January 2018
| Vol 11, Issue 1
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities © of Central Ohio
A Home Across the Country
Jett being held by her mother Kelly
While traveling to Ohio, Kelly Weber, a respected entrepreneur and executive leadership coach based in Seattle, Washington, was at the OU Inn with husband, Jeremy, celebrating her successful keynote earlier that evening at her alma mater, Ohio University. Eight months pregnant with their first child, she remarked to Jeremy how much she was looking forward to the holiday season together as they prepare for the birth of their first child, expected January 2018. While ordering their meal, they could have never anticipated what was to come - Kelly's water broke, 7.5 weeks early.  
Kelly and Jett
After being quickly transported to Athens hospital only to learn they were not equipped for a premature baby, Kelly was rushed to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, to ensure the safest, fastest delivery possible. The baby was well on her way and descending quickly and unfortunately the baby was breech.
As a result, the doctors performed an emergency C-section and successfully delivered a beautiful baby girl, Jett Porter Weber, weighing only 3 lbs. 11.6 ounces. Following a difficult extraction and a bumpy arrival, Jett was rushed to the NICU with Jeremy close by her side and Kelly in the recovery room following her surgery. Jett, like most early preemies, needed critical care.  
Now new parents, thousands of miles away from home with a baby in the NICU, the circumstances were overwhelming and stressful. To focus on the health and well-being of their daughter Jett, Kelly and Jeremy needed a home-away-from-home close to the hospital allowing them to come and go as needed. Thankfully, the Ronald McDonald House became just that for them - a home.
Jeremy, Jett, and Kelly
Speaking of their first experience of the House, Kelly shared that, "while we had heard of the Ronald McDonald House before, we weren't aware of the depth of their resources and were amazed by the generosity of their volunteers. It was humbling." And like many families that stay at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House, Kelly commented that one of the most meaningful experiences was connecting with other families going through similar challenges themselves.  
In addition to the RMH, the Ronald McDonald Family Room available on the 5th floor at Riverside Methodist Hospital provided added convenience for the Weber Family. As Kelly and Jeremy noted, the Family Room was "great for doing our laundry, taking a hot shower, grabbing a quick snack or taking much needed break from the day with family." Both RMHC programs were available for them when they needed it most. Truly keeping families close.  
Speaking of family, as a Christmas gift, the Weber's closest family and friends surprised Kelly and Jeremy by raising over $2,500 in Jett's name to be donated to the RMHC of Central Ohio. "It was the most thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for our family," remarked Kelly. "It makes us proud to know that Jett is already making a difference in this world."
We are happy to share that after 50 days in the NICU, Jett finally got to go home to Seattle with her parents this January, with her first big trip traveling cross-country by train! Jett is acclimating to "life on the outside" with her family in Seattle and RMHC of Central Ohio is proud to be a big part of the story of Jett's launch into life.

 Please consider supporting families like the Webers by making a donation

John Corby Memorial

For decades, John Corby was a dedicated supporter of Ronald McDonald House  Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Through his platform on 610 WTVN, John used his voice to make a difference for families of seriously ill children who needed a place to stay near their hospitalized child. The Corby family and the team at WTVN have decided to honor John by raising funds for RMHC of Central Ohio.

By making a donation through this secured online donation page, you will be keeping families close while their child is being treated for a serious illness or injury. No matter what the circumstances, if a child is in the hospital, they need their family nearby. John Corby believed that, and worked hard to support the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

To learn more about our charity, please feel free to navigate the other pages on this site. If you would like to learn more about John Corby and his legacy   click here.

Don't Miss Handbag HULLABALOO!™ Dublin

At Handbag HULLABALOO!™, guests are given the opportunity to win designer handbags simply by participating in our event raffles. In addition to the festivities, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and specialty drinks, as well as a silent auction and prize drawings.  
All proceeds from the event will help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio provide a home-like environment for families of seriously ill children.
Contact Caitlin Wolcott at the Ronald McDonald House at 614-227-3729 or by email at caitlin.wolcott@rmhc-centralohio.org.
Sponsored by Columbus Distributing  

BocaThon Fundraiser of the Month

Name: Ty Tracy
Raised: $650 
Why: "When I was 9 years old, I had to stay in the hospital for about a week. While I received excellent care from my health care team, my family was able to be there for me every step of the way. I know how much the family can aid in the healing process. I'm FTK (for the kids) so no kid has to fight alone."
To learn more about BobcaThon, click here 

2018 Sponsorship opportunities now 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 Dublin-Crown Handbag HULLABALOO!™ 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 2018 RMHC Special Events available for sponsorship:
  • 32nd Annual RMHC Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic
  • RMHC Sporting Clays Tournament
  • Paint the Town Center Red
  • A Toast to Tinseltown

Please Sign Up To Make a Meal!

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.


Have an old car to donate?

Make a vehicle donation before the end of the year and receive a tax deduction on your next tax return. When you make a tax-deductible vehicle donation, you will help a family at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House by keeping them close to their hospitalized child.

Please Fulfill Our Wish List!

    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. Copy Paper
    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! 

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.

Quick Links

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
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