Restaurant Revisited: Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri

by in Shows, December 9th, 2012

Robert Irvine on Holiday: ImpossibleOn Holiday: Impossible, Robert Irvine shifted his focus away from restaurants and onto a deserving organization just in time for the holiday season. He traveled to Joplin, Mo., to transform a local Boys & Girls Club that has given so much to its storm-ravaged community after a deadly tornado struck the region in 2011. Unlike any renovation he’d done before, this was Robert’s largest and most difficult mission to date. Robert’s challenge in Joplin was twofold: give a second life to the expansive, multi-purpose space at the Boys & Girls Club facility and cater a special holiday party for a whopping 1,000 people.

Robert Irvine on Holiday: ImpossibleIn celebration of the season, Robert completed the mission with a bit of holiday cheer, thanks in large part to the generosity of his Restaurant: Impossible team, fellow chef friends and the Lexus Culinary Masters, who increased his time and spending limits from the usual two days and $10,000 to three days and $30,000. After just 72 hours, the Boys & Girls Club in Joplin reopened with secure entrance, bright, colorful walls, a fully equipped kitchen, increased storage and other functional elements that will help the club carry out their kids-first mission.

Robert Irvine on Holiday: ImpossibleA few months after the renovation, Rhonda Gorham, the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, told us that the children and staff of the club have been overjoyed with the new space and the changes that Robert and his team made. Rhonda added that parents, too, have been wowed with the overhaul. “They have always known we were a positive, safe place to be, but now [the facility] is all shiny and new.”

The organized cubbies and clean, stocked kitchen that Cheryl and Tom worked on have been among the most helpful elements of the new design. Candace continues to cook at the club, and Rhonda tells us that “she is getting to know her kitchen and is starting to experiment a bit,” especially with healthful meals.

Robert Irvine on Holiday: Impossible“We would love to add on to our building and be able to serve more children,” Rhonda said, looking ahead. “I am always thinking about how we can serve more kids, how we can grow our programs, how we can be the best we can be! I have a great team who love kids and who are always looking to make the Boys & Girls Club a better place for our kids.” To Robert and his entire team, Rhonda admitted, “There is no thank-you big enough. To see the kids’ and staff’s reactions to the changes made my day, week and year.”

Check out behind-the-scenes images of Robert’s transformation of the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri.

Click here to make a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Joplin, then read how you can help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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Comments (43)

  1. Now THIS is what U and your team should be doing all of the time!!!! blessings to each and every cast member. Robert's magnetic personality coupled with the viewing public's desire to do something WITH him would rock! can u imagine a show every week where u would have the opportunity to donate? Sign our household up! thx ROBERT…u rock!

  2. Barbara says:

    Fabulous show Chef Irvine! I live not too far from Joplin and know the immense devastation these people suffered. Thanks to you and your crew these deserving children have a new and beautiful place to come to. And to see a renowned chef like Michael Chiarello come and give of himself to this cause was heartwarming. I also loved seeing your Dinner: Impossible crew back in action! Thanks to ALL who made this possible for the people of Joplin, Missouri.

  3. Katie says:

    Wonderful-everyone is great. Nice to see Chef Michael too.Joplin is so fortunate to have an angel named Michael Irvin.

  4. Katie says:

    I mean angel Robert Irvin and chef Michael . Sorry for the mistake-typing too fast.LOL

  5. guest says:

    please do more shows with George and David! Great job for a very deserving cause.

  6. Rico says:

    Awesome show. Great job chefs!!

  7. Holly says:

    This was a great episode! What you did for that community and those kids is amazing. If more people were like you Chef Irvine, the world would be a better place! Awesome job by everyone who helped out. I had tears in my eyes watching the episode and truly enjoyed seeing what they did for that community

  8. MattfromWA says:

    Another thank you to Chef Michael and the Dinner: Impossible men for their contributions! Like alot of other viewers, I could get used to Robert doing this more often, especially after seeing some of the ungrateful, headcase owners and employees he has dealt with recently. I would actually prefer it if he split his time between helping restaurants and doing project similar to this

  9. Laura says:

    Thank you for all you have done! I reside in Joplin and my children go to Boys and Girls Club. They're a great organization that loves the kids and the community. What they did after the storm by opening their doors to kids of all ages and becoming a donation distribution center was awesome and what you all have done for them is just as awesome. They really needed the facelift and definitely deserved it! The episode was wonderful and brought tears to my eyes (and it was fun to see my kids on there also!) :)

  10. kstarheel says:

    Great show! I miss Dinner: Impossible. Glad we saw some of that this episode!

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