February 2017 
| Vol 9, Issue 2
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities © of Central Ohio
Celebrating 35 years of service!

On March 17th, 2017 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio will have been serving families of seriously ill children for 35 years.  We have provided more than just a place to stay for families all over the world for more than 3 decades.  In celebration of our 35th anniversary we'd like to thank all of those who have helped us along the way, and highlight some individuals who have been with us from the beginning. 

The AT&T Pioneers (both retired and active) have been volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio since we opened our doors 35 years ago.  Their journey began as a volunteer project many years ago but has turned into a tradition that is eagerly awaited by both its members and the family and staff at RMHC every couple of weeks.  This group spends two weekends each month cooking meals and serving RMHC families. 

Linda McCreary says "cooking a meal at RMHC makes her smile, and their spaghetti dinners make the residents at the house happy, too."  However, it's not just a "meal" these incredible people are cooking - it's a friendship, a bond, a donation of food, a taste of home, and a light in the lives of those who needs it most that is established and renewed with every visit.

The AT&T Pioneer members say there is no other project as "rewarding and fun" as volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, and we happen to agree.  We are so appreciative of this generous group that took the first leap 35 years ago towards keeping families close.  The tradition has continued and we know that as the years go on, the Pioneers' passion for serving will grow with ours and they will be our lifelong partners, 

The originators of this group were Bob Berwanger, Tony Petrozzi, Bill Weidinger, Larry Rhea, Wayne Pfautsch, and Leo Kraus.  There have been many members in between as the years have passed and we are grateful for each of them. The current crew members include Linda McCreary, Bill Brown, Jake & Barb Kilbarger, Jeanne Frankenberg, Donna & Jerry Carrell, Pat Turner, Jean Macnealy, Mariah Myers, John & Patti Scharf, Dick Sheets, and Sue Schreiber.  

Win designer handbags at Handbag Hullabaloo!
#Why35
 
  
 
Post a #Why35 video to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram,
and you could win 35 free meals at Central Ohio area McDonald's!

Learn more at rmhc-centralohio.org/why35/ 
 
Your votes could be worth $100,000! 

The 4th round of The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge is here and Coach Thad Matta needs your votes! The winning coach will be awarded $100,000 for the charity of their choice and Coach Matta has chosen RMHC of Central Ohio.

Please cast your daily vote through March 11th by visiting VoteCoachMatta.com
Shopping for a cause!
 
Buy  Kendra Scott Jewelry at Le Flair Boutique on March 9th and 20% of your purchase will benefit RMHC!
 
 
 
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with us at Kinsale!
 
Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club St. Patrick's Weekend Event: 
March 18th & 19th  
 
Kinsale Golf and Fitness club will be hosting a two day event including a 4 mile Race and concert followed by a day of fun for the family!

Register for the race here 
 
 
 
 
Run in the Challenge Columbus 5k!
 
Bring wellness to your workplace in the  Challenge Columbus 5k benefiting RMHC!
  
 
  
 
Golf in one of our tournaments this summer!
Run for a cause with Team RMHC 
Team RMHC is the charity running team for the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. We run, walk and step for RMHC families. It's all for the kids, and you just might achieve some personal goals while you're at it! 
 
NEW THIS SPRING
  • RECEIVE A FREE CAP CITY RACE BIB WHEN YOU RAISE $500
  • NEW FITNESS GOALS? JOIN OUR FITBIT STEP CHALLENGE
  • NEW TRAINING PROGRAM WITH THE COLUMBUS RUNNING COMPANY

 
2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

Make a difference by keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Special event sponsors receive participation opportunities and recognition at RMHC of Central Ohio events throughout the year. With levels ranging from $3,000 to $50,000, you or your company can participate at any level.


Our annual Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic is right around the corner!  To learn how you can sponsor this event and others please   email Jamie Foltz or call 614-227-3740. 
 
Other 2017 RMHC Special Events:
  • Dig It for the House
  • Handbag Hullabaloo
  • Paint the Town Center Red
  • A Taste of Tinseltown
  • Sporting Clays
  • The Bake Sale

WISH LIST TOP TEN
    1. Paper Towels
    2. 13 gallon trash bags
    3. Gift & Gas Cards to local retailers (Target, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's)
    4. HE Laundry Soap (PODS preferred)
    5. Disinfecting Spray (i.e. Lysol)
    6. Breakfast Cereal and Pop Tarts
    7. Flashlights
    8. Scrubbing Bubbles for bathtubs
    9. Disinfecting Wipes
    10. Large full-sized foil steam table pans
Every time you shop at  AmazonSmile , Amazon will donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio! If you have an Amazon account or are setting up an account, please select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charitable organization! 

Ongoing Promotions 
Foodiecard Online Sales

A Foodiecard deck costs $30 and includes over $500 in coupon savings at 54 different restaurants around Columbus. Foodiecard donates 50% of every deck sold from Foodiecard.org when you select RMHC as your cause to support. 


Good Deed Rags

Purchase a shirt from   Good Deed Rags , and select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charity and $10 from each shirt comes back to the House.


House Meals
Click on the picture to visit the meal page on our website. 

Meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are provided by generous people like you in the community.  

There are no available dinner dates for March. Click the link below to view the calendar and sign up for early April!

Quick Links
Volunteer
Become a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and make a difference. To learn more and apply, click here.
Naming Opportunities 
The Ronald McDonald House has grown!  Click here  to learn more about how you can leave your mark at the House.
Donate a Vehicle 
Donate a car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle, tractor, or any other vehicle and help sick kids.  Click here
to donate today.

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