Reedy River Jazz & Wine Festival Tickets on Sale!

RRWJ_Logo_Vert_4cRonald McDonald House Presents the 6th Annual Reedy River Jazz & Wine Festival

Sit back, relax,and sip on some wine as you enjoy the soulful music of some of the Upstate’s finest jazz musicians at the Reedy River Jazz and Wine Festival. On Friday April 24, regionally and nationally acclaimed musicians will take the beautiful TD Stage at the Peace Center in downtown Greenville to soothe your soul as you sip on wine and nibble on delicious southern cuisine.

Like fine wine, in its 6th year, the Reedy River Jazz and Wine Festival, only gets better with age. This year’s lineup of musicians is top notch. Headliner Joe Gransden and the Joe Gransden Quartet will treat the audience with a tribute to Frank Sinatra to celebrate his 100th birthay year. Known for his skills on the trumpet, Gransden’s voice won’t disappoint—it has been compared to Chet Baker and Mr. Sinatra himself. Gransden has performed his music worldwide and released 14 CD’s under his own name. His impressive musical resume includes work with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, as well as, sub work with Toshiko Akyoshi and Chico O’Farrill. He is now playing consistently in venues all over Atlanta 5 to 6 times a week. Gransden and his 16 piece big band have a growing schedule, including performances at Café 290 in Atlanta, The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, and even Tehema Golf Club in California where he plays events for Clint Eastwood.

Adding to the spectacular event is Loretta Holloway. Dubbed “South Carolina’s First Lady of Song,” Holloway has an impressive musical resume herself. She has performed in the showrooms of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, opening for the likes of Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg. Holloway’s talents have taken her all over the globe. She was presented to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in a Royal Command Peformance in Australia, she has toured in China and Thailand, and has even sang the National Anthem for boxing champions Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, and Oscar De La Hoya. Now, Holloway will be heading to Greenvlle, SC to wow the TD Stage with her incredible talents.

Doug Norwine and the Doug Norwine Trio join Gransden and Holloway to add some smooth saxophone to the mix. Anyone who’s anyone has been on The Simpsons, and so has Mr. Norwine. Norwine was the soulful baritone sax behind Lisa Simpson and her mentor “Bleeding Gums” Murphy on the FOX hit series. He has also been featured on hit television shows such as Roseanne, Full House, Seinfield, and The Tonight Show. Norwine has received 12 Gold and Platinum records from the RIAA for his work as a musician and is now teaching his craft to aspring musicians as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Anderson University.

Anderson University’s Jazz Ensemble will be put to the ultimate test as they too take the TD Stage. The Jazz ensemble performs at clubs, festivals, and schools every year. The ensemble’s second CD, Walkin’ About was released in 2014.

The musicians will be accompanied by live artist Elizabeth Henderson, special emcee Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of CertusBank Colletta Bryce.
Join the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas at the Reedy River Jazz and Wine Festival for a great night of fun, wine, and amazing musicians.

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Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee

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The Smokin’ Pig located in Pendleton, SC, has announced the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas as the beneficiary of a portion of their proceeds at the award-winning Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee for the second year in a row. Last year, the Smokin Pig’ was able to donate $252.60 of their Spring Jubilee proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House, and this year they hope to donate even more.

In its 37th year, the Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee has been twice named The Best Festival in South Carolina in a Community Less than 3000. Held on the first weekend of April each year, it has been named a Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association and is a multi-winner of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by Southeast Tourism Society. Hundreds of artisans vie for the coveted 100 spots to showcase their crafts and foods, and the Smokin’ Pig landed one of them.

Come out and enjoy the great atmosphere, great crafts, and great food on April 4th and 5th on the Village Green in Historic Pendleton, SC. And make sure to stop by the Smokin’ Pig’s to taste some delicious BBQ and to support the families of the Ronald McDonald House.

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Our January Donors

Thank you, January donors, for supporting our House. We couldn’t do it with out you!


All January 2015 volunteers
Anonymous Donors
Blue Ridge Security
Charter Communications
Cannon Drive McDonald’s
McDonald’s G/S/A Co-op
Charles Doria
Faith SS Class/Taylors 1st Baptist
Frank Landgraff in memory of Kenneth Brady
Mr. & Mrs. Umesh Rajani
Brenda Cooper
Calvin & Ruth Mason
Shawn Mahaney
Juanita Pesaro
Daniel and Loraine Lakich
Joe Julian
Rich Waycaster
Tom Mascari
Maurice “Butch” and Joy Ferree
Women’s Missions/Reedy Fork Baptist of Seneca
Lois & Tom Storm
SC Hospital Association
Hampton Heights Baptist Church
Faith Chapel of Nashville, Inc. in memory of Kenneth Gilstrap
James and Darlene Parker in memory of Kenneth Gilstrap
Calla Andrus
Tanya Waters
Kristin Haymes
Amanda Crowe
Reina Penrose
Jason & Sabra Bateman
Dempsey Family Foundation
Assurant Foundation
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Krish Patel/Wireless Communications
Marti Spencer
Piedmont Natural Gas
Phyllis Cashion
Michael Fletcher
Anthony Goodin
Laura Graham
Fall For Greenville
Hughes and Hughes Nursery
Jim & Connie Spykerman
Shannon Poophitt
Blue Ridge Middle School Beta Club
Kelly Johnson
Randi& Jordan Wood
Nikki Pruitt
Sleep Number of Woodruff Road
Peace Center/Staci Koonce
Stampin UP/Pamela Driggers
Tim Gilstrap
Greenville Gymnastics/Leeann Davis
Lisa Gibson
First Baptist of Mauldin/Sherri Jones
Georgia Pacific Paper Co.
Amanda Crowe
Ashley Simmons
Sam LoBosco

Antonetta and Algernon Gantt
Mr. William James
Debi Warren
Smithfield Golf Club/Adam Warren
Karen Mabe
Angela Johnson
Lonni Adams (lady)
Matthew Moore
Brandy Campbell
Sara Collins Elementary School
Brushy Creek Elementary School/Alice Upchurch
Victoria Arsenault/Miss Heart of the USA
NCEES/Nita Colman
Simpsonville United Methodist PreSchool
Blood Connection
Randi and Walt Wood
St. Matthew United Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood
Maranatha Church
Red Shoe Society
McDonalds Group/Stephanie Metcalf
Serving Hearts First Baptist Simpsonville
Robin Grable& Family
Grace Baptist Fellowship/Carol Knoll
McCarter Presbyterian Church
Jack& Rene Abney
Hampton Heights Baptist Church/Karen Gracely
Grace Baptist Fellowship/Sarah Meadows
Young Miss Cayce 2015/Kathryn Costa
Girl Scout Troop 829/Jessica Leslie
Greenville Rotaract/Laura Pedersen
Rhonda Rawlings
Heather Larkin
Lisa Gibson
Spinx #115
I Am That Girl: Clemson University
Friends of Brayden Bateman
Michelin Americas Research/Donna Childs
ADPI Clemson/Nicole Pappalardo
Unity Church/Shirley McLeod


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Hollywild Animal Park Benefit

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Hollywild Animal Park spread some holiday cheer this season with their Holiday Lights Safari Benefit, part of Hollywild’s HAP GIVES BACK campaign. Hollywild Animal Park set aside $1 for each admission paid by every car entering Hollywild’s holiday lights show during the show’s last week December 29th through January 3rd, raising a total of $1,019. That money was donated to the Ronald McDonald House to help fuel its mission to provide a home and support to critically ill or injured children and their families.

Not only is the Holiday Lights Safari Benefit a charitable event, it is also an award-winning event with nearly 100 acres of twinkling lights, a life-sized Nativity, holiday themed light sculptures, and even herds of live animals roaming the land.

A non-profit organization itself, Hollywild Animal Park decided to take the success of its light show and support other non-profits in the local community.
“So many have been helping us by supporting our Holiday Lights Safari Benefit and all it does to help care for our animals. We appreciate everyone who has attended, plans to attend, and those coming for a return visit to our holiday lights season.” Said Mary Lee Rollins, Hollywild’s Assistant Director. “HAP GIVES BACK is a chance to help spread that good will to others.”

This past holiday season marked the 24th year of the Holiday Lights Safari Benefit, but the 3rd year the benefit has donated a portion of its earnings to another local non-profit. The last two years Hollywild’s light show benefitted Relay for Life North Spartanburg.

“This year, Hollywild employees chose the Ronald McDonald House Charities to benefit from the campaign. This was in part to a long-time relationship Hollywild has with the McDonald’s team in Inman, and knowing how many families can benefit from services provided at the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville, SC,” said Kim Atchley, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Hollywild.

The Ronald McDonald House greatly appreciates the support of Hollywild Animal Park and all it does for our local community.

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3rd Annual Greenville Roast

Ronald McDonald House 3rd Annual Greenville Roast Presented by Smith Moore Leatherwood to Feature Bob Hughes

Fundraiser Roasts President of Hughes Development

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 30, 2015) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Greenville Roast, presented by Smith Moore Leatherwood, our honorary Roastee will be Mr. Bob Hughes, President of Hughes Development Corporation. 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; providing families with more than a place to stay, it’s a sanctuary that keeps them close to their child, a place they are grateful for but never thought they would need.

The Greenville Roast will be held on Saturday, March 14th at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Greenville. Bob Hughes’ family, friends and colleagues will be on the “Roasting Panel” providing laughs for the entire audience. The Roasters include Merl Code, Ogletree Deakins lawyer and municipal court judge, Hayne Hipp, private investor and former CEO of Liberty Corporation, Cecil Nelson, Nelson Galbreath lawyer, Jackson Hughes, President at Hughes Commercial Properties and Bo Aughtry, President of the Commercial Division at Windsor Aughtry Co. The Emcee will be Bob’s son Robert Hughes. The group of roasters will have the evening to honor with humor and memories the man that has touched their lives and this community.

“The Greenville Roast is an event like no other as guests will be entertained to hear funny stories of great leaders in Greenville,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “Bob has been a visionary in shaping our great community and this evening will be all about fun as he allows his friends to roast him for a great cause.”

A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Hyatt lobby with hors d’oeuvres and the dinner and roast will begin at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting

For information sponsorships, please contact Kate Venuto, Director of Development and Marketing, at (864) 235-1984 or [email protected]

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2015 Greenville Roast

GREENVILLE ROAST, Featuring Bob Hughes

2015 RoasteeGreenville Developer Bob Hughes can run, but he can’t hide from our third annual Roast! Come join us for a night of fun and laughter, all at the expense of one of the biggest names in Greenville.

President of Hughes Development Corporation, Bob Hughes is associated with almost every building in the ever-changing Greenville skyline. His latest projects include Project One, the expansion of RiverPlace, and the Next building.

A leader in our Greenville community, Hughes is a senior advisor for the Liberty Fellowship, a chairman of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, board trustee of University Center, board member of Greenville County Schools Foundation, and a member of the South Carolina Bar Association.

Hughes’s great achievements and community involvement will be put aside for one night, all for a great cause. Hughes will be on the receiving end of jokes, jabs, and barbs from his close friends and colleagues.

The panel of roasters include lawyer, municipal court judge, and former professional football player Merl Code, along with private investor and former CEO of Liberty Corporation, Hayne Hipp, and 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Real Estate Litigation by Best Lawyers in America, Cecil Nelson.

Hughes’s son, Robert, who also works for Hughes Development Corporation will be able to get a few jokes in as well, as the Emcee for the evening.

Join some of the biggest names in Greenville on Saturday March 14, 2015 for a few laughs for a great cause—all proceeds go to helping families in need at the Ronald McDonald House.

Start the night off with a cocktail hour from 6-7, and then enjoy dinner and the roast from 7-8:30.

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15th Annual McGala Invites Guests to “An Evening in Italy”

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas’ 15th Annual McGala Invites Guests to “An Evening in Italy”
Tickets On Sale for Charity’s Largest Fundraiser

McGala Italy Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Holiday McGala will be held on Friday, December 5th at the Embassy Suites. Named “the best Christmas party in town,” this year’s McGala invites guests to “An Evening in Italy” for a night of delectable food, 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 Embassy Suites and opens with a large, diverse silent auction featuring more than 100 experiences from jewelry, fine wine, olive oil, travel, dining, the arts and much more. At 8:00 p.m. doors to the ballroom open and guests will immediately be invited to an authentic Italian dinner with wine pairings. The cuisine for the evening has been consulted on by Chef Carlos Echeverri of Da Vinci’s Ristorante in collaboration with Embassy Suites Resort’s premiere Chef Alan Scott. A live auction will take place after dinner showcasing a trip to Tuscany, a scooter, a trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley and much more. The remainder of the evening will feature music by the Mighty Kicks for the guests listening and dancing pleasure.

“Our McGala is the year-end celebration of our mission here at the Ronald McDonald House,” said Marti Spencer, CEO/Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “The funds raised from the McGala allow us to continue to provide a home for so many families that are searching for a place to stay while their critically ill or injured child is being treated right across the street. We are honored and blessed to have such amazing supporters; ‘An Evening in Italy’ is our thank you to them!”

The 15th annual McGala would not be possible without the generous support of the event’s largest supporters McDonald’s GSA Coop and Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital. For information sponsorships or to purchase a ticket, please contact Kate Venuto, Director of Development and Marketing, at (864) 235-1984 or [email protected]
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.

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Socks for Sale!


Sport our pal Ronald’s famous striped socks and show your support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. Get your socks today for a Share-A-Night program donation of only $8 per pair. Our Share-A-Night program helps to offset the operational cost to accommodate families who stay at our House. For many families, even an $8 a night donation is out of reach, but no family has ever been turned away because of an inability to pay. In fact, more than half the families we serve are unable to make a donation.

Your donation will help ensure all families continue to find a home away from home at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas when they face the challenge of caring for an ill or injured child.

The Penguins of Madagascar are #forRMHC, are you?

NOTE: Socks will not be shipped, but can be picked up at the House. Contact Samantha Bauer at 864.272.0197 for more information.  


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Sky Zone Community Fundraiser

Sky Zone’s 1st Anniversary Celebration

The Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas helped celebrate Sky Zone’s first anniversary this past Sunday. Sky Zone, located on Laurens Rd. in Greenville, promotes a fun and healthy atmosphere for all ages—and its first birthday was no exception. From 1-5 PM, Sky Zone offered birthday cake, along with prizes and giveaways for several lucky jumpers, at the top of each hour. A portion of each ticket sold during this time was donated to RMHCC. RMHCC added some fun of our own, handing out “smiles” and red clown noses for jumpers. Although Ronald himself wasn’t there, his giant clown shoes were, adding some extra fun for the jumpers as they tried them on.
Sky Zone and RMHCC celebrated a great year and a great cause! Thanks to all who came out to support RMHCC and Sky Zone.


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Pi Run for Ronald

Alpha Delta Pi Run for Ronald

The Alpha Delta Pi’s of Furman University and of Clemson University showed their love and support for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas with their second annual Pi Run for Ronald this past Sunday. The ADPi’s took advantage of a beautiful Sunday afternoon to benefit RMHCC, their charity of choice, with a 3.14 mile “Pi” 5k on Furman’s campus. Food, raffle tickets, and even free t-shirts for the first 120 registered runners were given away, and all donations went to RMHCC. While some sorority sisters showed their support by running in the “Pi” run, others dressed up as their favorite clown, Ronald McDonald. Thank you for all your love and support, ADPi!


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