamp with the largest donation to the Kits for School Program this year. Photo by Brian Byers.

Lawrence Referral Network presents Kyle Roggenkamp with the largest donation to the Kits for School Program this year. Photo by Brian Byers. by Brenda Brown

Tagged: Penn House, LRN, Ballard Center, school supplies, Peoples Bank., Kits for Schools

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