On Friday, close to 200 guests helped us kick off the weekend with a delicious dinner by Pacini’s Catering at the San Joaquin Wine Company in Madera. Our silent auction, live auction, dessert auction and gun raffles helped us raise close to $20,000! Guests enjoyed great wine, cigars, poker tables and a beautiful venue.
Eddie Martinazzi was the lucky winner of the Dan Wesson PM 7 of the with the 2 of hearts!
The 10th Annual Sporting Clays Classic registered over 300 shooters as our largest tournament yet! The morning shooters started arriving at 7:30am and began shooting at 8:30am. The winner of the NSCA registered morning shoot went to Mr. Vince Martinazzi with a score of 86 and the winner of the Hunter Class went to Mr. Sean Rodriguez with a score of 84!
The winners of the afternoon shoot were Mr. Fred Demichelis with the overall high score of 91 and the Hunter Class winner, Jerry Dillard, shot an 88!
We want to thank each and everyone of you for your attendance. To our Cadets who have been scoring for 10 years to each of you who continue to support the Ronald McDonald House. Your support is so much appreciated!
We can’t wait to see you again on Saturday, April 17, 2016!
As we move into the Holiday Season, the Ronald McDonald House Charities moves into its Season of Giving. We are so thankful for the contributions of the community this season, as #GivingTuesday kicked it off on Tuesday, December 2. We have been blessed with donations of Christmas presents to allow our families to feel a sense of “Home” this season.
We hope that you all have great plans and are looking forward to spending the end of the year with your families and those closest to you. As we wrap up 2014 we want to say “Thank You” to each and everyone one of you. It is because of the support we have received, that we can help our families together.
The year 2014 has been a busy one and we have big plans for 2015 that will help us provide resources to many more families. We cannot wait to share those with you. My last request of the year comes from the heart. Our Share a Night Program allows the community to donate $15 to provide a nights stay for a family. This means that $270 can provide a nights stay for every family at our House. We encourage you to make a donation to give back this month and you can do so here.
Happy Holidays and Thank You – From our Family to Yours
Every year we gather our Ronald McDonald House families, invite our own families and celebrate the Holiday’s. It is our goal to provide a “home away from home” for our families and during the Holiday Season, that is ever so important. Our night started with the generous folks from the Linden Lions Club, who year after year have prepared a delicious feast for everyone to enjoy.
As the crowd gathered outside to watch the lighting of the House, the Sierra High School Choir filled the air with beautiful Christmas Carols.
As dinner was served they continued to bring joy to our families with their fun renditions of classic songs.
The end of the night was filled with good talks, great laughs, fun crafts and of course, meeting Santa! He took requests and gave presents out to each child.
We had a blast and are so thankful to celebrate togetherness. We could not do this without you!
Our organization has felt an overwhelming amount of support from the community throughout the year. We are able to provide a home for our families because of that support. As our events are coming to a close, we are reflecting on the impact you all have made on our House.
In September, a group of 65+ runners journeyed 135 miles from the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House to ours here next to Children’s Hospital Central California. The drive it took for this group to make such an incredible trip was truly incredible. In October, we held our 3rd Annual FORE! the House Golf Tournament which broke numerous records in providing income for our House. We also held a campaign to raise awareness for our charity. Thank you so much to all who purchased a pair of socks and showed your support. Finally, we held our 8th Annual Red Heart Ball on Saturday, November 8th. Over 450 guests joined us to celebrate our mission, and helped us to surpass more goals.
As we move into the Holiday season, we are constantly trying to make our families feel at Home. If you, your co-workers, friends or family are looking for a different way to celebrate this season, please keep us in mind. Cooking holiday meals, decking the halls, wrapping presents are just some of the opportunities we have.
For the past three years, Sandra Vega has prepared lunch for our families on November 13. This is the day that her unborn son, Diego, passed away. She remembers him by giving back to the current families staying the Ronald McDonald House.
In 2010, Sandra underwent surgery to have her two sons, Diego and Armando. Even though she knew Diego would be still born, she was able to see him and spend some time with him. Armando was taken to Children’s Hospital Central California to be monitored while he grew. The month he was being treated was not easy, but staying at the Ronald McDonald House made it so much easier on Sandra.
“I remember how helpful it was when I would come back to a home cooked meal, there were times I was too exhausted to even think about cooking.”
Sandra wants to make sure that these families know someone is there for them when they are going through this hard time.
“I want them to know it is going to be ok. This is how I deal with today, I want to give back.”
Diego will be turning 4 on November 23 and has made his mom so proud throughout the years.
“He definitely has enough energy for two” Sandra says. “He is so into garbage. Garbage cans, garbage trucks, anything garbage. He dressed up as a garbage can for Halloween. You would never know he was a preemie.”
Last year it was BBQ chicken and this year our families were served homemade torte’s served with freshly made salsa. As the families eat to maintain their energy, the sense of community and togetherness fills our living room.
If you are interested in cooking a meal for our families please contact Sven at Sven@RMHCcv.org or call 559-261-3667. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available every day of the year.
Central Valley Takes steps for Crohn’s and Colitis:
Come out and take steps for Crohn’s and colitis with the community walk to raise awareness and funds for the cure. This family friendly event will be filled with live music, food, kids entertainment, and educational materials. 80 cents of every dollar raised goes to research, education, and patient support across our nation.
Free to participate
Everyone encouraged to donate if able
Woodward Regional Park
Group Activity Area
7775 North Friant Rd
Fresno, CA 93720
Saturday November 8th
Walk starts at 2pm
Family Fall Portraits:
Don’t let the fall season pass you by! Come by to get you family fall portraits at River Park for children, adults, and families. I can be a testimony to the great quality pictures I have seen. They have wonderful fall backdrops and props to appear your outside. It is in River Park in front of the IMAX Theater.
Family packages starting at $20
250 East Paseo Del Centro
Fresno, CA 93720
When and Time:
An enormous Holiday Boutique to kick off the Holiday season! This two-story event will hold 50 vendors with baked goods, lunch, homemade pies, and hundreds of gift baskets. The more the merrier! Invite your friends and family for a day of fun.
Northside Christian Church
2709 East Nees Avenue
Clovis, CA 93611
Saturday November 8th
Movie Night on the Farm:
How fun is this!!! Family movie night will be showing “How to Train your Dragon 2”. Bring your blankets and chairs for your own comfort. Plastic folding chairs will be provided however; your family might want something a little more comfortable since barn floor is cement.
Feel free to bring your own picnic dinner and eat before the movie
Concessions available for purchase
McKellar Family Farms
32985 Road 164
Ivanhoe, CA 93235
Monday, November 10th
(Visalia Unified is closed the following day for Veteran’s Day)
Have a wonderful weekend everybody; This weekend and every weekend!
I have enjoyed posting about upcoming Family Fun Events over the past 8 weeks!
Hope you have enjoyed them!