Family Fun Weekend: October 17th-19th

Bully Boo

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.


$15 per person

This price includes a t-shirt and raffle ticket.


Woodward Park

Mountain View Picnic Area

8401 North Friant Road

Fresno, CA 93720


Sunday, October 19th





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.


$7 Adults

$3.50 (Children 2-11 years old)

Children under 2 are FREE


Fresno Chaffee Zoo

894 West Belmont Ave

Fresno, CA 93728


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***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.


ONLY $5 for four children!

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


New Life Discovery School

420 East Keats

Fresno, CA 93710

(559) 221-8687


Friday October 17th



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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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

McDonald’s CVO
US Cold Storage
Martin Brower
Cargill MBU
Children’s Hospital Central California
Lyons Magnus
San Joaquin Chemicals, Inc.
Club Hub
Barthuli & Associates
Bender/Agostini Organization
Bianchi Builders
Black Rock/Merrill Lynch
CH Robinson
Crystal Creamery
Roger & Linda Delph
Fresno Rack & Shelving
Gavina Coffee/Mas Mac, Inc.
ID Technology
Packaging Corp of America Packers Sanitation Services PAPE
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?



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


Friday October 10th 2014


Event will start at 5pm in both cities


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


He’s #forRMHC… Are you?

FORE! the House Golf Tournament Preview


- Joe Montana  signed, framed and matted photo and card set


-Dan Marino signed, framed and matted panoramic photo set

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-60″ Flat Screen TV


-Authentic Pete Rose signed Baseball Bat


-Eric Dickerson signed football


- Julius Irving signed, framed and matted 76ers photo

-Jerry Rice signed, framed and matted 49er’s Jersey

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-Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp signed, framed and matted 20×30 photo

-Shaquille O’neal Game Issued signed, framed and matted 5′ Tall Los Angeles Laker Jersey


-Lucille Ball Desi ARnez framed & signed checks (I Love Lucy)

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-Large Pop Corn Machine


-Marcus Allen signed football

-Round for 4 at San Joaquin Country Club

-Taylor Made 3 Wood Club

-Round for 4 at Fort Washington Country Club with Pro Golfer Michael Weaver
Second golfer to ever play at Masters, Palmer Cup, U.S. Open and Walker Cup in same calendar
year in 2013


-4 Tickets to San Francisco 49ers Game

-Spider Man Poster signed by Stan Lee

-Dan Marino Panoramic signed photo set

- Dodger infield (Russell, Cey, Lopes & Garvey) 20×30 framed & signed piece

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  -Bill Russell signed ring photo


-Cowboys highlights signed photo

-Willie Mays “The Catch” signed, framed and matted photo


-Cargill Beef Authentic Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Signed NASCAR Hood

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-Ricky Stenhouse Jr #6 Retro Large Diecast Car

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-Trevor Bayne #6 Diecast Car

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-RiverPark Golf Center 4 Free Rounds of Golf


-Lots of great gift cards and more goodies!

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From Golf Outings to Wine Tastings.. We have Something for Everyone



-Two round trip tickets with a destination of your choice provided by Southwest Airlines

-An overnight stay in an Ocean Front Suite at Hallmark Resort in Newport, OR


-Dinner and Two night stay at the Pine Inn and II Fornaio Restaurant in Carmel, CA

- One night stay and brunch at Dolphin Bay Resort in Pismo Beach, CA

-One night stay at the beautiful Harris Ranch hallmark


- Two tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

-Take a ride through Yosemite on the Sugar Pine Railroad for 4

-White water rafting for 4 on the Stanislaus River with Sunshine Rafting

-Family 4 pack to tour the USS Midway Museum and Flight Simulator

-Holiday portraits including the sitting fee for your Christmas cards photos

-2 tickets and dinner at Roger Rocka’s of Fresno Untitled

-2 Tickets to the San Francisco Ballet Co


-Laser Hair Removal by Body Del Sol

-3 Vershape Treatments by Athenix Body Sculpting Institute

-A one hour relaxing massage Picture1 da

-Get fit with boot camp sessions provided by Jennifer Alcorn

-A special gift from Estancia Spa

-A gift certificate to train at Fitness Social

-Dentist Teeth Whitening treatments

-Eye-Q Laser Treatmenthotstone


-Family 4 pack to Blackbeard’s and Boomers for a weekend of fun with the family

-An hour of party entertainment by Bubbles the Clown


-Dining and wine packaging including wine glasses from Ruth’s Chris imagesVD32QUSK

-Local wine from Chateau Lasgoity

-Enjoy a tour, tasting for 6  and a bottle of Tinta Port from Ficklin Vineyards

-A VIP tour of J Lohr followed my tasting for 8 and 20% your purchase

-Tasting and Appetizers for 6 at Milla Vineyards

-Complementary tasting and a gift certificate from Tobin James CellarsimagesZ30IRTNW

-Two cases of wine provided by the Wine Group

-Fleming’s gift certificate


-Golf four 4 including your golf cart at Copper River Country Club

-Brand new digital camera and photo package from Horn Photo

-A brand new bike from Steven’s Bicycle

-Signed Doug Fister Baseball dfag

-Browning Hunting Knife


Parker-James Continues to Defy the Odds

On August 4th Chelsee Gooler and her daughter Alyssa, head from their room here, at the Ronald McDonald House, to the hospital to hold her baby for the first time.

In January 2014, Chelsee was given news that her unborn baby was diagnosed with a Diaphragmatic Hernia (he would have a large hole is his diaphragm)  as well as omphalocele (he would be born with his liver outside of his body), and was originally given a  10% chance of surviving birth. Unable to deal with these odds, she found a specialist in Fresno that was able to give her hope. On July 1st she gave birth to Parker-James Kenneth Gooler at Fresno Community Medical Center where more complications arrived. Parker-James’ lungs were so small they were almost non existent. Her baby was on a minute to minute basis. In mid-July, he needed to be transferred to Children’s Hospital Central California to receive even more specialized treatment; however, the transportation proposed big risks.


Chelsee and her family didn’t know what to do, so it was in a local hotel room that they got the call that her son had flat lined. The twenty minutes it took her to get to the hospital will never be given back. She remembers barely being able to sit still in the car for those precious minutes. As she rushed to her baby, she saw his body lifeless. As she reached out to hold his hand, her miracle baby squeezed back. For a split second, Parker-James opened his eyes to let her know  he was going to be ok.

It was then; she vowed to never stay that far away from him. She camped out in the hospital waiting rooms so she could be there, available around the clock. When a social worker told her about the Ronald McDonald House next door, we were full with a waiting list; however, our Day Room was available.  Our Day Room allows families to rest, shower, have a meal or nap for up to 8 hours a day. Chelsee, her 10year old daughter Alyssa, and her father Kenneth used our Day Room twice before being able to check in to a guest room.

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“I was so relieved, the first night we got to stay here; I actually got to rest, and that was really helpful. There was actually food in the kitchen so we didn’t have to eat cafeteria food.”

Parker-James was born with his intestines floating up into his chest cavity, which pushed his heart over and crowded out his lung development. This created hypertension in his lungs which gave them no room to develop.

On Wednesday, July 30th, the doctors were scheduled to perform surgery to move his heart, stomach and intestines back and to seal his diaphragm. As the planned hour and a half long surgery extended to almost four, the family got worried, but when the doctors came out they gave Chelsee news that nearly brought her to her knees. They said that Parker-James was recovering and they were surprised at how well he was doing.

“After the surgery, it was so nice to come back to the House where volunteers had made dinner. We got to relax for a little while and not have to worry about where our meal was going to come from.”

After they ate together, the three of them headed back to the hospital where nurses surprised them with great news. Parker-James miraculously was wide awake after all the medication he had been given. This was a huge step forward for him.

“Parker means keeper of the park or keeper of the unit, and I really feel like he has brought my family together, and James is from my favorite section of the Bible, James 2:17, it means without action, faith is meaningless. Kenneth means warrior and that’s exactly what he is; my miracle baby.

They know they have a long road ahead, but Chelsee manages to tell her story with a smile on her face, because she knows her baby boy will continue to defy the odds. Alyssa will be starting 5th grade independent study in a few weeks and is excited to see her baby brother grow.

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It’s our gift to be able to keep this family close so that Parker-James can be healed and return home. We get that incredible gift because of your support.


From the Gooler Family and from all of us, thank you.

April News from the ED

As many of you know April is National Volunteer Month. An entire month for organizations and causes across the United States, to sit and reflect on the power of a volunteer.

For us, volunteers are our backbone. They provide a valuable donation of time that allows our staff to dedicate their energies on the most necessary and important areas of their work.

In 2013 volunteers donated 3,879 hours to us. They cooked 289 meals and hosted over 89 siblings activities.

To understand the value of our volunteers we always like to do the simple math! With 3,879 hours as a paid minimum wage employee, our organization would be shelling out just under $35,000! 

Because we have dedicated volunteers, those funds can stay with our families.

So this month, as we celebrate our guest chefs, our handymen, our golf cart drivers, our listeners, our house cleaners, our story tellers, all our volunteers, I challenge you. I challenge you to go volunteers. Find a place your heart feels happy and get connected. Whether it’s here or one of the other incredible organizations around us, sign up in April.

You’ll be happy you did!

-Pedro Santana



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