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HISTORY

During his college years, Chris Jackman's fraternity supported children's charities for their fundraising events. Soon after graduating and entering the workforce, he began hosting a yearly lobster boil for family and close friends, which became known as "Lobsterfest." In 2009, nearly a hundred guests attended the backyard event. It finally reached the level he was looking for. Jackman asked his close friends an important question, "what if we turn Lobsterfest into a charity event?" 

And so it began. In 2010, his close friends formed a non-profit organization called Give Hope Back and hosted their first signature event - Lobsterfest.

The good ol' fashion lobster boil was located on the Rooftop Park in downtown Kansas City for more than a hundred guests. To date, we have raised more than $350,000 for Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics. Chris' backyard event now has a good cause with a team of professionals who want to do something for the children of Kansas City.


DONATIONS

2010 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics General Needs Fund
2011 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics General Needs Fund
2012 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2013 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2014 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2015 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2016 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2016 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Vaeth – Chariman
Eric Watts – Vice Chairman
Jared Haskamp – Finance
Chris Jackman – Secretary

Brian Burke
Margaret Huff
Matt Kartsonis
David Rowe
Sam Shepard
Brent Taylor


PAST & CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

Chris Bix | 2010 – 2015
Brian Burke | 2018 – Present
Margaret Huff | 2016 – Present
Chris Jackman | 2010 – Present
Matt Kartsonis |2010 – Present
Shelli Obermiller | 2010 – 2015
August “Gus” Rechtein | 2010 – 2012
Dave Rowe | 2016 – Present
Sam Shepard | 2017 – Present
Brent Taylor | 2015 – Present
Chris Vaeth | 2010 – Present
Tracey Vaeth | 2010 – 2016
Eric Watts | 2016 – Present