Our April Wish List

Our April Wish List


Below is a list of some of our priority items we need at the House. Items can be dropped off  between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Thank you in advance for your help!


For more information, contact Kristi Hall Ayala at 864-235-0506 or [email protected].


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Suzuki Practice-A-Thon

Kids Helping Kids

The Upstate Suzuki Studios held a Practice-A-Thon in the lobby at Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday, March 19th, 2017. These talented kids raised over $3,000 for our House, all while playing sweet and beautiful tunes to the patients, families, friends, staff and volunteers at GHS. Thank you for helping to keep families close in our Ronald McDonald Family Room and at our House! What a wonderful day!

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4th Annual Greenville Roast to Feature Bob Howard

Ronald McDonald House 4th Annual Greenville Roast to Feature Bob Howard

Fundraiser Roasts Past President of Greenville Tech Foundation

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (Feb. 16, 2017) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Greenville Roast honorary Roastee will be Mr. Bob Howard, Past President of Greenville Tech Foundation. The Greenville Roast is the Ronald McDonald House’s annual comedic-fundraiser designed to “roast” community leaders all while raising funds for the House’s mission of keeping families close to their critically injured or sick child. In addition, part of the proceeds will also benefit Greenville Tech Foundation and its mission of ensuring that the college is able to provide a quality college education at modest costs and to reduce financial barriers to higher education.

The Greenville Roast will be held on Thursday, March 16th at the Poinsett Club Downtown. Bob Howard’s friends and colleagues will be on the “Roasting Panel” providing laughs for the entire audience. The Roasters include Marion Crawford, President and CEO of Crawford Strategy, Alan Ethridge, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Council, Butler Mullins, Foundation Manager of Greenville Tech Foundation, and Knox White, Mayor of Greenville. The group of roasters will subject Mr. Howard to good-humor jokes and memories all in support of Ronald McDonald House and Greenville Tech Foundation.

“Now in its 4th year, the Greenville Roast is one of our favorite events,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “It is such a fun evening and so many fun memories are shared between the Roasters and our Guest of Honor.”

A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Poinsett Club with hors d’oeuvres. The dinner and roast will begin at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets can be purchased by contacting Samantha Bauer, Communications and Events Manager, at (864) 235-0506 or [email protected]. For more information on the Greenville Roast, please visit: http://rmhc-carolinas.org/greenville-roast/

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RMH 2017 Calendar

Visit our events tab for details on each of our House or Red Shoe annual fundraising events. Be sure to check back for updates or email [email protected] with any questions on how to get involved!

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Board of Directors Appoints New Chairman, Chair Elect and Treasurer

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
Board of Directors Appoints New Chairman, Chair Elect and Treasurer Elects Three New Board Members

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 26, 2017) – Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Carolinas is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Melzer as Chairman, Larry Webb as Chair Elect and Ashleigh Sutter as Treasurer. Melzer is the Vice President of Purchasing/IT for Integrated Power Systems, Webb is Principal at KDS Commercial Properties and Sutter is a CPA and Senior Manager at Elliott Davis Decosimo. Melzer, Webb and Sutter will serve two year terms. Three new board members include James Partridge, McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Dr. Michael Stewart, Medical Director of the Neonatal ICU, Clinical Assistant Professor with Greenville Health System and Vicki Peek, Chief Operating Officer with Find Great People.

“We are thrilled to welcome James, Michael, and Vicki as new Board members, Ashleigh as our Treasurer, Scott as our Chairman and Larry as our Chair Elect,” said Marti Spencer, CEO/Executive Director of RMHC of the Carolinas. “These individuals all bring a different perspective to our mission and possess great knowledge in their industries, which will ultimately help us reach our goals. In the midst of our capital campaign, it is important we utilize our community leaders’ skills and talents to complete our expansion and serve more families in need.”

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the medical, business, academic and volunteer communities of the Upstate. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the House as well as it is to raise awareness of the House’s services to the surrounding communities.


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Volunteer Spotlight

September RMH Volunteer Spotlight


Meet Beth Ball Granger, Family Room Volunteer and friend of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. Beth joined our RMH family as a Board Member when she was the Director of Child Life Services at Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital. She acted as a liaison between the House and the Hospital while providing expertise in making necessary improvements in our Ronald McDonald Family Room.

After 37 years at GHS, Beth retired from her position in child life services and became a dedicated volunteer and advocate for our Ronald McDonald Family Room, providing a wealth of support and empathy for the children and families who come through our doors each day.

Beth is enjoying retirement with her husband of 5 years Greg. In her spare time, she is very active member of her church serving senior lunches, plays golf, bridge, cooks and shags (the very popular southern style dance). She can also be found loving on her sweet grandchildren and many friends who she considers “family!”

Her favorite motto is: “People may forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” The truth to be learned from this is remembering the impact you can make by the combination of your presence, attitude and behavior. Thank you, Beth, for being a loyal friend and volunteer for families and children over the many years. You are the epitome of your own motto!

Want to get involved? Contact us today to learn more: 864-235-0506.


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Fall for Greenville Volunteers Needed


Red Shoe Society’s largest, and arguably most enjoyable, volunteer event of the year is finally upon us! As 1 of only 9 beneficiaries of Fall for Greenville, Red Shoe members, friends and RMH supporters will volunteer our time throughout the weekend, Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16. 

Exciting news this year – all volunteers will receive 1 sheet of 8 tickets (gets you a beer and snack) to use during the festival! Woohoo!!

Sign up is now open (make sure to select Red Shoe Society as your affiliation) and the city has made this process very simple: 

  • If you ALREADY HAVE a volunteer account, click here to login and select your volunteer dates/times
  • If you are a NEW VOLUNTEER, click here to register. (you will then be directed to select your dates/times)

*Note that the Red Shoe Society does have the Beer Garden blocked off for Friday 4:30pm – 8pm and Saturday 1:30pm – 6pm, but you can sign up for any shift and position you like. Positions include checking IDs, distributing wristbands and tickets, and pouring beer. 

Invite your friends and coworkers to help out too – the more, the merrier! Just make sure they select Red Shoe Society as their affiliation. 

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Ashley and Al / Red Shoe Volunteer Team


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3rd Annual One Night One Shirt Campaign

Upstate Companies Support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas During Its 3rd Annual One Night One Shirt Campaign

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (Aug. 26, 2016) – RMHC of the Carolinas hosted it 3rd annual One Night One Shirt t-shirt campaign today. Over 375 t-shirts were purchased by employees of 17 Upstate companies and organizations in support of Ronald McDonald House. The companies and organizations purchased a specially designed “One Night One Shirt” t-shirt and everyone wore the t-shirt to work to bring awareness to RMHC of the Carolinas and its mission of keeping families close to their critical ill or injured child receiving treatment at a nearby medical facility. 

RMHC of the Carolinas’ One Night One Shirt campaign also has a significant meaning for employees wearing the t-shirt. The $8 donation (on top of the cost of the t-shirt) is how much Ronald McDonald House asks each family to donate to stay per night. Of course, if a family cannot make the $8 per night donation, they are never turned away because of their in ability to pay. Due to healthcare costs and other unpredictable expenses, over 80% of Ronald McDonald House families cannot afford to pay. The One Night One Shirt Campaign allows donors to subsidize this donation for families who cannot pay.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our Upstate business community and donors,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “For this campaign our goal is to spread awareness of our services and mission. We are thrilled over 375 people will be wearing their support of RMHCC.”

RMHC of the Carolinas also partnered with the Greenville Drive for the campaign. Everyone who wears their t-shirt to the ball park tonight will receive complimentary access into the Greenville Drive baseball game vs. the Asheville Tourists at 7:00 p.m.

This year’s participating companies and organizations include Alpha Delta Pi of Furman University, Robert Half, Alliance Consulting Engineers, Swenson & Associates, Walgreens, J.B. Watts Co., Inc., McMillan Pazdan Smith, Indexx Printing, Wells Fargo, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Amica Mutual Insurance Company, Baldor Electric, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Sticky Fingers, Greenville Health System, Integrated Power Services, and Pope, Smith, Brown, & King, P.A.








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Wells Fargo Helps RMHCC “Build Hope” and Serve More Families

Wells Fargo Helps Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas “Build Hope” and Serve More Families

Gives $50,000 Towards Capital Campaign Expansion


GREENVILLE, S.C.  (Aug. 22, 2016) – RMHC of the Carolinas received a $50,000 gift from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) toward its “Building Hope” Capital Campaign expansion. The gift will help RMHC of the Carolinas expand its current program of one House in Greenville to an expanded home, serving 24 total families ultimately allowing them to be nearby their critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at a medical facility.

“Wells Fargo is pleased to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas in their efforts to help with the day-to-day needs of our community’s families and children in crisis,” said Wells Fargo Upstate Market President Brian Rogers. “This helps demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Greenville community and promoting the quality of life for everyone.” 

RMHC of the Carolinas broke ground on its $3.5 million capital campaign expansion project in April of 2016. The expansion will allow the Ronald McDonald House to double the amount of families it currently serves by adding an additional 12 guest bedrooms. The 17,500 square foot expansion will connect to the current House located at 706 Grove Road, directly across the street from Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hospital.

“We believe that when families are together, they heal better,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “Through Wells Fargo’s gift we are one step closer to not having to turn away families due to lack of bedrooms. Their gift will be remembered for years to come and families from around the Upstate.”

“We take seriously our commitment to help families and children in crisis, and this is just one example of how our efforts make an impact in the community,” said Wells Fargo South Carolina Community Affairs Officer Susan Bankson. “It’s the small measures that add up to make a huge difference in the communities we serve.”

The expansion project has raised approximately two-thirds of the funds needed and is seeking donations to meet its $3.5 million goal. Pledges and donations can be made online at http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/ or mailed to Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, 706 Grove Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605. For more information on the “Building Hope” Capital Campaign, please visit: http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/


About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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Pictured from Left to Right: Susan Bankson-Wells Fargo, Marti Spencer-Ronald McDonald House, Kate Venuto- Ronald McDonald House, Brian Rogers-Wells Fargo.

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RMH Weekly Volunteer Update


Hello and Happy First Day of Summer!

I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend. Our House continues to remain full and we cannot express how grateful we are for all that you do! Whether it is preparing the evening meal or helping with housecleaning, every little bit matters.


  • Upcoming Event Thursday, June 23rd: Join us at Pour Taproom THIS Thursday for Ballest Point Brewery’s Pint Night from 6pm-8pm. 15% of the event proceeds will benefit our RMH!
  • IMPORTANT: We have TWO immediate needs this week for our “Guest Chef” program, and plenty of Cookie Team Openings! Please, please let us know if you can help! J
  • IMPORTANT: Weekend Manager Needed!
    • Kristi is in search of a Weekend Manager for the first weekend in July (1st-3rd). Check out the description here and contact Kristi if you are available or interested in learning more!
  • IMPORTANT: Housekeeper Needed!
    • Our housekeeper will be out of town July 4th-5th and we need help! Our House has been full for the last few weeks with a waiting list for new families to come in once one checks out. What we need is for some assistance in cleaning these rooms when families check out and to clean our family areas (kitchen, living room, hallways, etc.). This opportunity is great for groups or individuals. Contact Kristi if you are interested!

Here are our priority needs for the next two weeks.  Let Kristi know if you or someone you know are interested/available to help!


PRIORITY NEEDS FOR for 6/20 – 7/3


  • Guest Chef: St. Peters Episcopal
  • Cookies from the Heart: Crystal and Madi



  • Guest Chef: Greenwood Genetics
  • Cookies from the Heart: Bernadette W.



  • Guest Chef: Hatten Family
  • Cookies from the Heart: Socorro Castaneda

THURSDAY 6/23***

  • Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart


  • Guest Chef: Spinx
  • Cookies from the Heart: Dratonville Baptist


SATURDAY 6/25***

  • Weekend Brunch Program: Furman Athletic Department
  • Opening for Guest Chef Program* (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM



  • Guest Chef: Greer First Baptist
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM



  • Guest Chef: Kelly J.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart



  • Guest Chef: Dinner Covered, thank you!
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart



  • Guest Chef: Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology
  • Cookies from the Heart: Bernadette W.



  • Guest Chef: Deborah Circle
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart



  • Guest Chef: Robyn G.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • Need a Weekend Manager!



  • Opening for Weekend Brunch Program
  • Guest Chef: New Pilgrim Young Adults
  • Cookies from the Heart: Maria Torres G.
  • Need a Weekend Manager!



  • Guest Chef: Maranatha Church
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • Need a Weekend Manager!
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Reminder to email or call Kristi ([email protected] / 864-235-0506) if you can help to fill in any of these holes. We look forward to having you at the House soon! Thank you so very much for all that you do!!!


All the best,


Samantha Bauer

Communications and Events Manager

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