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The Marty Lounge>Joe Delaney - I-435 & BBQ Contest Projects **UPDATE**
AJKCFAN 05:45 PM 02-15-2021
Originally Posted by Hammock Parties:
We did it!

CELEBRATE! @MoDOT has OFFICIALLY APPROVED the Memorial Highway honoring @Chiefs RB Joe Delaney.

The location of the memorial: I-435 from State Hwy 350 to Raytown Rd in Jackson County.

One sign will appear at each end of the route. They will be fabricated in 6-9 weeks. pic.twitter.com/X5Rrxl4j3z
— Joe Delaney Memorial Highway Project (@ClayWendler) May 4, 2021






Hi Everyone – Moderators if you would not mind, can I ask of you to place this post as a sticky, please?

Hope this post finds you all healthy and safe (and warm) during these most trying times.

For some of you, my relationship has gone back more than two decades and I am most appreciative of that. Being able to work alongside you for 37 Forever way back when will always be thought of as a worthy endeavor that did achieve a lot of success thanks to all of our efforts.

It is with this same purpose that I come to you today, my fellow Chiefs fans - in need of your help and hopeful assistance.

Over the past 7 months, from here in New York - I have been working on a pair of projects that will achieve lasting recognition for the late Joe Delaney in the Kansas City area. NOTE - There actually was a third project of mine that has already occurred when I had the ear of Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas’ office and he thereafter proclaimed this past October 30 (Joe Delaney’s birth date) to be known in Kansas City as Joe Delaney Day, which was a wonderful thing but its effect was only a temporary measure.

Therefore, I have been trying to make things happen to attain something more far reaching and permanent.

With that in mind, I am here to reveal these ideas and ask for your support and what you might be able to do to bring this to reality.

I’ll start with the one closest to happening:

1. The Joe Delaney Memorial Highway
The Joe Delaney Memorial Highway will be dedicated on I-435 between Exit 66 (Missouri State Road 350) and Exit 63C (Raytown Road). Originally, it was intended to have the dedication cover a 3.7 mile stretch which would include the Arrowhead exits themselves, but further research led to the discovery that there was already a dedication to Lamar Hunt, so this became the next option, as it is the nearest area available to dedicate and for those traveling on I-435 on your way to Arrowhead, you’d be able to see this sign once this is completed.

Brief background. There were 5 requirements which must be met in this process, as per the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT, for short). 3 of the 5 have already occurred behind the scenes, leaving us with these 2 remaining requirements, which are the following:

One is to pay for the cost of the signs but that is already being taken care of by one of our very own Chiefs Planet members who plans to cover for the entire cost (which is four figures). This Chief Planet member will remain anonymous. To that end, I have established an account at a local Kansas City bank specifically geared for funds towards this endeavor (as well as looking into a separate account for the other project that is being worked on) which will establish a local presence.

The final requirement is what I need your collective help in and likely the biggest reason why this is being posted.

As per the Missouri Department of Transportation, this project needs 100 original signatures from residents of the following Missouri six counties:

Jackson County
Johnson County
Ray County
Clay County
Cass County
Lafayette County

Each individual who supports Mr. Delaney’s route designation can then forward an email stating his/her support which shall include the individual’s name, address, and county along with his/her typed signature. These emails may be sent directly to me at AJKCFAN@yahoo.com. The supporting signatures would then be complied and attached to the application that will ultimately be submitted to MODOT.

All I am doing with these signatures is compiling them and once I hit the magic number of 100, it gets sent to the Missouri Department of Transportation, with the funds and this project will be completed.

I will definitely NOT be using your signatures or address or name for any other purpose besides meeting this requirement. It goes without saying that your privacy would be fully respected.

My presumption is that MODOT would confirm the addresses as being authentic (so a Chiefs fan from out of the area cannot send their information to be added to the count – otherwise, I’d be gathering signatures form here in New York – it needs to be from these locations.

Once completed, The Joe Delaney Memorial Highway signs will last on I-435 in this designated area for a twenty (20) year period beginning on the date of dedication.

That’s the first project. It is the more realistic project of the two.
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The other project is an even more exciting idea and although that too is realistic, there will need to be more “heavy lifting”.

If there are two things Kansas City is currently most well known for, what would it be?

I would say (and you would likely say also) it would be the Chiefs and BBQ.

Yes, the best tailgating in the NFL by far can be found at Arrowhead and there’s some incredible BBQ every home game there but how often has Arrowhead Stadium been a venue for an actual competitive BBQ Contest?

Not that often, which is somewhat shocking given Arrowhead’s reputation.

So I am attempting to “marry the two”.

What if there was a competitive BBQ contest to be held at Arrowhead Stadium, during Chiefs football season – all in the memory of Joe Delaney, who is easily among the most distinguished and revered Kansas City Chiefs players in its illustrious history?

2. The Joe Delaney Master Series Barbeque Contest

Here, during this past Chiefs football season, I have had not one, not two, not three, not four, but five Zoom Call conferences with the Chiefs organization and in conjunction with The Kansas City Barbeque Society, which is a not for profit BBQ contest organization which sponsors a tremendous amount of BBQ contests throughout the year not just in Kansas City, but throughout America.

Very late in the season, we received a proposal from the Chiefs to have the debut of this event to be held at Arrowhead (with options to continue the contest at Arrowhead for both the 2022 and 2023 seasons), with the target being in late October of this year (hopefully to coincide with Joe Delaney’s birth date) and them being flexible with the date to allow for it to coincide with a Chiefs home game as well (particularly if the Chiefs were playing a home game in Arrowhead on a Sunday Night or a Monday Night that weekend).

The issue with it right now is the cost of the contest to hold the debut of this event in Arrowhead Stadium is a staggering amount. In essence, sponsors are vital to have this contest occur – whether it is at Arrowhead or at a smaller venue to kick things off for this year. I do at least commend the Chiefs for being willing to hear out this idea and staying in contact with me over the football season and still maintaining close ties with me to this day.

Guess I will throw this out there:

Does anyone here have any connections or tie-ins with any potential sponsors because that is what would yield the best results to this event occurring.

It would be really awesome to have this dream event occur. I mean, a BBQ Contest to be held in Arrowhead Stadium during the football season, in a weekend where we can finish the festivities off with enjoying watching Mahomes and the Chiefs kicking somebody’s ass on national TV – and this contest being held to memorialize a heroic great late Chief like Joe Delaney, it doesn’t get any better than that.

That’s why I am coming to you today. I am going to need some help.

Football analogy. We have driven the ball down the field two times and we are in the Red Zone for both projects. Joe Delaney Memorial Highway is definitely in First & Goal status – we just need 100 signatures and we got this TD. Joe Delaney BBQ Contest, it feels like it is 2nd and makeable distance from inside the Red Zone. Maybe we will need to settle for a field goal with that and debut the contest at a smaller venue or maybe there is still reason to hope this can still find its way into the end zone too and we make the contest occur at Arrowhead this fall on a Saturday.

I’ll be happy to either discuss on this thread or privately any direct questions you may have.

Thank you very much in advance....

Adam (AJKCFAN)
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Hammock Parties 12:03 AM 03-01-2021

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F150 10:11 AM 03-01-2021
Sent
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AJKCFAN 10:20 AM 03-01-2021
Originally Posted by F150:
Sent
Much thanks!

And with that, we have reached signature #40....

Getting there
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AJKCFAN 11:07 AM 03-01-2021
Signatures by County

Jackson 24
Clay 8
Cass 6
Lafayette 2
Johnson 0
Ray 0

MoDOT did just respond as per Platte County, as well as people who work in these counties but don’t reside there. I’m just going to copy and paste their position...


The signatures of Missouri residents supporting Mr. Delaney’s designation shall be from the counties which touch Jackson County, that said, the counties accepted are Jackson, Cass, Clay, Johnson, Lafayette and Ray. The reason for this requirement is it validates the support of the memorial for residents living close to the proposed route within in their community.
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Even though there are individuals who reside in Kansas and work at a business location within Kansas City, this designation is a Missouri state roadway and not a Kansas state roadway. The signatures must be that of the individual’s primary residence within Jackson, Cass, Clay, Johnson, Lafayette and Ray Counties. Signature of Missouri residents will only be accepted. Business address may not be substituted for the supporter’s primary residential location.

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Wish there was better news to report but that is their position. As has been mentioned before, Platte County residents can still if you want send signatures and we will just add to the list of 100 valid signatures as a symbolic cherry on top....
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Hammock Parties 02:49 PM 03-01-2021
Dat Danan Hughes RT has arrived.

We on the way, boys!
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Hammock Parties 02:50 PM 03-01-2021
leggo

Chiefs RB Joe Delaney died in 1983 trying to save drowning children. Here's how you can help honor his name on a stretch of I-435 near Arrowhead Stadium if you live in one of six nearby Missouri counties: https://t.co/j7D0kL8EAy

— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) March 1, 2021

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AJKCFAN 03:08 PM 03-01-2021
With the 41 grassroots signatures we have so far:

Jackson 27
Clay 9
Cass 8
Lafayette 2
Johnson 0
Ray 0

The KC Star ipetitions has 6 (out of 8) which are valid signatures also.

Also comes word that the Chiefs - via the Chiefs Ambassadors, plan to soon/shortly put something on their social media. If it’s the Chiefs social media, this will explode. If it’s Chiefs Ambassadors, then they have a Twitter feed known as Kansas City Ambassadors which has a relatively decent size platform....
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Hammock Parties 05:03 PM 03-01-2021
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βearcat 07:01 PM 03-01-2021
Is there anything that can be done by us out of towner's?
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Hammock Parties 07:19 PM 03-01-2021
Originally Posted by HayWire:
Is there anything that can be done by us out of towner's?
tell anyone you know in the eligible counties to get off they ass and send an email
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βearcat 07:43 PM 03-01-2021
Originally Posted by Hammock Parties:
tell anyone you know in the eligible counties to get off they ass and send an email
You got it.
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AJKCFAN 07:55 PM 03-01-2021
Originally Posted by HayWire:
You got it.
Clay is right as this is definitely coming into focus more.

You are welcome to send in your own signature as when this is all done I shall be sending in the 100 eligible signatures but also in separate email signatures from other Missouri counties not eligible and even out of state signatures. They won’t count but just want to emphasize the message of how widely approved and supported this project is.

Wish we could get some fellas in from Ray and Johnson County. It’s surprising neither has had a single signature. We have signatures from Dallas County and Clinton County in Missouri but it won’t unfortunately count.
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βearcat 08:07 PM 03-01-2021
Originally Posted by AJKCFAN:
Clay is right as this is definitely coming into focus more.

You are welcome to send in your own signature as when this is all done I shall be sending in the 100 eligible signatures but also in separate email signatures from other Missouri counties not eligible and even out of state signatures. They won’t count but just want to emphasize the message of how widely approved and supported this project is.

Wish we could get some fellas in from Ray and Johnson County. It’s surprising neither has had a single signature. We have signatures from Dallas County and Clinton County in Missouri but it won’t unfortunately count.
I'm down in the southwest corner of MO and I know I won't count but I'll submit just because.
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AJKCFAN 08:23 PM 03-01-2021
Received - thanks Haywire!

We got 42 Valid eligible signatures (Grassroots)
13 Valid eligible signatures (ipetitions)

55

Looking really good out there!
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βearcat 08:36 PM 03-01-2021
Originally Posted by AJKCFAN:
Received - thanks Haywire!

We got 42 Valid eligible signatures (Grassroots)
13 Valid eligible signatures (ipetitions)

55

Looking really good out there!
My pleasure. I'll be happy to see this happen.
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