Four little kids, scarcely tall enough to see over the marble tabletops in the Legislative Chamber of the Jackson County Courthouse, walked away from County Executive Mike Sanders carrying a big check. Sander presented them and Operation Breakthrough co-founder Sister Berta Sailer with the $18,300 raised at this year's County Executive Golf Tournament.The four children represented the more than 400 people who, on a daily basis, receive services through Operation Breakthrough, which opened in 1971 to provide child care for poor working families in Kansas City's urban core. Today, in addition to its early education program, the non-profit agency provides food, clothing and social services.
"For 42 years, Sister Berta has gone to work every day making sure that the young people of Kansas City who need her help and really need all of our help get that help," Sanders said. "Ninety-eight percent of the people who walk through Operation Breakthrough's doors live below the federal poverty line. They get the basic services there that so many of us take for granted every day."
Since 2007, the County Executive Golf Tournament has raise $106,800 for Operation Breakthrough.
"We get to come together at the tournament and have a really good time," Sanders said. "But it's for a great cause."