IN THIS ISSUE:
UPCOMING EVENTS

OCTOBER
Volunteer Information Session for Adults
October 20, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sign up here.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
October 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Register here.


NOVEMBER
Volunteer Information Session for Teens
November 3, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sign up here.

Big Sur Half Marathon
November 8, 2015
Click for more information.

Volunteer Information Session for Adults
November 17, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sign up here.


JOIN US FOR FOOD, FUN, AND MYSTERY!
We invite you to participate in an exciting and unique fundraiser.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner consists of multiple dinner parties held simultaneously in private homes throughout the peninsula. 

Diners pick their top three favorite dinner themes and shortly before the event we'll tell you where you're dining. 

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at our expansion site for a sneak peek of our new House where you will get an up close and personal look at our silent auction featuring a collection of CelebriTrees (see below for more details).
WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2015. Dinner, drinks, and fun only $123* per person. Space is limited. 

*The cost to house a family is $123 a night. Thanks to the generosity of our dinner hosts and Treetopia,100 percent of each ticket purchase will directly support House programs and services.
YOUR SMALL CHANGE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
On October 15, Ronald McDonald Houses and McDonald's restaurants across the country will celebrate the annual Day of Change to commemorate opening the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia in 1974.

Every penny counts! Did you know that Bay Area McDonald's restaurants collect nearly $400,000 per year to support our local RMHC programs? Throughout 2014, coins donated globally through the Donation Box program totaled more than $54 million in support of nearly six million children and families.

You can celebrate #DayofChange #forRMHC with us by tossing your spare change into a collection box at your local participating McDonald's.

Collectively, your small donation adds up to help ensure that we can continue to keep families caring for critically ill children close when being together matters most. Spread the word--and THANK YOU!
KAY SIMS

Big Red Shoe Award Recipient
We say thank you and congratulations to the extraordinary Kay Sims--a much-loved and appreciated veteran volunteer at the House, and this year's recipient of the Big Red Shoe award.
Kay Sims (center) accepts the Big Red Shoe award presented by Ronald McDonald House at Stanford CEO Annette Eros and last year's Big Red Shoe award recipient Brad Lyman.
Every year at the Children's Circle Reception, the Big Red Shoe award is presented to a member of our extended House community who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to supporting our mission of providing a safe and supportive home away-from-home environment for families caring for critically ill children.

Read more about Kay's history of accomplishment and service at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford here.

Community
SAN FRANCISCO SOUP COMPANY

Nothing says home like a bowl of warm, homemade soup and for more than five years families at the House have looked forward to a monthly tradition--soup night--thanks to our friends at the San Francisco Soup Company. 

Once a month, the company's Palo Alto location serves delicious fresh homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and cookies.  Whether it is the corn chowder, chicken tortilla, turkey chili, or another one of the company's famous soup recipes, families find comfort in having a delicious hot and nutritious meal provided at the end of a long, stressful day. 
 
Thank you to the San Francisco Soup Company for your continued partnership with the House and for helping to provide a comforting home-away-from home atmosphere for families in need.  

glassbaby

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford has partnered with glassybaby, retailers of exquisite hand-blown glass votives, to light our tables for our Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? event. 

In celebration of this event, glassbaby will donate 10 percent of every purchase made using the charity giving code "house" to support our programs and services between October 23 to October 31. With the holidays approaching now is a perfect time to visit glassbaby.com and find the perfect gift for someone on your list while helping children and families at the House stay and heal together.



CELEBRITREES
Get Ready to Bid!
With the holidays just around the corner we're excited to introduce CelebriTrees--a new and unique fundraising auction that celebrates the spirit of our generous community partners. Together, we've joined with local personalities and organizations to design celebrity-themed Christmas trees courtesy of Peninsula-based Treetopia, retailers of high-quality, stylish, and colorful artificial Christmas trees and ornaments. 

The spectacularly decorated trees are available for auction and inspired by our community partners including Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders, Eric Heitmann, former center of the San Francisco 49ers, KPIX's Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem and Chef David Lawrence of 1300 Fillmore, San Jose Sharks, San Jose Earthquakes, and Stanford Cardinals. 

You'll find more than shiny ornaments, as trees will include desirable swag and gift certificates including game day tickets, autographed items, official gear, and more!

The auction will open via a mobile bidding platform the week of October 19 and will close at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Please visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed for information on how to bid on these one-of-a-kind creations that are guaranteed to take your holiday décor and team spirit to the next level!
We are grateful to Treetopia and our community partners for their generosity in supporting this event. Happy bidding!

For more information, please contact Nichole Cilléy, project manager, at ncilley@rmhstanford.org or 650-470-6037.
LUCKY LACEY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF LIFE
Then and Now: Lacey shortly after her heart transplant (left); 
Lacey at her first half marathon in 2014.
If there ever was a reason to celebrate, Lacey has two!

A two-time organ transplant recipient, Lacey is marking the 25th anniversary of her first transplant--a heart--in two special ways: by running the Rock N' Roll Half Marathon in Lisbon, Portugal later this month, and simultaneously, raising funds to benefit Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.

"The House was there for me and my family when we needed it the most," says Lacey. "I wanted to celebrate this special occasion by doing something for families who are going through what we experienced."

Lacey's incredible story of beating the odds began when, as a ten-month-old infant, she caught a devastating infection that permanently damaged her heart. Her doctors, believing the situation to be hopeless, told Lacey's distraught parents to take their daughter home and enjoy what little time they had left together. Undaunted, Lacey's mother, Colleen tenaciously pursued every possible alternative. She called doctors and hospitals throughout the country, searching for a glimmer of hope. Read entire story.
THERE'S STILL TIME FOR TEAM!
Click to Join Team Today!
Calling all runners and walkers! There's still time to join Team RMHS and participate in the sold-out Big Sur half marathon in beautiful Monterey, CA.

All Team participants receive: 
  • Fully supported team trainings 
  • Expert advice from coaches 
  • Daily training calendar 
  • Event weekend lodging and pre-race pasta party 
  • Race entry 
  • Technical Fiber Team RMHS shirt
  • Support to help you reach your fundraising goal
Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program
Helping students afford the education of their dreams
Click to learn more about RMHC Scholars!
Students across the country work hard to earn top marks, dreaming of the college they'll attend and the education they'll receive. Unfortunately, many of these students won't be able to afford it.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) wants these students to reach their full potential. To help them accomplish this, the Ronald McDonald House Charities network of U.S. Chapters, along with the global office of RMHC, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement. Since 1985, more than $56 million in scholarships have been awarded. 

Applications are being accepted now. Apply online .
AT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE at STANFORD

There are many ways, large and small, to get involved with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. We welcome you to join our House community of support by contributing in whatever way you can. 

Below are some special opportunities to help children and families staying at the House feel at home.
CALL FOR DONATIONS*
We rely on the generosity of donors in our community to help provide much-needed funds, goods, and services for critically ill children and families. We welcome donations of new and unused items at the House front office seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Right now, we have a special need for:

HAPPY WHEELS Hospitality Cart Items
(donations accepted year-round)
HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
(accepting donations up to Saturday, October 24)  
  • travel-sized toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • travel-size deodorant
  • small infant toys (rattles, teethers, etc.)
  • individual 100-calorie snack packs

Halloween is fast approaching and children at the House are looking forward to trick-or-treating throughout the House and neighborhood. Help them have a spooktacular Halloween by donating new and unused costumes sizes infant through teenage boys and girls.  

LUNCH 2 GO/SNACK 2 GO
(donations accepted year-round) 
AMAZON WISH LIST
(donations accepted year-round) 
House families often don't have time to sit down and enjoy a healthy lunch or snack. You can help keep busy parents and kids fueled on the go by gathering your friends or coworkers and bagging up some nutritious lunches and portable snacks and delivering them to thankful families at the House. Lunch2Go and Snack2Go are ideal group activities for volunteers under 16 years of age. Email elee@rmhstanford.org for more information.
Our Amazon wish list contains items that can help Ronald McDonald House at Stanford provide a safe, comforting, and home-like environment for families with critically ill children. 

Also, remember that when you shop with AmazonSmile, a percentage of qualifying purchases go toward helping support House programs and services. Thank you!
To learn more about making a donation or participating in a special volunteer opportunity, please contact  Erica Lee, program coordinator, at  elee@rmhstanford.org, or call 650-470-6011.

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*Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. 

**Bilingual Spanish/English speaking candidates for all volunteer opportunities are given priority in the application process. The minimum age for volunteering in the House is 16 years of age.
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.