JULY 2012
Issue VII
The Ronald Report
How you are helping to keep families with cancer together.
Wednesday Night Team Luau
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
The hula skirts were flowing and there were plenty of leis for all on a beautiful June 27th night, as the kids and families of Ronald McDonald House New York enjoyed a Luau party atop the terrace.
The Luau, organized by Wednesday night volunteer Caitlin McHugh, was a great success, and there was not one empty seat to show for it.
The families participated in a raffle, which included such fun prizes as chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, Hawaiian coffee, and pineapple candles. Caitlin’s Uncle Frank Empeno from Hawaii donated all of the prizes, shipped straight from his home state. Adding further to the Luau ambiance, Caitlin played the ukulele, a guitar-like instrument which originated in Hawaii.
Magician Josh Beckerman was on hand to wow the crowds with his card tricks and mind reading acts. Known as the “Foodie Magician,” Josh especially impressed the families when he had a few volunteers think of their favorite restaurants and was then able to correctly name them.
In the spirit of summer, a southern-style barbeque - fried pickles, mac n’ cheese and all – was provided by the Board of Associates, and served by the Wednesday night team. The Board of Associates generously provides dinner once per month for the families of Ronald McDonald House.
A very special thanks to Caitlin and the Wednesday night team for a great Luau!
Upcoming Events
Texas Hold 'Em Tournament
Family Fun Dog Walk
Block Party
Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Kids Fun Run
Share A Night
Save the date!

Join us for the 5th Annual Block Party on September 29, 2012 from 11:00AM-5:30PM! Part street-fair and part festival, this event will be a day filled with fun, food, and fellowship. Attendees will enjoy games, rides, great shopping and much more right at home  with Ronald McDonald House New York. Admission is free and open to the public. Please contact Fordham Murdy at fmurdy@rmh-newyork.org or Terri Eggers at teggers@rmh-newyork.org for more information on how to get involved as a volunteer.

Santa and a House Guest
Fourth of July Fireworks
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
The families of Ronald McDonald House New York, NYPD, and Yonkers Fire Department enjoyed the best seats in the house for the 36th annual Macy’s Fireworks spectacular right along the Hudson River. They were shuttled to the party in true style, as the NYPD provided official bus transportation to and from the private celebration.
The party was set up around 63rd Street, just twenty blocks away from the barges on which the fireworks were set off. Speakers streamed the official soundtrack of the Macy’s fireworks, so all attendees got to enjoy the same music as spectators of the television special on NBC.
In true Fourth of July fashion, the party-goers enjoyed a barbeque that included the classic staples of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken kebabs and numerous side salads and snacks. Jef Campion and other Ronald McDonald House volunteers and members of the Yonkers Fire Department tirelessly cooked throughout the night to make sure that everyone was well-fed.
A very special thanks to the many volunteers of Ronald McDonald House, the NYPD and the Yonkers Fire Department that helped pull together a very special Fourth of July celebration for the kids and their families.
Local Ramaz Students Throw Carnival
Jordana Tepper, Nina Lindenbaum, and Sarah Issever of Ramaz Middle School organized a carnival in order to raise money for Ronald McDonald House New York.  It took several months of planning to put together this fun event, but the girls worked hard and the carnival was fantastic. 
On June 14, 2012, they turned the Ramaz Middle School gym into an exciting carnival with booths such as “pie in the face” and “candy fishing,” an amazing face painter that the children loved, and delicious food including Ramaz’s famous chocolate chip cookies. The attendance to the event was incredible, and the girls raised close to $3,000.
Jordana, Nina, and Sarah designed shirts and charms to sell at the carnival, and all the remaining shirts and charms will be donated to Ronald McDonald House along with the money they raised. 
A very special thank you to our three inspiring Ramaz students, Jordana, Nina, and Sarah.
Ian Lundahl
Derek Kruger
Emilia Steele
Linda Marino
Tim Kirk
James Huang
Lisa Stewart
Gillian Presto
Lela Reynolds
Simba Dutt-Mazumdar
Eric Wade
Kenneth Schulman
Susan Richter
Andrea Joyce
Kristina Newman
Elizabeth Calvert
Teresa Matrullo
Helana Robbins
Matthew Litman
Lisa Ganzenmuller
Stinson Parks
Shirley Jacobs
Robert Finale
Allison Klein
Raquel Inocente
1st Annual Family Fun Dog Walk

Join us for the 1st Annual Family Fun Dog Walk on August 18, 2012 at Riverside Park from 9:00AM-11:00AM! This charity event is a 2K walk open to the public supporting families staying at Ronald McDonald House New York during their battle with cancer and creating Angel on a Leash Therapy Dog programs in healthcare facilities.

The event will be hosted by David Frei, Voice of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and author of “Angel on a Leash,” as well as a very special surprise co-host.

Walkers may pre-register online at no fee and create their own online donation page. Registration will also be accepted at the location for an entrance donation of $10. Prizes will be awarded based upon the amount raised. All Dog Walk participants will be required to sign a liability waiver.
Click here to register now or contact Cherilyn Frei at cfrei@rmh-newyork.org for more information.
W. T. Sullivan
Now available!

Limited edition Ronald McDonald House cycling jerseys are now available for sale for $65 each.  Size selection includes Mens large and extra large and Womens medium, large, and 2xl – limited quantities available.  Jerseys are made from a breathable microfiber fabric that is designed for cool/warm and hot/humid conditions.  Arrangements for purchase or questions should be directed to Sue Houston at 212-639-0500 or e-mail at shouston@rmh-newyork.org 

W. T. Sullivan

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