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9th Annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

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The 9th Annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast benefiting Reach Out and Read Kansas City is quickly approaching, Friday, March 6th 2015, 7:30-9:00am at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall, 2323 McGee St Kansas City MO 64108. In addition to being a lot of fun, this is a hugely important event for us. Last year, your support provided a fourth of our annual budget and helped us provide 76,495 new books and prescriptive early literacy advice to 29,836 at-risk children and families. Tickets are on sale now and going fast-- get yours today!

Complimentary parking is provided in the parking garage of the Sheraton Hotel. Registration and coffee service begin at 7:00. As you arrive, enjoy musical entertainment from students of St. Teresa's Academy and Rockhurst High School. Rumor has it Cat and Fish from The Coterie's upcoming production of "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" will be making a special appearance. Come join the party, and do a good deed. Books at home help kids to succeed!

Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speaker Guest Reader Guest Reader Master of Ceremonies
David Warm Bryan Busby Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner John Holt
Executive Director,
Mid-America Regional Council
KMBC-TV Deputy Executive Director,
Kansas City Public Library

Meet some of our guests in these special video interviews as they share their thoughts on early literacy and the vital importance of reading.

Not working? View all videos on our YouTube channel.

Individual and Group Ticket Sales

Individual tickets are now available for purchase. Seating will be limited so make sure to secure your spot at our event soon. Purchase tickets by Friday, February 27th.

Ticket Options Cost Number of Breakfast Tickets Recognition in Program
Thing One: Individual $60 1
Thing Two: Duo or Pair $150 2
One Fish, Two Fish: Patron $250 2 Yes
Sam I Am: Table Host $1000 10 Yes
All gifts of $250 or more will be recognized in the event program. The fair market value of each breakfast ticket is $21. The remainder is tax deductible in accordance with law. Reach Out and Read Kansas City's fiscal agent, KU Endowment Association, will send you a receipt for your tax records.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to the incredible sponsors that have already shown us their support!

Green Eggs and Ham 2015 Sponsors ($5000)            Yertle the Turtle 2015 Sponsors ($2500)
Hallmark Cards Inc.            Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Greater Kansas City Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi            Pam Madaus and Will McLean
The Walsh Family Foundation           
The Kauffman Foundation           

Hallmark Cards Inc. Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Group The Kauffman Foundation Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Register to sponsor a table or make a tax-deductible donation here. For more information please contact Executive Director Mark Mattison at 913-588-3073 or

Sponsorship Levels # of Breakfast Tickets Verbal Recognition Print Recognition Stage Signage Website Presence
Green Eggs and Ham $5000 10 Yes Yes Yes Link
Yertle the Turtle $2500 6 Yes Yes Link
One Fish, Two Fish $1500 4 Yes
Who in Whoville $500 2 Yes
Sam I Am - Table Host $1000 10 Yes

Hooked on Books

Give a Child a Book and You Give a Child the World

Did you know that many children in the Kansas City area do not have a book at home to call their own? Your school can help change that by joining the 2015 Hooked on Books School Challenge. Over the past 15 years, nearly 795,000 books have been collected through this challenge and distributed to agencies and schools serving lower-income families.

It's easy to participate. Here's how:

  1. 1) Complete an online application to be a School Participant.
  2. 2) Schedule your own book drive any time between January 12th and February 27th.
  3. 3) Posters will be delivered to identify a receptacle of your choice for book donations at your school.
  4. 4) Collect new and gently-used books appropriate for children ages birth to 14.
  5. 5) Count the books at the end of the collection period, and email to report the number of books collected by March 3rd.
  6. 6) Upon completion of your book drive, donated books will be picked up by a Hooked on Books volunteer.
  7. 7) The school that collects the most books per student within the designated time period is the Challenge winner.

The winner will be announced at Reach Out and Read's annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, March 6th at 7:30am. In addition, the students win an assembly celebrating their accomplishment and the school wins a $500 gift certificate from Scholastic Books. Your school's efforts and hard work collecting books also count towards the President's Volunteer Service Award.

The biggest winners of all, however, are the disadvantaged children. Without your school's participation, they may not realize the joy of having a book to call their own.

Do you want to participate in another way? Join Hooked on Books today and register to be a book recipient (nonprofit organizations and schools serving at-risk children only). If you are interested in volunteering to sort or distribute books for the event, please fill out this volunteer application. We need volunteers for March 14th and April 11th. We hope you will join us with this year's challenge of getting Kansas City kids Hooked On Books! For additional information, please call the Hooked On Books Hotline at 913.940.8219 or email