BEATS MAY-JUNE 2019
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@ RMHCozarks.org or at 417-820-0764.
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
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE NEAR COX SOUTH
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE AT MERCY KIDS
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
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 Masterâ€™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 dĂŠcor, 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.
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
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
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.
Year to Date.....................125
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
PRESIDENT & CEO Bonnie Keller PROGRAM DIRECTORRONALD MCDONALD CARE MOBILE Mindy Muñoz GENERAL DENTIST Dr. Sarah Cimino COMMUNITY DENTISTS Dr. Raymond Burton Dr. Aaron Dannegger Dr. Brett Durbin Dr. Misty Shelton OFFICE MANAGER Abbie Dohmen DENTAL ASSISTANTS Christy Hradek Megan Sanders PART-TIME DENTAL ASSISTANTS Amy Baker Delina Nguyen Kristi Terry HEALTHY SMILES ACADEMY PROGRAM MANAGER Tamra Thomas
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
949 E. Primrose Street Springfield, Missouri 65807-5257
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Price Cutter Charity Championship Mark your calendars for the 30th annual Web.com 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@ RMHCozarks.org.