The FIRE Foundation is pleased to present FIRE Ball on October 29th at the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. We’re going to Shine a Light on the people and programs that bring inclusive Catholic education to life in K-12 classrooms and schools. Proceeds will help FIRE Foundation, a Kansas City-based nonprofit, open the doors and the hearts of 14 Catholic school communities to students with disabilities and learning challenges. 

FIRE’s support truly makes dreams come true for children and families. In a world where less than 5% of Catholic schools welcome and support students with significant disabilities, FIRE partner schools are shining examples of what it means to truly live the Gospel message. Not only does inclusion lead to improved learning outcomes; it gives all students opportunities to share their gifts and become their best selves. Together, students learn to value each other as God values each of us. 

With generous support of friends like you, FIRE has been lighting the way for students for more than a quarter of a century. We’ve come a very long way, but there’s still much work to be done.

So many have witnessed countless examples of children’s lives (including our own kids) being influenced in profound ways – academically, socially and spiritually – as a result of inclusion. FIRE grants help schools cover costs for staff, technology and professional development so students with learning differences have essential support to stay on track and make progress toward learning goals.

This year, FIRE is granting nearly $700,000 to make it possible for 444 students with significant learning needs to learn and grow alongside their siblings and friends in our wonderful faith-based schools. FIRE support also enriches learning for 849 students who receive extra support from dedicated educators. 

We believe FIRE’s mission is a brilliant beacon of hope and faith. When you invest in FIRE, you make it possible for students of ALL abilities to learn, play and pray side-by-side and you stretch kids’ capacity to be compassionate neighbors and friends.

We invite YOU to join our party as an underwriter or sponsor. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Hire at 816.520.2619/lynn@firefoundation.org or Susan Williams at 816.810.1199/susan@firefoundation.org. Thank you, in advance for considering this opportunity. With friends like you, our kids’ futures look bright!