by Jane Rose
There’s a song in the musical “Hello, Dolly” that goes,
“It takes a woman all powdered and pink
To joyously clean out the drain in the sink…”
It’s a song appropriate for an era when men expected women to take care of all the work around the house to make it a comfortable home he could return to in the evening after work to get some rest.
Well, it’s Bandana Ball week here at our Ronald McDonald House, which means all of us are hard at work to make this year’s Ball the best it can be. But the driving force behind it all is our own Missy Strittmatter. I don’t know half of what she does to make our special events happen, but I do know it’s all-consuming for her this week especially.
Bandana Ball is our signature fundraising event, at which we aim to raise a record $500,000 this year. And Missy is tirelessly directing the troops (including me) to make sure the volunteers are organized, the auction items are ready to bid on, the Wild Onion Ranch is ready to roll, and all the other details are covered. Of course, she has an army of help, but she stays on top of it all to make sure all of the bases are covered. And she’s been hard at work on the Ball even since before our Lights of Love 5K in early December was finished. I’m not sure she ever sleeps.
Missy is a force to be reckoned with, and I just wanted to write this tribute to her for this week. She is an awesome coworker, an incredible mother, a great friend to many – and it’s through her tireless efforts toward our fundraising goals that help us keep our House and Family Rooms’ doors open to provide a comfortable place to rest for hundreds of families a year.
Take a look at this video from last year’s Ball to see how great it was. I hope you will be at this year’s edition to see what an incredible success I’m sure it’s going to be. If you are, be sure to raise a glass and toast Missy, or at least give her a hug. She deserves all the credit she gets.
The song ends with these words, which are also true around here, although I’d never use the word “fragile” to describe our hero. She’s far from it:
“O yes it takes a woman,
A fragile woman,
To bring you the sweet things in life!”
Missy, you absolutely ROCK! Thanks for all that you do!