October 2017 
| Vol 10, Issue 10
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities © of Central Ohio
Buchanan family says of RMHC: "If you've got to be away from home, this is the place to be."
Julie and Steve Buchanan are parents to five children in southwestern Virginia: Summer, 16; Zachary, 14; Grayson, 12; Jada, 8; and Jazmine, 5.

Their youngest, Jazmine, was born with a birth defect that left a hole in her colon, causing multiple health issues over her young life. For added support, Julie joined a Mom's group with similar issues as her daughter ~ and that's when she found out about colorectal specialist Dr. Marc Levitt at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

"He is the man," said Julie, who said the treatment Dr. Levitt has provided has "made the difference as to whether or not (Jazmine) could live a normal life."

"We wanted to come to the best place and we were blessed to get approved through insurance," said Julie, adding that, initially, the family stayed in hotels when they came to Columbus. "But when they set us up at the hospital, the Welcome Center told us about the Ronald McDonald House."

The first time the Buchanan family used the House was in December of 2015, and since then, they've stayed at least six more times through Jazmine's check-ups, surgeries, and other appointments.

"If you've got to be away from home, this is the place to be," said Julie, adding that the people at RMHC of Central Ohio were what made the real difference. "It's the way the people are; the volunteers. They don't just bring bubbles; they play bubbles. They interact so closely with (the kids). That's meant so much; how the volunteers here and the staff have just been so welcoming and kind." 

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"She never asks about shots, or surgery; all she talks about is coming to 'Ronnie Donald's' house...I'm thankful for that." 
~ Julie Buchanan on her daughter, Jazmine, 5.
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But what really stands out to Julie, is that when Jazmine knows she has to go to the hospital, no matter what the treatment, she doesn't talk about the hospital ~ she talks about the Ronald McDonald House, or as Jazmine calls it "Ronnie Donald's."
 
"She never asks about shots, or surgery; all she talks about is coming to 'Ronnie Donald's' house," said Julie. "(The House) is what's making that go away. (The House) is what's staying in her mind. I'm thankful for that. Because she's been through a lot. She's gone through it. Just to see that this is what she remembers...you don't want them to remember the bad."
 
From play rooms to meals, Julie said they were given everything they needed while staying at the House.
 
"We were just amazed how God had  provided  for us; not just a place to stay, but a place like this, with  many   different  areas to play in," she said. " It's not that the basic needs are met, they meet all your needs and wants, too."
 
Julie said she's grateful for individuals and businesses who provide their time and money to help families like hers.
 
"It's a very worthwhile organization and it makes a huge difference in the lives of families of sick kids," she said. "And not just the kids, but the parents and families of the kids."




Emily Simmons is the top "BobcaThon" fundraiser for the month of October!
 
Emily Simmons raised more than $300 in the month of October for the Columbus Ronald McDonald House through the "BobcaThon" program fundraising efforts!        
 
BobcaThon is a year-long fundraiser on the Ohio University campus that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and ends with a dance marathon! The fourth annual BobcaThon began this Fall and will fundraise through the dance marathon on Feb. 17.  
 
Emily is "For The Kids," the "BobcaThon" slogan, because every child should get to enjoy their childhood and be surrounded by family, she said, adding that the RMH makes that possible for families to stick together during some of the toughest moments in life.
 
 

A Toast to Tinseltown event a success! Raises more than $120,000 for RMHC. See the photos!

 
Thank you to the Columbus Red Shoe Society for hosting the successful "A Toast to Tinseltown" this year and raising more than $120,000 for the Columbus Ronald McDonald House! From the finely dressed to those who rocked clever costumes, our attendees enjoyed Cameron Mitchell cuisine, open bar, a card reader, learning the basics to "Thriller," and so much more! Congratulations, again, to our 2017 Community Award winners, and thank you to the Zari family for attending. We can't wait until next year! Photography by Angie Baker Dugan. 

Fashion Week Columbus hosts Kid's Fashion Show at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House!

In collaboration with Fashion Week Columbus, the Columbus Ronald McDonald House hosted the Kid's Fashion Show featuring designers including Homage, mrly, and Deluca Designs. Karina Nova of 10TV emceed. It was a beautiful day and a packed house for this once a year event.

You get one chance to win this Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM bag valued at $1,350 on FRIDAY!


Buy your Handbag HULLABALOO!™ Hollywood tickets now for a shot to win this Louis Vuitton bag and more!
 
The Nov. 3 Handbag HULLABALOO!™ at Hollywood Casino will offer you the opportunity to win authentic designer handbags by participating in multiple raffles. In addition, there will be a silent auction, prize drawings, hors d'oeuvres, and specialty drinks. It's a perfect night out!

  Schedule of Events:
6:00 pm Registration/Silent Auction Opens
7:00 pm Raffle Games Start
   
 
by watching the video HERE!
   
 
Limited seating is available for this exclusive event, so make sure to
 
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit our website
or contact Keiana Mitchell at 614-227-6034 or keiana.mitchell@rmhc-centralohio.org
Order your pumpkin rolls from RMHC!


Place your order today for our famous pumpkin rolls!
They make wonderful gifts, are perfect for get-togethers with friends & family, are a great holiday dessert or treat, and come frozen should you want to stash them away for an occasion in the future. Pick up is during the 33rd Annual Bake Sale at the Ronald McDonald House on Friday, November 17th between 10AM and 4PM. 


For more information contact Allison Cahill at 614-227-3735 or Allison.cahill@rmhc-centralohio.org.

Calling all bakers and beach lovers!


We need YOU to use your talents in the kitchen to support the thousands of families who rely on the Ronald McDonald House each and every year. Consider whipping up your specialty and donating it to be sold at our 33rd Annual Bake Sale. Fudge, pies, cookies, cakes, muffins, breads, candies, brownies, buckeyes, cake pops, no-bakes... whatever it may be, we'd love to feature your sweet treats! Unique items always go fast!



Enter to win a luxurious vacation to one of Mexico's most beautiful beachfront resorts! Tickets are just $20 each and only 500 tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. To participate, contact Allison Cahill at 614-227-3735 or allison.cahill@rmhc-centralohio.org.
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The Bake Sale at the Ronald McDonald House is on Friday, November 17th from 10AM until 4PM. The event includes endless sweet treats, craft vendors, a book sale, children's apparel sale, and a buffet lunch with chili, burgers, and soup. For more information, contact Allison Cahill at 614-227-3735 or allison.cahill@rmhc-centralohio.org.

 

Join us for "Breakfast With Santa" on Dec. 2!


The 3rd annual Breakfast with Santa at Texas de Brazil will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, 9-11 am!

Early-bird ticket sales through Nov. 17 are $30 for adults, $17 for children 12 and under, and $3 for children under 2.  After Nov. 17, tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under, and $3 for children under 2. 

Get your kids ready for a delightful breakfast, a visit with Santa, and celebrating the holiday season.
 
Tickets are limited.


For more information, contact Alexis Donahue at 614-227-3767 or at alexis.donahue@rmhc-centralohio.org.
Make meals for the House with Team Cuisine!




Prepare a delicious meal for the families of hospitalized children under the guidance of our chef designed with a carefully selected menu full of nutritious ingredients. We'll take care of all the details, including the food, recipes, and cookware.

Your group of up to 15 volunteers will only need to arrive ready to get busy cooking!  Create lasting memories while making a difference for our families.

In order to purchase the ingredients needed for each meal, Team Cuisine meal groups will make a tax-deductible donation to our House.

$350 provides 100 breakfast or lunch servings
$450 provides 150 dinner servings

Breakfast Groups arrive at 7a.m. and are done around 9:30 a.m.
Lunch Groups arrive at 10 a.m. and are done around 1 p.m.
Dinner Groups arrive at 3:30 p.m. and are done around 7 p.m.


Email  Katherine.Yeager@RMHC-CentralOhio.org to learn more.

Lunches or dinners needed:

Dec. 9, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30; and Jan. 1, 3, 5, are open! Please sign up if you can!
 
Holiday Wish List for RMHC of Central Ohio families!
The annual Holiday Wish List for families staying here at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House is out! Please note that any of the wish list items must be new, unused, and unwrapped.


Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of the House located at 711 E. Livingston Ave., seven days a week between 9am-9pm. Donations must be received by Dec. 15.

If you have any questions about the Holiday Wish List, please contact Abigail Brumme at 614-227-3776 or Abigail.Brumme@rmhc-centralohio.org.

Thank you!


WISH LIST TOP TEN
    1. Disinfecting Spray (i.e. Lysol)
    2. 13 gallon trash bags
    3. Gift Cards to local retailers (Target, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's)
    4. HE Laundry Soap (PODS preferred)
    5. Paper towels
    6. Window Cleaner (i.e. Windex)
    7. New, white, full-sized bath towels
    8. Scrubbing Bubbles for bathtubs
    9. Disinfecting Wipes
    10. Foil steam table pans (full & half sized)
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! 
 
2017 Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

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. 
 
Additional 2017 RMHC Special Events:
  • Hadnbag HULLABALOO!™ at Hollywood Casino Nov. 3
  • The Bake Sale
  • Breakfast With Santa
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.


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