Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Mouse for the House - Hope House Benefit

Written by  September 30, 2004

How would you like to have a mouse in your pocket? Having the little critter around to lend a helping hand could be a good thing. Just ask the folks at Hope House. Recently, they learned first hand just how much a mouse can do when the Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill hosted the first annual Mouse for the House Benefit.

Just in case you don’t know, Hope House has been giving hope to Kansas City women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse for the past twenty years. The locally based non-profit organization offers emergency shelter, legal assistance, counseling, childcare and a 24-hour crisis hotline (816-461-HOPE).

On Sunday, September 19, the Trouser Mouse was rockin’ all afternoon and into the night. Mouse for the House was highlighted by performances from eight area blues bands and a silent auction. All proceeds from the $10 cover charge, silent auction bids and door prize tickets went directly to benefit Hope House. Thanks to the efforts of Trouser Mouse owners, Brad & Angel Mallen, their staff and those who attended, over $4,000 was raised. Way to go, folks – what an outstanding amount, especially for a first-time effort!

Although everyone got together for a good cause, the day was definitely all about the music. Blue River Ordinance, Dan Bliss, Bluz Benderz, Rich Berry, Steve Howell & the Soulshakers, Shanon & the Rhythm Kings, Scotty & the Soultones and Scottyboy’s Steady Rollin’ Band all gave performances that made the day an outstanding blues event. If you live in the greater Kansas City area and you support local blues, you’ve probably heard most of these people play. If not, you’re missing out on a healthy dose of local talent. Some of them are probably more familiar to you than others, but each of them is worth taking the time to go hear them perform.

In addition to the awesome blues sounds, the afternoon included a silent auction and raffles. Thanks to the generosity of numerous local businesses, auction items and raffle prizes, there was something for everyone. There were Harley-Davidson T-shirts and a motorcycle touring pack filled with goodies. Special thanks go out to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, Hawg Wyld in Lee’s Summit, and KC Creations in Overland Park for their donations. Artwork was auctioned, including a set of Harley-Davidson motorcycle prints and the services of a local custom portrait artist. For those into cooking, spice racks, a pizza stone, and a baker’s package complete with cake pans were donated. If you need a new TV or DVD player, you should have been there – they were a part of the auction, too. Other items included gift certificates from area restaurants and bars, jewelry from local artists and Chiefs memorabilia just to name a few. There were even caricatures being provided by The Fine Tooners for a donation that was also forwarded to the Hope House.

Mouse for the House was a successful fund-raiser by anyone’s standards when you consider the amount of money given to aid Hope House. Attendance started slow when the Trouser Mouse doors opened at noon. It wasn’t until later in the afternoon, after the Chiefs game, the place got crowded. According to Angel, many of the people who were there were regulars at the Mouse. It would have been nice to have a larger turnout, but annual events often start small and mushroom within a year or two. Hopefully, that will be the story with Mouse for the House next year.

Story by P.S. Eggen

Photos by Wayne Thompson and Stripe