Kemper Arena Press Release

Kemper Arena receives capital improvement of stadium cupholders through unique fundraiser!

Kemper Arena and Global Spectrum Launch Unique Fundraiser

For the Emilie Rosebud Junior Diabetes Research Fund Charity

Kemper Arena, Global Spectrum, and the Emilie Rosebud Junior Diabetes Research Foundation offer local KC Residents the Chance to “Put Your Name in the Game!” and become part of Kemper Arena history with Cupholders For Charity through


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(Kansas City, Missouri  December 29, 2005)

 “Put your name in the game!”  and help fund junior diabetes research. The Emilie Rosebud Junior Diabetes Research Foundation was started with a goal in mind by David Block of Kansas City, Missouri. David wanted to help fund the research geared at putting junior diabetes into history as a cured disease. David’s daughter Emilie, the brilliant star of the Emilie Rosebud Foundation, is afflicted with this terrible disease and struggles daily to cope with it…along with the other millions of Americans who suffer from diabetes.

The Emilie Rosebud Foundation has been chosen by Kemper Arena and Global Spectrum to be the premier charity for the Cupholders for Charity program and allows local businesses and residents to lend a hand to battle junior diabetes. SportsMedia is installing stadium cupholders in the Kemper Arena and is offering sponsorship on each cupholder where the sponsor’s name and/or business will be printed. The cupholders each contain an advertising panel commonly used for business logos and corporate media. However, due to the unique nature of being a charity sponsor at Kemper, the sponsorship allows for positive alignment with a worthy cause and is completely tax-deductible for the sponsor.

With the help of the Chamber of Commerce and local Kansas City businesses, the Emilie Rosebud Research Foundation is moving forward in its battle to overcome junior diabetes. You can be a part of this momentous movement by PUTTING YOUR NAME IN THE BRAND!!! and sponsoring your own cupholder or a block of cupholders at the Kemper Arena for three years. With the help of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kemper Arena, Global Spectrum, Emilie Rosebud Foundation, and Sports Media, local area residents and others now have the opportunity to put their name onto Kemper Arena’s history AND help local children. The Emilie Rosebud Foundation and Kemper Arena today launched “Cupholders for Charity” — a program that attracts charitable funding through the sale of mounted stadium seat cupholders in Kemper Arena.

Starting now, Individuals and businesses can purchase a stadium cupholder to be personalized with their name and the logos of Emilie Rosebud Foundation and Kemper Arena.  The cupholder will be permanently installed at a seat in Kemper Arena with sponsorship for a period of three years. For an additional contribution, individuals can even select the seat at which their cupholder will be placed. They also can order an exact replica of the cupholder as a memento of the actual cupholder placed in the stadium.  A significant portion of the cost of sponsorship will be forwarded to the Emilie Rosebud Junior Diabetes Research Foundation as a charitable gift in support of its programs to defeat junior diabetes in our children.

“This is a noteworthy charity geared toward local success…” a local business member commented. The staff at Kemper Arena also stated “We are committed to providing our fans with an exciting and personal experience at the ballpark.  The ‘Cupholders for Charity’ program is a great way for fans to get involved in another level of the game. It helps us provide stadium cupholders, and it provides needed funding for a cause we all care about—children in need.”

Another very positive aspect is the Capital Improvement Kemper Arena will gain through its sponsorship of the Emilie Rosebud Foundation. Kemper Arena will acquire stadium cupholders for fans to use during sports events which reduces the amount of spillage and clean up.

“Through the purchase of a stadium cupholder, local area residents and fans will be supporting their community by supporting a cause they care about and everybody wins.” said David Block, Founding Director of the Emilie Rosebud Foundation.  “A personalized cupholder also is the perfect gift for a truly enthusiastic sports fan!”

Based on seating capacity at Kemper Arena and the cost of sponsorship, a total of about $100,000 stands to be raised for the Emilie Rosebud Foundation through this program once production and installation costs are deducted.  There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities and the cupholders are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Kemper Arena fans can order their personalized cupholder online at  Season ticket holders also will receive an invitation to sponsor a cupholder via e-mail from the team.


About the Emilie Rosebud Foundation

The Emilie Rosebud Foundation was founded by David Block, Emilie’s father and a long time Kansas City businessman. The Foundation can be contacted at the address below:



605 W. 47th Street, Suite 200

Kansas City, Missouri  64112

(816) 932-5550 / FAX:  (816) 932-5599

and access to their website is as easy as visiting  and making a contribution.

About “Cupholders for Charity”

“Cupholders for Charity” is a charitable cupholder fundraising program designed to raise money and awareness for charities through the sale of sponsorships of cupholders in sports venues.  The program is administered by Sports Media, Inc., a provider of sports venue advertising programs and products across the United States.  To learn more about “Cupholders for Charity,” visit

Order your own personalized cupholder and offer Emilie and the rest of our children the opportunity to get closer to a cure by visiting Cupholders for Charity online at and ordering your personal Kemper Arena Cupholder today!

Contact Dan (309)-755-6557 or email

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