Previous Fundraising Events

2014 Pumpkin Palooza

Sunflower House Pumpkin Palooza LogoThe Friends of Sunflower House are proud to present the annual Pumpkin Palooza!!

Join us for Kansas City’s BEST designer-pumpkin sale!

When: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm (or we sell out)
Where: Sunflower House~ 15440 W 65th St~ Shawnee, KS 66217

This FREE family-friendly event is fun for the whole family and monies raised help support the child abuse prevention efforts of Sunflower House.

Designer Pumpkin Sales
Bake Sale
Photo Booth
Trunk or Treat


All of our pumpkins are designed and donated by community artists.

Want to be a part of this event as a donor or a volunteer??  

Contact Brenda Davis at

Take an EXTREME STEP to prevent child abuse!

Ever wanted a good reason to jump from a perfectly good airplane? Your opportunity is here!!

Join us September 28-29th, 2013 for the 4th Annual Take an Extreme Step to STOP Child Abuse. You’ll jump with KC’s best tandem masters to raise valuable funds for Sunflower House.

Raise $375 in pledges, receive a tandem jump.

Raise $525 in pledges, receive a tandem jump and a video of your jump!

ALL jumpers receive a free t-shirt!

Raising money is simple… ask your friends, family and co-workers for pledges!

More information is available here and at

Support Sunflower House When Buying Office Products!

Give Back KC Office Solutions

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Support Sunflower House while saving money on your office products from Give Back KC Office Solutions. When your organization purchases office products from Give Back KC, you save money and Sunflower House receives a donation in your name!

Give Back KC is committed to donating half of their profits to great local charities like Sunflower House!

For more information on how your organization can support Sunflower House while saving money on your office products, call Give Back KC at: (913)905-3030, or go online to


Bob Schluben

Bob Schluben

Behind the Scenes with a Kansas City-area Runner Turned Philanthropist

Meet Bob Schluben, police officer of 22 years, father of two and avid runner. He’s been a responding police officer, a detective and currently serves as Master Police Officer with the Patrol Division of the City of Lenexa Police Department.

Schluben is passionate about his job, his family, running and, most importantly, passionate about helping those who cannot help themselves. This passion is what led him to Sunflower House – a child-abuse-prevention and child-advocacy agency based in Shawnee, KS.

“Sunflower House is an excellent organization that provides a valuable service to our community. Law enforcement agencies in both Wyandotte and Johnson Counties partner with Sunflower House when there is a report of child abuse. Sunflower House serves as an advocate for those children, provides forensic and medical services and educates the community to help stop child abuse,” says Schluben.

Bob Schluben running in snowy marathon on February 2, 2013.

Bob Schluben running in snowy marathon on February 2, 2013.

In December, Schluben came to Sunflower House with an almost unbelievable fundraising concept.  As an avid runner, Schluben thought to use his talent, determination and will to raise funds for Sunflower House by running 52 marathons in 52 weeks to gain publicity and donations in support of victims of child abuse in our area.

Schluben’s plan is to run one marathon each weekend for one year, focusing on finding races as close to Kansas as possible. However, he realizes he will be doing a lot of traveling throughout the year. While some marathons have been willing to waive his entry fee, knowing of his fundraising aspirations, most are not and he must pay entry fees as well as travel costs for each race he runs – even resorting to sleeping in his car to save money. He’s created a web site where people and/or companies may go to donate money to Sunflower House. Schluben won’t receive any of the funds – he’s just there to provide a promotional tool to raise awareness for the organization.

Throughout his years on the police force, Schluben has handled many child-abuse cases and witnessed how destructive and heartbreaking it is for those involved.  “Child abuse is at epidemic proportions in the United States. And, that’s just not acceptable. Law enforcement and the community both need to do whatever we can to take care of our children,” comments Schluben. “This is my way of giving back. I know the community and corporate citizens will partner with me because that’s the way we roll in this community. Children without a voice need us, so we must answer the call!”

To support Bob Schluben and his amazing philanthropic venture, please visit his website at  From that website, visitors can see his race schedule, read about his background and donate directly to his cause to support victims of child abuse through Sunflower House.

2013 Valentine Gala – Big Success – Thank You!

Shane Brethowr, Sunflower House Executive Board Chair with Happy Bear and Michelle Herman, President and CEO on the red carpet.

Shane Brethowr, Sunflower House Executive Board Chair with Happy Bear and Michelle Herman, President and CEO on the red carpet.


Sunflower House staff, partnering agencies and supporters wish to thank the following 2013 Valentine Gala Sponsors listed below for their generosity towards helping us help hundreds of abused children and their families;

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

Gala Red Carpet Photos

To receive your red carpet photo, please contact Jaime Skultety, Sunflower House Volunteer & Events Manager: or call (913) 631-5800.