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All-Star Weekend June 7th & 8th

Share A Heart The 26th Annual Share a Heart Campaign numbers are in, and we are very pleased to announce another record-breaking year! With $108,911 worth of hearts adopted at McDonald’s, $1,200 in heart donations through Alpha Delta Pi, $536 from Wyndham associates, and the generosity of our sponsors, we are once again impressed with the dedication of our supporters and excited that the campaign will net nearly $125,000 this year (an all-time record!). These numbers aren’t possible without the support of our community, and we thank you for sharing your heart and helping us expand the mission of the Ronald McDonald Houses. A huge shout-out to our sponsors, McDonald’s of the Ozarks, Great Southern Bank, KY3 and Mid-Am Metal Forming. Our reigning “Share a Heart” Champion also keeps his title with an impressive $12,000 raised by TJ Slocum. With the help of his parents, Randy and Debbie, TJ continues to show his enthusiasm by selling more hearts than anyone each year. Since 2008, TJ has raised $113,341 for the Ronald McDonald Houses of the Ozarks, and we are very grateful for his dedication. PRESENTING SPONSOR



It’s a Sertoma ALL-STAR weekend June 7-8, 2019! The 18th Annual Sertoma GRIN IRON CLASSIC (all-star high school football game) and the 8th Annual Sertoma GRIN ACTION CLASSIC (all-star high school volleyball tournament) will take place at Parkview High School in Springfield. RMHC of the Ozarks, the SW MO Football Coaches Association, and the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club are hosting this “All-Star Weekend” featuring Southwest Missouri’s all-stars, all graduated seniors. And…it all benefits the Tooth Truck! Thank you to everyone who has adopted a volunteer shift! Volunteers are needed for both events and we’d love for YOU to join us. Sign-up sheets are available at both Houses, on the Tooth Truck, or by contacting Heather Hyde at Heather.Hyde@ or at 417-820-0764.

From The

Staff Congratulations Graduates of


We would like to send a huge congratulation to all of our volunteers and staff members who graduated in May! We wish you all the very best in your future endeavors.

MERCY HOUSE: Mason Gaspard Sydney Helms Maria Shull


Laura Leigh Armstrong Jillian Carlile Emma Chadwell Shannon Deakins Madison Gibson Krista Gilmartin Brianna Jenkins Mackenzie Meyers Nolan Musick Savanna Roberts Anna Trenkamp Rebekkah Wall

TOOTH TRUCK: Chelsea Breihan Tori Bridwell Emma Chadwell Luke Ellickson Olivia Horton Emily Murray

Heart of the House House Near Cox South Ann Adams Elizabeth Bottorff Nadean Burnett Jillian Carlile John Carr Terri Carr Sarah Carrol Larry Chainey Nancy Clark Tyler Cockrum Tammi Davis Shannon Deakins Kathy Dennis Lynelle Dock-Peck Cheryl Douglas Blake Dowdy Judy Duncan Angela Fairchild Clydene Freeman Amanda Fronzaglia Calan Froula Madison Gibson Becky Gillham Krista Gilmartin

Shawn Gott Ashley Grady Amy Grubaugh Dorothy Harlan Darren Harrelson Laura Harrelson Aston Heinrichs Kaya Heinrichs Gracie Holt Corine Isenhower David Jackway Lisa James Briana Jenkins Derek Johns Clayton Keller Levi Kemp Becky Lang Shawn Lowery Dylan Mally Eileen Meinsen Larry Meinsen Sandy Morris Nolan Musick Jordan Myers

Andrea Parker Asha Parvathaneni Karla Peck LeRoy Peck Gretta Phillips Lerris Pierce Aidan Plank Julie Prod Kay Prost Beka Razor Rebecca Reser Cliff Ricketts Jan Ricketts Savanna Roberts Brenda Rosebrough Timothy Schmelz Anne Schubert Debbie Slocum Randy Slocum T.J. Slocum Mary Smith Richard Sowell Grace Stagner Kim Stagner

House At Mercy Kids Brittaney Brent Stephanie Bube Katherine Bunch April Carmichael David Carmichael Katy Chambers Jerrica Conrad Jennie Crabbe Kristin Custer Laura Eise Sandy Emberton Alexis Gaono

Mason Gaspard Ashley Green Terry Greer Ann Griesemer Brenda Havens Sydney Helms Jenni Jacka Lillian Jacka Leah Jackson Danielle Kelly Ami Le Hannah Le

Pranav Mandava Brady Marshall Kassie Medina Jianna Mills Kiera Mills Krista Mills Rebekah Mitts Marel Morris Tracie Nicholson Kate Okland Jamie Phariss Taylor Pistel

Madeleine Sullivan Kaden Sumter Anna Trenkamp Violet Turner Ava Uzzell Sondra Uzzell Tristen Uzzell Carsten Warner Abigail Weitzel Lucy Weitzel Joanna Weitzel Scott Weitzel Travis Weitzel James Winstead Ryan Winstead Kelly Wirtz Meghan Zengel

Sarah Phillips Keely Richter Linda Schultz Maria Shull Lauren Stockam Breanna Sundet Kayla Swearengin Lavanya Tiriveedhi Madeline Urhahn Will Vance Kyley Vienot Hanna Wilken

Welcome, New Volunteers To Houses Sarah Carrol, Corine Isenhower, David Jackway, Lerris Pierce, and Kelly Wirtz

RMHC Staff Heart Beats is published monthly or bi-monthly for volunteers of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks and The Tooth Truck, Inc. ©2019 RMHC The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald’s Corporation and its affiliates and are used under license: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities logo, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC, Keeping Families Close. The Tooth Truck name and logo are owned by The Tooth Truck, Inc.


President & CEO Bonnie Keller



Vice President Debbie Kinser

Program Manager Laura Winstead

Program Manager Ashley Burton

Tooth Truck Program Director Mindy Muñoz

Associate Program Manager Associate Program Manager Melanie Ball Heather Hyde

Project Manager Amber Price Development Assistant Kim Booth Administrative Assistant Debbi Gafner

Family Care Managers Karis Agnew Jacinda Canfield Emma Chadwell Laura Meeks Mackenzie Meyers Rebekkah Wall Sara Wilken

Family Care Managers Jacob Golden Sydney Helms Kennedy Keller Savannah Keller Hannah Major Lacey McKeever Jack Osborn

Family Dinner



Parkview FCCLA

May 2 Gretta Phillips

Let’s learn a little bit more about Parkview FCCLA…

May 3 Katy Chambers

When did you start providing meals at the Ronald McDonald House?

May 5 Kassie Medina

It’s been a long time … I think 2011.

May 9 Pranav Mandava

How did you get involved with the Family Dinner Program?

May 15 Randy Slocum

We just wanted to give back.

May 16 Savanna Roberts

I think it just feels like a natural extension of what FCCLA stands for… specifically helping families. What is your favorite thing about participating in the Family Dinner Program? I love it. It really makes you feel good at the end of the day… it’s very inspiring and we really enjoy helping the families… you get to help make their day. Do you have any favorite memories from your volunteer experience? The families are always very polite and show

so much gratitude. I really love hearing the families’ stories. They are so excited to show you pictures and I love to see the progress their child is making. What would you say to anyone considering volunteering for the Family Dinner Program? Do it! It is a very hands-on and intimate volunteering experience… you really get to see the impact you are making. It is truly the best and most rewarding experience.

Dinner Groups Fordland Church of Christ Fremont Elementary Glendale Christian Church GSCO Spouses Jackson Family Just Friends Knights of Columbus Knights Templar Kohl’s Care’s A-Team Missouri State University Cellular and Molecular Biology Society

Northside Christian Church Small Group Oak Grove Assembly of God Oxford Healthcare Parkcrest Baptist Church Second Baptist Church The Girlfriends Union Hill Church of Christ United Healthcare

Whiteley and Fenske Families Wildflower Society Wildwood Bunko Open Dinner Dates: June: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 10th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 30th

Houlihan’s Kickapoo FCCLA Louise Morgan Mercy Insurance Team Mercy SBU College of Nursing Mizzou Med MSU Health Services Student Organization MSU Love Your Melon Campus Crew

May 21 Tammi Davis May 25 Terri Carr David Jackway June 4 Gracie Holt June 11 Leah Jackson June 13 Madison Gibson June 15 Laura Harrelson

June 30 Brenda Havens


Anniversary 1 YEAR Ami Le, Mercy House Terri Carr, Cox House John Carr, Cox House

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE AT MERCY KIDS April Meal Groups Mercy April Meal Groups Ash Grove UMPC Battlefield UMC Calhoun Family Covey Family Drury Volunteer Corp East Sunshine Church of Christ Emmaus Church Small Group

May 18 Nolan Musick

June 21 Hannah Le

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE NEAR COX SOUTH April Meal Groups BBarnhart Family But Love Goes on Forever Campbell United Methodist Church Carr Family Cerner Si3 Cox CARE Group Cox Pediatric Nurse’s Dale’s Roofing Inc. Downtown Rotary Club

May 17 Stephanie Bube

Mychelle & Jen New Hope Family Fellowship On Angel’s Wings Ozarks Christian Education The Golden’s Turning Point Church Union Hill Church of Christ Youth Wellington Hills Friends

Wilson Family YEP at Marshfield High School

Larry Chainey, Cox House Asha Parvathaneni, Cox House Kaden Sumter, Cox House

Open Dinner Dates:

Anna Trenkamp, Cox House

June: 1st, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th

5 YEARS Meghan Zengel, Cox House


Wish List Happy Wheels Wish List Small bottles of lotion Mini hand sanitizers Activity books (crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word finder) Small packs of crayons for the activity books Travel manicure sets Chapstick Individual packs of Kleenex Individually packaged snacks (Goldfish, granola bars, Teddy Grahams, gum, mints, Lifesavers, etc.) 12-ounce water bottles

House at Mercy Kids

HE Laundry detergent Swiffer liquid Coffee filters Coffee & tea Magic Erasers Labels for food Drink mixes Hygiene products Gallon-size Ziploc bags Laundry baskets Aluminum foil Travel-Size Toothpaste Fabric Softener

House near Cox South

8-gallon trash bags Individually wrapped breakfast items White queen deep pocket sheets (fitted and flat) White standard-size pillowcases White bath & hand towels White wash cloths Detergent Stamps 8 1/2 x 11 Paper K-cups Large Tupperware containers White Bath Mats


Around the Houses

Mission Moment We received the most adorable card in the mail from a kiddo; he wanted to remind families of how brave they are. What a sweet reminder to our families that people of all ages are thinking of them often!

Staff Stuff Mackenzie Meyers

We are so excited to have Mackenzie Meyers joining our team. Mackenzie is a graduating senior at Missouri State University who has earned her Bachelors of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. Mackenzie has been accepted to the graduate program at Missouri State University and will continue her studies to earn a Master’s Degree in occupational therapy. She started volunteering at the Cox House in October 2017 and was ecstatic to become a Family Care Manager. As a previous volunteer, Mackenzie is excited to get to work with the volunteers and her fellow Family Care Managers. She loves anything to do with being outdoors including hiking, fishing, and sports. Mackenzie also enjoys being creative with making her own home dÊcor, painting, and cooking/baking.

Laura Meeks Please welcome new Cox House Family Care Manager, Laura Meeks. Laura is a new face around the Cox House. She started volunteering in January 2019 on Sundays and fell in love with the organization immediately. Laura currently works full-time at a local flower shop in town but could not pass up the opportunity to join the RMH team. She was looking for an outlet to give back to her community and has found the perfect fit! One of her favorite parts about working here is getting to work so closely with our awesome volunteers. When she is not working at the House or at the flower shop she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two cats. Laura is excited to begin her journey with RMH and is looking forward to getting to know the families and volunteers more.

Fish Tank

We are excited to welcome new residents to the House at Mercy Kids! Thanks to a generous donation from Stone Financial, we now have a beautiful 50-gallon fish tank and 31 new fish friends! These fish are sure to put a smile on the faces of children and parents alike! Thank you Stone Financial for the tank and Aquarium Consultants for your donation of ongoing care and maintenance.

Monthly Statistics April 2019

House Volunteer Spotlight

House Near Cox South STATS Families Served.............. 42 Nights...................................291 Families from Missouri................................29 Families from Other States.......................13

Brenda Rosebrough

Year to Date.....................134 Brenda Rosebrough has been volunteering since January. Though she hasn’t been here long she’s already completed more than 50 hours with the Ronald McDonald House near Cox. She retired in 2016 from Database Administration. She has two children Shawna Feldman and Matthew Ford who both live in Springfield, along with her granddaughter Brianna Feldman. She also has two cats Bubby and Tiger whom she loves very much. What is your favorite thing to do (or a couple things) at the House? I love doing the office work, running errands and whatever is needed. What do you enjoy in your free time?

Program to Date...10,573

House At Mercy Kids STATS How did you learn about the Ronald House? Just heard about it from the commercials! Do you have any favorite memories?

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with our organization?

Program to Date.... 2,896

Extracurricular activities?

The reason I enjoy it here so much is the friendly staff, how they make me feel important and needed. I enjoy meeting the families, and being able to help them. It’s fun coming in not knowing exactly what I’m going to do. I love the variety. Ronald McDonald House is a blessing to a lot of people.

I volunteer at my church, Parkview Christian Church.

Families from Missouri................................35 Families from Other States.........................3

The satisfaction of being able to help.

Do you volunteer anywhere else in the Springfield community? If yes, where?


The feeling I got when the staff trusted me to take on the responsibility of covering the office and driving the van.

Spending time with new granddaughter (She’s only 3 weeks old!) and just being with family. I love to camp in my RV and swim.

Families Served..............38

Year to Date.....................125

Other comments?


Heart Tooth Talk of the Truck Megan Blake Chelsea Breihan Tori Bridwell Emma Chadwell Stephanie Daniels Luke Ellickson Melinda Fielder Katlyn Frazier Olivia Horton Sarah Jobe Susan Lemmon Connie McCarter Breanna Mareschal Emily Murray Melissa Schmittgens Dylan Stewart Melinda Thurman Chloe Williams Jessica Zengel




A Trip to Monett By Abbie Dohmen

Springtime is here! For the Tooth Truck, this means we devote time to serving outlying areas, including Willard, Billings, Clever, and Cassville. This year, we were able to add Monett School District to our schedule to offer much needed dental services to the children of this community. A very special thank you is in order to the Fuldner Family Foundation for a generous donation to help underwrite our visit to Monett. The first stop we made in Monett was at the elementary school. Nurse Kayla, along with the principal and other

front office staff, could not have been more welcoming. Multiple teachers and school staff made known their excitement for the Tooth Truck coming to visit to address the needs of their students. Did you know Monett has a wonderfully diverse population? We saw at least two patients that recently moved to the Monett, MO area from a small village in Guatemala where no services were available to their families. With the help of the school’s staff and an on-site translator, we were able to communicate the

patient’s dental needs to the family and take care of some muchneeded treatment! The Tooth Truck had the opportunity to treat children and youth at four Monett schools. 149 children received 267 appointments for a dollar value of $206,253 free of charge for these families. 489 cavities were repaired over the course of 26 clinic days. How exciting to be a part of that! We love being mobile since it allows us to travel wherever the needs exist, including communities like Monett. Nurse Kayla Bryan, Dr. Sarah Cimino, Principal Sarah Garner, Ginny Fuldner with the Fuldner Family Foundation, and Assistant Principal Debra Wycuff celebrate the Tooth Truck visiting Monett schools.

Charlie received a supply bag after his first visit to the Tooth Truck. It is filled with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, timer and special brushing instructions.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile of the Ozarks March 2019 Children Treated:................121 Dental Appointments Provided:..................................222 Year to Date Dental Appointments:.....................812 Program to Date Dental Appointments:..............56,129

Twins Orlando and Karen are ready for their last appointment at Monett Elementary. The Tooth Truck was able to repair 10 cavities worth $8,581 for these siblings.

Tooth Truck Wish List

Action figures Matchbox cars Hair accessories (clips, headbands) Chapstick Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets) Handheld games

Program to Date Value of Treatment:..........$16.1 million Children Who Received Treatment: DVDs for older children Outdoor toys (bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Frisbees, sports balls) Walmart gift cards Beanie Babies Backpacks Lunch Totes

New Staff Welcome Christy Hradek The Tooth Truck is excited to welcome Christy Hradek to its team as a fulltime dental assistant. Christy is a proud mother of 3 boys ages 2 (Jesse),3 (Hunter), and 19 (Owen). They spend all of their free time outdoors at the lake, river, or going mudding in their truck. Christy absolutely loves making a difference in the lives of children as well as being a dental assistant and teaching the importance of dental health.

Cassville Schools Clever Schools Great Circle Monett Schools Verona Schools

Birthdays May 2 Dr. Brett Durbin May 3 Luke Ellickson June 25 Marita Pemberton June 30 Tamra Thomas


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Price Cutter Charity Championship Mark your calendars for the 30th annual Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper July 25th – 28th at Highland Springs Country Club. The Ronald McDonald Houses of the Ozarks have received over $1,240,000 in generous support over the past 29 years, and more than half of the annual funding we receive is from TLC Properties’ CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES TICKETS and people like you. The program features 500 prizes valued at $25 each, giving each Sweepstakes

ticketholder a 1 in 16 chance to win a prize. In addition, every ticketholder also has a 1 in 8,000 chance to win a 2019 Toyota Tundra 4x2 SR Double Cab Pickup Truck or $10,000 cash prize. Sweepstakes tickets are available NOW for $25 each. One-hundred-percent of your purchase will benefit the children and families of our two Ronald McDonald Houses if you designate the Houses as your preferred charity. The Sweepstakes Ticket also serves as a grounds season pass for the tournament, July 25th – 28th.

Buy your tickets TODAY and help spread the word! They will make fantastic GIFTS! You can purchase tickets by contacting Kim Booth at 417-875-3505 or kim.booth@

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Heartbeats- May/June 2019  

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