By Hannah Glodich
When I was eight-years-old I befriended an actress at the Michigan Renaissance Festival by dressing up as her and more or less becoming her “mini me.” She was not a queen or a princess or anything of that sort but a mere wench who did the town’s laundry. From the first moment I saw her show at the festival her positive attitude and female empowerment inspired me. She became my role model, which led me to become determined to find out more about her. As years passed I slithered my way into the Ren Faire scene and into Danielle DuPont’s life. Now almost 10 years later, I have had the opportunity to experience the complex yet marvelous life of a woman with brilliant ideas.
Living a life with an extraordinary amount of baggage, Danielle has always kept a hold on the joy of life. I admire her not just for her overwhelming amount of optimism but for the fact that every time I see her she is organizing or becoming involved in some sort of act of kindness. Whether it is doing something special for a friend at the faire or recruiting everyone she can to go to the local women’s shelter every week to treat the women there like princesses for a day, she is always in the mood for helping others.
Perhaps one of Danielle’s biggest contributions to society is through the organization RESCU. This organization is geared to help actors and actresses who are employed at any renaissance festival around the country who don’t have health insurance by raising money to help them pay for any medical emergencies that may arise. Danielle is co-founder and on the board of committees, but she does more than she gets credit for. At the Michigan faire alone she maintains the RESCU booth and sets up multiple fundraisers including a contest among actors at the festival to compete by collecting money to obtain the title Mr. Renaissance Festival. She also puts together an entire night of entertainment called RESCU Rally at the end of the show’s run all to benefit RESCU. Fortunately, Danielle was blessed with the gift of persuasion, which she uses to obtain a mass amount of volunteers for this charity to sell raffle tickets and such on the side to help all she does become possible. She puts her whole heart into this organization and from that she makes a notable difference.
If Danielle hasn’t already made this society a better place with her attitude, she has done it with the numerous amounts of life-changing things she accomplishes. She doesn’t have an enemy in the world, she always has a smile on her face and all in all she is just a big bundle of sunshine… that is if a big bundle of sunshine could do as many things as Danielle does.