Central Missouri Honor Flight Video

Last month we were approached by a man named Nicholas Monaco who had recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C. as part of the Central Missouri Honor Flight program. In addition to being a Jefferson City lawyer, Mr. Monaco is a Korean War veteran and is very involved in his Rotary Club. He asked us to create a 20-minute about his trip, that also gave an overview of the Honor Flight program.


For those who aren’t familiar with the program, Honor Flight transports veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials at no cost to them. Central Missouri Honor Flight has now completed 22 flights, transporting nearly 1,300 Veterans to D.C. Top priority is currently given to World War II veterans and those were terminal illnesses. Next in line is Korean War veterans, then Vietnam War veterans, and all other veterans who served in a chronological order.

With just a week and a half to complete the entire video, including gathering all the footage, interviewing Mr. Monaco, and editing it all together, this was one of the more challenging projects we’ve ever taken on. However — after several late nights — it all came together and turned out to be one of the most rewarding things we’ve done. It was presented to the Downtown Rotary Club in Jefferson City on June 3.

A BIG thanks to Mr. Monaco and all veterans who have fought to protect our country. Please take a few minutes to learn more about Honor Flight, a truly wonderful organization worthy of support. They are funded almost entirely by individual donations. You can also get involved by volunteering to be a Guardian on a flight, or by giving the veterans the hero’s welcome home they deserve upon their arrival in Columbia. The next Central Missouri Honor Flight is scheduled for July 2.


And the 2013 Nonprofit Madness winner is…


We are excited to announce that Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is the winner of the 2013 Nonprofit Madness bracket tournament. They will be awarded $250 and an engraved award from The Rebecca Gordon Group on April 26, 2013 at Heart of Missouri CASA’s Mi CASA es Su CASA community dinner event at the Theta sorority house on the MU campus.     

casalogoHeart of Missouri CASA‘s mission is to train and support volunteers to be exceptionalvoices for every abused and neglected child in Boone and Callaway county family courts. Read more about Heart of Missouri CASA and their upcoming events in our blog post, or visit their website at: www.heartofmissouricasa.com.

Heart of Missouri CASA defeated Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Missouri in the Championship match with more than 54 percent of the vote. You can view all the results here.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted in Nonprofit Madness this year. We had such a blast putting it on and hope to do it again next year!

In case you weren’t following along the past two weeks, Nonprofit Madness is a 16 “team” tournament, matching nonprofits in Missouri against each other, head-to-head, NCAA bracket style. The winner of each head-to-head matchup was determined by online voting. There were four rounds of voting, each lasting four days, including the Sustainable 16, Impactful 8, Effective 4 and the Championship.

Other organizations participating in this year’s Nonprofit Madness included: Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association, East Missouri Action Agency, Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri, Missouri Public School Advocates, Love INC, Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run, Missouri Health Care for All, The Child Center, Dreams to Reality, Catholic Charities St. Louis, Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter and Missouri Food Bank Association.

For more information about each of the participating nonprofits, please click here.

Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run


Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run began serving mid-Missouri girls in the fall of 2011. As part of Girls on the Run International, founded in 1996, the local council strives to “*inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Serving girls in grades 3-5, the ten week program creatively integrates running and lessons focusing on physical and emotional health, the handling of issues such as bullying, gossip, peer pressure, goal setting and community service. Throughout the sessions the girls work to prepare for a 5k event, which they complete at the end of the season.

SONY DSCThe spring season is currently in full-swing with Heart of Missouri GOTR experiencing their best season yet and serving seven area schools. The season will be celebrated with a 5k event at 8:30 a.m. on May 11, 2013 at Stankowski Field on the campus of the University of Missouri. This event is open to the public and will feature chip timing, prizes, raffles and fun activities for the entire family. 5k registration information can be found at http://heartofmissourigirlsontherun.org/5k/.
Numerous volunteer opportunities exist with Heart of Missouri GOTR. They are currently seeking applications for Council Director, Board of Directors members, marketing personnel, 5k committee members, coaches and assistant coaches and running buddies. Persons interested in any of these positions girlsshould email christina.crawford@girlsontherun.org or dawn.brown@girlsontherun.org.

Site applications are currently being accepted for new sites in the fall of 2013. If you would like to bring GOTR to your school, visit http://heartofmissourigirlsontherun.org/locationsite-information/.

As they always say at GOTR, “Girls on the Run is so much fun!” Become a part of GOTR today! Visit their website and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.