Every year in October, we present the Mary Ranken Jordan Society Award to some one for their Service to Children in the  community. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COACHMEN CAR CLUB OF ST. LOUIS!  They were chosen to receive the award for 2010.Lauri Tanner, the President and CEO of Ranken Jordan, told us that it’s not so much about the monetary contributions we have made, as it is about the spirit of our club.  The hospital staff, the volunteers, and the patients, have come to know that we will be there for them whenever they call us to help out.


A little background for our newer members…In July 2008, we decided that we would donate part of the proceeds from our BBQ at Vago Park to Ranken Jordan.  That BBQ in September 2008 was a big success and we were able to donate $600.  Lou Puricelli, Bobby Miller, and Dan Wrobel were the first members to actually visit the hospital.  Director of Development, Elaine Hickerson, gave us a tour and we were amazed by what we saw.  Several of you were with us the time we took our cars to the hospital just for the fun of it.  That was in October 2008.  A few more of you were permitted to tour the facility and all were deeply touched by what they saw that day, and that was when we “adopted” them as  "most worthy" of our support.  Then in March 2009, many of us were there again for the Spring Carnival.  At that time, besides displaying our cars, we cooked and served hotdogs, more of you took a tour of the hospital, and on that day we were able to present them with a check for $1,000.  Their gratitude was unbelievable!    At the 2009 BBQ, we presented them with a check for $1100.  Also on that day we began talking about having a car show at Ranken Jordan.  Later in September we were again at the hospital for the annual dog walk, which was a ton of fun.  Then came the Valentine dance in February 2010.  On the 25th Lou and I (representing ALL of you), presented another check, this time for $5000.  Our first attempt at having a car show was far from being as successful as we had hoped, yet the staff and volunteers had nothing but praise for our efforts.  46 of you showed up and did your best to make the most of the day.  I believe it was that effort more than anything else that is responsible for the Coachmen receiving this wonderful award.  I am overwhelmed, and all of you should be equally as proud.



It was said last year that the weather could not have been better...WRONG gear-heads. This day in June was nothing short of spectacular!
In the end, we registered 162 cars, trucks, and motorcycles.  They were all terrific.  Judging them was a real challenge and we hope the non-winners weren't too disappointed.

John "Cockey" Bramley was also there to choose his 32 "Best of the Best" nominees.

I hate to single anyone out, but Jack 
Howard and his team really did a great job on the BBQ and we must thank Jack, Bob Scott Bill Schmedeke for taking on that 
responsibility.  Way to go guys!

In addition, thanks to all our wonderful gals who took care of registration, food service, selling 50/50 tickets and filling in anywhere else they were needed  I have to say that most of them worked harder than many of the guys, and with very few breaks.  To Jim Dalton "JD the DJ" for his efforts to keep us entertained, and to Lou Puricelli who despite a fire at his home, helped get things set up and returned later to handle the awards presentation.  
If your name is listed on the right, you were an important member of the cast.

Once again...HATS OFF to everyone who
brought a vehicle to the show, we really can't 
thank you enough.

Thanks again everybody!


Mary Ranken, born in 1869 in Northern Ireland, emigrated to the U.S. in 1885.  At  age 36, she married Clay Jordan, a St. Louis Merchant.  Together they began their influence in the community through philanthropic work and establishing associations and charities.  Childless herself, Mrs. Jordan spent many hours with the young patients, fulfilling her dream to help children with complex medical needs.

Ranken Jordan opened it's doors April 9, 1941 under the supervision of Mary Ranken Jordan and her husband Clay.  Originally called The Ranken Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children, Clay and Mary with a small staff took in St. Louis area children suffering from polio, osteomyelitis and bone tuberculosis.  In 1960 Ranken Jordan expanded to allow more children and a larger staff.  However, by the early 2000's it was outgrowing the 15,000 square-foot 26-bed home in Ladue, Missouri, and was taking in children with more complex conditions.  In 2002 Ranken Jordan became a pediatric hospital and was no longer a long-term care facility. Just 2 years later, in 2004, Ranken Jordan moved to Maryland Heights, Missouri in a new 62,000 square-foot 34-bed facility.   In 2014 Ranken Jordan became known as a "Pediatric Bridge Hospital",
and began a national television ad campaign.

The current hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that engages patients to get out of the patient room to socialize and engage in daily life activities.  Ranken Jordan is one of only a handful of hospitals in the country that provide rehabilitation and subacute medical treatment for children regardless of their family's ability to pay.  Medical advances are saving more sick and injured children than ever before, which means there is a growing need for subacute, transitional care.  For children with complex medical conditions such as brain injuries, congenital defects or complications due to premature birth, Ranken Jordan specializes in bridging the gap between traditional hospital treatment and going home.  It offers care through inpatient and several outpatient programs, including outpatient therapy, intensive day treatment and a comprehensive orthopedic rehabilitation clinic. 

For additional information about Ranken Jordan, visit their website.

or visit one of the following links: 

A place where a kid gets to be a kid

June 4, 2013

Dear Members of the Coachmen Car Club:

On behalf of Ranken Jordan, I would like to express our sincere thanks.  The Annual Car Show was a wonderful family event and a successful fundraiser for Ranken Jordan.  The turnout of classic cars was nothing short of amazing and I loved the enthusiasm the participants had for the hospital.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work for the weeks leading up to the event, at the event, and for the days following.  I look forward to continuing our partnership as we raise funds and awareness for the medically complex patients we serve at Ranken Jordan.  You are all awesome!

You have truly made a difference in the lives of the children we serve.  I honestly cannot find the proper words to truly express how grateful I am to all of you.
Forgive my immodesty, but I was kind of proud to be a part of this...Dan

transitioning kids from hospital to home

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Thanks to Mother Nature, our Coachmen members who participated, 
generous car guys and gals from St. Louis and surrounding communities, 
hospital staff and RJ volunteers, 
a little over $7,000.00 was raised to help the Kids at Ranken Jordan.

Everybody who was there...pat yourself on the back!

Hank Alexander
Rich & Sandy Battelle
Skip & Patti Berger
Bill Blumm
Jack & Betty Bresnahan
Tim Cella
Dennis Chiodini
Ralph Coldewe
Jim & Diane Dalton
Bill & Patti Dedeke
Bruce Funke
Ken & Gloria Heuschober
Elaine Hickerson
Dave & Rita Hill
Jack Howard
Dave & Donna Hurley
Jim & Dian Jonas
John Kakouris
Emery & Jan Koch
Stu Langer
Terry McGuire
Bob & Kay Meckfessel
Mike & Carol Mirkay
Lou Puricelli
Jim "Monsignor" Restelli
Roger Scheppers
Paula Schlecht
Bill Schmedeke
Bob Scott
Lauri Tanner
Ralph Wiedner
Larry Womack
Barb Wrobel

Coachman Dan Wrobel is honored to have been selected as the Ranken Jordan Volunteer of the Year for 2014.  Dan was also nominated for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award sponsored by the NASCAR Foundation. After having advanced to Phase II of the process, he unfortunatelydid not reach the finals, a position that could have meant up to a $100,000.00 donation to the hospital.

Dan was nominated again in 2015 and is waiting for further word.

rungevity© Selects Charity Partners for the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon 

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI -- July 2, 2014 – As the benefitting charity of the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon, rungevity© has selected two local charities to join the exclusive charity-racing program for this year’s event – Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital and Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK). As part of rungevity, these charities will build teams that raise awareness and funds, including a matching gift from the Quinn Family Foundation, for their organization. For participants, joining the rungevity charity team means fundraising for a local charity, while enjoying access to premium training activities and a rockstar race-weekend experience. Exclusive VIP access for rungevity participants includes: Saturday night dinner at a unique venue; race-day VIP tent with food, beverages, entertainment, private restrooms, gear check and more; and a Sunday night concert featuring a national musical act at an intimate local venue. 

“The Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon weekend is a premier athletic event that provides a fun-filled tour of St. Louis’ vibrant neighborhoods, scenic parks and historic sites. I’m proud this program will also highlight two deserving organizations that are committed to improving the lives of young people in our community,” said Rebecca Quinn-Herich, president of the Quinn Family Foundation, which founded the rungevity program. “This program has raised more than $2.5 million for charity over the past three years and I’m excited to see what our enthusiastic running and walking community will achieve in 2014.” 

“Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital is thrilled to partner with rungevity to share our organization with the community and have the opportunity to raise significant funds to help medically complex children bridge the gap between big hospitals and home,” said Lauri Tanner, president and chief executive officer of Ranken Jordan. “Team Ranken Jordan will be walking and running the streets of St. Louis to help support kids on their road to recovery.” 

TASK, has utilized the event’s charity racing program for the past three years, raising more than $2.5 million toward their $4.5 million capital campaign. “This program has been a tremendous springboard in regard to our ability to provide safe and accessible facilities for the families we serve, and we are excited to participate for a fourth year,” added Deb Freund, founder and executive director of TASK. “Our capital campaign goal is within reach and, with the help of the walkers, joggers and runners in our community, we’ll cross the finish line together.” 

The deadline to join rungevity and partner with Ranken Jordan or TASK is August 1, 2014. Visit to register and learn more about how you can make a lasting positive impact in the lives of others. 

About Ranken Jordan

Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital is one of a handful of hospitals in the country that provide rehabilitation and sub-acute medical treatment for children. For patients with complex medical conditions, such as brain injuries or complications due to premature birth, Ranken Jordan helps bridge the gap between traditional hospital treatment and going home. Ranken Jordan offers care through a 34-bed inpatient program and several outpatient programs, including outpatient therapy, intensive day treatment, a physiatry clinic and a comprehensive orthopedic/rehabilitation clinic. Ranken Jordan’s Community Program provides free recreational and educational programs for all kids and their families. For more information, call 314-872-6400, email or visit 

About Team Activities for Special Kids

Team Activities for Special Kids, known as TASK, is a grassroots, non-profit St. Louis organization that provides safe, accessible activities for St. Louis-area children with special needs. Through the St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, TASK has raised the funds needed to purchased its own facility in Fenton, Missouri and began a campus-wide transformation into an accessible sports and classroom complex. This new campus has allowed TASK to expand programs and serve thousands of youngsters with disabilities. For more information, please visit 

About the Quinn Family Foundation and rungevity

The Quinn Family Foundation is a St. Louis-based organization established by Dr. Jennifer and Mr. Jeffry N. Quinn, a longtime St. Louis physician and executive, who are dedicated to increasing opportunities for St. Louis-area children with special needs. The Quinn Family Foundation provides funding for organizations that serve children with special needs and other 501(c)(3) organizations through its endurance fundraising program, rungevity©. This unique, turnkey charity-racing program provides local charities the tools and resources necessary to utilize the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon event as a significant fundraising platform, while also providing an exciting health and wellness program for the community and area businesses. 
From the RJ Report Winter Newsletter 2013

The Coachmen Car Club is a social organization that "adopted"  Ranken Jordan as their charity of choice in 2008.  The Coachmen Car Club is a group of caring individuals who are selfless in their devotion to help our kids here at Ranken Jordan.  The Coachmen have embraced Ranken Jordan wholeheartedly.  They have been present at our Junior Board "Kids' Walks" to lend a hand where  needed.  They have hosted several events on our behalf which include a Valentine's dinner dance, Halloween dinner dance, Labor Day Car Show barbeques and the annual Spring Spectacular Car Show.  They have brought their amazing classic cars out for the kids to observe during programming.  The Coachmen Car Club is a true example of Mary Ranken Jordan's mission to "consider the children first in all we do."  We are so grateful for their ongoing support of the kids!
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