We won’t come down until you help us meet our goal!
In February 2014, the Blues announced a unique partnership with River of Refuge. Local community leader John Wiley founded River of Refuge in 2009 after he witnessed a group of children loading a school bus from the parking lot of an old, run-down motel near his home in Raytown, Mo. River of Refuge was created to specifically address thousands of working families who have become trapped in pay-by-the-week motels throughout Greater Kansas City and into the suburbs.

An estimated 400 working families are now living in motels with their children on any given night throughout the metro. Blues Hall of Famer Kirk Miles connected the Blues with John, and in March the Blues partnered in the inaugural Rooftop Blues, an attention-getting fundraiser to help open the city's first-of-its-kind comprehensive transitional housing dedicated solely to assisting families trapped in pay-by-the-week motels. On Thursday, March 6, players ascended the rooftop of River of Refuge at the former Park Lane Hospital building at 5155 Raytown Road, intending to stay up there and 'camp-out for cash' for as long as it took to raise $25,000. The funds would benefit River of Refuge, a soon-to-open 11-unit apartment complex designed to offer resources and transitional refuge to homeless working parents and their children.

Over the course of 48 hours, 31 players and coaches spent time on the roof - with each staying at least one overnight - raising money for River of Refuge. Local Television stations KMBC 9, Fox 4, KCTV 5, and KSHB KC Live all provided daily coverage, and the Blues social media push via Facebook and Twitter did the rest. As of 6:30pm on March 8th, the Blues had eclipsed their goal of $25,000 by raising $29,498.35 for River of Refuge! As of March 15th, donations reached ever $32,000 for River of Refuge! We couldn’t feel more fortunate to be a part of such an incredible event, and truly appreciate all of the support.

Special thanks to John Wiley and Kirk Miles for letting the Blues get involved in such an important project, to all of the people who helped organize the event, and to the players for putting in their time on the roof. And thanks especially to the countless donors who made this happen! Kansas City is a better place because of this kind of generosity and partnership.

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About the River of Refuge
River of Refuge
Local community leader John Wiley founded River of Refuge in 2009 after he witnessed a group of children loading a school bus from the parking lot of an old, run-down motel near his home in Raytown, Mo. River of Refuge was created to specifically address thousands of working families who have become trapped in pay-by-the-week motels throughout Greater Kansas City and into the suburbs. For more information, please visit www.riverofrefuge.com.

About the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club
Kansas City Blues Rugby Club
Originally established in 1966, the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club is nearing 50 years of success both regionally and nationally. The Blues pride themselves on winning with homegrown talent which translates to a strong commitment to its community. Through Heartland Youth Rugby, high school programs: Jr. Blues, St. Thomas Aquinas, Blue Valley, Olathe, St. James, along with other philanthropic endeavors, the Blues are giving back to KC. For more information, please visit www.kcblues.org.

Rooftop Blues Event News

March 8th:
The Blues are off the roof!
The Blues are off the roof! As of 6:30pm, the Blues eclpised their goal of $25,000 by raising $29,498.35 for River of Refuge! We would like to thank John Wiley and Kirk Miles for letting the Blues get involved in such an important project, all of the people who helped organize the event, the players for putting in their time on the roof and mostly to the donors who made this happen!

Single Evening Gallery Event featuring the original artwork of Chris Sembower
On March 8th, 6pm - 10pm, Chris Sembower will be having a single evening gallery event in conjunction with a fundraising effort by one of his favorite non-profit organizations, the River Refuge. A portion of my sales will go towards this awesome group. It will be his first showing since 2010 and he will unveil some new original work, and talk sports with anyone who wants to come out! More Information »


March 7th:
Update: After 24 hours, The Blues have raised $15,000! Thank you to everyone who has made donations to this worthy cause. Keep spreading the word and let us reach our goal of $25,000 and get these guys off the roof!

KMBC 9 - Rugby team heads to the rooftops to help homeless
The Kansas City Blues Rugby Club is getting ready to live on a roof for the next few days. The 15-man team will board a scissor lift and ride to the top of the former Park Lane Hospital building. They said they plan to stay there, living in tents, until they raise $25,000 for the facility. View full article and video »

Fox 4 - KC Blues Rugby team is up on a roof until they raise $25,000 for homeless families
The Kansas City Blues Rugby team made a commitment to help the homeless and that means they aren’t coming down from a roof until they reach their monetary goal. The team volunteers ascended to the roof Thursday afternoon to ‘camp-out for cash’. The squad is helping the River of Refuge organization, which helps find a permanent home for homeless families. View full article and video »

KCTV 5 - Rooftop fundraiser to help Kansas City homeless families
An estimated 400 working families are living in motels with their children on any given night throughout the metro. That is according to River of Refuge, which is trying to build a shelter to get those families out of motels and into a home of their own. The nonprofit needs help making it happen, so they've enlisted the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club to camp out on their roof. View full article »


March 4th:
KSHB Kansas City Live - River of Refuge and the Kansas City Blues Rugby partner up for extreme fundraiser

Local non-profit River of Refuge is teaming up with the Kansas City Blues Rugby team for an extreme fundraising event! John Wiley founder and President of River of Refuge along with KC Blues, Chris George, shares all the details on this life changing cause and how you can help out! View full article and video »


Rooftop Blues Supporters

The Kansas City Blues Rugby Club and River of Refuge would like to thank those who have been providing food for us this weekend up on the roof. Please support the businesses that support our cause!

Johnny's Tavern Classic Catering Mr. Goodcents Fire and Spice BBQ
Caldwell Catering Noodles & Company Grinders Einstein Bros. Bagels
Caldwell Catering

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