(Featured photo: Uptown Jeep: With poster from left: Dr. Carla Russo with Mr. Vanderquack Junior, Jeanne Lewis, Charlie Bauer, John Pickett, Randy Knight of Uptown Jeep, Regina Bruce, Joe Russo, Kunthear Mam-Douglas, Edward Douglas.)*
Mr. Vanderquack Junior’s August 18 appearance will be at a one-night-only concert featuring singer-songwriter Jeremy Rowe in concert presented by the Lone Star Monarchs benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the concert, but would like to donate, you can do so here.
Mr. Vanderquack Junior’s Visit Last Memorial Day was Hosted by the Lone Star Monarchs as Part of His Jeep Convoy Across All 50 States Taking Flight for St. Jude and Kick’n Childhood Cancer
Those who are in the know understand what it means when a yellow toy duck is placed on your Jeep: It is part of the wave and “ducking” – the practice of spreading joy and expressing appreciation for another person’s Jeep by leaving a little rubber duck on their vehicle. That hopefully encourages the owner to become a part of a larger group now, helping to raise awareness for Mr. Vanderquack Junior, a large stuffed duck toy and his Kick’n Childhood Cancer mission to go to every state in the United States, raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Such an event happened in November 2021 when Dr. Carla Russo found a small toy duck on her Jeep while with her friend, Regina Bruce, both founders of the Dallas-based Lone Star Monarchs, a nonprofit 501(c)3 group dedicated to support a broad spectrum of charitable organizations in Dallas and throughout Texas.
“When that first happened last fall, I had no idea what it was,” Regina said, “and after doing some research and found his journey benefited St. Jude, was delighted to work with Carla on Mr. Vanderquack Junior’s journey this year and brought in our Lone Star Monarchs to make him feel at home during his Dallas stay.” Regina has had a personal passion for St. Jude for many years, as a dear friend of hers passed away from childhood cancer. She has made it her mission to join in the effort and support Mr. Vanderquack Junior’s campaign.
Mr. V. Junior had just come into Dallas from Waco when he was entrusted to Carla’s and Regina’s care for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. He was treated to having his feathers fluffed at Regina’s hair salon, visited Dallas Country Club for “quackers” breakfast, played the piano and visited with John Pickett’s friends at the DCC Sports Club, raising funds for St. Jude all along the way.
Randy Knight of Uptown Jeep hosted a welcome party where supporters gathered and met with Mr. V. Junior before he was off again to the nail salon for a wing tip refresh, on to East Texas where that adventure included a stop at Elder Jeep for a fan rally with support from members of the East Texas Jeep Collective Club, fishing and golf at Cedar Creek Golf Club, dining at the W456 Restaurant where Thomas Weigl welcomed them as his guests, and back to Dallas for a good night’s rest. He also watched the newly released movie “Top Gun Maverick” to better help him prepare to continue his mission of helping save lives. His stay in Dallas lasted another week which was full of fun-raising, rest and meeting more friends before going home to Illinois to be with his family and prepare for his next adventure.
In March 2022, Mr. Vanderquack Junior’s father’s journey ended with a return to the nest having raised more than $150,000 in seven months, traveling through more than 650 cities, across 50 states and over 47,000 miles, all with the help of thousands of Jeep family members to convoy him along the way and to raise money for St. Jude.
The young, feathered Mr. Vanderquack Junior’s campaign fun-raiser Kick’n Childhood Cancer campaign began April 25, 2022 in Daytona, FL. The goal is to raise $5,000 in every state for a grand total of $250,000 to be celebrated September 22-24, 2022 in Memphis, TN.
As Mr. Vanderquack Junior’s stay in Dallas was coming to an end and the funds raised were counted, members of the Lone Star Monarchs, Jeanne Lewis and her husband, George, David Andrews, Kunthear Mam-Douglas and her son, Edward Douglas, Kathy and Donny Rice, John Pickett, Joe Russo, LSM founders Regina Bruce and Dr. Carla Russo, presented a check for $15,000 to St. Jude, designating $10,000 towards the nonprofit’s Dallas Fall Event “Evening Under the Stars” and $5,000 in honor of Mr. Vanderquack Junior’s visit to Dallas. Visit Mr. Vanderquack Mov’N for St. Jude at www.mrvanderquack.com and the Facebook page to learn more.
Lone Star Monarchs Mission: To inspire and nurture the human spirit, as together, we build an effective network of individuals and organizations to support a broad spectrum of charitable organizations in Dallas and throughout Texas. Lone Star Monarchs’ (LSM) purpose is exclusively educational and charitable to connect people and enrich lives. https://www.lonestarmonarchs.org/
*Photo by Danny Campbell
(This Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene by Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, representing this event.)