Join us for a Party with a Purpose – Help Women Across Route 66.

Funding Goal: $528,000

Shelly Bizzle, Owner/Operator
Shelly's Route 66 Cafe, Cuba, Missouri
Melba [The Mouth] Riggs, Former Owner/Operator
Four Women on the Route, Galena, Kansas
Debyjo Ericksen, Vice Chair
Illinois Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joliet, Illinois
Ramona Lehman, Owner/Operator
Munger Moss Motel, Lebanon, Missouri
Flora May, Owner/Operator
Townhouse Welcome Center & Gift Shop,
Tucumcari, New Mexico

You can celebrate the Route 66 Centennial in a meaningful way by making a donation to support direct grants to women owned or operated businesses and attractions along Route 66 who are facing dire times.

Route 66 Extraordinary Women Initiative

$16.67 / month$1,086.95

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Donation Options

One Time Donation, Annual Donation, Monthly Donation

Be More Extraordinary

Pay fee – nonprofit gets full gift, No Thank you

Please count my gift among the extraordinary women who are supporting :

All of Route 66, Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

*If you would like to make your gift in honor of someone, please enter the person’s name in the “Order Notes” text entry box at the bottom of the checkout page.

The Women of Route 66

Women who own or operate small businesses and attractions along Route 66 face challenges every day – from maintaining their historic properties to competing with large, chain store operations. Still, they persevere – because that’s their nature. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has brought travel along Route 66 to a near standstill – greatly increasing the challenges for these women. Many struggle to stay open. Some have closed. Others are on the brink. Once the pandemic passes, it will take considerable time for recovery.

Tina Mion, Artist – La Posada Hotel, Winslow, Arizona

Teri Ryburn, Owner/Operator – Ryburn Place, Normal, Illinois

As the organizer of the Route 66 National Centennial Celebration in 2026, the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership has established a Visionary Fund to make available grants that promote, preserve, and economically develop Route 66. Our vision is to give grants to projects along Route 66 as a series of “birthday presents” over the next five years. And you’re invited to make a gift and join the Party!

Our sights are high.

We’ve set a goal of raising $528,000 for the Visionary Fund to support women owned or operated Route 66 businesses and attractions. You’re invited to join a select group of 66 women from each of the 8 states through which Route 66 runs [66 x 8 x $1,000 = $528,000]. A $1000 pledge over five years equals just $200 per year or approximately $18 per month. Donations to the Road Ahead’s Visionary Fund are fully tax deductible. Men are also invited to donate in honor or memory of a woman who is important to them.

Marie Ryberg, Owner/Operator – Trail of Tears Memorial & Herb Garden, Jerome, Missouri

Judy Walker, Owner/Operator – RJs Route 66 – Springfield, Missouri

When you donate, your name (or the name of the woman you want to honor or remember) will be listed on the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership’s website and on signage at 100th Birthday Party events – including the official Route 66 Centennial Celebration Event. You’ll also receive an exclusive Route 66 Extraordinary Women Birthday Party gift with the official Route 66 Centennial logo.

Route 66 Extraordinary Women images were provided by David Schwartz. More examples of his work can be found at: picsonroute66.com.

Please join women across the country in support of Route 66

~ as only women can!

You’re invited

Celebrate the upcoming Centennial of Route 66 by supporting women-owned or operated businesses and attractions along The Mother Road! In the process, you can help improve the lives of the 5+ million people who live and work along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Route 66 Extraordinary Women Initiative

$16.67 / month$1,086.95

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Category: SKU: R-66-

Additional information

Donation Options

One Time Donation, Annual Donation, Monthly Donation

Be More Extraordinary

Pay fee – nonprofit gets full gift, No Thank you

Please count my gift among the extraordinary women who are supporting :

All of Route 66, Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

*If you would like to make your gift in honor of someone, please enter the person’s name in the “Order Notes” text entry box at the bottom of the checkout page.