Bates County Community Health Foundation

The steering committee of the Proposed Regional Activity Center has accomplished a number of their goals and made some key decisions. After many meetings, site visits, discussions with community members and completion of a preliminary community survey, the committee has decided to join forces with the YMCA and has located a promising option for a temporary “storefront” location.

The committee has determined that a partnership with the Osage Prairie YMCA in Nevada would be an advantage. This partnership would allow the PRAC to reach its goals and obtain resources to meet the needs of the area for an activity center, while also sharing dues, some staffing, resources and expertise.

The PRAC has entered into a feasibility study with the Osage Prairie Y and a YMCA affiliate company to better align the Y’s program and facility membership amenities to meet evolving community needs and potential community partners and interests.

The PRAC has also located a storefront building in order to begin YMCA programs for children and adults. These activities require funding, so the steering committee is also seeking grants, donors, and fundraising options.

One such fundraiser in the works is a Triple Crown, Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned barbeque contest cosponsored by the Bates County Community Health Foundation and the Bates County Fair Board.  The “Smokin in the Electric City” event will take place during the Bates County fair on July 13-15, with categories for youth and adults. Sponsors are needed for meat categories, and event details will be released soon. Proceeds from the Smokin’ in the Electric City portion of the Triple Crown contest will benefit the foundation for the purposes of supporting efforts for the Proposed Regional Activity Center.  The triple crown BBQ contest will also highlight events in Osceola on July 21-23 and Lee’s Summit on October 29-31, which will position teams for attending the KC Royal Competition. For more information about sponsoring this event, contact Emily Gilkey at Gilkey, 660-492-0015,

The PRAC steering committee is available to attend local clubs or organizations to speak on its project goals and goals. Members are: Larry Burch, Larry Hacker, Chance Hedrick, Jeremy Jones, David Hilgenberg, Mike Taranto, Chris White, Greg Weaver and Linda L. Jennings.

The steering committee is also seeking people who are willing to get involved by joining a fundraising committee, or another sub-committee. If you would like to help, or to learn more, send an email to