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Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Northern California

March 2009

Volume 11 - Issue 2

You are cordially invited to the

Annual Volunteer Appreciation

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California is celebrating our very favorite people... our volunteers! Join us for a fun evening that includes entertainment by Don Hunter and the Dream Notes and performances by local young dance stars. Awards will be presented to individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions. These people make a huge difference in the lives of children, both at Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake and at the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. End the evening with a dessert buffet to celebrate "You." This is one evening you do not want to miss!

Date: April 23, 2009
Time: 7 PM
Where: UCDMC M.I.N.D. Institute
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
(Note: Street parking is free. Parking lots require payment)
RSVP: By April 20th to Lois
916.734.4226 or Polaschek@hotmail.com

Camp Volunteers Needed

Cabin Counselors: Camp Ronald McDonald is always looking for mature, reliable and responsible individuals at least 16 years of age to live in a cabin with campers and assume responsibility for leadership and guidance of those campers in a daily living situation with special attention to: personal hygiene, safety, camper participation in all camp activities, and mealtime behavior and habits. For more information, contact Vicky Flaig at: Vicky@campronald.org

Pioneer Work Party: Every May, Camp Ronald McDonald hosts volunteers to aid in the opening, repair and maintenance of camp. Volunteers from all over are invited to join together for fun, great food and of course work projects! Cabin spaces and RV Spaces are available. For more information, contact Vicky Flaig at: Vicky@campronald.org

Mark Your Calendars

  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, April 11
    9:30am - noon
  • Volunteer Appreciation
    Thursday, April 23
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, May 9
    9:30am - noon
  • Camp Pioneer Work Party
    May 15-22
  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, June 13
    9:30am - noon

Help Stock Our Pantry

The food closet at the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House is looking pretty bare these days. Like many of you, our families are facing difficult economic times as well as dealing with their child's medical condition. You can help by hosting a Food Drive for the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. Would you believe that microwave popcorn and Cup of Soup are the two main staples at the House? They are easy to make and can be taken to the hospital for a quick meal or popped in the microwave at the end of a long and exhausting day.

Bring your kids, co-workers, family and friends together in order to help our families have one less thing to worry about while their child is in the hospital. Be creative and put your own twist by hosting a uniquely-themed drive:
  • Cup of Soup Drive
  • Paper Product Drive (paper plates and cups, paper towels, plastic spoons)
  • Condiment Drive (mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, creamora, sugar packets)
  • Meal in a Can Drive (chunky soups, chili, stew, spaghetti)
  • Have You Had Your Fruit Today Drive (canned or cups of fruit)
  • Gift Card Drive (Have you been given a Gift Card that you will never use? Give it to us and we will put it to good use.)
Contact Lois at 916.734.4226 for more information.

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
  • Canned tuna/chicken
  • Chunky soups

Sacramento Dream House Raffle

Wouldn't you like the chance to win the house of your dreams? Now you can! RMHCNC is raffling a fully-furnished $1.9 million Dream House. This 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath house sits on 1.7 acres northeast of Sacramento. Property includes a heated pool and spa, a covered outdoor patio with fireplace, a custom designed kitchen, and much more.

Dream House raffle tickets can be purchased until May 15, 2009 and cost $150 a piece. The Grand Prize winner may choose either the Dream House or $1.5 million cash. Over 300 other prizes will be awarded. Chances are 1 in 100 to win a prize.

Visit www.sacramentoraffle.com for more details.

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