Kansas CIty, Mo., Mayor Sly James was declared the winner in the "Return of the Border Wars: Competition for the Greater Good."
During the week-long Harvesters food drive challenge, Harvesters bins traveled along with a 30-foot inflatable soccer jersey to locations on both sides of the state line to bring awareness to the Soccer Week events. Missouri collected 1,631 meals; Kansas collected 1,069 meals.
"Although we fell short on the challenge to Mayor James, we're excited that once again, we were able to work together to benefit the entire KC region by collecting canned food and raise money for Harvesters and the many people they help in our community," said Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland.
Mayor Holland and Kansas City, Mo.'s Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, in Mayor James’ absence, kicked off the competition on June 24 by donating the first canned goods at a "Soccer Week" kickoff event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The jersey and collection bins were positioned throughout the week at both City Halls, the Power and Light District, Barney Allis Plaza, Wyandotte High School, a T-Bones game, The Legends Shopping Outlets, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Schlitterbahn.
Mayor Holland will concede to Mayor James when he delivers Mayor James’ favorite Kansas City barbecue to his office at City Hall later this month.
- Story from Kansas City, Kan., Convention and Visitors' Bureau