March 2012
Issue III
The Ronald Report

How you are helping to keep families with cancer together.
Photo by Romeo Carrillo, Jr.
Fat Tuesday Fun
By Elaine Louis, Tuesday Night Volunteer
The RBC and Tuesday night volunteer groups brought Mardi Gras to the House on Fat Tuesday, February 21st.  The dining room was decorated in the traditionally meaningful Mardi Gras colors of purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith) and a meal from Lenny’s was served. 
The families chose from an assortment of beads, masks and crowns to “dress up for dinner”.  Some were shiny, others had feathers, and some pieces were do-it-yourself so families could create their own designs.  The noisemakers were a big hit with the kids, though maybe a bit too noisy for the parents!  5-year old Jomeirah called her noisemaker a “tuba” and wouldn’t put it down all night. 
A magician walked around like the Pied Piper, with several children following him trying to figure out his tricks.  In the photo booth area, photographers RJ Carrillo & LiChia Ong provided even more costume choices with feather boas and sunglasses.  The children took pictures with their families, their buddies, or the cupcakes they decorated in Mardi Gras-colored icing and sprinkles.
Special thanks to RBC and the entire Tuesday night team for bringing such a colorful Mardi Gras celebration to the House.
Upcoming Events
Hope Awards
TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
Open Arms Event
Car Donation Program
When it’s time to replace your car, consider donating it to the House. For more information about our new Car Donation Program, contact Antonio Neto at
Five Boro Bike Tour
On Sunday, May 6th, over 32,000 bicyclists will participate in the 40-mile ride through all five boroughs of New York City. If you're interested in becoming a member of Team Ronald McDonald House, visit our website at: and Ride for a Cause!
Photo by Romeo Carrillo, Jr.
Santa and a House Guest
Families Boogie at the Annual Sock Hop
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
On Saturday, February 25th the families of the Ronald McDonald House travelled back in time at the annual ‘50's-themed Sock Hop. Now in its third year, the Sock Hop, organized by Saturday night volunteer Helena Russo, featured the tunes of Elvis and numerous other doo-wop favorites of the decade. Adding to the life of the party were the brightly colored inflatable guitars, microphones & ‘50’s-themed decorations that adorned the dining room and brought the families back to this beloved era.
The dinner, which included a spread of hamburgers, hot dogs and macaroni & cheese, was donated and prepared by members of the non-profit organization Project Sunshine.  Once a month, volunteers from Project Sunshine generously sponsor dinner on the weekend. Project Sunshine volunteer, Wendy Litt, organizes the group’s dinners each month, which have come to be a favorite among the families of Ronald McDonald House.
By far the most popular treats of the night were the vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry milkshakes, which the Saturday night team purchased from EJ’s Luncheonette.
The highlight of the night was the musical chairs contest, in which close to twenty children danced around chairs to such musical classics as “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and “Rockin’ Robin.” DJ Andrew, who was in charge of the music all night, led the contest.
A very special thanks to the Saturday night team for organizing such a wonderful event.
An Evening of Music at Dixon Place
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
On February 16th, volunteers and friends of the Ronald McDonald House New York enjoyed a night of musical entertainment at local theater venue Dixon Place. The fundraising event, organized by House volunteer Jim Molloy, featured live music by native New York musician Rachelle Garniez.
“Not only does the event raise funds for the House, but it’s a fun night out for many of our volunteers and friends,” said Molloy.
Molloy, a House volunteer for over a year, helps with the “Kids Kicking Cancer” martial arts instruction program for the kids each week.  Additionally, this is the second fundraising event he has organized, as he also planned a night out at the Parlour in New York this past October.
Funds were raised through the sale of over 100 event tickets, as well as through the sale of raffle prize tickets.
As an added entertainment benefit, volunteer John Savarese wowed guests with his card and mind reading tricks. Savarese’s magic tricks have grown to be a favorite staple among kids, families and friends at events.
A very special thanks to Jim Molloy and the various members of the Thursday and Friday Night Teams that helped execute a stimulating night out for all.
Bonnie Klein
Mike Walsh
Michael Kelly
Peter Burtness
Martin Lessner
Serena Dayal
David Frei
Mary Ordal
Ryan McDonald
Kathleen McKenna
Nicholas Schrier
Bruce Greenspan
Sam Niedbala
Jessica Bohm
Ashley Rose
Dana Randall
Megan Zamiara
Doris Palazzo
Devin Darcangelo
Madeline Rose
Milda Pliopys
Jill Dessau
Laura Woyasz
Team Ronald Open Arms Fundraiser Kicks Off to a Great Start
By Megs DiDario, Volunteer Staff Writer
The planning season for one of the largest and most highly anticipated fundraising events of the Ronald McDonald House kicked off to a great start at a mixer at the House on March 13th. Over seventy volunteers had the chance to enjoy a night out and learn about this year’s Team Ronald event, whose theme is “Open Arms.” On June 13th, this year’s Open Arms event, which is approaching its twentieth year, will be held for the third time at Guastavino’s, located on 59th street.
The highlight of the night was the memorable “Open Arms” video of the kids and families of Ronald McDonald House that the Programs Department created. Bruce Dimpflmaier and his team at Tony’s Di Napoli catered the delicious dinner, and an open bar was provided while the volunteers got to mingle.
Last year’s event raised over $500,000 for the House, and this year the volunteers are hoping to surpass that number. The committee needs your help securing donations from various individuals and corporations in the form of door prizes, silent auction items, sponsorships and the purchase of event tickets and raffle tickets.  The committee is looking for items like the following:
Restaurant Gift Certificates, Sporting Equipment, Spa Treatments, Gift Baskets, Tickets to Broadway Shows, Hotels, Tickets to Sporting Events, B&B Stays, Trips, Airline Tickets, Golf Outings, Jewelry, Electronics, Memorabilia, Hair Salon Gift Certificates, Certificates for Experiences
The gifts should start out at $25 and can go as high as you like. Be creative- think of gifts you would like to win in a raffle or silent auction.
Over fifty tickets had been sold to volunteers, friends and families prior to the kick-off event, laying the groundwork for another successful fundraising year. The volunteers of Team Ronald are hoping to sell the event to capacity this year, which would be 1,000 attendees. The ticket price for registered volunteers is $50 and the price for guests is $125. This price will increase to $150 on June 6th for ALL purchasers. If you have any questions about getting involved, please speak with your Team Leaders or the Director of Volunteers, Terri Eggers.
W. T. Sullivan

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