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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
ANNE CARLSON
As a Florida Gator alumnae, Anne Carlson Bonus originally moved from Homestead, Florida to Gainesville in order to study Elementary Education. Using her degree, she became a teacher and taught for 27 years. More recently, her and her new husband Bob, decided to retire in Gainesville due to its familiarity and the fantastic amenities. Finally being settled down, Anne was on the hunt for a new volunteer opportunity to replace her previous role as the front desk correspondent for the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. She initially heard about Ronald McDonald House from her good friend Margaret Sidman, who was the first executive director of RMH and eventually, she visited for the first time when another acquaintance, who happens to be a wooden toy maker, brought her along when they were delivering dolls.

When talking to Anne about what she aims for during her time at our House, she stated
“My goal is to make people smile. Seeing how large of an impact the little things can make on our families is so rewarding.” Due to an accident, she lost her son when he was young so she fully understands what it feels like to have tragedy strike you. She says there is no way to prepare for it. Whenever she hears the helicopter flying over the House to land at the hospital or when a frantic parent calls the front desk to notify her of their arrival, she is reminded of this. Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House allows her to comfort parents in similar situations and that means the world to her
Wish List
Every small comfort makes our House more nurturing for our families.
We are currently in need of:
 
House:
Disinfectant Wipes
Disinfectant Spray
K-Cups
Travel Size Shaving Cream
Men's and Women's Deodorant
Toothpaste

The Family Room:
 Individual Microwavable Meals
Popcorn
Juice Boxes
Granola Bars
Trail Mix

 
In addition, you can help us anytime online through our new Target online registry.

For more information about our wish list, please contact Sherry Houston at shouston@rmhcncf.org or (352) 374-4404 ext. 230.

See our Target Registry >
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Alpha Delta Pi's King of the Court 2019
On October 29th, Alpha Delta Pi held their annual philanthropic event, King of the Court (KOC) to raise awareness and funds for our House. To boost morale for KOC, a Spirit Week was created prior to the event to invite those in our community to get excited. This consisted of fundraising events at local Gainesville Restaurants and advocating for RMH on their chapter member’s social media profiles. The event was comprised of 40 different teams from various UF organizations. Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity won the tournament and was crowned King of the Court!

When speaking to Christina Thompson, a senior in ADPi and one of the Directors of Philanthropy, she expressed why fundraising for RMH is so important:
"I believe the key to our success is the purpose behind our fundraising efforts. This year, I wanted to ensure our chapter members understood the “why.” Each of our chapter women has had the opportunity to visit and serve at the RMH in Gainesville. These experiences allow one to understand the purpose of these efforts. In addition, many of our chapter members made it a goal to raise $100. The $100 symbolizes the cost for one family to stay one night at RMH. I'm proud to announce, through these efforts and King of the Court, Alpha Delta Pi raised over $34,000 for the Ronald McDonald House here in Gainesville! This surpassed our chapter’s initial goal immensely and was our best philanthropy event to date!" We are so thankful for Alpha Delta Pi's large contributions and for the continuous support that helps keep our House up and running!
Thank you to Red Shoe Society
Back in October, the Red Shoe Society partnered with Haile Plantation Publix 2755 SW 91st St, Gainesville to run a wish list drive for our House. This group of young professionals works hard to raise awareness for Ronald McDonald House through networking at socials and volunteering. Erica Goldstein, the Activities Co-Chair expressed how pleased she is with the success of the recent event: “Our Publix event went above and beyond our expectations. We created a modified wish list for the house based on BOGO items on sale that week with the hopes it would encourage customers to donate at least one of their items to the House. Our team provided wish lists to shoppers on their way into Publix and were blown away at the outcome. Shoppers came out with carts full of items for our house, some of which were not even BOGO. We thought this was a nice change of pace rather than asking for monetary donations and it turned out extremely successful. We got tons of Kcups, peanut butter, oatmeal, etc. We hope to do this on a quarterly or bi-yearly basis!” We are so grateful for the Red Shoe Society's efforts and for everyone who donated items to our wish list!
Bourbon & BBQ was a Success
With the help of many sponsors and charitable donors, this year's Bourbon N’ BBQ event surpassed all expectations. Our media sponsor, WCJB-TV20, promoted the event which brought in many new faces. Tioga Dental & Orthodontics, our presenting sponsor, was represented by Dr. Sara Potter who not only gave an opening speech which honored our mission, but also shared a personal story. Two veterans, William Ebersole and Tom Hennessey, were honored for their service during the event. The venue, Village of Gainesville, was filled with over 300 people!
 
The three food vendors: MOJO Hogtown Bar-B-Que, Back Street Blues Catering and Hill's Bar-B-Que provided excellent food and service. The most popular activity that night was the Bourbon Pull which sold out within 10 minutes. Special thanks to Tom Johnson-Manifest Distilling and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, for providing plenty of bourbon samples and cocktails.
 
The Advisory Council were the hosts and led the entire event. Terry Vaughan, the Chair, as well as Leza Mueller, Anne Aulisio, Holly Bender and Soly Schrack worked together to make Bourbon & BBQ happen. The event wouldn't have been possible without the many volunteers who generously gave their time to be with us that night, especially the members of Delta Nu Zeta from the University of Florida. We were able to net approximately $40,000 which far exceeded last year's amount raised. A huge thank you goes out to all of our sponsors, volunteers, Advisory Council members and attendees for making such a difference in families and children's lives here at our House.

 
Build a House for the House
Come join us on December 19, 2019, from 11:30 AM-2:00 PM, for our annual "Build a House for the House" event. The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, 811 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601, will be hosting. We will be providing lunch and drinks, as well as the materials you'll need to build a gingerbread house. You're also more than welcome to bring your own supplies for your personal use or for your team. Participants can either sign up as an individual or come as a team, but cannot surpass 8 members. At the end of the event, local celebrity judges will award prizes to the best gingerbread houses.

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, please register online by completing our sponsorship form found at:
https://www.rmhcncf.org/events/build-a-house/

 
First Baptist Church of Gainesville's Spa Day
Last month, a group of women from First Baptist Church of Gainesville planned a spa day for the guests at our House. They gave manicures and pedicures to many mothers, grandmothers and children. This was a great way to provide a relaxing break for many of our families. A member from the church stated, "We were glad we were able to spend some time with all these wonderful people and provide manicures and pedicures to the guests of the House." We are so grateful that First Baptist Church thought of us and we hope to see them again sometime soon!
Thank you for supporting our house!
At RMH, we believe that when a child is hospitalized, the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed. It is because of friends like you that we can keep families close to each other and the care they need, when they need it most.

To support our House and keep families close, visit our website. We greatly appreciate your contribution to our Home.
With gratitude,

Sherry Houston
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida






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