How does that go?  “Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night…” 

How does that go?  “Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night…” 

Postal couriers have nothing on the Rainbow Center 2010 Wild Wild West Committee who gracefully triumphed over weather and technical malfunctions to host a fun and successful fundraiser on Saturday evening.

With memories of the 2009 spring snowfall still lingering it seemed impossible that lightning would strike twice. The March winter storm that caused cancellation of other events a year ago did not deter the hearty Rainbow Center crowd from attending the annual event, so this year’s 8-inch accumulation barely caused a batted eye. 

The Wild Wild West theme was a true stroke of luck to arriving guests who easily adapted to the wintery weather in boots and blue jeans. The dim illumination that welcomed the crowd seemed appropriate for an Old West recreation and gave the event an intimate and soothing appeal. It was not until the Riverport Landing event staff alerted patrons of an internal power outage that most party-goers realized that the dusky lighting was unintentional. Even the shadowed ambiance did little to darken the success of the lively social hour and silent auction as guests displayed their pioneer ingenuity by utilizing the glow from mobile phones to peruse the auction offerings.

The creative genius of the fundraising committee was on full display as the former Sam’s Town Casino was decked out in cowboy chic. With an impressive attention to detail, the setting truly brought out the buckaroo in everyone present. Guests were offered a beer, whisky sour or spiced cider from the back of a covered wagon as they entered the party. Expertly designed sets and décor featuring an adorable collection of child-sized cowboy boots were perfectly placed and Vicki Digby and her MeraVic crew once again showed their incredible skill in designing table centerpieces that boasted elaborate western style boots and native foliage.

Event co-chairs Colleen Foudree and Joy Hobick didn’t allow the unavoidable circumstances to put a hitch in their giddy-up but a mild cheer was audible when power was restored just before guests sat down to the campfire grilled steak dinner.

The beneficiary of the sensational event was Rainbow Center which has been serving children with disabilities since 1977.  In 1996 Rainbow Center expanded its mission to include a day habilitation program, called Rainbow Options, for mentally and physically disabled adults. 

The mission of the Blue Springs based program is to provide a safe nurturing and social environment in order to serve persons with special educational and developmental needs.

To donate to Rainbow Center or to learn more about its programs and services, visit or contact Executive Director, Marilu Herrick at 816-229-3869.