Running to Remember and Remembering to Honor

Congratulations to the winners of the 14th Annual Baby Contest! It's our mission to celebrate the adorable faces of our region while raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Charities. This year we had 130 entries, and one lucky baby made the cover. Thank you to everyone for entering your precious little one and helping us present $1300 to our local Children’s Miracle Network Charities! Congratulations to all our winners and the parents!

Next year will mark our 15th Annual Baby Contest. In honor of the years that have passed, we are planning a special edition titled, “Oh Baby, What Are You Doing Now?” If your little one was a contest winner between 2002 and 2007, we want to hear from you!

May is for mothers! As you celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day, we have put together a collection of great finds, including over 50 local boutiques that feature jewelry, art, stylish clothing options and other one-of-a-kind items. In addition, within these pages, you will find great, local dining options and all the information needed to take her on a day trip or weekend getaway. Our mother is often our first teacher, our helping hand and our compass into adulthood. Celebrate her by shopping and eating local!

May 6 through 12 is National Nurses Week! It is the perfect time to honor their hard work, passion and dedication! Do you have a favorite nurse? Email a photo and a brief description about a special nurse in your life to lauren@showmetheozarks.com, and we will post the photo on our Facebook page. The nurse who receives the most “Likes” will receive dinner for two from the “ShowMe team.” On pages 90-91, we featured Brittney Drake and Kimberly Hutson, two nurses whose lives changed after the 2011 tornado. Take the time to read about their journey.

Running has become just as much about honor as it has been about fitness. In the next several weeks, there are two great opportunities to participate in 5k’s and/or fun runs. On Saturday, May 22, the Joplin Memorial 5k honors those who lost their lives in the 2011 Joplin tornado, and on Saturday, June 4, Hope4You Breast Cancer Foundation is presenting the 9th Annual Race4Hope 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. Both events represent loss, hope, fight, determination and the love that we have for our city and our people. Sign up for the Joplin Memorial run at www.joplinmemorialrun.com and the Race4Hope 5K or 1-mile Fun Run at www.hope4youbcf.org. You will find me and some of the “ShowMe team” there. Come join us!

At this time of year, we are all reminded about the strength of our community. We look back upon the days that have passed, the obstacles we faced and the path we paved to recovery. Our community is strong, committed and full of heart. I could not imagine calling another place home. We are ALL Joplin Proud!

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

—Harriet Tubman 



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Joplin, Missouri 64803



Lee Radcliff

Editor/ Publisher