FRONTENAC — Frontenac city staff presented a check to United Way of Southeast Kansas Tuesday, as a donation of funds raised through a Badges and Burgers event, and employee campaign, hosted by the city.

The Badges and Burgers event, which was hosted by the Frontenac Public Safety Department, brought in over $2,700 in donations during a Frontenac High School football game. Through its first-ever employee campaign, the city partnered with United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas to learn how the city benefits from United Way’s partner agencies.

Frontenac city employees and elected officials were exposed to the services provided in their community by the United Way through two presentations by United Way of Southeast Kansas Representative Julie Reams. Reams highlighted the use of services by 931 Frontenac residents at United Way funded agencies in 2016. The presentations motivated employees and governing body members to get involved.

The employee campaign raised an additional $1,200 to be donated to United Way.

United Way funds raised in Southeast Kansas stay in Southeast Kansas and benefit United Way’s partner agencies in the area. Frontenac City Administrator Brad Reams said the event and campaign highlight the compassion of the community.

“The results of our event and employee campaign illustrate the caring nature of Frontenac,” he said. “Our community has a strong history of taking care of their own. Partnering with an organization which assists the citizens of Frontenac is a perfect opportunity to continue this well-established tradition within our community.”