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Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Northern California


May 2009

Volume 11 - Issue 3

2008 Volunteers of the Year

Many volunteers were honored at the Volunteer Appreciation event on April 23rd. Volunteers are the heart of the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House and Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake. They do countless jobs that help make a difference in the life of a child. These volunteers were honored for their outstanding contributions:

Camp Ronald McDonald
Volunteers of the Year
Carley Harmon and Katie Anderson

Sacramento Ronald McDonald House
Volunteer of the Year
Rick and Debbie Gaines

Teen Volunteer of the Year
GS Troop 397

Corporate Volunteer of the Year
Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc.

Non-Profit Group Volunteer of the Year
Carmichael Emblem Club

Thank you to everyone who volunteers for the Charity. Because of you, we are able to help lift children and families to a better tomorrow.

Upcoming Events

Sacramento Dream House Raffle Grand Prize Drawing - The first ever Sacramento Dream House Raffle has been a huge success. Thousands of tickets were sold and now it is time for the winners to be announced. On Saturday, May 30th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm in front of Nordstrom inside the Arden Fair Mall, 330 prizes will be drawn including the winner of the Grand Prize. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.sacramentoraffle.com.

Southwest Airlines presents the 1st Annual "Round up on the River." This event will be held on June 26th at 6:00pm at Swabbies on the River in Sacramento. Advanced ticket purchases cost $15 and include a BBQ dinner and two drink tickets. This fun evening will include a silent auction, raffle, door prizes and live music by The Richard March Band. Proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California. Contact Michele Garcia at 916.276.3500 or at Michele.Garcia@wnco.com to purchase tickets.

13th Annual RMHC Golf Classic - It is time once again for the RMHC Golf Classic. This year's event is being held on Monday, August 31st at the Catta Verdera Country Club. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available, but reserve your spot early since this event sells out every year. For more information visit www.rmhcnc.org or contact Chelsea White at chelsea.white25@yahoo.com

Mark Your Calendars

  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, June 13
    9:30am - noon
  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, July 11
    9:30am - noon
  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, August 8
    registration closed

News from Camp

On May 18th, the Martin-Brower Company hosted the 15th Annual Ken Little Memorial Golf Tournament at the Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton. With the help of event coordinator Debbie Gaines, generous sponsors, and wonderful volunteers, over $30,000 was raised to support Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake. Each year the Ken Little Award is given to a company or person who continually goes above and beyond in their support of the organization. This year's award was given to Ron Grijalva from Big G'z Pallet Company for his unwavering support throughout the years. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.

2009 Camp Schedule: Camp is officially getting ready to open for the summer. Throughout these eight weeks groups of campers will make memories that will last a lifetime. For more information visit www.campronald.org.
June 14 - 20: Camp ReCreation - Session I
June 21- 27: Family Counseling Services
June 28 - July 4: Camp ReCreation - Session II
July 6 - 11: Lassen County Kids Week
July 12 - 17: Muscular Dystrophy Association Sacramento
July 19 - 25: Camp Signshine
July 26 - August 1: Hanot Foundation
August 4 - 12: Easter Seals Northern California

Wish List

  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cheese graters
  • Canned fruit
  • Milk boxes (at Raleys: do not have to be refrigerated)
  • Coffee filters
  • Juice boxes
  • Plastic spoons
  • Equal or Sugar twin packets
  • Bleach
  • Pam Cooking Spray
  • Canned tuna/chicken
  • Chunky soups

RMHCNC Board Member Spotlight

This month board member, Terry Ritchey, a McDonald's owner/operator, brought her own personal work crew including John Hilton, Jr. and Joe Ahumada to install 15 of 18 ceiling fans throughout the bedrooms at the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. Volunteer Kevin Brown and friends installed the remaining three. These fans were generously donated by the Bartholomew family and other supporters. As the summer months heat up, families now have more control over their own bedroom temperature. What a great example of people coming together to get a project completed. By spearheading the installation, Terry Ritchey went above and beyond her regular board member duties.

Volunteers in Action

Egg Hunt: Volunteers donated nearly 15,000 plastic-filled Easter eggs for children staying at the House and from the local community. Once again Iron Steed Harley Owner's Group came from the Vacaville area in order to hide all of the eggs as part of their annual giving to the House. All of the children had a wonderful time and the sheer joy on their faces lit up the House. Whether you donated or hid the eggs, you made an impact on a lot of children and their families by giving them a wonderful memory to cherish.

Pamper Days: Families are being treated to complimentary facials and hand treatments by Annelle Mataya. She is offering these services in order to help those staying at the House cope with the stresses of hospital life. In April, she was joined by Lynne Wilson who offered chair massages which were a huge hit.

Haircuts: Toni Dunn brought her skills to the House and provided complimentary haircuts and/or styles. The slots filled up quickly and we can't wait to have her back.

Japanese Garden: As her Gold Award Project for Girl Scouts, Michelle Tamai created a beautiful Japanese garden on the House property. She obtained everything from the bonsai tree to the little bridge and created a beautiful garden for our families to enjoy. What a great new addition!

Tile installation: Throughout April and May Buildings 300 and 400 received a facelift. Throughout the last year volunteers have been contributing to the "Floor Fund" in order to raise enough money for new flooring to be installed in the kitchens and dining rooms. Thanks to the time, dedication, and project management of Jodi Allen of JA Designs, a Sacramento Ronald McDonald House Committee member, this project finally came into fruition. Consequently, the House has lovely new flooring which will provide a warm welcome to many families in the years to come.

Thanks must also be given to the many volunteers who were an integral part in making this installation happen. CDI Commercial Flooring and other companies provided donations and deep discounts for tile and other materials. BJ's Restaurants, CHOPS, and John and Terry Ritchey, McDonald's owner operators, contributed meals for the families that were displaced from their kitchens and dining rooms. Also thank you to the many volunteers who moved all of the furniture in and out of each building, removed and replaced dishwashers, created the necessary barriers to keep the floors from being walked on, and much more. Great job everyone!

UC Davis Employee Food Drive: This month employees from UC Davis collected food and wish list items and brought them through the drive-thru donation area set up outside of the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. All donations were split among area charities and were greatly appreciated by all.

Thank You to Some of Our Community Supporters

Despite the tough economic times, many companies have stepped up this year and supplied funding to support the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California.

S.D. Deacon Charitable Foundation
Sierra Pacific Foundation
State Street Bank
Sundt Foundation
SureWest Foundation
Umpqua Bank
Wells Fargo

Thank you so much for your generous contributions!

2555 49th Street  •  Sacramento, CA 95817  •  Phone 916.734.4230  •  www.rmhcnc.org