Issue IX
The Ronald Report
How you are helping to keep families with cancer together.
Monday Night Tie-Dying Fun
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
The families of Ronald McDonald House New York channeled their inner fashionistas on a warm summer night atop the terrace. With buckets of red, blue, green, yellow, orange, and purple dye to choose from, kids and adults alike rolled up their sleeves to take part in Tie Dye night.
Organized by Monday Night co-leader Karen Van Vleet and various other Monday night team volunteers, Tie Dye Night has become a favored tradition over the past couple of years, as evidenced by the long lines that did not stop for over two hours.
“The kids and families really love to get into Tie Dye Night,” says Van Vleet, who has become a seasoned tie-dying pro and taught the volunteers and families her secrets to the art.
A wonderful summer barbeque dinner was provided by volunteers from the St. Stephen’s of Hungary School. St. Stephen’s of Hungary, a K-8 Catholic elementary school located on the Upper East Side, generously provides dinner once a month to the families of Ronald McDonald House New York.
A very special thanks to Karen Van Vleet and the Monday night team volunteers, as well as the volunteers of St. Stephen’s of Hungary for providing an evening of tie dying fun.
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Share A Night
Volunteer Recognition Dinner 2012

Be on the look-out for an invitation to the 34th Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner! On November 7, 2012, we will be honoring our incredible volunteers and thanking them for making our House a true home-away-from-home for families battling pediatric cancer. We will also be presenting the Community Distinguished Service Award to two very deserving organizations, the Yonkers Fire Department and Temple    Emanu-el.

With food, drinks, dancing, and a very special recognition ceremony, this evening, hosted at the New York Athletic Club, is one of the most memorable of the year!

Santa and a House Guest
Movie at the McDrive-In
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
A New York City Line sightseeing bus, a car adorned with a “Just Married” sign, and flashy convertibles were among the many colorful vehicles lining the floor of the playroom for the Sunday night team’s “McDrive-In” Night.
All vehicles were custom-designed and built by the kids and their families on Sunday, August 12, then parked the following Sunday in the basement for a screening of the movie “Despicable Me.”
“What’s great about this night is that it allows the kids to be really hands-on in making their own cars,” says Sunday volunteer Dana Rosenthal.
The boxes, which were generously donated by Sunday Night co-team leader Ruth Schlossberg’s employer, The Jones Group, were put to good use, as the kids transformed any remaining boxes into doghouses.
“McDrive-In” Night has become a beloved tradition organized by Sunday night co-team leader Lynda LaMonte and volunteer Dana Rosenthal over the past few years.  Contributing to the movie theater ambiance, the Sunday night team brought in popcorn and cotton candy machines, and there was an endless array of popular movie theater candy for the families to choose from.
Special thanks to Lynda LaMonte and Dana Rosenthal for organizing a terrific night – it should be noted that both of them have been volunteering with Ronald McDonald House New York for over seventeen years! A special thanks as well to all of the Sunday night volunteers who helped transform the playroom into a drive-in movie theater.
Central Park Outing
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
The families of Ronald McDonald House New York got to celebrate the fleeting moments of summer on a beautiful Friday night in Central Park on August 31st.
Organized by Friday night team leaders Steve Simon and Lisa Ganzenmuller, the team had a strong volunteer presence, despite the fact that this was the Friday of Labor Day weekend.
Transported by an official NYPD van to the site of the picnic at 97th street, the kids and parents alike enjoyed softball, soccer & Frisbee games. In between the games and other recreational activities, the families relaxed on blankets and enjoyed an impressive picnic spread catered by Fairway Market.
“This night is one of our favorites because it allows the kids to just be kids and run around,” says Simon. The team is hoping to squeeze in one more trip to Central Park before the close of summer.
A very special thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society whose volunteers came to the park to serve the great dinner from Fairway Market. In true picnic style, the charity provided sandwiches, mac and cheese, and numerous side salads, among many other classic picnic dishes. A special thanks to the Friday night team for organizing another great night out in Central Park.
Kelley Barker
Anne Lekow
Michael DeSola
Natalie MacDonald
Paula Christiansen
Kristina Pantelides
Jim Eggers
Nancy George-Michalson
Emily Hammond
Robert Clifford
Jed Cairo
Nicholas Claudio
James Houston
Nicole Kapit
Guthrie Garvin
Caroline Hoffman
James Molloy
Marielle Cardone
Wendy Kozak
Letter From William T. Sullivan, President & CEO
As you know, the children at the House have very compromised immune systems. The physicians with whom we consult are very concerned about exposure to the flu for the children staying at the House.  In fact, when I talked to Dr. Boulad, he said that the words "strongly recommend" are not enough when describing the need for the flu shot this season. He said, “I EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY, STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all who come into contact with the children and families get their flu shot.”
Although this is not currently mandatory, we ask that you consider the children and get the vaccine.
In order to assist you, we will be hosting two inoculation sessions here at the House.  If you have insurance, we ask that you bring it with you.  If you don’t, we will pick up the cost of the shot.
It is potentially a matter of life and death.  Please help us by doing your part to protect the children staying with us.  Join me in this endeavor.
The flu shot sessions will take place on October 9th and October 15th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM in the Conference Room. Please RSVP to Thank you!!!!
W. T. Sullivan

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