Kids Helping Kids

One of the greatest joys of our job at the House is getting to watch people support our mission. Seeing members of our community spend their time and money helping us give families hope, leaves us in such awe.

What amazes us even more is when that community member is a kid.

Alexander Asmar is a sophomore at Clovis North High School and has been a Central Valley Ronald McDonald House advocate for almost two years.

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He decided to start donating pantry items, fresh produce, meats, and fruits for meals for our families after finding out from a friend that it was needed. He never thought his donation would become a 8-10 times a year gift to the house.

I enjoy the feeling I get when giving back. I know I’ve done something good for people in my community and families that really need it.

When Alexander isn’t donating to us, he’s busy practicing his golf game in preparation for matches on the Clovis North Golf Team and being a member of the Armenian Club and FCA. Clearly, he’s got a busy schedule, but still makes time to solicit and deliver donations to us.

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We asked him why he thought other kids his age should get involved.

I think until you come down here, you don’t know how many families this place really supports. Its such an easy way to get involved and help. Everyone can find an extra snack or pantry item and get it down here.  If there’s someone out there that wants to help collect items, I’ll make sure they get to the Ronald McDonald House.

If you’d like to follow Alexander’s lead and start supporting our meals program. Email Info@RMHCcv.org


Family Fun Weekends: October 31st-November 2nd

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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.

Admission:

Family packages starting at $20

Where:

River Park

250 East Paseo Del Centro

Fresno, CA 93720

When and Time:

Friday 5pm-9pm

Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 11am-8pm

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Good Company Players Presents The Addams Family:

The delightful frightful musical comedy the whole family can enjoy. This live musical is about the original creepy, kooky, spooky family perfect for the fall season.

Rated PG

Admission:

Ticket sales call:

(559) 266-9494

Where:

Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

1226 North Wishon Ave

Fresno, CA 93728

When and Time:

Friday 5:30pm

Saturday: 5:30pm

Sunday 11am or 5pm

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Halloween Bash:

This citywide Halloween bash is open to all families. Free candy at trick or treat street stations, free bounce house fun, and free pony rides. Event will also include food vendors, music, games, and life size characters. This is a safe environment in a gated huge parking lot

Admission:

FREE to all

Where:

Celebration Church

100 West Ashlan Ave

Clovis, CA 93612

When:

Friday October 31st

Time:

6pm-9pm

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Shed the Zombie:

This organization is about kids feeling “brain-dead” to get active and moving. This Halloween party will include a monster slide, beastly bounce house, awesome obstacle course, craft booths, carnival games, hotdogs, and snacks. Fun for the whole family; come out and shed that zombie and get out and play!

Admission:

Free family event

Where:

Dry Creek Park

Corner of Alluvial and Clovis Ave.

Clovis, CA 93612

When:

Friday October 31st

Time:

4:30pm-8pm


Family Fun Weekends: October 24th-26th

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Color Me Rad:

This is a 5K run through a sea of color with color bombs, cannons, and mortars. I can guarantee you will come out brighter then you came in. You will start with a pure white shirt but throughout the run you will be coated with green, blue, pink, purple, and yellow; coming out looking like a tie-dyed masterpiece.

Note to parents: The colors are non-toxic, non-rash inducing, Kroger branded color cornstarch for your health and safety.

Admission:

$47 per runner/walker

*Must register before October 23rd

Where:

Woodward Park

7775 North Friant Road

Fresno, CA

When:

Sunday October 26th

Time:

Run will begin at 10am

All are welcomed to watch this color-filled 5K run through the park.

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Trunk or Treat:

Come and enjoy the 2nd annual Trunk or Treat. This safe and family friendly event is open to all who wants to celebrate the fall holiday. Fresno car clubs will have decorated car trunks passing out goodies. Enjoy FREE hot dogs and treat bags along with face painting, bounce house, clowns, and games.

Admission:

FREE

*Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Where:

Tinkler Funeral Chapel and Crematory

475 North Broadway Street

Fresno 93701

When:

Saturday October 25th

Time:

4pm-8pm

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Children’s Author coming to Fresno State:

Award-winning author Joanne Rocklin has written over 20 books for children such as Jake and the copycats, Fleabrain loves Franny, Amazing morning on Orange Street, and many more. She says, “Almost everything I know about writing children’s books I have learned from my cats!” With a doctorate in psychology and a former elementary school teacher she currently writes children’s books full-time.

Admissions:

FREE and open to the public

*Parking lots P30 and P31 (closest to library and unrestricted)

Where:

California State University, Fresno

Henry Madden Library

Room 2206 (2nd floor, south)

When:

Friday October 24th

Time:

6pm Reception

7pm Author’s talk

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ZooBoo:

Fresno Chaffee Zoo will be holding their annual ZooBoo celebration on four different nights. This is a fun and safe event and I can assure parents it is a not so scary way for families to enjoy the fall season. The whole zoo will be decorated and on these four evenings will be hosting trick or treating, carnival games, and live entertainment throughout the animal attractions. You can expect a hay maze, pumpkin dance, and a kid friendly Dracula disco.

Admission:

$7 Adults

$3.50 (Children 2-11 years old)

Children under 2 are FREE

Where:

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

894 West Belmont Ave

Fresno, CA 93728

When:

Friday October 24th

Saturday October 25th

Time:

5pm-8pm

***Note to Parents: Children are encouraged to dress in costumes. Not scary costumes are appropriate for this event that does not contain any element of horror. No full masks of any kind allowed.


Family Fun Weekend: October 17th-19th

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Bully “BOO” Walk 2914

This is a fundraiser for the Fresno Bully Rescue. It will be Halloween themed dogs walk with the length of two miles around Woodward Park. As additional fun there will be a doggy costume contest, doggie trick or treating, food, and raffle prizes. All breeds are welcome. Kids can enjoy seeing different breeds of dogs dressed up for the fall season.

Admission:

$15 per person

This price includes a t-shirt and raffle ticket.

Where:

Woodward Park

Mountain View Picnic Area

8401 North Friant Road

Fresno, CA 93720

When:

Sunday, October 19th

Time:

9am-1pm

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo will be holding their annual ZooBoo celebration on four different nights. This is a fun and safe event and I can assure parents it is a not so scary way for families to enjoy the fall season. The whole zoo will be decorated and on these four evenings will be hosting trick or treating, carnival games, and live entertainment throughout the animal attractions. You can expect a hay maze, pumpkin dance, and a kid friendly Dracula disco.

Admission:

$7 Adults

$3.50 (Children 2-11 years old)

Children under 2 are FREE

Where:

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

894 West Belmont Ave

Fresno, CA 93728

When:

Friday October 17th

Saturday October 18th

Friday October 24th

Saturday October 25th

Time:

5pm-8pm

***Note to Parents: Children are encouraged to dress in costumes. Not scary costumes are appropriate for this event that does not contain any element of horror. No full masks of any kind allowed.

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Kids Halloween Party

This Friday the New Life Discovery School is challenging all mom and dads to take a night to themselves! Bring your children and their friends in their favorite Halloween pajamas. They will entertain your kids with dinner, movies, dancing, and arts and crafts.

Admission:

ONLY $5 for four children!

Ages 3-12 years old (must be potty trained)

Where:

New Life Discovery School

420 East Keats

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 221-8687

When:

Friday October 17th

Time:

6pm-10pm

Have a great weekend!


FORE! the House Golf Tournament Recap

Our 3rd Annual FORE! the House Golf Tournament presented by Cargill and WDS has become our largest event fundraiser. This is thanks to you and your support for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley, Inc. We rely solely on the generosity of our community and could not operate without events like this.

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On the day of the event we were able to raise $12,000 thanks to our silent auction, raffle tickets and Ronald Package sales. A few lucky golfers walked out with one of a kind items like our Team Issued Shaquille O’Neal signed Jersey and our Authentic NASCAR signed Fire Suit!

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FIRST PLACE WDS TEAM 1A

Score – 53 * Won the Tie Breaker with Sudden Death Starting at Hole 1

Dan Hedden

Kyle Wilken

Matt Fagundes

Todd Montague

Closest To the Pin

Bob Tarango – 4ft 8 inches

Chito Romero 20 ft 3 inches

Longest Drive

Rae Ann Scheidt

Putting Contest

Eddie Papulias

Kay Antoku

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Thank you to all of our sponsors

Cargill
WDS
McDonald’s CVO
Aramark
US Cold Storage
Martin Brower
Cargill MBU
Children’s Hospital Central California
Lyons Magnus
San Joaquin Chemicals, Inc.
Club Hub
BBVA
AEP
Barthuli & Associates
Bender/Agostini Organization
Bianchi Builders
Black Rock/Merrill Lynch
CH Robinson
Cintas
Crystal Creamery
Roger & Linda Delph
Fresno Rack & Shelving
Gavina Coffee/Mas Mac, Inc.
ID Technology
MSI
Packaging Corp of America Packers Sanitation Services PAPE
Provisur
Luanne & Russell Ragsdale
Sealed Air
Wells Fargo
Wild Electric



We have analyzed early numbers and have already raised over $11,000 more than past years. With numbers still coming in from sponsorships we are on track to surpass our goal of $150,000.

You are the reason this tournament has continued become a huge success. The support from this golf tournament helps us to continue to provide a “home away from home” and resources to children and their families.

SAVE THE DATE for our 4th Annual FORE! the House Golf Tournament held at Fort Washington Country Club on October 12, 2015. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Red Stripe Crawl

Get your red and white stripe clothes on this Friday for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Valley. One day 10.10.14 –  two cites Fresno and Visalia. All RMHC are gathering their supporters and taking this movement to spread awareness and raise money for our cause. Taking place October 4th through the 17th share your red and white stripes using #forRMHC This was started because last year RMHC had to turn down 817 families for lack of room at their facility and more room is needed! Come join us at the locations below for the Red Stripe Crawl for a fun and relaxing night full of discounts…Will you join the movement?

Admission:

FREE

Just by attending the locations pictured below in your red stripes will earn you happy hour prices, entered in raffles, food specials, and chance to be the winning city!

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FRESNO TOWER DISTRICT             DOWNTOWN VISALIA

Where:

Fresno Tower District

And

Downtown Visalia

When:

Friday October 10th 2014

Time:

Event will start at 5pm in both cities

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Red & White stripes #forRMHC Show us your stripes and join us Friday!

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He’s #forRMHC… Are you?


Family Fun Weekends October 3-5

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The Big Fresno Fair

Its that time of year again…Fair Time! The Big Fresno Fair will have tons of fun for the kids plus amazing food available for purchase! On website you can print off a fair food coupon book to get some great deals. From Carnival rides to animal and agriculture exhibits I can assure you your child will have both a fun and educational experience. Closed toed shoes will be best due to a combination of rides and walking.

Admission:

Adults: $10

Children 6-12: $7

Children under 5: FREE

Seniors and Military: $7

*Parking ranges $5-$12 or ride to fair for free on shuttle

Where:

The Big Fresno Fair

1121 South Chance Ave.

Fresno, CA 93702

When:

Wednesday, October 1st -Monday, October 13th

Time:

Fair Gates Open:

11am Monday-Friday

10am Saturday and Sunday

Fair Gates Close:

11pm Sunday-Thursday

Midnight Friday and Saturday

Carnival Hours:

Monday-Friday 3pm-closing

Saturday and Sunday 10am-closing

Kiddie Carnival Hours:

Monday-Friday Noon-closing

Saturday and Sunday 10am-closing

Additional Fun:

Live Horse Racing

Monday October 6th

1:15pm

Free first floor with paid admission to fairgrounds

 

Downs walk

Step Up for Down Syndrome

There will be a walk this Saturday Hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Central California. This one-mile walk is the longest Down Syndrome Awareness event in the central valley. This walk serves as the primary fundraiser for this organization. In addition enjoy food, vendors, live music, and entertainment all day. Be sure to check out the PossABILITES area which highlights the lives, hobbies, and talents of individuals with Down syndrome.

Admission:

$15 per walker (T-Shirt included)

Where:

Bullard High School

Track and Field

5445 North Palm Ave

Fresno, CA

When:

Saturday October 4, 2014

Time:

9am On-site Registration Opens

Walk takes place 10am-2pm

 

Imagine U

Imagine U Museum

The Imagine U offers hands on exhibits that encourage curiosity and a love of learning. The goal to empower children and their families in a fun environment to learn through interactive educational experiences. They have many exhibits your family can view before and/or after these events if you choose to do so.

Admission:

$5 ages 2 and up

Friday October 3rd Story Time FREE

Saturday October 4th Science Explorers Bouncing Raisins

Where:

Imagine U Museum

700 East Main Street

Visalia, CA 93279

When:

Friday October 3rd

Saturday October 4th

Time:

Museum Hours:

12pm-4pm

Event Hours:

Friday October 3rd 10am-11am

Saturday October 4th 1pm

 

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Dell’Osso Family Farm

Excited to report my favorite fall attraction is open for the season. October 4th-31st only you can have the all around fall experience. Corn mazes, haunted castle, pumpkin blaster, zip lines, aerial ropes, train, pumpkin patch pirate, petting zoon, scarecrow ride, etc. all available for individual purchase depending what your family would like to do. In addition all FREE hayrides tire pyramid, speedway racetrack, and FREE parking. There are two food stands with everything to corn dogs, tri tip sandwiches, and garlic fries to funnel cakes, cotton candy, and hot coco.

Admission:

FREE handful of rides/attractions

Individual attractions available for purchase in family packages

FREE Parking

Where:

Dell’Osso Family Farm

26 Stewart Road

Lathrop, CA 95330

When:

Saturday October 4th

Time:

10am-10pm

*Gates close at 8pm so be sure to be inside gates by 8pm

 

Have a great weekend everyone!


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