When I initally got the email about being involved with the Ronald McDonald House® New York as a Blog Ambassador, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Something just felt right about the decision. It wasn’t until I took a tour of the facility I understood that this was one of the best choices that I have ever made. The Ronald McDonald House does incredible work and I am so happy to be involved.
The Ronald McDonald House held its 21st Annual Skate With The Greats charity event last Friday. I invited my best friend to come with me and we braved the cold weather to get to Rockefeller Center in Midtown. The event typically features notable former players of the New York Rangers that mix and mingle with the crowd, as well as amazing sponsors that make the night possible. In general there are tickets on sale that start at about $500+, it is a fantastic fundraiser for the House that houses children battling cancer.
Some of the notable Ranger players that were in attendance include:
- Andre Dore
- Ron Duguay
- Nick Fotiu
- Rod Gilbert
- Ron Greschner
- Brian Leetch
- Stephane Matteau
- Brian Mullen
- Pete Stemkowski
- Gilles Villemeure
The night began with a VIP reception that had an open bar and fantastic food. The players were all around signing hockey pucks and programs while taking photos with the guests. There was also a silent auction when the bestie and I both bid great items. I bid on a beautiful photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge and I sure hope I win! (I also felt very grown up bidding on a silent auction!)
Next was the stage program that was emceed by local weatherman Bill Evans and Ronald McDonald himself! The stage program included the amazing story of a little girl from California that stays at the Ronald McDonald house while getting treatment at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Her story was incredibly touching and I was able to get most of it on video.
After that the Rangers players that were present were announced and the Live Auction began! I have never been to a live auction so I was incredibly excited to witness my first one. I was also tempted to sit on my hands just in case I raised my hand by accident! There were a lot of great prizes up for grabs including golf packages with actual players from Rangers, Tickets to games, exclusive restaurant reservations and more. The House raised a ton of money from the Live auction alone! Did I mention that one of the raffle prizes was $15,000 in cash? Wow!
Once the live auctions finished, the guests took to the Rockefeller rink. Even though it was cold, the families had a great time on the ice with great music and all of the Rangers players.
The Ronald McDonald House® New York provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment, which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Since its inception in 1994, the Skate with the Greats event has raised over $9 Million that has gone towards underwriting the cost of maintaining the Ronald McDonald House® of New York.
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