January 2012
Issue I
The Ronald Report

How you are helping to keep families with cancer together.
A Conga Line At Winter Wonderland Event
Photo by Sara Jaye Weiss
Winter Wonderland
By Benjamin Winsten, Program Associate
The Winter Wonderland celebration was conceived in the style of the Spring Social, offering children and families a chance to celebrate together and, for just a moment, forget about long days at the hospital. This extraordinary holiday party was open to all families residing at Ronald McDonald House New York, over one hundred of whom attended.
In the weeks preceding the event, daytime volunteers helped turn the Playroom into the Winter Wonderland “Pop-Up Shop.” They kept the many racks of semi-formalwear in proper order and dressed families (by appointment only) head to toe in true holiday style. On the afternoon before the party, the Pop-Up Shop was transformed into a hair and makeup studio. Stylists from Sassoon and Red Door, under the direction of volunteer Chris Fields and Clem Neyland, primped and polished mothers and daughters to perfection- while those waiting for appointments browsed the accessories tables.
The Winter Wonderland event was held at the stately Burden Mansion- complete with Tiffany stained glass and a three-level, winding marble staircase decked in holiday garlands. Thursday night volunteers assisted in providing beverages and Neuman’s catered with a generously sized dinner buffet. Our children and families celebrated the season in style along with our Thursday night volunteers and coordinating staff members. We thank all of our volunteers, staff, and donors who made this incredible evening possible.
Upcoming Events
Dixon Place Event
Team Ronald Kick Off Volunteer Mixer
New York City Half-Marathon
Hope Awards
TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
Open Arms
Save the Date
Please join us for our Team Ronald Kick-off Volunteer Mixer on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 6:30PM. The event is being catered by Tony’s DiNapoli and a beer and wine bar will also be provided. So, please join us at the House to mingle with your fellow volunteers and help kick off what will be our best event yet!
Winter Wonderland Event
Photo by Sara Jaye Weiss
Santa and a House Guest
Santa and Tony’s Di Napoli Visit RMDH
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
‘Twas a very special night on Wednesday, December 21st, when the Ronald McDonald House was treated to a special visit from both Santa Claus and Tony’s Di Napoli. The night, organized in conjunction with the New York Police Department’s 19th and 20th precincts, was certainly a festive one, as the kids shared their Christmas wish lists with Santa.
The night started with a buffet of delicious Italian cuisine from Tony’s Di Napoli. Bruce Dimpflmaier, Managing Partner, was graciously on hand to distribute the food and to later snap photos of the children with Santa. For the past 10 years Bruce and the owners of Tony’s Di Napoli, Greg and Herb Wetanson, have generously donated dinner the third Wednesday of every month, a tradition that has grown to be highly anticipated.
Greg and Herb Wetanson provide another delectable dinner one night a month through their Dallas BBQ restaurant. This past year, the Wetanson’s were awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Ronald McDonald House for their exceptional contributions.
Following dinner, the kids were treated to a visit from the very special Macy’s Santa Claus. After the kids shared their Christmas wishes with Santa, they were treated to gifts, which were thoughtfully donated by the 19th and 20th precincts.
Many thanks to Bruce Dimpflmaier, Managing Partner, and Greg & Herb Wetanson, owners of Tony’s Di Napoli and the NYPD’s 19th and 20th precincts for organizing such a wonderful event.
Lulu Bake Shop
By Sarah Nist, Sunday Night Volunteer
On Sunday, January 15th the Sunday evening volunteer team welcomed Jay, Victor and Vanessa from Scarsdale’s Lulu Bake Shop to the House. Lulu’s creations have graced magazine pages and the bakery has been featured on the Food Network. Their cakes have even been enjoyed by A-list celebrities. But on this cold night in January, their mission was to bring some magic to the kids and families staying at Ronald McDonald House New York.
Armed with freshly baked chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, butter cream, fondant in every color of the rainbow and fun accompaniments including sugar soccer balls, cookie cutters, sugar animal shapes, and pearly sugar dust, the Lulu crew helped train the cake decorators of the future. The kids and parents had a blast learning some of Lulu’s amazing techniques, from using a mold to make bows out of fondant, to adding a dusting of sparkle to the frosting, to creating fondant daisies and roses. Some of the kids saved their creations to share with their parents or siblings, while others devoured them shortly after creating them. All in all it was an amazing evening and we thank Lulu Bake Shop for their continued support of the House!
Joyce Sturges
Patrick Dunne
Jimmy Groskopf
Karen Toedter
Joan O'Maggio
Nadina DiRuzzo
Laura Lenihan
Nadia Boujarwah
Alice Flynn
Racquel Balkaran
Margherita Rose Larotonda
Adam Peacock
Jerry De St. Paer
Mark Gropler
Diane Petan
Amy Accardi
Crystal Savage
Lisa Hollman
Timothy Letavish
Jeanne Scungio
Sandra Ray
Alexandra Budslick
Lynda LaMonte
Donna Lanning
Joseph Shaheen
Addie Walsh
Austin Cavelli
Gay Cropper
Kelly Hagerty
Melissa Lawson
Thomas Hennessey
Rudy Quinn
Annamaria LaMonte
Barbara Gorman
Joan Coppotelli
Bill Pitts
Jared Weiss
Harris Diamond
Seamus Maybury
Paul Sengakis
Helena Russo
Jeanne Riegel
Ryan Werner
Amanda Vite
Maria Angeles
Debra Ackerman
Paula Bendall
Letter From William T. Sullivan, President and CEO
I believe there is an Irish toast that goes something like this: “In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.” We are delighted to welcome back the monthly volunteer newsletter, a new publication that will be an online informational update for our volunteers.
Terri Eggers, our new Director of Volunteers, will serve as editor of this important informational tool and will welcome comments, ideas, and stories that will seek to engage you in support of our special kids and families who are battling cancer here at the Ronald McDonald House.
Over the next couple of months, let me know what you think of the online newsletter and ways we might improve our ongoing communication with you, our most important asset- our volunteers! Happy New Year!
W. T. Sullivan
Letter from Patrick Lenz, Director of Human Resources
Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2012. It is time to once again thank you for all you have done to make 2011 an exceptional year for our incredible families and also time to recommit to making 2012 even better for them.
Welcome to our first e-newsletter the Ronald Report. Terri Eggers, our new Director of Volunteers, along with Jamie Serkin, our new Department Assistant and Megs Didario, our newest volunteer and newsletter journalist will be working on producing the Ronald Report monthly. In it we hope to highlight what makes our House such a special place, you the volunteer and the care and love you give to our families.
When I look at the calendar I see a lot of events. Please make a special note to mark your calendar for the Annual Hope Award presentation on April 17, 2012. It is a wonderful evening where we can pay special tribute to four volunteers who have made a difference in the lives of the children and families of Ronald McDonald House New York. If you would like to nominate someone on your Team or who you have observed making a difference, please fill out a nomination form available on our website and return it to me by Friday, February 10, 2012.
Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy New Year. Thank you for volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House New York.
P. Lenz

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