DECEMBER 2012
Issue XI
The Ronald Report
 
How you are helping to keep families with cancer together.
 
Sixth Annual Light a Light, Share a Night
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
The entrance to the Ronald McDonald House was buzzing with holiday cheer as local community members and supporters of the House gathered to sing Christmas and Hanukkah songs at the Sixth Annual Light a Light, Share a Night fundraiser, which raises money to help off-set the cost for families to stay at the House.
Building up to the lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah was a ceremony that also included a blessing of the tree by Sister Margaret Oettinger, the Director of Pastoral Care at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and a blessing of the House by Rabbi Amy Bolton. A surprise visit from Santa and two Rockettes delighted guests at the end of the ceremony.
The lighting ceremony was followed by a reception in the Macy’s Living Room for all attendees, where the festivities continued. Thank you to Dr. Sherrie Maricle and the New York Pops who played holiday music throughout the entire event.  Maricle and other volunteers from the New York Pops teach music lessons and open the floor to jam sessions for the kids of the House every Monday and Wednesday night.
A very special thanks to all of the volunteers, friends, donors, neighbors and vendors who came out for the Light a Light, Share a Night program.
 
Upcoming Events
2/21
"Help the House" at The Parlour
3/5
Team Ronald Kick-Off
4/17
Hope Awards
5/5
TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
6/18
Team Ronald "Heroes" Event
Save the Date!
On Thursday, February 21st, Team Ronald will be hosting an evening benefiting Ronald McDonald House New York at The Parlour, located at 250 West 86th Street. There will be an open bar, raffles, and live music by The Hey Baby Band from 7:00PM-10:30PM. For tickets and more information, click here.  
 
 
 
Santa and a House Guest
Yonkers Fire Department Brings Holiday Cheer
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
There were toy fire trucks, Barbie karaoke machines, and Lego sets among the dozens of toys that Santa and his team of Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and a Christmas Bear gave out to the children of the Ronald McDonald House New York on Thursday, December 20th.
Behind the costumes and the generous array of gifts were volunteers from the Yonkers Fire Department – and one firefighter’s wife – who have been coming to the House for over the past fifteen years to spread their Christmas cheer.  Thursday night volunteer Jef Campion, a member of the Yonkers Fire Department, has gotten his colleagues involved in many fundraising events and service projects for the House over the years.
Dinner for the evening was provided courtesy of Tony’s Di Napoli. Tony’s Di Napoli and Dallas BBQ generously donate dinner for the House at least one Thursday of every month.
The event was capped off when Campion and the Yonkers Fire Department presented Terri Eggers, Director of Volunteers, with a check for the Ronald McDonald House. The money for the generous donation was raised from various fundraising events and projects that the fire team ran throughout 2012.
A very special thanks to Jef Campion and the Yonkers Fire Department for all of their volunteer and fundraising efforts throughout the years for Ronald McDonald House New York.
 
An Evening of Pajama Party Fun
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
Pancakes, eggs, and bacon were served to guests and the dress code consisted of flannel pajamas. Saturday, November 17th was not your typical Saturday night, as Ronald McDonald House New York celebrated its first National Pajama Night, sponsored by The Company Store.
The Company Store, a national retailer of bedding products, teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities on a national level last year to celebrate the inaugural National Family Pajama Night. In addition to donating pajamas to families across the country, The Company Store committed to donating $1.00 for each pair of pajamas sold from October 15th through December 17th to the global RMHC. This year, the Saturday Night team orchestrated the first National Pajama Night celebration here in New York.
As families arrived in the dining room, they got to pick out their attire from a selection of various colors and designs, including holiday-themed pajamas.
The breakfast-themed dinner was provided courtesy of The Company Store and served by a team of volunteers from the local non-profit organization Project Sunshine. Led by Project Sunshine volunteer Wendy Litt, a team of volunteers generously prepares dinner for the families one Saturday each month. To the delight of the families, Saturday night volunteer Paula Christiansen also brought bagels from one of her favorite Brooklyn-based bagel shops.
In true slumber party spirit, Saturday night volunteer Caitlin McHugh read a collection of classic bedtime stories, including The Stinky Cheese Man.
A very special thanks to the Saturday night team, Project Sunshine and The Company Store for organizing such a wonderful event.
 
Birthdays
1/2
Joyce Sturges
1/16
Gay Cropper
1/27
Crystal Savage
1/3
Karen Toedter
 
Barbara Gorman
1/28
Tommy DiDario
1/5
Racquel Balkaran
 
Thomas Hennessy
 
Jeanne Scungio
 
Jerry de St. Paer
1/18
Paul Sengakis
1/30
Lynda LaMonte
 
Laura Lenihan
1/22
Patrick Dunne
1/31
Peter Corritori
1/9
Timothy Letavish
1/23
Nadia Boujarwah
 
Jennifer Serpico
1/10
Alexandra Budslick
 
Joan O'Maggio
 
 
1/12
Joseph Shaheen
1/25
Mark Gropler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join the 2013 RMH TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour Team!
On Sunday, May 5th the largest recreational cycling event in the United States will take place. Over 32,000 bicyclists participate in the Five Boro Bike Tour, a 40-mile bicycle ride through the five boroughs of New York City. Of the 32,000 riding in this spectacular event, only forty lucky cyclists will be selected to represent the families of Ronald McDonald House New York.  These riders will help raise awareness of the kids who reside at the House during their battle with cancer.
Cyclists interested in joining the 2013 TD Five Boro Bike Tour as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House New York may register on the Ronald McDonald House website.  You must log on and sign up at www.rmh-newyork.org/bike-tour/join.  After  being accepted as a team member, you will receive an e-mail with a second link where you may register at no cost to you for the 2013 Five Boro Bike Tour.  The link will be sent to you when Bike New York officially opens to the public.
W. T. Sullivan
 

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