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Mark your calendars for December 17 event benefitting Hope House

In what has become the largest and most philanthropic bar crawl event in Lee’s Summit, the ninth Annual 12ish Bars of Christmas returns, ready to raise tens of thousands for Hope House.

The popular downtown Lee’s Summit pub crawl (begging at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17) raises funds for Hope House, a local domestic violence agency committed to helping families in need. Organized by Courtney Laufketter, co-owner of Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit, the event has grown exponentially since it started in 2014, with the 12ish Bars of Christmas raising more than $100,000 for Hope House.

“We are thrilled to once again be a part of this extraordinary event,” said Hope House CEO MaryAnne Metheny. “Our agency continues to look forward to this partnership each and every year as the community gathers in support of domestic violence survivors.”

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The event is open to anyone 21-and-over. Lanyards can be purchased through Eventbrite. Volunteers will be stationed at each bar to check lanyards and collect donations for Hope House. Participants can drop off their lanyards with contact information on the back to be entered to win multiple prizes at the conclusion of the event. Additionally, there will be three games of chance to win extra chances at the prizes. More information can be found on the event's Facebook Page.

“This idea sprung from a collaborative effort between myself and Julie Kemna of Konrad’s. We are both so proud of how much it has grown and how the community comes together for this event. We are thankful for the relationship with Hope House, and of course, all of the volunteers, whom without this event would not be possible.” Laufketter said.

All bars on the 12ish Bars of Christmas pub crawl include: Sharkeez, Konrad’s Kitchen and Tap House, Rusty Spur, Downtown Deli & Market, Flavor, Stuey McBrew’s, Grains & Taps, Smoke Brewing Co, Arcade Alley, Fringe Beerworks, Pink Elephant, Main Slice, Bricks Pub & Grub, VFW, and Llywelyn’s Pub.

Hope House’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower those impacted by domestic violence. Hope House will advocate social change that protects and engenders a person’s right to live a life free of abuse. In 2023, Hope House will be celebrating their 40th year of serving the Eastern Jackson County.

If you or a loved one are in need of services, please call the 24-hour Hotline at 816-461-HOPE (4673).

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