KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been two years since Kansas City rolled out the red carpet and hosted the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. MLB billed the game as a revenue producing, charity driven week of fun, and it lived up to the billing.
When all was said and done, tens of millions of dollars were pumped into the economy and more than a dozen groups and organizations benefited.
After decades of caring for and educating thousands of children, Operation Breakthrough felt the impact of money raised during All-Star week.
"We used to have the walls split in half, so it was more pod style, family style, so it was a lot of noise. A lot of kids wanting to see what everyone else is doing," explained Operation Breakthrough's Tyler Baker.
Lumber, sheet rock and paint made all the difference in the world. It closed up the open areas and gave Operation Breakthrough individual classrooms.
"It allowed the kids to focus, allowed them to really work on their academics," said Baker.
In addition to creating real classrooms, 20 laptops were donated to help fill the rooms with educational opportunities.
"Lot of our kids don't have access to computers, homework, they need computer technology and they can get it right here at Operation Breakthrough thanks to the league," explained Rachel McIntosh, a 21 year employee.
The face of Operation Breakthrough, Sister Berta Sailer, says the best part is much less noise, so kids can focus and stop competing for attention and pay more attention to learning.
"We are very grateful to the Royals and the baseball league, and all the people who had a part in doing this," gushed Sister Berta.
She wishes Kansas City could host the All-Star Game again soon, there's a lot more she'd like to do.