KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Liberty Fruit Co. raised $540,000 for charity through its annual golf tournament and gala.

Liberty Fruit raises more than $500,000 for charityThis year was the 15th year for the Kansas City, Kan.-based company’s event, and it was the highest total raised in one year, said president Allen Caviar. It may exceed $550,000 once all the accounting is done, he said.

The event’s primary beneficiary is Children’s Mercy Hospital, which received a check for $410,000 Sept. 28. Other charities receiving funds were:

  • Little Sisters of the Poor
  • Armourdale Renewal Association
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • First Downs for Down Syndrome
  • Bill Self’s Assist Foundation
  • Jewish Family Services, and
  • Eric Berry Foundation

Liberty Fruit changed the format of the event this year to include a Sept. 28 gala featuring live and silent auctions, a speech by University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self. Kansas City native and actor Rob Riggle hosted the event.

Caviar said 370 people attended the gala. The next day was the golf tournament, which brought 250 golfers to The National golf course in Kansas City.

More than 100 produce companies who do business with Liberty Fruit participated.

“It exceeded my expectations for how smooth it went,” Caviar said. “It keeps getting better and better each year.”