Thanksgiving – A time for celebration and safety

From the Olathe Fire Department:

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for celebration, family and friends. Although safety in the kitchen is always crucial, the threat of fires in the kitchen triples on Thanksgiving Day, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Home cooking fires occur more often on Thanksgiving Day than any other day. Help ensure a safer Thanksgiving holiday celebration with these tips:

Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food – unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Keep things that can burn like towels, paper, curtains, etc. away from the stove top.
Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking – loose clothing can catch fire.

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MNU President’s Honors raises record $425,000

The MNU President's Honors event raised $425,000. Photo furnished by Heather Attig

The MNU President’s Honors event raised $425,000. Photo furnished by Heather Attig

Just more than 500 people attended the MidAmerica Nazarene University President’s Honors last Friday night, April 12, and after the final bite of dessert had been taken and the final bid had been accepted, a record total of $425,000 had been raised for student scholarships.

“It was a very good night,” said MNU spokesperson April Hansen, director of development for annual programs. “Going into the event, we had raised more than $315,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales, so we raised $110,000 that night through the (silent and live) auctions.”

Highlighting the event was the honoring of Dr. Ray and Elaine Cook, Wichita, with MNU’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ray Cook, who died last fall, was a long-time chair for MNU’s Board of Trustees. The Cooks also have been significant donors to the university, Hansen said. MNU’s Cook Center is named in their honor because of their financial support to the university.

After raising $303,000 in last year’s debut event, MNU set a goal to raise $350,00o this year.

Some 90 items were up for bid in the silent auction and some of the high-bid items in the live auction were Some high-end items in the live auction included a signed Thomas Kinkade print valued at $15,000 and a two-day hunting trip at the Flint Hills Lodge, a private hunting club in southeast Kansas.

MNU President’s Honors nearly a sellout

MNU's President's Honors fund-raising event in 2012. MNU website photo

MNU’s President’s Honors fund-raising event in 2012. MNU website photo

For any of you wait-until-the-last-minute people wanting to attend tonight’s (Friday, April 12) 2nd Annual President’s Honors event at MidAmerica Nazarene University, well, you might have waited too long.

According to MNU spokesperson April Hansen, director of development for annual programs, tonight’s fund-raising event, which begins at 6:30 in the school’s gymnasium, is nearly sold out. Funds raised during the event, which includes silent and live auctions, are used to provide unrestricted scholarships to MNU students.

“Right now,” she said, “we have around 490 people attending and the event will seat just 515. Last year we had about 505 and we’re expecting around that many this year, so yeah, it’s near capacity right now.” Continue reading

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