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Dear Friend of the House,

 

Here at the House, spring is especially busy for our volunteers and staff as fundraising activities kick into high gear. This year, inspired by our upcoming House expansion and renovation, we have taken a fresh look at some of our events and are making changes--some big, some small, but all designed to celebrate how Hope is Growing  at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.

 

On March 22, we launched our first major event of the year--our inaugural House Party! Groundbreaking Gala. Guests came out in full force to have fun with friends "on the playground" and enjoy a night of great food, entertainment, and a live auction.  

 

Thanks to the vision and brilliant planning of Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Badger of Dreams & Details, we were able to host House Party! on the site of our future House expansion in an enormous tent that was transformed into a playground equipped to entertain kids of all ages. Click here to view the online event photo gallery.  

 

Thanks to the support of our generous community, House Party! was a tremendous success, exceeding the fundraising goal of $550,000.

 

We also want to offer a special thanks  to Spring Lamb event chair Katherine Filice, committee members, and the many friends and supporters of this wonderful event. Held at the Los Gatos Campo di Bocce in early April, the Spring Lamb BBQ and Bocce Tournament, now in its 12th year, has raised more than $900,000 for the House and continues to grow in popularity.  Be sure to mark your calendars to attend next year's event on April 18, 2015--it's a great time not to be missed!  

 

For the first time in many years, we've initiated a spring direct mail fundraiser that features a compelling and heartwarming story about the Santoya family currently staying at the House. As part of this appeal, anyone who makes a donation between now and May 7 can have a personalized Mother's Day card sent to a special mother in their life.

 

Planning for the Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament (RCI), now in its 30th year, is in full swing. Sponsorship opportunities are available and I look forward to seeing our community leaders and avid golfers come together at this popular and fun-filled event on Monday, June 9 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club and Stanford University Golf Course.

 

In anticipation of our upcoming RCI golf tournament, we are selling raffle tickets for our annual Maserati live drawing scheduled to take place at the tournament reception at Rosewood Sand Hill on June 9. For only $100, you can enter the drawing for a chance to win the Grand Prize--a Maserati Ghibli S Q4 luxury sedan, generously donated by our friends at Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley. Every ticket is eligible for many other great prizes too, so enter today.  

 

As if the above were not enough to keep us all busy, training will soon begin for the Big Sur Half Marathon in November with our very own Team Ronald McDonald House (Team RMH) training and fundraising program. In its 17th year, Team RMH's dual goal is to help participants reach their personal endurance goals while raising funds to help House families stay and heal together.

 

As we embark on these ambitious and worthwhile projects I am continually impressed by the overwhelming generosity of so many in our community who dedicate their time, talent, and treasure to ensure the House can continue providing comfort, care, and support to every family who is facing a medical crisis. Thank you.


Warm regards,
 

 

Jay McCullough 

Celebrating Isabella 
Isabella Augustine, Age 8

On April 9, what would have been Isabella Augustine's ninth birthday, her mother, Becky, grandparents, stepfather, and cousin delivered dozens of new toys for the families at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford as a celebration of the special little girl with the big smile.

 

"Isabella would have loved this," said Becky. "She was such a giving person."

 

Diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension when she was three years old, Isabella's condition gradually worsened over the years, to the point where by age six she had exhausted all available treatment methods. Her only hope for survival was to receive a double lung and heart transplant. After more than a year of waiting for the organs to become available, Isabella finally underwent a successful transplant on May 19, 2013.

 

"She recovered amazingly well and three weeks after surgery Isabella was discharged to stay and continue her recovery at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford," explained Becky.

 

The family stayed together at the House for three months--a time of joy for Isabella who especially loved the play room, arts and crafts projects, and making friends with the other kids at the House. For Becky, staying at the House made their frequent trips to doctor's appointments incredibly convenient.

 

"Staying at the House was great for both of us. We had the support, comfort, and care we needed to make the best out of a tough situation."

 

Sadly, Isabella contracted a serious fungal infection in her lungs, and six months after receiving her transplant, Isabella passed away peacefully cradled in her mother's arms.

 

Isabella's family knew they wanted to do something special to honor her memory, and the idea of hosting a toy drive to benefit Ronald McDonald House at Stanford was the perfect fit. Family and friends handed out flyers, and spread the word throughout their social media networks and church group contacts. Within days of announcing the drive, donations began pouring in.

 

"I can't think of better way to honor such a loving, sweet, and amazing little girl," said Becky softly as she surveyed the loads of donated toys. "I am already looking forward to doing this again next year."  

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To learn more about how you can help families like Isabella's stay together during a medical crisis, please visit: www.rmhstanford.org/howyoucanhelp. 

Kay Sims - Celebrating 30 Years

Volunteer Kay Sims and her
"best friend" Finn
Few people at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford possess a fraction of the knowledge about the House's history as does Kay Sims, a veteran volunteer who recently celebrated 30 years of service.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Kay relocated to the Bay Area with her husband in 1985 and immediately searched for a volunteer position within her new community.

 

"Back then, in the pre-Internet days, you would have to go down to a volunteer matching center and sift through binders full of volunteer position listings," Kay explains.

Read more.  

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Interested in volunteering at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford? Learn more about available volunteer opportunities and sign up for a volunteer information session today.

 


Spring Appeal - In Honor of Mom 
 
Click the image to make a donation and send this card
to a special mom in your life today. 
Give the Gift that Keeps Mothers and Children Together

Help us keep families together and honor a special mom in your life. 
 
We're pleased to introduce a new support opportunity--in honor of moms.

As part of our Spring fundraising campaign,
if you make a donation to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford by May 7 we'll send this beautiful Mother's Day card on your behalf to a special mother in your life. The card features the heart-touching story of the Santoya family, who currently reside at the House.

(Offer applies to U.S. residences only.)
 

For more information please email Chapin Cole, donor relations manager, or phone 650.470.6094. 

House Party - Event Recap 

A GREAT time was had by ALL! Click on on the images above to view the online event photo album.
HOUSE PARTY! Groundbreaking Gala
A BIG HIT!

   

More than 500 friends of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford came out to play at our 2014 House Party! Groundbreaking Gala in March.  

 

House Party! introduced a new theme for our annual fundraiser and was held on the site of our upcoming 52,000-square-foot House expansion. An extraordinary tent trimmed in gold and red was creatively transformed into a playground-complete with basketball hoops, swing sets, seesaws, and hopscotch--a theme that emphasized the joy and hope the House brings to the thousands of children every year.  

 

ABC7's local news team, anchors Cheryl Jennings and Don Sanchez, and Meteorologist Mike Nicco were on hand as emcees. A dance routine to the song "Our House" by the Menlo Middle School Dance Group kicked off the festivities followed by Annette Eros, chief executive officer, who highlighted the overwhelmingly positive role the House plays for families in need of a home-away-from-home while their critically ill child receives medical treatment in our community. Eros underscored how recent studies confirm that Ronald McDonald Houses help children heal. Read more. 

30th Annual Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament 

It's TEE Time! 
GRAB your BUDS and CLUBS, and get into the Game!

 

WHEN & WHERE 

Golf Tournament 

Stanford Golf Course
Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club
12:00 p.m. - Shotgun Start  

 

RECEPTION  

Rosewood Sand Hill
5:00 p.m. Reception

 

The Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament is a key fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Approximately 240 golfers participate in this tournament hosted by Randy Cross, former all-pro guard for the San Francisco 49ers and currently an NFL analyst for CBS Sports. Already in its 30th consecutive year, the event has raised more than $7 million for the House since its inception.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE! Download the Sponsorship Information Packet Here (PDF)

 

To inquire about RCI sponsorship opportunities please email Stephanie Spees, events and community relations manager, or call 650.470.6006.
Call for Donations 


Your Donations Help Children and Families Feel at
"Home-Away-From-Home"


House families, many of whom are far from home, greatly appreciate being able to celebrate special days together at the House. Your donations help us provide comfort and care to families facing a medical crisis.

Right now, we are accepting donations for the following items:

MOTHER'S DAY BASKETS
(donations needed by May 7)
FATHER'S DAY BASKETS
(donations needed by June 11)
  • manicure kits
  • spa kits
  • lotions
  • soaps
  • gift cards 
  • slippers 
  • grooming kits 
  • small sports or auto related items 
  • gift cards


URGENT NEED!
CAMP RONALD McDONALD
(donations accepted year-round)
Summer is coming soon and we are in need of tickets to area museums and other attractions so that children staying at the House can have summertime fun time to remember!

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. THANK YOU! 

     

    If you have any questions or would like any more information about donating to our House programs, please email Erica Lee, program coordinator, or call 650.470.6011.
Events Calendar - Spring and Early Summer 2014 
Upcoming Events

May
May 1-10: Give A Hand Fundraiser - During this National Give a Hand Fundraiser, you can donate directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities by purchasing a "Hand" for $1, $3, or $5 when you visit a participating McDonald's restaurant.
May 5, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Volunteer information session for TEENS. Sign up.
May 6: Silicon Valley Gives Day
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is hosting the first-ever day of giving to benefit every nonprofit organization in the region, including Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.
May 11: Mother's Day
May 19, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Volunteer information session for ADULTS. Sign up. 
June 
June 9: 30th Annual Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament. Learn more. 
June 9: Maserati Raffle Learn more. 
June 15: Father's Day 
June 16, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Volunteer information session for ADULTS. Sign up.

Our Mission:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.
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