HOST Relief Program raises over $1 million for relief funding, announces donation to first responders

The HOST Program has provided over $1 million in relief to Shawnee County businesses.
The HOST Program has provided over $1 million in relief to Shawnee County businesses.(Topeka Partnership)
Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 3:29 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The HOST Relief Program has raised over $1 million in relief funding to Shawnee County business and has announced a donation to benefit first responders.

The Greater Topeka Partnership and GOTopeka says the HOST Relief Program has taken the lead in supporting local economic recovery and providing relief funds to Shawnee County small businesses.

The organizations say since the program began in late March, a total of $1,102,710 has been given to 285 small businesses through HOST private donations or public grants.

HOST, or Helping Others Support Topeka, was created to provide emergency funding for local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, says the organizations.

They say as well as providing up-to-date figures on the recovery impact of the relief program, HOST announced a special gift card donation to Shawnee Co. first responders.

HOST says to date it has:

  • Raised $709,055.94 in private donations;
  • Distributed $1,102,710 to 285 Shawnee County businesses through HOST private donations, made through the purchase of gift cards, and public grants;
  • Provided gift cards, purchased from HOST Relief recipients to over 2,300 workers in Shawnee County impacted by furloughs, reduction in hours or layoffs.

“It was always the intention with this program to not only provide relief to Shawnee County businesses but to also build toward our economic recovery. With that in mind, the fight for recovery doesn’t end here,” said Molly Howey, president of GO Topeka, “GO Topeka will continue to help support recovery and economic development in Shawnee County through the continued efforts of the HOST Relief Program.”

“I am extremely proud of what the HOST program has been able to accomplish in the past three months,” said Matt Pivarnik, CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership. “It couldn’t have been accomplished without the remarkable leadership from the HOST donors, our staff and corporate partners. It’s programs like this, which exemplify Topeka & Shawnee County’s amazing ability to collaborate, that will help us move closer to our recovery.”

HOST also announced on Thursday, July 9, that it would donate gift cards to each Shawnee Co. staff member of the following first responder organizations: Topeka Fire Department, American Medical Response Team, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and the Topeka Police Department.

“It’s an honor to be able to provide thanks to the individuals who are on the frontlines every day, working to ensure our safety and wellbeing,” says Scott Hunsicker, owner and president, Kansas Financial Resources, and lead organizer of the HOST Relief Program. “This is the least we can do to show them our gratitude and respect.”

HOST says Relief Program Donors are as follows:

  • Advisors Excel
  • Alma Creamery
  • Bartlett & West
  • Capital City Oil
  • Capitol Federal
  • Capitol Strategies (John and Michelle Peterson)
  • Creative One
  • Curtis Sittenauer
  • David and Danielle Byers
  • Don and Nancy Daniels
  • Eaton Roofing & Exteriors
  • Ed Eller Inc.
  • Eric and Maggie Hunsicker
  • Edward Jones Associates of Shawnee County
  • Evergy
  • FHLBank Topeka
  • Gary and Carol Hunsicker
  • Gary Woodland
  • Innovation Design Group
  • Jeff Martin
  • John and Michelle Peterson
  • Jared and Lisa Anderson
  • Kansas City Life
  • Kansas Financial Resources
  • Kansas Secured Title
  • KBS Constructors
  • Kevin and Nancy Alexander
  • Kirk and Trudy Kelly
  • Lance Sparks Trust
  • Magellan Financial
  • Mark and Aron Krueger
  • Mark and Lisa Heitz
  • Mark and Sandy Ruelle
  • Market Synergy
  • MCP Group
  • McElroy’s
  • Mike and Gina Miller
  • The Nellis Family
  • The Reser Family Foundation
  • Schendel Lawn and Landscape
  • Security Benefit Group
  • Silver Lake Bank
  • TBS Electronics
  • Vaerus Aviation
  • Vision Bank

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