As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, I reflect back with amazement and gratitude for everything our Ronald McDonald House family has accomplished together in 2015.
Throughout this year of transition, with the construction on our 52,000-square-foot expansion underway next door, our extended community of supporters gathered together throughout the year to demonstrate their unwavering and generous support for the families that call our House home.
In March, we enjoyed House Party!, and a few months later, our golf invitational followed by an incredible reception and our car raffle. In August, we gathered together to celebrate the "topping off" of the new building and the Taube Foundation's generous $2 million gift and matching grant. In September we welcomed our Children's Circle donors and Elizabeth Holmes to share an evening of engaging conversation. At October's Guess Who is Coming to Dinner? event, we enjoyed a night of mystery with some of our dearest friends and House supporters.
In the meantime, we've made significant progress toward our $40.5 million capital campaign goal and have moved closer to realizing our ultimate vision-to eliminate our nightly waiting list and ensure that there is room at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford for every family that needs a home-away-from-home while their child is receiving medical care at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.
Thanks to the combined efforts of our House volunteers and staff, along with the financial support of hundreds of generous donors, we are now only months away from opening the doors on our House expansion and filling 67 new family bedrooms next door.
While we look forward to the completion of our new expansion, there is still much to be done. Forty-eight
of the Bay Area's top design firms and San Francisco Design Center have donated their time and resources and are currently hard at work to ensure the new House provides the perfect environment to support families in crisis. Their collective efforts are transforming the new structure into an oasis of hope and love, from the paint and flooring, to the fixtures and furniture, including everything in between.
We have many exciting milestones on the horizon as we move toward opening the new building in April. Now, more than ever, we look to you-our donors and volunteers-to help us on stay the course and remain on schedule and within budget.
I thank you for the unwavering support of our efforts to expand and for the compassion and support you have shown to the 47 families who have stayed with us every night throughout 2015. I look forward to you joining me in welcoming dozens more in 2016. Happy holidays!
With warmest wishes,