November 30, 2019

In what has become the largest and most philanthropic bar crawl event in Lee’s Summit, the Sixth Annual 12ish Bars of Christmas returns the second Saturday in December, ready to raise tens of thousands of dollars for Hope House of Lee’s Summit.

The popular downtown Lee’s Summit pub crawl starts at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 and will once again infuse vital funds into Hope House, a local domestic violence shelter committed to helping women and families in need. Organized by Courtney Laufketter, co-owner of Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit, the event has grown exponentially since it started five years ago, with the 12ish Bars of Christmas raising over $60,000 for Hope House.

Anyone 21-and-over can attend this event and lanyards are for sale at Konrad’s Kitchen and Tap House for $10 cash or available online at There will be a volunteer at each bar checking lanyards and collecting donations. Participants can drop off lanyards with contact information on the back and at the end of the event, the hosts will draw for multiple prizes. Additionally, this year they will be accepting tangible donations for Hope House for an additional prize. More information can be found on their Facebook Page.

“This idea sprung from a collaborative effort between myself and Julie Kemna of Konrad’s. We are both so proud of how much it has grown and how the community comes together for this event. We are thankful for the relationship with Hope House and of course all of the volunteers, without whom this event would not be possible.” Laufketter said.

Establishments on the 12ish Bars of Christmas pub crawl include: Sharkeez, Konrad’s Kitchen and Tap House, Main Street Bar, Stuey McBrew’s, Grains & Taps, Smoke Brewing Co., Fringe Beerworks, Arcade Alley, Main Slice, Bricks Pub & Grub, Frankie Farelane’s, VFW, Headquarters and Llywelyn’s Pub.