Loss of The Lady in Red mourned

The Lady in Red, who accidentally inspired the global Red Dress Run phenomenon died The Lady in Redsuddenly and unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 13, 2013. Few Hash House Harriers other than A.S. Gispert have had a greater impact on hashing. (continued below)

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Her death was just a few days shy of her birthday, which she planned to celebrate by participating in the Red Dress Run weekend with the Phoenix Hash House Harriers. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the first official Red Dress Run, which occurred in San Diego on August 12, 1988.

Speaking to hashers gathered at the first Red Dress Run, The Lady in Red asked that the event be held annually and that it be used to benefit local charities. As a result of her request and the proliferation of the Red Dress Run to Hash House Harriers “kennels” across the world, millions of dollars have been raised. In a few instances, that support made the difference between life and death.

News of her passing spread rapidly. Stunned hashers not only offered their condolences, but also pledged to dedicate their charitable efforts in her honor. As the Red Dress Run spread, the tradition of supporting charities was occasionally lost in translation, a fact that troubled The Lady in Red. She would be heartened to know that some of those chapters added a charitable component to the Red Dress Run this year.

Misappropriation of the “Red Dress Run” name and concept by non-hashing organizations was also something that she found disturbing. She correctly perceived that “borrowing” the Hash House Harriers’ Red Dress Run could dilute its unique appeal and negatively impact its success in supporting charities.

Even before the Red Dress Run, the Lady in Red made her mark in modeling and the recording industry. She made time to raise three children, support the arts, study the culinary arts, and much more. Stories about The Lady in Red are legion. The best of them will not be told here, but if an appropriate offering of beer is made, a few may be shared.

In addition to her three children, she is survived by her mother, sister, and by four young children she was in the process of adopting.  Her father was a veteran of World War II, having served in Easy Company of Band of Brothers fame.

The Lady in Red became an ardent supporter of www.RedDressRuns.org and its various iterations shortly after it was launched in 2000. She was a frequent collaborator, partner and so much more.

She truly changed the hashing world. Not bad for a “blond Polish girl,” as she referred to herself in her typical self-depricating humor. Lady in Red, you are missed and will never be forgotten. Sto Lat!

   - Hops

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33 Responses to Loss of The Lady in Red mourned

  1. Cane says:

    so how old was she and whay did she die suddenly?

    • Cane says:

      oops…why……..

      on on

    • Hops says:

      She was 56 and less than a week away from her 57th birthday. I have always been protective of her privacy and will need to discuss with her family before going any further. Thanks.

      • RedDressRuns says:

        A dust storm hit her home in Mesa, Arizona. It triggered an asthmatic reaction. She thought she had it under control and decided she would catch some sleep. Sadly, she never woke up.

  2. Ginger Snatch says:

    Very sad news. Thank you for posting this. You gave a nice write up :)

    Ginger Snatch
    Tampa H3

  3. Frank B. says:

    I met The Lady in Red on several occasions in my hashing adventures. She was a sweetheart.
    Iva
    Other Orlando and Guildford H3

  4. Jodi SS H3 Olympia says:

    I so agree with Ginger of Tampa H3.

  5. One Hand Bandito says:

    RIP

  6. Rotten says:

    We will miss you Donna. Love and prayers to your family.

  7. Mr Ed says:

    Lucky enough to have done trail with her a several events. A class act. The world is a better place

  8. Original lim Ai Lin says:

    RIP…………….. : (

  9. Anal Fission says:

    She wasn't just a cause-maker, she was terribly fun to hash with and to hang out with until the wee hours…only to see her get up and make merry the next morning. :( We're all the lesser for her passing.

  10. Jim Edens says:

    The upcoming Edition of Harrier Magazine will feature The Lady in Red. Please help honor and preserve the memories of this truly inspirational individual who's impact on others is unsurpassed in the HHH world. If you have photos or stories you would like to share, please email: <JimEdens@HarrierMagazine.com>.

    The deadline for submissions for this edition is the 20th of April 2013.

    On-On,
    Jim "Bimbo" Edens, Editor-in-Chief
    Harrier Magazine-Fun on the Run since 2002
    International Edition w/readers in 120 countries http://www.HarrierMagazine.com/

  11. Back Door Whore LBH3 says:

    Her smile was genuine. On On Lady in Red

    • John Hosking-Rowell says:

      Yes, a very sad loss to all who knew her… RIP, Donna…..
      We last conversed at DC's RDR on October 1st 2011 and once again at IAH in Savannah, she was tickled by my Red Dress Medal on my Hamersley H3 Jacket……
      I have some very Memorable Photos of us at DC's RDR and Savannah…….
      On On to Hash Heaven, Girl….
      Loved Your Beautiful Smile,
      Enos,
      Current R.A. of Hamersley H3 in Perth, Western Australia.

      • Donna's Kids says:

        On Saturday, April 13, 2013 at around 4:00 a.m., our mother, Donna Rhinehart (known to Hash House Harriers around the world as “The Lady In Red”), passed away peacefully in her sleep. Details will follow, but as of this writing, plans are still in process. To us, she was a "superhero mom.” In every way she had superpowers and was not afraid to use them. But who was she to you? What did she do and how will you remember her? Was she a positive influence to you at any time in your life? Did she share a helpful word of advice? How or in what way did she leave her mark? Whatever it was, whatever she did, as her children, we are asking for your help in compiling her life story. Any memories you have of her between April 1956 and April 2013 are significant to us; those details will help form and even better picture of who our mother was as a person in her life’s journey. No matter how big or small, please contribute in writing whatever memories you have. This is a chance to tell her "thanks," and give something back to one who lived her life for others. Having known her, you were an important part of her life. We are grateful for your participation and thank you for celebrating her life by sharing her life story.
        Please send your recollections to Clareamery@gmail.com

  12. Hardy Boy says:

    May her soul RIP……….On On to Lady in Red

  13. M.Murugan MGR says:

    THE LADY IN RED
    Great lost to the hashing world.
    On Behalf of MHC Malaysia our deepest condolence/RIP

  14. Flipper says:

    Condolences to the Family , May your Soul rest in peace ….Your Legacy will live on …ON ON..

  15. Gritty Kitty says:

    An inspiring role model and a joy to share trail with. (Raising mug…) “to The Lady!”

    -Gritty

    Florida

  16. Go'N Down (CH)2H3 says:

    A legend passes… RIP Lady in Red. A moments silence and a sympathy sip was had in the circle at hash tonight here in Christchurch, New Zealand. ON-ON!

  17. Slippery When Wet says:

    That was a great tribute, Hops–thanks!! I recall the wonderful things you had to say about her and your disappointment that she was unable to attend the DC RDR last year. I'm thinking of you and her other friends and family during this difficult time!!

    Slippery

  18. I've had the pleaure of hashing with Lady in Red many times in Arizona. She was truly a beautiful soul and I am blessed to have crossed paths with her many times. She'll be missed by many of us.

    Casual Friday

  19. Donna's Kids says:

    On Saturday, April 13, 2013 at around 4:00 a.m., our mother, Donna Rhinehart (known to Hash House Harriers around the world as “The Lady In Red”), passed away peacefully in her sleep. Details will follow, but as of this writing, plans are still in process. To us, she was a "superhero mom.” In every way she had superpowers and was not afraid to use them. But who was she to you? What did she do and how will you remember her? Was she a positive influence to you at any time in your life? Did she share a helpful word of advice? How or in what way did she leave her mark? Whatever it was, whatever she did, as her children, we are asking for your help in compiling her life story. Any memories you have of her between April 1956 and April 2013 are significant to us; those details will help form and even better picture of who our mother was as a person in her life’s journey. No matter how big or small, please contribute in writing whatever memories you have. This is a chance to tell her "thanks," and give something back to one who lived her life for others. Having known her, you were an important part of her life. We are grateful for your participation and thank you for celebrating her life by sharing her life story.
    Please send your recollections to Clareamery@gmail.com

    Sincerely,
    Donna’s kids

  20. Mac 7H4 says:

    Rest easy Lady in Red.

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  22. Micro says:

    The Lady in Red always had kind words. And she never ever wanted people to be angry or mean to each other. So let's remember every time we pick up a glass to treat each other nicely. The world will be a better place if we do and it has been a better place because of her. On On to The Original Red Dress Run Sept 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2013. Friday night will be in her honor.

  23. rongjon says:

    My condolences to the family of Donna Rhinehart. She will surely live on in our hearts and minds.
    Her and I are of an era. I was there in San Diego at the first RDR. I don't remember meeting the the lady in red at that run, but I was probably very drunk as was my habit back then. Unfortunately, won't be at the upcoming RDR in Copenhagen, but will hoist more than a few in her honor in Stockholm

    rongjon

  24. Original Lim Ai Lin says:

    RIP : (

  25. LincolNE H3 is dedicating their annual Red Dress Run Weekend to The Lady in Red Sept 13 & 14th. Donations will go towards Lady in Red's Memorial Fund. She is truly missed by everyone who have had the honor of meeting her.

  26. Une fois de plus սn très bon post, ʝе pense en discuter demain ɑvec certains dde mes amis

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