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Mouse for the House - Hope House Benefit

Written by  August 31, 2004

On Sunday, September 19th, Trouser Mouse Bar & Grill in Blue Springs, Missouri is hosting a blues festival to raise money for their first annual 'Mouse for the House' Hope House Benefit.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Hope House, it is a locally based non-profit organization with two locations in Independence and Lee's Summit, Missouri that provide support for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Services include emergency shelter, legal assistance, counseling, childcare and a 24-hour crisis hotline (816-461-HOPE). They have helped countless women in eastern Jackson County for the past twenty years, relying on community support to continue their mission.

Hosting a blues fest is quite an undertaking for a bar that’s been open only eight months, but owners Brad and Angel Mallen have a strong commitment to helping others in their community. Before opening Trouser Mouse, both were involved in charitable causes and now have the opportunity to contribute in a different way.

The couple plans to host two or three events each year to benefit area charities. They chose Hope House first because of its special significance to Angel. In 'a past life' she was one of the women who turned to them for help.

The benefit will be held from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is only $10 per person and children under five are free. This will be a soul shakin' good time with the following lineup: Blue River Ordinance, Rich Berry, Steve Howell & the Soulshakers, Scottyboy's Steady Rollin' Band, Shanon & the Rhythm Kings, Bluz Benderz, Scotty & The Soultones, and Dan Bliss.

The funds raised can take a mother in need, provide her with a future, enroll her in college, and be there when she steps back on solid ground with her kids by her side. This is such a worthy cause. Come for the reason. Stay to hear some incredible blues.

As you’re enjoying the music, make sure to check out all the great items donated by Brad and Angel and other local businesses for the silent auction. Items range from gift baskets to gift certificates from local bars and restaurants to Chiefs memorabilia to home electronics. If you think there’s nothing of interest to bikers, you’re mistaken. Donations have come in from Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, Hawg Wyld Cycles, and many other bike shops. Proceeds from the door, the auction gallery, and other activities go directly to Hope House.

Put down a bid on your favorite auction items anytime during the day until 7 p.m. Bids will be tallied by 8:30 p.m., so stick around 'cause if you have the winning bid, you’ll need to pay and pick up your auction item that night. For further details, please contact Brad or Angel at 816-220-1222 or inquire online at

Trouser Mouse is located at 625 NW Mock Avenue in Blue Springs, Missouri, near the southeast corner of I-70 and 7 Hwy. Don’t forget that the 7 Hwy exit ramp off I-70 is closed due to construction, so take the Woods Chapel Road exit and follow the outer road to 7 Hwy. Plenty of bike parking will be available for those of you riding in. Please come out and support Hope House with a day of great blues and excellent company. Don’t forget your wallet so you can bid on some very cool items at the auction!

Story by P.S. Eggen

Photos by Wayne Thompson