Take My Husband Please!

Craig and Joanne Wallace

Craig and Joanne Wallace

Craig Allen Wallace – International Man of Mystery? Not really. But being the wife of what one friend calls “The most charitable man I know” has its ups and downs.

I think back to when this all began. Many of you already know the story of how this started. In case you don’t here is the cliff note version.

Craig wanted to have a big party with bands in our backyard. I, as the voice of reason, said, “No”. He then asked a month or so later if I would agree to the big party with bands if it were to help a charity. Still being the voice of reason, I said, “Ok, but not in our backyard”. So, my take charge husband went out and found a place to have the event.

We even joked that we’d call it “Walla-Pa-Looza” after our name, Wallace. Cancer became our charity of choice because it affects everyone. Well, the name stuck, and Craig got his very successful and fun party.

When my husband gets an itch to do something, you better believe it is going to get done. It always amazes me how he gets an idea, goes with it, and usually has great success. But even Craig would agree with me that all of what was one simple idea in his head never could have become reality without all of our wonderful volunteers who give up so much to support this important cause. I know Craig wouldn’t want me to just write only about him – even in a blog that is supposed to be about him! That is his way.

He always says that you can’t just sit back and expect others to try to make a difference in this world. He is a great man who is very passionate in what he believes – in his relationships with family and friends, and in life. Anyone that truly knows Craig would agree. You always know what you are going to get with him and he never tries to be someone he is not. What you see is what you get.

What you may “get” may be loud, and even sometimes crabby! But when you know Craig after awhile you just let that pass. Because you know that same man would give you the shirt off his back, or time he really doesn’t have, to create such an enormous thing we like to call “Walla-Pa-Looza” just to help others.

In taking on such a huge responsibility, some things do have to suffer. I joke that I have to make appointments with him to compare calendars, because we are both so busy. I also say that I am the last one to know anything. Our kids sometimes feel it a bit too. Craig does try very hard to do as much with them as he can to make up for it like coaching BOTH of their baseball teams!

Even though the kids and I sometimes feel a little neglected because he is so involved in things and we don’t always get to spend as much time with him as we would maybe like, we do understand that what he is doing is a wonderful thing that will help many. It is so cute to see our kids explain to their friends or even other adults what their dad does. There is such pride in their eyes and their words as they speak of him.

As I wrap up my entry, I feel the need to add one more thing. My mother, who died of cancer when I was pregnant with our first son, had a special relationship with Craig. They both shared a love of music (Elvis, to be precise!), a love of gab, (made even more fun with a cocktail or two) and a love for me. My mom always told me that Craig was her favorite son-in-law. She was very good at reading people. I think she knew all of the wonderful things Craig was going to achieve one day. I know that she is looking down on him with pride.

So, I guess I should say “No, don’t take my husband – Please!! You can’t have him. Well, Ok. I guess we can share”.



  • Very nicely done, Mrs. Chairman. Behind every great man is an even greater woman. And you, lady, are definitely that!

    Comment by Wendy — July 19, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  • Very well written,having known Craig since i was kid i am proud of the man he has become and am grateful for him that he is blessed with such a beautiful and understanding family.
    Love you all!

    Comment by Mike Betts — July 19, 2010 @ 10:13 am

  • Joanne, great job on this blog. I have to say, its really good to get your viewpoint on Craig and some inside info (like the Elvis thing). Also, love the link behind “a cocktail or two”.

    We should get you to blog more often … I really loved this one.

    Comment by Ron — July 19, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

  • Jo,
    This was great and As loud and crabby he can be….you have an incredible man!, Im sure your mom is up looking over and being so proud of her son in law!! As I have said so many time, you are an incredible women as well. Im so lucky to have you both as some of my closest friends and my little walla boys too!!! Awesome BLOG!!!

    Comment by Sheryl — July 19, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  • very nicely done Joanne!! wish I were there to help volunteer! you don’t know how often I get a lump in my throat reading about all Craig (and you and your volunteers) are doing!!

    Love you guys!!

    Comment by amy — July 20, 2010 @ 12:21 am

  • Very nicely written, Jo! I am proud to have Craig as a cousin with such a huge heart and that he married a wonderful woman who I am very proud to have as a “cousin-in-law”! You guys have done a great job with getting Walla off the ground and I am so glad to be a part of it!

    Thanks to you and all of the other volunteers for a great organization!

    Comment by Lori — July 20, 2010 @ 11:15 am

  • Wow, how can I ever top all o this? We are extremely proud of our son. He even asked me once, “did you ever think I could do something like this?” Well sure, I did. I’m his Mom. Way back at early Montini years, asked Sister why his grades were not better. She replied that Craig was a dreamer, when he gets older, he will excel in whatever he WANTS to do. Well he certainly has done that!
    I thank God everyday for the choices Craig has made in his life and so look forward for what the future may bring. Joanne has been a wonderful wife and mother and I am thankful for that too. they make a wonderful team. And he has gathered a great team to assist in making Walla-pa-Looza such a great organization. It all came together because my son wanted to party. As I recall, he always wanted a party. He’s sure got one now!!! Great job Craig and company of many! Love you.

    Comment by Ma Wallace — August 2, 2010 @ 11:27 am