Kathy Reddinger is not exactly sure when or how it started, but 24 years later it resulted in a donation of $1,003 to Akron Children’s Hospital.
Kathy owned and operated the restaurant and bar, Bag the Moon, for the last 26 years. The bar was located on Kelley’s Island and was a popular hangout for summer visitors to the island.
Approximately 24 years ago, someone started putting up dollar bills on the wall. From there, others started signing bills and putting them up on the wall.
“Why? Who knows why,” Kathy said.
Over the years, people would come back, look for the bill with their name on it and then add more. Eventually, every nook and cranny was covered with bills.
Fast-forward to 10 years ago with Dr. Bob Parry, a pediatric surgeon at Akron Children’s Hospital, and his wife started to get to know Kathy while they vacationed on Kelley’s Island. They became neighbors 2 years ago when Dr. Parry and his wife purchased the Portside Marina and the restaurant, Dockers, across the street from Bag the Moon.
When Kathy decided to sell the bar she knew she wanted to donate the money to causes that supported children. Dr. Parry knew one place that fit the bill – Akron Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Parry said the kind of spirit Kathy showed in her desire to donate and in the way she did business is just the way things operate on the island – and it is a similar spirit to the hospital.
Being on Kelley’s Island, Dr. Parry said, there is no big store to run out to if something breaks down. So, the business owners on the island pitch in and help each other out when they need it.
“It is a very collegial kind of thing,” he said.
In the end, it is all about helping others and giving children the chance to see their hopes and dreams come true. And, in addition to the donation to Akron Children’s, Kathy was able to make donations to other worthy causes such as Make a Wish, which focus on children. Which seems like a fitting connection to a place called Bag the Moon.
Kathy tells the story of a legend that, during a full moon, take a brown paper bag and twirl it over your head 3 times saying, “fill it, fill it, fill it” and you will have good luck. That is called bagging the moon.
And, as Kathy says, “luck comes in all forms.”