The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

April 27, 2013

Former NFL linebacker helps Joplin rebuild with bow tie event

JOPLIN, Mo. — As a former NFL linebacker, Dhani Jones is used to tackling big problems on the field, but Jones found himself in Joplin on Saturday displaying a different set of moves as he showed residents how to perfect the art of “rockin’ a bow tie.”

Jones joined members of Rebuild Joplin and the Spiva Center for the Arts to unveil a Joplin-themed tie that will raise money for both organizations.

Through 12 years with his BowTie Cause Foundation, Jones has helped raise awareness and money for different charities and groups across the country, including the American Diabetes Association and the Armed Forces Foundation.

“Wearing a bow tie is a classy statement and more importantly, it says something about you. If you want to be someone, you have to rock the bow tie,” Jones said. “Each of the ties facilitate a conversation and in this case, we are telling the story of how Joplin is rebuilding. It’s up to everyone who wears this tie to tell that story.”

Jones acknowledged he had not heard of Joplin before May 22, 2011, but after a chance meeting with former resident Brent Beshore last September during a mountain climbing expedition in Utah, Jones became interested in what he could do to help the city.

“I asked him point-blank if he had ever done a tie specifically for a city,” Beshore said Saturday. “He said, ‘No,’ so we got it rolling from there.”

A silk tie designed by Joplin resident Margie Moss was selected earlier this year from more than 200 entries, each of which was accompanied by a story that told of rebuilding efforts in post-tornado Joplin. Her winning design is set on a blue background and it features nails, hammers, butterflies and the word “Hope.”

Moss said Saturday her inspiration for the tie came from helping local residents decorate their new houses after the tornado.

“I kept replaying their stories in my mind when I designed it, and I thought of all of the good that has come out afterward,” Moss said. “You see Joplin now and you see a lot of hope. We are stronger now.”

Rebuild Joplin Director Jerrod Hogan said the Joplin bow tie represents more than just a piece of clothing to wear.

“We’re not just rebuilding homes that were destroyed in the tornado,” Hogan said. “We have to support the community through art and culture and rebuild those at the same time. There are still 100 families who are not back where they need to be, and we are helping them today through this effort.

“There are people like Dhani who are still helping us two years later,” Hogan said. “He’s another great person in a long line of amazing stories to come out of something so terrible.”

Want to help?

The Joplin-themed bow time can be purchased at or with an order form at Spiva Center for the Arts for $57.

Text Only
Local News
  • 072814_jd anderson.jpg VIDEO: Noel strongman advances on talent show

    The past week has been busier than normal for Noel resident J.D. Anderson. Members of the production crew for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” told him they have shot more footage of him than of other contestants for the next episode. “They said I have the busiest schedule of anyone this week,” Anderson told the Globe in a phone interview Friday. “There’s so many fun things you can do with B-roll as a strongman.”

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • AndraBryanStefanoni.jpg Andra Bryan Stefanoni: ‘Annie’ production is a family thing

    There’s a twist to this week’s production of “Annie” at Memorial Auditorium. The show, a beloved classic tale of an orphan girl in search of a family, is full of real-life family members.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072514 Band Box.jpg Jo Ellis: Carthage icon continues to play in local restaurant

    Chicago Coin’s Band-Box, also known as “Strike Up the Band,” has been a Carthage icon since the mid- to late 1950s. Any customer who frequented Red’s Diner, or Ray’s Cafe, and now the Pancake Hut is familiar with the pulsating rhythms and movements of this mechanical device.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SusanRedden.jpg Susan Redden: Gubernatorial hopefuls make area appearances

    Three potential candidates for Missouri governor in 2016 made stops in the Joplin area this past week.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anti-landfill group seeks grand jury probe

    As more than 200 people filed into Riverton High School on Sunday to attend an anti-landfill group meeting, many stopped to sign a petition asking the Cherokee County District Court to summon a grand jury to investigate how land was acquired by the city of Galena for a proposed landfill.

    July 27, 2014

  • shoalcreekcleanup.jpg Wildcat Glades center puts on service day at Shoal Creek

    About 20 people on Saturday pulled trash out of Shoal Creek as they paddled in canoes and kayaks from Grand Falls to Zan’s Creekside Campground in Joplin.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearts & Hammers plans annual home repair event

    Since 2003, volunteers with Hearts & Hammers of Southwest Missouri have made free improvements to more than 170 homes owned by the elderly, physically disabled, and single parent or low-income families.

    July 26, 2014

  • Money clouds farm fight

    For much of the summer, while the campaign surrounding “right to farm” has been focused on its impact on “small, family farmers,” the bulk of the money pouring into the fight has come from big agriculture interests.

    July 26, 2014

  • jameswelbornupdate.jpg Local teen completes half of solo river trip

    James Welborn, a recent Webb City High School graduate, has reached the halfway point of his solo canoe trip down the Mississippi River — just in time to celebrate his 19th birthday with family.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Neosho police warn residents of phone scam

    The Neosho Police Department has received complaints from residents saying someone impersonating a lieutenant from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office warrants division has been calling them.

    July 26, 2014

Must Read


A new provision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows qualifying districts with high percentages of students on food assistance to allow all students to eat free breakfasts and lunches. Would you agree with this provision?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter