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Ronald McDonald House Skate With The Greats 2016

by Nellie

Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3955The Ronald McDonald house has a very special place in my heart. The work that they do is so incredibly unique and life changing that it is really the easiest thing in the world to be a Ronald McDonald House Blog Ambassador.Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3951 Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3949 Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3947

The Ronald McDonald House assist families of children with rare cancers. There are houses all over the United States, and the New York house is (in my opinion) the best of them all. A few years ago, I took a tour of the house a few years ago and seeing the beautiful rooms, spotless facility and all of the effort to make the families (who sometimes travel from SO far away) feel at home was overwhelming. The Ronald McDonald House really took up residence in my heart and never once left. Last year, I raised over 3k for the house for the NYC Marathon and it was such an honor to run for Team Ronald.

Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-4001A few weeks ago I attended the Skate With The Greats Charity Event at Rockefeller Center in Midtown. It is one of the most awesome skating events in the city as hockey fans big and small come out for some amazing food, and to hang out with actual players from the New York Rangers!Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3942

My personal favorite part is the auction! So many great pieces of sports memorabilia, jewelry, artwork, vacations, show tickets–let’s just say I bid on more than a few items. I didn’t win, but it was pretty fun to try!SAMSUNG CSC Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3964 Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3962

The food was so great, as usual, there was plenty of child friendly foods like mac n cheese and mozzarella sticks, but there was also a really great adult section with a meat carving station, great pastas and so much more. Plus there were all kinds of appetizers being served by waiters as well.Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3943 Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-3945

There was plenty of drinks, of course and even a hot dog stand!

The presentation was beautifully done where all of the awesome New York Rangers were announced and we were introduced a beautiful child with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, his mom shared with us how Ronald McDonald House felt like home because they were around other cancer families that understood.Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-4026 Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-4061 Ronald McDonald House Skate With Greats-4108

The auction this year was super exciting too! My pockets aren’t deep enough to participate but the prizes were pretty fantastic. Golfing packages, Box Seats, full day adventures, I had such a good time spectating while the offers for bids went higher and higher…one day I will be a bidder, mark my words! 😉SAMSUNG CSC

For more information on the great charity events that Ronald McDonald holds year round check out the Ronald McDonald House Website and be sure to donate and/or buy tickets to events for this very worthy cause of helping family’s with pediatric cancer.

[Tweet “An amazing night of fundraising for @rmhnewyork! #skatewiththegreats”]

Have you ever participated in a silent auction? Do you go to charity events?

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5 comments

Terri March 22, 2016 - 4:49 am

I’ve never been to the Ronald McDonald House. However, I have always thought very fondly of them as they’ve helped a few people I know. However, I do believe they help children with other rare medications and not just cancer. I’ll definitely have to look into these events.

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Nellie March 22, 2016 - 8:10 am

yes, in NYC its always kids with different forms of pediatric cancers because of the proximity to the awesome Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital…they might help others elsewhere though for sure.

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Janine Huldie March 22, 2016 - 6:57 am

Looked like a wonderful and inspirational event and honestly with you on all the work that The Ronald McDonald House does though, too.

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Tamara March 22, 2016 - 12:32 pm

I agree that it’s fun to play, even when you don’t win the prizes.
And the food!! The adult food looks as good as the kid food sounds.
I love when you talk about The Ronald McDonald House!

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Leslie March 23, 2016 - 12:19 pm

Ronald McDonald House does so much good work. And it looks like they found another fun way to help spread the word and raise funds for such an important cause.

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