Summer 2012 Vol. 19, Issue 2 - Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Summer 2012 Vol. 19, Issue 2 - Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford | Summer 2012 Volume 19, Issue 2 Smiling Without a Mask A teenager’s recovery at the House offers a new beat to her heart and a new rhythm in life Victoria had to always focus on the health of her heart but now she can just focus on a healthy outlook on life. Read more about how optimism kept her going. What’s PAGE 8 Inside Program News & Updates 4 Randy Cross Invitational Recap 6 Interior Remodel Previews 10 BE SU RE TO JO IN US O N FACEBO O K, TW IT TER & YO UTUBE! In Their Own Words Board of Directors Bern Beecham, Community Volunteer & former Palo Alto City Council Daniel Bernstein, M.D., Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Karen Boyd, Turner Boyd LLP Denise Côté, The Chateau Group Gregg Davis, Webcor Builders The following are excerpts from letters of families who have stayed at the House. Join Ronald McDonald House at Stanford’s Facebook page and share your experience by posting on our wall at www.facebook.com/ RMHStanford or submit an email to [email protected] Brian Dinsmore, Seiler Judy Kirkpatrick, eBay, Retired Bob Kresek, Founders Financial Network Laurie Lacob, Community Volunteer Brad Lyman, Cornish & Carey Katharine Martin, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Jim McCaughey M.D., Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Debbie Mueller, Community Volunteer Dean Riskas, TriplePoint Capital LLC ul of the , always gratef Always thankful ughter da 1996-97 my House. Back in se. We are ou H at the ed ay st I d an ys Roxel d glad to o. I am proud an school from Puerto Ric om uating fr high ad gr be ill w e sh say l the staff Thank you to al ). 2 1 0 2 , 6 2 (May e in the r making our tim fo rs ee nt lu vo and ank you, sy. Thank you, th ea e tl lit a se Hou thank you. Roxana M. Thankful fo r th the staff a e generosity of nd all the p eople that make this p lace possib le. This is a refuge in the midst of trying times for o ur family. T hank you. Shauna V. Janice Roberts, Mayfield Fund Scott Rodrick, Rodrick Management Group Ronald y to stay at ck lu A ry ve e er We w on had his TG e when our s us itch. o w s H ) ld s ie na o er McD reat Art G e th f o n o ti (Transporta hs before and m nine mont o m y m nd the t s lo I had ick newborn a s ry ve a h it kind. I was dealing w o helpful and s e er w e us o H ng milk people in the g up late maki in be t gh ni ma remember one eeting a grand m nd a ld o rea for my two-y one or two he asked me S . a on’t nt a tl A from tears. I still d to in t rs bu I g this questions and lped me durin he he s t bu e, know her nam an angel to me. She was ti lt cu fi if d very m Atlanta and Grandma fro u, yo nk a Th me. nald House. Ronald McDo Gina A. Michael Rubenstein, Community Volunteer Barbara Shapiro, BLS Partners Allison Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Susan Twietmeyer, Cisco Systems, Retired Community Advisory Council Eric Brandenburg, Brandenburg Properties Mike Casey, Rosewood Hotel Maryles Casto, Casto Travel Harvey Cohen, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine Ron Conway, Angel Investors, LP Brad Lyman, Cornish & Carey Paraag Marathe, San Francisco 49ers Susan Orr, Packard Foundation Joe Simitian, California State Senator Roger Sippl, Sippl Macdonald Ventures Larry Sonsini, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Peter Ziebelman, Palo Alto Venture Partners For staff directory, please visit www.ronaldhouse.net 2 onderful weeks at the w e fiv t en sp I d Caroline an nford while d House at Sta Ronald McDonal s ago at Lucile eated two year Salzburg, she was being tr tal. We were in pi os H n’s re ild Packard Ch e Salzburg e walked past th Austria when w roline wanted d House and Ca ith you Ronald McDonal ith it to share w w e ur ct pi r he me to take ories of the many good mem since she has so friends there. House and her Tara B. OUSE ALD H CDON ORD M D RONAL AT STANF New Chief Executive Officer Joins Ronald McDonald House at Stanford R The San Jose Raider Drive Booster Club came out [May 12] with the Oakland Raiderettes and some children from the Mission Dance and Performing Arts as we spent some time with the children and families. On behalf of the Oakland Raider Nation I want to say thank you for allowing us the time to do what we love to do and that is making children smile. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at my next event. Thanks again!! Your RaiderBee ul that we’ve kful and gratef an th so e ar e W se for six stay at the Hou to ed w lo al en be . This place g blessing to us bi a ’s It s. th on m ome.” The e-away-from-h is indeed “a hom for kids, ties especially facilities, activi ing and are just so amaz food and more re all your ill forever treasu wonderful. We w . u’ve done for us help and what yo n John, & Hayde Jharrell, Etha gave , it sure e. 2 1 0 2 hom ar y in Janu e-away-from ht e r e h t e were d broug afe hom When w y-oriented, s nd worries an ne there a yo mil us a fa heir concerns k you to ever ts to the n t s a d h f e T k s . a a e ar bre a It e my welf folks to the h helped for a o t e c pea hic ts uter y paren e co m p ivities w from th ners and act the worries m eless! ric din se special f time to era o their face. P o t t e momen o bring a smil t d n a d ha ph M. Jose onald McDonald House at Stanford is thrilled to welcome Annette Eros as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Annette served as President and CEO at The Kidney Trust, a national nonprofit that works to decrease the human and economic cost of chronic kidney disease. Prior to The Trust she had an extensive non-profit consulting practice, assisting community organizations in strategic planning, governance, and development matters. Before consulting, Annette served as Executive Director at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego for 14 years. “We are very pleased to have Annette take the helm as CEO at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and confident she has the experience, skills and passion to guide the House as we pursue our vision,” said Brad Lyman, president for the Board of Directors at the House. “We will look to her to build a more extensive organization that will play an important, ongoing role for the families we serve. Annette deeply understands the important role the House plays in our community and is poised to lead the organization as we continue to help more and more families.” Annette brings a wealth of non-profit executive experience including strong leadership and organizational development, strategic analysis and planning, and donor cultivation. Additionally, in her position at the House in San Diego she was responsible for spearheading the research, design and development of the building project for the expansion to a new 65,000 square-foot Ronald McDonald House facility. Annette received her master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Diego State University. “I am honored to be rejoining this worthwhile cause, eager to make a positive contribution in our local community and, more importantly, to the families that need us now and in the future,” said Annette. “We have a tremendous opportunity to address the growing needs of families with seriously ill children and my initial focus will be on expanding our facility and designing services to address the unmet needs of the families that depend upon our services.” Annette will work closely with COO Laura Boudreau and the entire management team to continue driving the great success of the House. 3 Program Preview: Hospital School I n conjunction with the Palo Alto Unified School District and Lucile Packard Children Hospital’s nationally recognized “Hospital School,” a new elementary school program will begin August 13 at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. This exciting partnership was born in an effort to better serve the patients and siblings in K-8 grades staying at the House for long periods of time. Class at the House will be taught by a credentialed Palo Alto Unified School District teacher who has been meticulously selected to work with this specialized population of students. The need for a school program at Ronald McDonald House became a necessity once ground broke for the hospital’s expansion on Welch Road. Patients staying at the House were being unnecessarily exposed to airborne spores that could be potentially dangerous to those with compromised immune systems when travelling back and forth to the hospital to attend school. For these young students, continuing their education while undergoing treatment has never been more important. Specialized independent study plans are formulated by the student’s home school which allows them to keep on track so their transition back home can be as stress free as possible. “I expect attendance will increase greatly with the addition of the classroom at the House. When little ones aren’t feeling well all they will have to do is put on a pair of slippers and walk a few feet to receive their lessons,” said Bri Carpaño-Seoane, Family Services Director, who is serving as the liaison for this program. “School doesn’t seem as daunting when mom is nearby and you can wear your jammies.” The new program will also positively impact the Hospital School by serving outpatient students so that the Hospital School teachers can focus on giving bedside instruction to in-patients and facilitating small group classes inside the hospital’s classroom. For more information contact Bri Carpaño-Seoane, Family Services Director, at [email protected]. SPOTLIGHT THE SUPERHERO WITHIN E veryone at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, especially the children, are my heroes! My job is to make them look and feel like the true superhero that they all are!” said Barbara Casados (pictured above), creator and owner of the East Bay-based Kiss the Toad Creations, about the capes she sews herself for kids of all ages. When her son was diagnosed with autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder, she started making him 4 capes to help him get dressed in the morning. This inspired her superhero idea and since then it has been a big hit for many children. Her primary focus on kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses brought her to the House in early 2012 with the idea of a “Superhero” event. “I asked if I could deliver Superhero capes to all their children [at the House] because they give so much to these families in need, as well as many other families of children that I follow regularly,” she said. “Throughout my career I have heard stories from many of the children that I follow on Caringbridge (social networking site) and Facebook about how well they are treated and respected there.” The second Superhero event will take place at the House on Thursday, August 3. Superhero balloons donated by Balloons For Luv. The House hopes to continue holding this event for the children at the House at least twice a year. For more information contact Sarah Reichanadter, Family Activities Coordinator, at [email protected]. RECAP 10th Annual Spring Lamb BBQ & Bocce Ball Tournament A decade! That’s a long time. Think of all the things that can happen in that timeframe including the outpouring of support for the House from the 10th Annual Spring Lamb Barbeque & Summer Is Here: Camp Ronald McDonald C amp Ronald McDonald has been a fun way for children ages 5 and older to meet new people and make new friends. Taking place annually at the House from June through August, kids have the opportunity to create arts and crafts through activities such as making clay magnets, painting with marbles, decorating picture frames, making their own outside chalk, and creating journals to write in about their summer experience. This year, many of the older kids not only participated in arts and crafts activities but also in a music mentoring class where they split into groups and were given individualized instruction on how to play the recorder (a woodwind instrument), by a group of students at Carlmont High School. Fun photographic techniques were offered to kids through “First Exposures”, a mentorship program offered by SF Camerawork, a nonprofit media organization based in San Francisco and a drawing class provided step-by-step instructions on how to create their own comic book. At least once a week, children were provided assistance with making their own lunches or even baking and decorating their favorite desserts such as cupcakes and sugar cookies. Off-site field trips kept the energy levels high when visiting local fun spots such as the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo where kids were able to get closer views of bats, peacocks, bobcats, and snakes! At the San Jose Tech Museum, they saw robots and machines while at Planet Granite, kids faced their fears by climbing to the top of the rock walls. And, of course, there was Riley’s Place, where the kids interacted with animals including rabbits, mini horses, and goats. Fun was had by all and each year children at the House get the chance to be reunited with their siblings over vacation through wonderful programs such as Camp Ronald McDonald and what it has to offer—a time to be in an environment where siblings can make special summer memories together and make new friends. For more camp images visit http://www.ronaldhouse. net/whatwedo/past stories/ summer_camp2012.php Bocce Ball Tournament. Held at Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos on May 5, this event is coordinated by volunteers from the South Bay’s Greek and Italian communities that comprise the committee who have consistently stewarded a wonderful event. From its modest beginning, raising $10,000 for the House, this event has since raised almost $700,000 for the children and families. This shows remarkable commitment and the consistency has had very positive impact on the House mission. Ronald McDonald House at Stanford offers its heartfelt thanks to Tim and Janice Filice, Frank and Sue Bisceglia and Steve and Jan Peat, the chairs of the event over the years—all who have done a great job of spearheading a wonderful event. As well, a big thank you to the committee members who return each year to reprise their vital roles and help our families. An afternoon of Bocce Ball, great wine, great food and great people for a great cause! 5 Clockwise from left: Randy Cross (Photo by Ann-Marie Baldini); (Additional photos by Gary Flynn) Donna Abrahamson, Andi Okamura, Barbara Fallon and Clary Riskas; Participants showing their best team golf attire; Volunteers checking in golfers at registration. EVENT IN REVIEW The 2012 R andy Cross Invitational Former San Francisco 49er returned to the Bay Area to celebrate his 28th year of helping the House T he sky was crystal blue, the course was verdant green, and many a golfer were clad in plaid—it was the perfect day for the 2012 Randy Cross Invitational Golf Tournament. Approximately 240 golfers participated in this tournament hosted by Randy Cross, former all-pro guard for the San Francisco 49ers and currently an NFL analyst for CBS Sports. Joining Randy this year as co-host, was Tom Tolbert, sports broadcaster and retired professional basketball player. Golfers played the links at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club and Stanford Golf Course, where guests were later treated to a beautiful cocktail reception and awards ceremony at the resplendent Rosewood Sand Hill Resort in Menlo Park. Over the years, the invitational has become instrumental in supporting the growth of the House. Already in its 28th consecutive year, the event has raised more than $6 million for the House since its inception. Randy became involved with the House in its infancy, when it was the “little house out back” behind Children’s Hospital at Stanford. “There was nothing in the way of medical advantages, it was purely a place for the families to stay and gather while they were going through their ordeals. It was small, cramped, and grossly inadequate, so our motivation to help was immediate,” said Cross. Though the House and the event have evolved significantly from their modest beginnings, Randy has always been quick to remind everyone that the focus hasn’t changed – it’s still about helping families in need. The House gives thanks to the Zafiropoulo Family for their sustaining support of the House and making the greatest impact with their generous donation of a Maserati Quattroporte for the event’s Grand Prize drawing which is always a hit. Other fabulous prizes included various luxury vacation getaways and high-tech gizmos. Big thanks from the House to all the amazing volunteers who were fashionably donned in “robin’s egg blue” polo shirts. High-fives all around for this year’s planning committees including co-chairs Con Freeman, Bob Selig, Derrick Diaz, and Julie Van Gorder. Looking forward to next year’s event on the green! R A N D Y C R O S S I N V I TAT I O N A L S P O N S O R - A - FA M I L Y D O N O R S Thank you to the following whose contribution to “Sponsor-A-Family” will underwrite numerous family stays at the House 2012 Randy Cross Invitational Family Sponsors 6 Doug and Kathy Anberg Jeremiah and April Anderson Thomas and Lori Baenziger Alex and Courtney Bianchi Karen Boyd and Brad Finkelstein Eric Brandenburg Peter and Angela Brown Shawn and Brook Byers Candace Caballero Diane and Jon Claerbout Mark and Deborah Costigan Mary Jo Disbennett Lynne Dossey Barbara Fallon Sally Fong Conrad J. and Lee Ann Freeman, Jr. Clarke and Julie Funkhouser Guy Gandenberger David Hopper Clay and Nita Judd Vijay and Pammi Kapoor Scott Lassetter and Cindy Roser Chase Lyman Stephen and Janet Peat David and Janice Philip Christian Prelle Bruce and Martha Rhine Scott Roseman Bob and Meryl Selig Brian and Becky Selna Tyler and Michele Sloat Tod and Diana Spieker John and Cathy Steele Torben Von Staden Chris and Kim Worrall THE SPONSORS PRESENTED BY FERRARI MASERATI SILICON VALLEY DRAWING UNDERWRITERS STANFORD GOLF COURSE SPONSOR American Airlines Hitachi Data Systems Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley RECEPTION SPONSOR Rosewood Sand Hill Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants TITANIUM SPONSOR VOLUNTEER SPONSOR Lin Family Foundation Paul & Peggy Connors The Rubenstein Family PLATINUM SPONSORS A10 Networks Martin-Brower Company Shawn & Brook Byers Janet Kanios and Patrick Chase ConAgra Foods / Lamb-Weston MedAssets The Mercury News Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank Michael Patrick Partners The Cross Family Rouleau Orthodontics eHealth San Francisco 49ers Dan & Kathy Francis Family Bob and Meryl Selig Freeman Enterprises Union Bank Gentry Magazine Wetherby Asset Management The Goligoski Family Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation GOLD SPONSORS SILVER SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS Fry’s Electronics ACCO Engineered Systems The Coca-Cola Company The Jimenez Family Presidio Bank The Koenig Family Wells Fargo Insurance Services The Radford Foundation McDonald’s USA Rosendin Electric 7 SmilingA Mask without B efore her heart transplant, Victoria was required to breathe through a protective mask that covered not only the lower half of her face but also her beaming smile. After two prior attempts to receive a heart and almost two years later, today she is seven weeks post-surgery – and without the mask. Victoria still smiles but now the world can see it too. With her senior year coming up at Ann Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill, California, Victoria looks ahead with the innate optimism that helped her get through tough times. 8 “I met many families here [at the House]...when they of her heart status and the pretty much the way I did see what my daughter has process for her to finally before the transplant just been through and where “I’m so excited! I feel healthier,” says a nonchalant same time, I feel different. I’m “When I found out, I really good and it gives not used to the heart muscle because it’s so strong. I didn’t know that I would have to get used to that.” happen. she is now, they feel Victoria who recently turned 17 years old. “At the receive a heart was about to felt calm probably because it was the third time they told them hope.” me I was going to get a heart Rose, Victoria’s mom transplant,” Victoria said. “When they moved me up the transplant list, Born and raised in San Jose, California, I thought to myself, that’s so fast and I was, Victoria was born with a small opening in her heart which like, ‘wow!’” usually closes around the time babies are born. However, if there is an atrial defect the hole remains open and the the last few months which included another transforma- heart becomes more vulnerable which was the case for tion. “12 inches,” she laughed as she brought her hands Victoria. However, it wasn’t until she was 9 years old when down to her waistline to demonstrate how long her hair complications began after a flu virus that lasted several had been. “I was so weak. It was even hard for me to get weeks entered the opening in her heart. dressed and I didn’t want to take care of my long hair after my surgery so I cut it and just donated it.” “I was vomiting a lot around that time. My aunt It has been a whirlwind of an experience for Victoria in noticed that my legs were really swollen and I was really tired,” recounted Victoria of the day she and her family the most about her life at home and is now fervently were attending a family party. “I was rushed to the reclaiming it. She confidently talks about her plans emergency room and it turned out that I had a virus that looking ahead, her boyfriend, senior prom, driving again, could’ve gone to my lungs, brain, or heart. Well, it went and even moving out from her parents’ home so she can to my heart which made it really big. I was told I had an go to college to study Cardiology. enlarged heart.” I’m happy and excited that she’s going to have her new life, Her condition worsened and began weakening the lower ventricles of her heart. By the time she was in 8th grade, she was wearing an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or ICD, a small device placed in the chest or abdomen that If anything, independence is what Victoria missed Victoria’s mother, Rose, softly interjected, “That’s OK. again. That’s the most exciting moment for me.” With an approving nod but with the sentiment of knowing that the youngest of her two daughters will be leaving the nest after high school she reflected sends out electrical pulses or shocks on her own journey. “I met other families here when life-threatening arrhythmias [at the House] and we’d talk to each other to occur in the heart’s ventricles. On make each other feel more comfortable. Some Mother’s Day this year, Victoria are happy and some are not because there passed out at a friend’s house are families out there who are still waiting sending her ICD to shock her for donors. But when they see what my five times until she regained daughter has been through and where she consciousness. That was is now, they feel really good and it gives the defining moment when them hope.” doctors raised the severity level Photo courtesy of Victoria 9 Creating Healing Spaces for Kids and Teens The Cove T hanks to local support from such organizations as The Los Altos Community Foundation, the adjacent space which is aptly named “The Cove”for its sea-inspired colors and calm, embracing feeling, offers a similar escape, geared towards an adolescent group ranging from 12 to 21 years old. With ocean-colored paint on the walls, a computer, TV for Playstation3, lounge area with games and craft table, this area also offers teenagers their own unique space to hang out, meet new friends and have fun. The Family Services team at the House observed what inspired today’s youth and the feedback they received from them about their experiences at the House. From that, the theme for the space was born with the hope that the calming environment will bring a respite to teens struggling with a life-threatening illness. The Cove will be open at various hours throughout the entire week for patients and siblings staying at the House. 10 Children’s Activity Room Before T he Children’s Activity Room is a place where a child who is undergoing treatment at the nearby hospital can steep themselves in all things playful. There are no white coats or needles just paint and dress up clothing. It’s a place where a child’s imagination comes to life when they get to put on a fireman uniform or a princess dress. With a balance of soothing and vibrant colors, the activity room was repainted and re-configured in a Top to bottom: The castle and back wall were repainted to look more realistic but maintained its whimsical feel; a reading area which provides a more educational environment Before was created while colorful rugs were removed to bring in more neutral and calming colors. way that not only allows for safe and successful exploration for children ages 2 to 11 but to provide an ambience that refocuses their energy. From the beading to the blocks, children can play under the supervision of dedicated weekly volunteers while parents are able to take a “break”, eat dinner, wash laundry or make a phone call. Stay tuned for more information as the House is currently remodeling its computer lab known as the CLIK Room. It is anticipated to open mid-September of this year. For more information visit http://www.ronaldhouse.net/news/CAR_remodel.php 11 Many thanks to our generous donors Due to space limitations, we regrettably cannot list donors below $150. Please accept our sincere appreciation. Pacesetters $100,000+ McDonald’s Bay Area Owner/ Operators Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area Benefactors $50,000+ Pei Family Foundation Pillars $25,000+ San Francisco 49ers Visionary Circle $10,000+ Apple Matching Gifts Program Gene and Patricia Carter Kathy and Dan Francis David Holmes and Deanna Starnes Lockheed Martin Space Systems Earl and Ann Skidmore Family Circle $5,000+ Robert G. and Susan Kresek Margaret and Jim Jimenez Dell Corporate Giving Kathy and Bob Courson Peter H. and Cindy Ziebelman Alta Mesa Improvement Company Thomas J. Albanese Debbie L. 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Smith Cathy and Tod Spieker Amanda and Mike Tevis Susan Twietmeyer Wells Fargo Social Responsibility Group Adrian and Holly Wolff Bronze Circle $150+ St. Stephen School Ernest and Marcia Giachetti Employee Charity Organization (ECHO) of Northrop Grumman Robert and Linda Shimkus Caroline Ahrens David and Debbie Goren Phil Auger Owen and Karen Aurelio Roger and Suzette Austin Donna Bandelloni Kenneth and Rosalie Baylot Terry and Jenny Blaschke Gary and Susan Brandenburg Andrew and Rana Brown Renee Brown Robert V. Cattey Isha Clark Ray and Linda Collier Couchbase, Inc. Kathryn Coulbourn and Adam Kerr Jim and Judi Craik Janet Duca Norton Ron and Alicia Farquhar Alan Fitch Family Doug and Stacey Flaming Mary and Gerry Fuller Jasna Glumac Robert N. Grant, Esq. Anne Gundelfinger Lutz and Carolina Henckels Joseph and Jessica Hickingbotham Hotel Valencia Felix and Brenda Jaimes Todd and Linda Jaquez-Fissori Tim and Lisa Kerns Steve and Jennifer Kuo Tim and Kathy Leahy Robert Lepesh Jay and Heidi Leupp Livermore Lioness Club Joe and Celia Maglione Joseph McAuliffe James and Carol McWhirter David and Honey Meir-Levi Sandy and Kay Moeckel Pam Molano and Frank Beirne Mike Nibbi Lisa Nichols Order of Ahepa David and Tobey Osgood Brian and Lois Perronne Christine Picozzi Brad and Suzanne Pritchard Tony and Carolyn Razzano Anthony Richmond and Pilar Parducci Gerald and Candace Roney Sakabozzo Ed and Ellen Saliba Jeffrey H. and Georgia Santos, DDS Paul and Susan Schmitt Richard and Susan Seiler Kash Shaikh Hildy Shandell SkyOak Wealth Management John and Gina Snyder Madian Somasundaram Jerry and Sandi Spector Ruth Sturman Renee and Jon Switkes David and Becky Thomas Kevin and Kathy Trimble Scott Ward William M. and Linda Wilson Monica Winghart Jim and Karen Withrow John and Zaza Wu Lakshman and Anuradha Yagati Chris and Theresa Young Joseph Fontana Scott Angel Bagnani Family Foundation Tim and Dianna Murphy Metropolitan Arts Partnership Wharton Quakemasters Toastmasters Group Mary Connolly Jim and Cynde Adler Shabneez Ali Frank and Betty Angelino Liz Austin Elizabeth Ayala Steve Bacsi Jamie Beard Tod Bedilion and Anna Astromoff Michael Benito Michael and Nancy Berman Susan Black Borel Private Bank & Trust Company Dorothy Brentari Helen Calhoun Sam Chambers Michael Cichon Raymond and Julie Costa Susan Elgee and Steve Eglesh Mike Field Nicholas Filice Patricia Filice Adrienne Frazee Conrad J. and Lee Ann Freeman, Jr. M. Ann A. Freitas Megan Gardner Greenwood Motors Ronni Haderle Becky and Jon Hayman Brian and Andrea Henry Steve Hucko and Sara Shaw Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kalinske Tom and Katy Kelly John and Lisa Kohler Kurt Komen Michel and Jean Kosh Wally Kwong Jerry and Mary Pat Lass Debra Lepold Jeannann McCoy Bill McCrone Menlo College Ethics and Action Club Wendy Miller Richard and Lori Moneymaker Jeff and Erin Mooallem Barbara and Jean Mordo Morgan Stanley Martie Myrick David Nelson Christina Ngo Josh and Marcy Nichol Park View Apartments Marion Parr Pat Perley Leonard Peterson Tom and Carol Platner David and Julia Popowitz Joseph and Linda Prang Kathy and Gary Reback Michael Risucci Mindy Roark and Kevin Aldrich Theodore Rossi and Kathryn Bandy Ms. Corinne B. Ruschin Vince Sarowski Vickie Sciacqua Elizabeth Seminar Mike Serra Mrinalini Seth Barbara Soria Terry Stone Velma Tiffany Tom and Marie Williams Mary L. Wilson Joe McCarthy Richard Diez Pamela Dorricott Julie Hilty Jim and Betty Barfield Claudia Dickman Bob Drazovich and Debbie Tranowski Donald Hejna, Jr. Laurie Peck Andy and Kelly Rafeedie Tom and Linda Vlasic Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wooley Sean O’Callaghan Jane Anderson Michael Giachetti William and Eileen Horgan Hyung and Sandra Paek Jason and Gwen Alaura Robert and Joann Bianchi John and Debbie Burkholder Todd and Marni Chiddister John and Robyn Fay Dean and Katherine Filice Chris and Renee Goumas David Harris and Katherine Turner Julio and Joan Herdocia Diana Morabito William Romans and Susan Barsamian Joel and Anna Silverman Laynn and Jim Sleigh John and Kathy Viglizzo VOX Printing 13 Many thanks to our generous donors Due to space limitations, we regrettably cannot list donors below $150. Please accept our sincere appreciation. Gifts That Keep On Giving Jan Adams Francisca Alvarez Avenir Restaurant Group Sharon & Rodger Barkoff Mark & Kristie Berg Diane & Jon Claerbout Coca-Cola Bottling Company of California Complete Linen Service Crane Pest Control DemandTec, Inc. Derrick Diaz Dispenser Beverages Frank & Mary Eynon Furry Friends Organization Mr. & Mrs. Lester Gee Ms. Marianne Hane Iteratti Mr. Barry Johnson Joyce Leopardo Lynnde Associates, Inc. Mills The Florist National Charity League Rickey Ono Gary & Ginny Piazza Professional Gutter Service, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Art Rabitz Relief Society Organization, Los Altos Ward LDS Riley’s Place San Francisco Soup Company Sprinkles Cupcakes Stampin Up! Starbucks Coffee Company Larry, Darlene & Lauren Tripplett We Fix Macs West Fresh Catering IN-KIND DONATIONS The gifts listed below have a declared value of $500 and above. Alaska Airlines Alexander Atkins Design, Inc. All World Sports & Celebrity Memorabilia Dave & Inky Amoroso Liz Austin Camelot Auteung Avenir Restaurant Group Bella Communities Birk’s Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corporation Susan Burnfield CareMore Cassand Ballet Charles Heintz Ranch & Vineyards Herschel & Lyn Cobb Cordevalle, A Rosewood Resort Darren McClung Estate & Precious Jewelry DJM Capital Partners Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa Denise Donnelly 14 The Mark & Wynne Dubovoy Family Fund Phil & Lesley Dunkelberger Dutch Bill Creek Winery Electro-Motion Incorporated Elite Island Resorts Evvia Gabby Farber Mark J. & Renee Greenstein Hagafen Cellars of Napa Valley George Ho & Rika Inouye INDi Susan Jackson The Jewel Box JOYA Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula Andrew & Judy Kirkpatrick L’Auberge Carmel LA Photobooth Patty Lemos Malibu Grand Prix Madera Martin Ranch Winery Meadowood Napa Valley The Menlo Grill Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Mistral Moquin Press Neiman Marcus Nick’s On Main Johnny & Sara Pak Pampas Palo Alto Piacere Restaurant Restaurant Sent Sovi Rose Griegorian Events, LLC Rosewood Sand Hill San Francisco 49ers Silver Oak Cellars Smythe & Cross Fine Jewlery Southwest Airlines Company Symantec Corporation Jean Tisdall Irina Tokareva Vegas 888 Casino Parties Michael Verdone Webcor Builders William Grant & Sons Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati We Remember… These children will live in our hearts forever: Paul Doud Aliyah Garcia Emiliano Perez Amy Klement Omidyar Network Fund, Inc. Beau Buzzelli Dawn Whaley St. Andrews United Methodist Church Ryan & Wendy Zeitler IN MEMORY OF... Making a memorial gift is a meaningful way to honor the memory of a loved one. All memorial gifts are designated to the Children’s Legacy Fund Endowment, making your gift a lasting tribute. Donor is listed after the person they are memorializing. Gar y Sedoo Andrew Barton Kristin M. Crudo for Mother’s Day Tim Crudo Kristin M. Crudo Tim Crudo Carrie Thomas GIFTS IN HONOR OF... Bill and Diane Hawkes Honor someone special in your life or celebrate a milestone event, birthday, marriage, or holiday while helping the hundreds of families who call the House “home” each year. Donor is listed after the event or person they are honoring. Lisa McNabb for her birthday Margaret Jimenez Harrison Nathan Marquart Gary and Mary Cary Coughlan Dr. Neill Videlefsky & Staff Judd & Valerie Harper Andrew Rand David Lakes Paul McNabb Fannie Walton Jean Snider Rosemary Staal HOUSE ALBUM Adrienne Fihoneshil, also known as “Lupe” Susana demonstrates how to make yummy tortillas Lineya and McKyla Morgan and Joshua WISH LIST Volunteer group from Hewlett-Packard helped package the House “Grab Bags” ming environment for a comforting and welco ms Help the House provide daily basis, or in progra a s that can be used on item g atin p don hel by To . s ilie son fam y sea Bingo or during the holida are new and in such as Happy Wheels, that all items e sur be ase ple y, grit inte maintain clinical additional restrictions). our website to also view original packaging (see from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ay Frid ugh thro Monday Items can be dropped off hlist.php to view a wis ed/ ouse.net/getinvolv owing items currently Please visit www.ronaldh nal House needs. The foll itio add of list sive hen compre ’s needs: reflect some of the House s teens, little boys, little girl •Items $10 or under for: •Baby toys l’s & Safeway gift cards •Target, Walmart, Michae ents) •Gas cards ($10 increm nkets bla in •100% cotton full/tw soap y ndr lau id liqu •Unscented er detergent ash hw dis gel ade asc •C (white) •Shower curtain liners House’s Target registry List items and access the You can view more Wish ed/wishlist.php onaldhouse.net/getinvolv by visiting http://www.r Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Palo Alto, CA Permit No. 290 Ronald McDonald House at Stanford 520 Sand Hill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304-2001 Tel 650.470.6000 Fax 650.470.6018 www.ronaldhouse.net Please check your mailing label. Is your address correct? Please make any changes and mail to the House at the address above. If you would prefer to receive your newsletter electronically, email your request to [email protected] Design & Production: Alexander Atkins Design, Inc. Get Involved! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at the House and ideas for projects to sponsor. F I R S T FRIDAY T O U R S The House welcomes the community to take the opportunity to explore areas of the House including the garden and dining areas, Teen Lounge, Computer Center, family library, fitness center and a recently-remodeled Children’s Activity Room where programs and activities are offered to families staying at the House to help promote a sense of normalcy. For more information visit about upcoming dates and times visit http://www.ronaldhouse.net/news/first_friday.php. September November Intro to Volunteering for Teens Team RMH Half Marathon Monday, Sept. 10 Teen sessions are available to volunteers who are ages 16 to 17 years old only Thursday, Sept. 13 Children’s Circle Reception Learn more about the Children’s Circle at http://www.ronaldhouse.net/ getinvolved/donate_levels.php To register for an event, or to view the full calendar, please visit us online at www.ronaldhouse.net Sunday, Sept.18 Kicking off its eighth season of raising money to support the House, Team Ronald McDonald House returns to the Big Sur Half Marathon. For more info visit www.firstgiving. com/TeamRMH/ December Thursday, 6 “Light the House” Annual Holiday Party Join the House at this exciting community event that celebrates the season!