Red Shoe Society Kickoff Event

Save the Date!

Calling all Greenville Young Professionals!

Join Red Shoe Society (RSS) Thursday, February 18th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown for the 7th Annual Red Shoe Society Kickoff event, as we celebrate last year’s success and the exciting plans in store for 2016!

Renew your membership or become a new member during this event and you will be entered to win tickets to the Greenville Royale Gala in November. All RSS members and friends are welcome! RSVP here

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The Red Shoe Society is a young professional group with a philanthropic mission: to engage, empower and inspire young professionals to participate in philanthropic and leadership endeavors and build awareness of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Members of RSS plan, manage, and execute events and volunteer activities to benefit Ronald McDonald Charities.

The Red Shoe Society is a great way to become more involved in your community. Join RSS and their mission in helping sick children and their families! Yearly membership dues are $89 ($139 for couples), which represents the cost of one family’s stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Just by joining, you have already helped one family in need!

Interested in joining RSS? The following is information about the different committees available for RSS members.

  • Social Committee – Assist with planning social gatherings for RSS members and friends. Also assist with planning and organizing the Greenville Royale, RSS’s signature fundraising event.
  • Volunteer Committee – Assist with planning service projects to benefit RMHCC programs through city events and House events.
  • Development Committee – Assist with fundraising and sharing the mission of RMHCC.
  • Membership Committee – Assist with recruiting new RSS members and maintain relationships with current members.

 Learn more about RSS here, or by contacting Samantha Bauer at [email protected]

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RMHC Director of Operations

Welcome Kristi Hall Ayala, RMHC’s New Director of Operations

 

Kristi HallGREENVILLE, S.C.  (Jan. 21, 2016) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas (RMHCC) is pleased to welcome Kristi Hall Ayala as their new Director of Operations. Ayala will be responsible for the day to day operations of running the House, facility maintenance and most importantly, managing all aspects of House residents and their stay.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kristi to our team,” said Marti Spencer, CEO and Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “Providing the highest level of hospitality for our families is our main priority. We aim to make their stay comfortable, so they can solely focus on the healing of their child. Kristi’s background in hospitality fits perfectly with our mission of keeping families close during critical moments.”

“I am honored to play an integral role at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. We never know when accidents or tragedy will come, and we hope that it never does, but to know that the House provides comfort brings peace to my heart,” said Ayala. “It is a very fulfilling opportunity for me to be afforded the ability to participate in helping to offer a sanctuary of hope and encouragement for families during life’s most challenging moments.”

Kristi comes from a background of public relations and customer service.  She was born in Los Angeles, Ca. and grew up in the family of the Fred Hall Boat Shows. Kristi then had her own real estate business for 13 years, and a luxury beachfront property management business. She understands the hospitality field and the importance of providing a high level of customer service.

Kristi calls Greenville home with her husband of 32 years. They have a 26 year old son who is a doctor at MUSC in Charleston. In her down time she enjoys yoga, dancing, gardening and watching romantic movies.  Additionally, Kristi is fluent in Spanish. She currently sits as President of the Board of Directors for the Bridges Crossing Home Owners Association in Simpsonville.

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Donation of Mattresses

Ronald McDonald House Receives Large Donation of Mattresses from Park Place Corporation

A new year, a new bed! Park Place Corporation, a bedding producer in Greenville, has generously donated 13 mattresses to the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville, South Carolina. On Friday, the beds were unloaded by the Grounds Guys of Southern Greenville into the House and placed in the guests’ bedrooms.

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The Ronald McDonald House is a “Home Away from Home” for families with critically ill or injured children to stay while their child is being treated in the hospital.

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Golden State Foods

Grant Helps Keep Families Close

We are thrilled to announce the adoption of another one of our 12 bedrooms at our House! Today, we received a grant from Golden State Foods that will go to provide us the ability to maintain a room throughout 2016, from painting, to fixtures, to bedding, to televisions – all the creature comforts of home. Very, very grateful for the continued support of Golden State Foods and their amazing employees!

We have 6 more rooms that are in need of a sponsor – it could be you! Contact us today if you are interested or follow this link for more information.

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Golden State Foods is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the food service industry, servicing approximately 125,000 restaurants in more than 60 countries from its 45 locations on five continents. Established in 1947, GSF is values-based with proven performance in superior quality, innovation and customer service.

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Calling All Gentlemen!

Formal Wear for a Cause

Are you in the market for formal wear for our upcoming McGala or holiday parties? We’ve got just the thing for you!

Since 1939 Gregory’s Formal Wear has served the community—first as laundry cleaners and hatters and then as purveyors of fine formal wear. The Greenville community has kindly voted them “Best Men’s Fashions in the Upstate” numerous times in their over 75-year history. This year, Gregory’s Formal wear has partnered with our House to provide the utmost quality and service while giving back to our House and families we serve! All you have to do is mention “Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas” when you call Gregory’s and they will donate 10% of each purchase directly back to our House and programs. Can’t beat it!

These guys are the real deal, trust us. Busy schedule? Large group consultation? They come to you. Give them a call today, and don’t forget to mention our name.

Thank you, David Gregory, for being such an amazing community partner and advocate for our House!

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Gregory’s Formal Wear…On the GO!
1322 East Washington Street
Greenville, SC 29607
[email protected]
(864) 553-1013

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Grant Helps Keep Families Close

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas Receives
Community Grant from Wells Fargo
Grant Helps Keep Families Close During Season of Giving

Wells_Fargo_4cGREENVILLE, S.C.  (Nov. 17, 2015) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas recently received a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo. The grant will help support our mission of providing a unique home setting that provides a home for families and their children during a very unpredictable time in their lives. The Ronald McDonald House keeps families together, resulting in positive health outcomes for critically ill and injured children.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is currently in its Season of Giving campaign from November through December, where it is asking the community to help keep families close by encouraging online donations through www.rmhc-carolinas.org/donate. The old adage “home is where the heart is” particularly strikes true for families who spend the holiday season at pediatric medical facilities. Support given by organizations, such as Wells Fargo, allows families to be near their children during critical moments.

“Togetherness is the greatest gift you can give families with a critically-ill or injured child,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. It is through companies like Wells Fargo and their giving spirit we are able to continue to serve 300 families each year from the Upstate of South Carolina, our six surrounding states and beyond our country’s borders.”

In 2014, Wells Fargo invested $281.2 million in nonprofit organizations and schools across the country. In South Carolina alone last year, we made 617 grants totaling $3.39 million to local nonprofit organizations and schools that make a huge difference in communities across the state. Over the last five we years, Wells Fargo has donated nearly $18.5 million to nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, and since 2005, we have invested over $32 million in nonprofit organizations across the state.

“Wells Fargo is committed to the communities we serve and delighted to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas,” said Wells Fargo Upstate Market President Brian Rogers. “Our goal is to help build strong communities and make a positive difference. If our communities prosper, so will we.”

 

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.

About the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas

More than just a room and a hot meal, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is a home away from home for families of children receiving critical care at medical facilities in our community. The house can serve as a quiet place for families to be alone or as a place of companionship, sharing and emotional support with other families. Since 1989, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas has cared for special families with 12 bedrooms, private baths, a double kitchen, living room, playroom and laundry facilities, as well as a courtyard with a peaceful fountain and bright sunroom. For more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, please visit www.rmhc-carolinas.org.

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AmazonSmile

Support Us When You Shop This Holiday!

Tis the season for holiday shopping! Did you know you could support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas and knock out shopping all online – in one place?

It’s true! Follow the link below to shop through our AmazonSmile portal. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase directly back to our House. AmazonSmile is a convenient way to support our House every time you shop at no additional cost to you! Now that is easy. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0844123

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Southern Living Christmas Cookbook

Dillard’s Offers Exclusive Southern Living Christmas Cookbook  to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) Dillard’s is pleased to further its commitment to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) and their goal to keep families of ill children close with Dillard’s 22nd annual holiday fundraiser. Since 1994, Dillard’s has supported RMHC in strengthening families during difficult times with a fundraiser benefiting its Ronald McDonald House® program, which provides families with much more than a place to stay while their children are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

For the eighth time, Dillard’s is offering a special custom edition of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to benefit RMHC. This exclusive, 288-page hardbound cookbook is filled with more than 250 recipes and dozens of decoration ideas for Christmas plus seasonal gatherings. This “can’t miss” cookbook is available for only $10.

The cookbooks are available now in all Dillard’s stores nationwide, as well as online at www.dillards.com. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks will benefit Ronald McDonald Houses operated by RMHC Chapters in Dillard’s markets.

“When a child is hospitalized, having family by their side is as powerful as the treatments themselves. We offer a place to stay so families can focus on the care of their child and not where they’ll sleep at night or how they’ll have time to make their next meal,” said J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Through the generous support of donors like Dillard’s, we at RMHC strive to be a catalyst for bringing people together to find solutions that strengthen families during difficult times. We’re dedicated to making sure that children get the best medicine of all – their families.”

Now in its 22nd year of support, Dillard’s has raised more than $12.3 million to benefit RMHC. “Our continued relationship with RMHC gives all of us at Dillard’s an enormous sense of pride. We look forward to another successful fundraiser this year and are honored to support the Ronald McDonald Houses in our communities,” said Denise Mahaffy, vice president of Dillard’s.

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About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of 300 Chapters in more than 60 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs, enable family-centered care, provide a bridge to quality health care, are a vital part of the health care continuum and give children and families the time they need to heal and cope better together.

About Dillard’s
Dillard’s, Inc. ranks among the nation’s largest fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishings retailers with annual revenues exceeding $6.2 billion. The Company focuses on delivering maximum fashion and value to its shoppers by offering compelling selections complemented by exceptional customer care. Dillard’s stores offer a broad selection of merchandise and feature products from both national and exclusive brand sources. The Company operates 278 Dillard’s locations and 18 clearance centers spanning 29 states plus an Internet store at www.dillards.com. For more information, visit Dillards.com.
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16th Annual McGala

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas’ 16th Annual McGala Invites Guests to “An Evening in Spain”

Sponsorships Available and Tickets on Sale for Charity’s Largest Fundraiser

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Nov. 3, 2015) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is pleased to announce its 16th Annual Holiday McGala will be held on Friday, December 4th at a new location, the TD Convention Center. Named “the best Christmas party in town,” this year’s McGala invites guests for a night of authentic Spanish cuisine, fine wine and entertainment all in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the TD Convention Center. Guests will receive complimentary valet service provided by Kia of Greenville. Upon entrance into the McGala guests are greeted with a unique selection of Spanish wines from Madrid sponsored by AVX Corporation. Next, guests may peruse a wide variety of more than 100 auction items ranging from weekend getaways to New York, Atlanta, Asheville, Charleston, Charlotte to restaurant experiences, local shopping opportunities and fine art desirable to anyone. A live, Spanish cooking demonstration along with Spanish acoustic music will entertain guests during the cocktail and silent auction. At 8:00 p.m. guests are invited into the ballroom where they will be transported back to Spain. During dinner a special performance by a famous Flamenco dancer will take place to begin the evening all in support of the Ronald McDonald House. After the three-course, Spanish dinner, live auction featuring a trip to Barcelona, and program, guests have the remainder of the evening to dance the night away to the sounds of the Mighty Kicks and participate in the “Social Wall” sponsored by Soul Yoga.

“This year’s McGala truly does invite our guests to Spain with themed food, drink and entertainment,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “We hold the McGala to not only bring awareness to our mission of keeping families close to their children while receiving medical treatment, but also to celebrate our friends and donors we are so fortunate to have. It is through our donors in the Upstate community we have been able to serve families since 1989.”

The 16th annual McGala would not be possible without the generous support of the event’s other largest supporters McDonald’s GSA Coop, Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital, Baldor, Michelin North America and Tuffaloy.

For information on sponsorships or to purchase a ticket, please contact Kate Venuto at (864) 235-1984 or [email protected]. For more information on the McGala, please visit www.rmhc-carolinas.org/mcgala.

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