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Kansas City Chiefs radio announcer Mitch Holthus, right, interviews quarterback Patrick Mahomes April 9 at the annual Steak & Steak Dinner.
Photo provided by Boys and Girls Club of Springfield Inc.
Kansas City Chiefs radio announcer Mitch Holthus, right, interviews quarterback Patrick Mahomes April 9 at the annual Steak & Steak Dinner.

Patrick Mahomes spurs record at Springfield fundraiser

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Patrick Mahomes, the young star quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, helped set a record for a Springfield fundraiser this week.

Mahomes’ appearance at Boys and Girls Club of Springfield Inc.’s April 9 Steak & Steak Dinner assisted in raising a preliminary amount of $400,000, a record for the 23rd annual event, said Savannah Jackson, resource development associate with the nonprofit.

The goal for this year’s event, known for its steak dinner and charity auction, was $250,000, meaning the nonprofit beat its target by at least 60%. Funds raised during the Steak & Steak Dinner cover fees for the club’s more than 2,500 members. The nonprofit provides youth — many from disadvantaged circumstances — with daily social, physical and educational development activities.

A sell-out crowd of roughly 1,250 people came to the Tuesday event at University Plaza Convention Center.

Jackson said the previous record was set in 2014, when basketball coach Rick Pitino helped the nonprofit bring in $307,703 at the Steak & Steak Dinner.

Mahomes marked the third-straight year of Chiefs players appearing at the event. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce helped the 2018 event bring in $288,464, while former quarterback Alex Smith in 2017 assisted in $290,000 worth of fundraising.

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