AUGUST 2012
Issue VIII
The Ronald Report
 
How you are helping to keep families with cancer together.
 
5th Annual Block Party
 September 29, 2012  11:00AM-5:30PM
Join us for a day of fun, food and celebration of our community as we gather for our fifth annual block party event right on East 73rd Street! Our annual block party friend-raiser is part-street fair and part-festival, offering an experience like no other in New York City. Enjoy games, rides, great shopping, and great fun right with the families, volunteers, and staff of Ronald McDonald House New York. Admission is free and open to the public. For general information, please contact Fordham Murdy at FMurdy@rmh-newyork.org or 212-639-0816.
Want to volunteer? We'd love to have you! We're looking for people to help run the game, food, and shopping booths all day long. Please contact Terri Eggers at teggers@rmh-newyork.org for more information on how to get involved as a volunteer. Feel free to bring a friend as long as they pre-register with Terri. Want to help but can't make the event? The Monday Night Team is holding a bake sale at the Block Party. Contact Karen Stasiak at KarenStasiak1206@yahoo.com to find out what baked goods you can contribute.
 
Upcoming Events
9/20
Team Leaders Meeting
9/29
Block Party
11/7
Volunteer Recognition Dinner
11/10
Kids Fun Run
12/6
Share A Night
Flip Cam Fun!

There will be a flip camera in Terri's mailbox that Volunteer Teams can borrow (and return at the end of the evening) if they have an event going on that they would like to video tape. We're hoping to capture special footage that we can later use at the Volunteer Dinner. 

 

 
 
 
Santa and a House Guest
Sunday Night Carnival
By Lynda LaMonte-Garmong, Sunday Night Volunteer
When the warm weather arrives, the Sunday volunteer team hits the third floor terrace. What fun it is to be outside after hibernating all winter in the playroom creating arts and crafts.
The highlight of the summer is Barclays Capital’s annual Carnival organized by employee Beth Calvert, who also happens to be a dedicated Sunday volunteer. For the past eight years, Barclays Capital has generously funded outdoor entertainment for the enjoyment of all the Ronald McDonald House New York families.
On a recent Sunday, children had their faces painted, posed for caricature artists, hung out with Elmo, and played with balloon animals while Barclays Capital employees and Sunday volunteers barbecued and served dinner. Over a dessert of popsicles and cookies, children were left captivated by a magician and his various tricks. The old standby, pulling a rabbit from his hat, proved to be the most popular trick of all. The little white rabbit brought lots of smiles and made some new friends.
Thank you to the entire Sunday Night Team and Barclays Capital volunteers for cooking up a fun night on the Ronald McDonald House terrace!
 
Wednesday Night Summer Olympics 2012
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
Rubber duck fishing, kickball, and bowling were among the many classes of friendly competition at the 2012 Ronald McDonald House New York Summertime Olympic Games, hosted by the Wednesday night team.
The inaugural Ronald McDonald House Olympic Games, held at nearby Wagner Middle School, were organized by Wednesday Night Team Leader, Dennis McGarry. Dennis, who previously worked at Wagner Middle School, contacted Principal Rehn to see if she would be interested in hosting a game night for the kids at the site of her school. Ms. Rehn happily agreed, and the start of a new tradition was born. 
“It was nice to see the kids just be kids in a big, open area and enjoy themselves with whatever they wanted to do,” says McGarry.
In addition to showing off their athletic skills, the kids had a chance to get creative by designing flags for their home countries, which were proudly displayed at the Games. They also had a hand in creating some of the activities themselves, as they chalked up a giant hopscotch board.
One of the highlights of the night was the medal ceremony, where each participant received a medal for competing in the Games. A special thanks to the Medals 4 Mettle organization, which donated the medals.
Also, a special thanks goes out to the FDNY volunteers, who brought along a fire truck which served as a platform for the medal award ceremony – roaring siren included - at the conclusion of the Games.
 
Birthdays
9/3
Allison Mintz
9/13
Frederick Crowe III
9/24
Steven Quinn
9/5
Mary Lambert
9/13
Megs DiDario
9/27
Rushin Shah
9/5
Elaine Louis
9/13
Louis Parascando
9/29
Bradley Zimmerman
9/6
Sandi Kalish
9/18
Dennis McGarry
9/29
Kelly Gillen
9/8
Caroline Loevner
9/18
Sarah Nist
9/30
Barbara Babikian
9/10
Jef Campion
9/19
Bernice Forman
9/30
Patrick Bolen
9/10
Jeanine Ducree
9/22
Anna Sakalis
 
 
9/11
Noelle Picone
9/22
Karen Silver
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday Night Team Brings the Circus to Town!
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer

Prize tickets were being accumulated left and right as the kids of Ronald McDonald House New York showed off their athleticism in bean bag toss and wheel spinning games at the Tuesday Night Team’s Circus Night, held on July 10th.

Organized by Tuesday Night Team Leader Elaine Louis, Circus Night attracted many repeat customers at the House, as many of the kids kept coming back to play more games.  Also on hand were temporary tattoos and circus-themed sticker books, much to the delight of many of the younger children.

Grateful for the variety of prizes, one of the kids set a record by winning 47 tickets by the end of the night. Prizes that were available included lollipops, bubbles and sticky men – all circus-themed, of course.
In the spirit of the circus, when not playing games, the families enjoyed popcorn and animal crackers.
Prior to Circus Night, the families also enjoyed a barbeque prepared by the St. Ignatius chapter of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Led by parishioner Teresa Abruzzo, this chapter provides dinner on the second Tuesday of every month for the House, with all meals being prepared by the volunteers themselves.
A very special thanks to the Tuesday night team for operating the carnival games at a wonderful Circus Night at Ronald McDonald House New York.
W. T. Sullivan
 
1st Annual Poker Tournament
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer

The stakes were high on Wednesday, August 1st, as over thirty volunteers and friends of Ronald McDonald House New York participated in the first annual poker tournament fundraiser at Upper East Side hotspot Session 73.

The event, which raised a couple thousand dollars for the House, was organized by Thursday night volunteer, Jim Molloy. A few other members of the Thursday night team came out to help run the event as well, while many others came to play poker and show their support. 

For a $50.00 buy in, poker players and non-player guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and 3-hour open bar. Adding even more fun to the mix, the top eight finishers in the tournament won prizes.

After Molloy met the owner of Session 73, Corby Thomas, one night at the venue, the idea for a fundraiser was born. Thomas hopes that this will be the first of many other fundraising events for Ronald McDonald House in his space. 

Special thanks to Jim Molloy and all of the Thursday night volunteers who came to help out at the poker tournament. Also, special thanks to Corby Thomas for coordinating the event and providing a great atmosphere for an exciting fundraiser.

W. T. Sullivan
 
McDonald's USA "Give A Hand" Volunteer Awards

Beginning August 24th, McDonald’s USA will kick-off the first-ever “Give A Hand” Volunteer Awards program in an effort to inspire family volunteerism and help build young volunteers’ character and compassion.

Through November 2nd, families in the United States can share their volunteer project pledge to support Ronald McDonald House Charities and its local U.S. Chapters on www.GiveAHandMcDonalds.com.

Each week, one “Give a Hand” Volunteer Award entry will be randomly selected to receive a $50 McDonald’s Arch gift card. A $1,000 donation will be made to the local RMHC/RMH Chapter operating a Ronald McDonald House program closest to the winner’s home to help make their volunteer pledge a reality.

At the end of the 10 weeks, one Grand Prize winner entry will be selected to receive a $50 McDonald’s Arch gift card and a $5,000 donation will be given to the local RMHC/RMH chapter nearest them.

For more information on how to get started on your volunteer project, please contact Terri Eggers at TEggers@rmh-newyork.org.

W. T. Sullivan
 

To submit an article for consideration, please e-mail Terri Eggers at
TEggers@rmh-newyork.org.

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