April 2018
| Vol 11, Issue 4
Keeping Families Close®
Ronald McDonald House Charities © of Central Ohio
Family from Europe Finds Respite at Our House During Son's Hospital Stay
Andrew's family came from Poland to Nationwide Children's Hospital to receive treatment for a brain tumor. They stayed at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House, right across the street. Watch their story by clicking the picture below.

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April's Heroes of the House: AEP 






When a member of the AEP family suddenly found himself with his wife standing at their daughter's
bedside in Nationwide Children's Hospital trying as doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to save her life, it was a very scary surreal situation. They could only imagine how scary it was for her to have all of these strangers around, poking & prodding her and attaching her to big pieces of machinery. After all of the surgeries had been completed, the medicine had been given, the machinery hooked up, Avery finally became stable 3 days after entering the hospital. Her parents realized it had been that many days since they had slept, showered, worn clean clothes or even had much to eat. And that's when someone suggested they make a request for a room at the Ronald McDonald House across the street.

As the Winters parents described in a letter to us, this is how they remember their arrival at the House, "...we are greeted by friendly, compassionate volunteers and staff. We feel welcome and right at home immediately. It was in that moment we realized, for the first time in our twin boys' four and a half years of life, we were apart from them. It had been a week since we had even talked to them. How could we have overlooked something so important? Neither of us want to be home - that's two hours away from our baby in the hospital."

Of course, Avery's brothers were able to join mom & dad to stay in the House so they could bond and reconnect after such a turbulent time and continue to support their daughter until her release from the hospital.

When AEP Foundation was presented with the opportunity to became our Hero of the House for the month of April, making it possible for other parents, like those of Avery to have a safe place to call home, they enthusiastically joined on. With the support provided by AEP Foundation our families are confident in knowing that if needed, they would have a comfortable room and warm meals just steps away at Ronald McDonald House.

We're happy to say The Winters family is now home. And we're glad to say, "thank you" to AEP for being a Hero of The House.   To learn how your company can join our Heroes of the House, click here.

We Appreciate our Volunteers so Very Much




The annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner raised the roof at Hollywood Casino, providing a fun-filled evening to meet new friends and get reacquainted with old ones. RMHC of Central Ohio Board Members  Linda Cummings and Jim Davis joined Board President Tammy Roberts Myers in offering up praise to a group truly deserving of all the kudos!

During the night's events, Roberts Myers revealed that it's now estimated our volunteers save RMHC of Central Ohio more than $3.4 million a year in savings on labor costs. That's how much it would cost the average hotel with a restaurant when you add up the hours of cooking, cleaning, & maintenance our volunteers do 365 days a year! 



Speaking of volunteering, if you would like to volunteer a group to make a meal in May, we have at least 8 dinner opportunities and several other breakfast and lunch openings in the coming month.  Click here to sign up to make a meal!



Let the Races Begin!


 

We're off and running with racing season!  
We're still looking for volunteers for the MommyMile on June 10th!  Email lhadley@promotions-one.com  to sign up to volunteer!  MommyMile is the largest race/walk celebration of motherhood with thousands participating each year! 


A few volunteer spots are still available for Challenge Columbus 5k on May 12.  Click here to volunteer for the Challenge Columbus 5k  and be sure to choose your t-shirt size and enter "RMHC" when asked which company or organization you're representing.  Click the image below to learn more about running the Challenge Columbus 5k:

 


And The Columbus 10k is just over a month away! It's the oldest road race in Columbus and it's benefiting RMHC of Central Ohio! Click the link below to register for this race on June 3rd!



  

Skate It Forward Announces 2018 Headliners


        
 


Introducing the 2018 Skate It Forward Ice Show Headlining cast! 2018 US Bronze Medalists, 2017 US Pewter Medalists, World Team Members  Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay; National and International Team USA Competitor Livvy Shilling; 2018 Olympian, 2018 US Bronze Medalist, 2017 US National Champion, World Team Member Karen Chen; 2018 World Jr. Silver Medalist, 2018 US Jr. Champion, 2017 Jr. Grand Prix Silver Medalist   Camden Pulkinen ;  2017 US Bronze Medalist, World Team Member   Mariah Bell ; 2017, 2018 French Bronze Medalist, French World Team Member   Romain Ponsart ; 2013, 2018 US National Silver Medalist, World Team Member   Ross Miner ; and 2014, 2016 US Champion, 2014 Olympic Team Event Bronze Medalist, 2013, 2015 US Silver Medalist, 2012 World Junior Silver Medalist, 2012 US Junior Champion   Gracie Gold as Master of Ceremonies! 

Join us Saturday, June 16 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus for this spectacular show with all proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio!  Tickets go on sale mid - May at the OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks, and will be available at the Ice Haus day of show. See you there!!


McDonald's Staff are Keeping Families Close!

McDonald's Owner/Operator J.B. Bott tells us the staff at her group of McDonalds in New Lexington, McConnellsville, and Beverly, Ohio raised nearly $4,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio this quarter!  
Our families are filled with gratitude!

Register Today for the Golf Classic

Ronald McDonald and golfers on the course welcoming registrants.
Click here to find out how to register today!


"Now, A Word from Our Sponsors"


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

We're Wishin' and Hopin' you'll find something on our Wish List that you can provide!


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. 55 gallon heavy duty trash bags
    6. Window Cleaner (i.e. Windex)
    7. Copy Paper
    8. Gallon Sized Storage Bags 
    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.



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