2017-03-15 / Top News

Ronald McDonald House will benefit from dinner


NBC2 news anchor Rachel Pierce, Ronald McDonald and Randy Henderson, Fort Myers mayor, display some of the dinner platters created by local notables. NBC2 news anchor Rachel Pierce, Ronald McDonald and Randy Henderson, Fort Myers mayor, display some of the dinner platters created by local notables. Kaila and Brent Icenhower had been anxiously awaiting the phone call that their baby boy Bryce was soon to be born. However, they never imagined the call would come weeks before his due date.

“Ronald McDonald House was our home away from home for over two months. We are from North Carolina and we were in Florida to meet our two sweet babies who we were adopting. We were able to spend a lot of time with our baby during his 129 days in the hospital. We are grateful for the part that the Ronald McDonald House played in our adoption journey." said Kaila.

"We were able to be around other families. We understood what each other was going through and the staff members and volunteers always made us feel so welcome," she said of the mutual-support system they found at the Ronald McDonald House.

More than 5,000 families of hospitalized children have found physical and emotional comfort in the Ronald McDonald House since it opened in 1996.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House, RMHC is hosting “Eat. Clay. Love.” on March 23rd under the stars at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers. The event begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails provided by Summerlin Jakes and Suncoast Beverage Sales, followed by a family-style dinner prepared by Chef Brian Roland of CRAVE Culinaire. Entrees will be served on beautifully painted dinner platters created by various local celebrities that will be auctioned off to benefit RMHC of Southwest Florida.

Tickets are $150 per person.

To view the celebrities’ artwork, as well as ticket purchases and more information, please visit www.rmhcswfl.org or call Shannon at 239-437-0202.

Since its founding in 1996, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida has helped thousands of children and their families in Southwest Florida through the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program, Grants to deserving children’s charities, the RMHC Scholars Program and a Ronald McDonald Family Room opening in May 2017 in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. ¦

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