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Cause of the Month: Ronald McDonald House of San Diego

Posted on February 09, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

Our own Carlos Sanguinetti of the San Diego Office of AirTek is putting together a charity dinner in support of one of our favorite causes, the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego!

Ronald McDonald House of San Diego

On March 10, we are putting on a dinner and silent auction to benefit this amazing cause!

It will be held at the Ronald McDonald House across from Rady Children’s Hospital and will include a cocktail reception, tour of the facility, as well as dinner catered by Chef Michael Ruffner, owner of Urban Eats Gourmet Food Truck and former chef at the Hotel del Coronado. My mouth is watering already! I will tempt you with the menu next week…

I’m sure you’ve heard of Ronald McDonald House, but do you really know what they do?

Ronald McDonald Houses all over the world provide a home-away-from-home for families of children being treated for serious, often life-threatening illness or injury at local children’s hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House of San Diego serves families of children being treated at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. The treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It’s a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. Ronald McDonald Houses offer families a way to stay together, in proximity to the treatment hospital, and be comfortable, safe and cared for during their stay.

Your attendance on March 10th, along with the assistance of our event sponsors, will not only help to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities, but will also provide you with the opportunity to experience some of San Diego’s finest local businesses through our beverages, meal service, and silent auction. More information on that is coming, too!

Why is Carlos so passionate about Ronald McDonald House?

In June of 2009, Carlos was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He has since made a full recovery, but this life experience caused both Carlos and Matt to reevaluate their contributions to the community. They both shared the same vision of helping others in need. Carlos had heard good things about Ronald McDonald House Charities and in September of 2009 Carlos and his wife Shana organized our first volunteer event on behalf of the organization – we had the pleasure of serving dinner to the deserving families staying at RMHC. It was an incredibly rewarding opportunity and everyone involved had a great experience. The upcoming dinner on March 10 will be the eighth dinner organized by Carlos and Matt, and the second to be catered by professional chef, Michael Ruffner. We want it to be the most successful ever!

How can you help?

Attend the event! Tickets can be purchased HERE! Let us know you ‘re coming on the event’s Facebook Page!

If you cannot attend, you can still donate HERE! You can also donate items to our Silent Auction! We are looking for:

  • Vacation and travel – vacation homes, resort/hotel stays, golf or spa packages, airline tickets, cruise tickets, winery/brewery private tours, etc.
  • Sports and recreation – golf or tennis packages or equipment, tickets to Chargers or Padres games, fitness club memberships, personal trainer sessions, etc.
  • Entertainment – Museum or theme park memberships or tickets, movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates, kids birthday party packages, etc.
  • Retail – donations and gift certificates from local and major retailers; electronics such as iPads, laptops, digital cameras; bottles of wine to be used in the “wine bottle grab;” etc.
  • Services – maid service, teeth whitening, chiropractor services, accounting/tax services, etc.

Contact Matt Teeter at matt.j.teeter (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any items you would like to donate or any other goods or services that could help with the event!

I will finish this post with a slideshow I made last year when I was a Web Design intern at the Ronald McDonald House of Los Angeles. Everyone I met when I worked there was incredibly nice, incredibly committed and so fulfilled by their mission and that energy can be felt as soon as you walk in the door of the facility. I encourage you to do what you can to support Carlos, Matt and the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. She welcomes your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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