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“Heroes & Hugs” Fall Newsletter is Here!

The Fall issue of “Heroes and Hugs” is full of good news and smiles. Meet Jana and Brett and read their stories from when they stayed at the Buffalo House, get an update on our new suite and Family Lounge construction, read all about our 16th Annual 5K Run, and see first-hand how you make the difference in our families’ …

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Good Times at the 16th Annual Ronald McDonald House 5K Run/Walk!

What a day! Over 200 volunteers started the day early in the morning, setting up and making sure everything was ready to go. Fisher-Price transformed Tripi Field into an interactive play space with a Power Wheels track, toddler ride-ons, basketball, soccer, football toss, bean bag toss, toddler play area, photo booth and lots of fun. Over 130 young children were …

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We Need Volunteers for our New Hospital Programs!

Be Here for Families! Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY is expanding its presence in the John R. Oishei Childrens Hospital and is actively recruiting volunteers for our new Family Lounge & Happy Wheels Cart! As a Hospital Programs Volunteer you will lend a caring hand and extend our signature Ronald McDonald House hospitality by providing warmth and comfort to …

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THE RESULTS: 16th Annual 5K Run/Walk & Raffle

The results are in! We had an amazing race day with over 1100 race participants! Thank you to all those who participated! Visit Score This for the full race/walk results   The 5K Raffle results Congratulations to all our raffle winners! $1,500 gift certificate to use on a bedding purchase Russ Trippe Two (2) round trip tickets on JetBlue Airlines David …

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New RMHC of WNY Programs Within the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York is expanding our mission beyond the House on West Ferry, and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. We are thrilled to announce that RMHC of WNY will sponsor a Family Lounge and a Happy Wheels Cart within the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital when …

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Introducing Our New Facebook Photo Galleries

We really enjoyed seeing everyone’s photos during the Rock your Socks Photo contest! We want to continue to celebrate all the great people that help our house everyday! Find, tag, share & add to our new Facebook Galleries celebrating everyone who makes the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House a place for families! 

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Announcing the 2017 “Rock Your Socks” Photo Contest Winner

Buffalo, NY (April, 2017) – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western New York is delighted to announce the winner of the “Rock Your Socks” Photo Contest!  The winning photo submitted by Switzer was selected from the Ten (10) Finalists in the second round of judging: Switzer – Winning Entry Switzer has a long history of taking part in local charities, …

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Announcing the “Rock Your Socks” Photo Contest Finalists!

We are very excited to announce the 10 Finalists of the “Rock Your Socks” Photo Contest!  The ten Finalist photos are:   Entry #2348 Entry #2357 Entry #2384 Entry #2392 Entry #2415 Entry #2416 Entry #2417 Switzer – Winning Entry Entry #2426 Entry #2447 The ten finalists were selected based on the highest number of votes (“likes”) collected in the …

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“Heroes & Hugs” Winter Newsletter is Here!

We are pleased to announce that the RMHC of WNY Winter 2017 Newsletter is now available online! The Winter issue of “Heroes and Hugs” takes you, our supporters, inside our home. Meet Kristen Marvin as she shares with you her daughter’s adventure with “Emily the Grape”, get an update on house happenings from Sally, share with us moments from inside …

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10th Anniversary Holiday Concert Raised $75,000 for the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House

Buffalo, NY (December, 2016) – On Saturday December 17th, the 10th Annual Holiday Concert to benefit the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House was held at the University of Buffalo’s Center for the Arts intimate and acoustically superior Mainstage Theatre. This year, the audience was once again dazzled by the performance of legendary singer Tony Bennett. Bennett returned to the stage having …

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Whiting Door Manufacturing Cedar Street and Bloomingdale Facility Employees give over $15,400 to the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House

Buffalo, N.Y. (December 2016) – Whiting Door Manufacturing Cedar Street and Bloomingdale Facility Employees donated a total of $15,457.75 this fall to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York. Employees collected the funds through 50/50 Split raffles, hot dog lunches, and casual theme Fridays. Phil Whiting, Wendy Schadt, Pam Zwolienski and Ben Whiting from Whiting Door Manufacturing Corp. present …

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November, 2016) – On Saturday, November 26th the Interior Design Association (IDA) transformed the interior of the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House into a Christmas wonderland. Thanks to the dedication and talents of IDA members, garland was hung, trees decorated, and twinkling lights added, all with the special flair that is the trademark of the Interior Design Association. “The …

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The Olcott Beach Car Show and the Time Travelers of WNY continue to be steadfast supporters of RMH Families

BUFFALO, N.Y. – (November 11, 2016) The Olcott Beach Car Show and the Time Travelers of Western New York, are giving back to the community with a donation of $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western New York (RMHC®WNY). Joseph Haniszewski, Philip Then and Dan Marinola from the Time Travelers of Western New York present the check to Sally …

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The Young Professionals Go Shopping for the Ronald McDonald House!

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November, 2016) – On Tuesday, November 8th the Ronald McDonald House Young Professionals Group filled shopping carts with over $1,675 dollars of goods to stock the pantry and fill our closets with items from the Ronald McDonald House Wish List and Bundles of Love List. Lindsay Strano, Phyliss Hafner and Christine Babin shopping for the Buffalo Ronald McDonald …

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of WNY unveils the “Berardi Immigration Law” Guest Room

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October, 2016) – On Thursday, October 13, 2016 Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY unveiled the newly designed Berardi Immigration Law guest room. The room designed with a “country casual” theme represents the vision and hard work of the Berardi Immigration Law room makeover team. The team consists of six (6) women including attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff, …

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“Heroes & Hugs” Fall Newsletter is Here!

We are pleased to announce that the RMHC of WNY Fall 2016 Newsletter is now available online! The Fall issue of “Heroes and Hugs” takes you, our supporters, inside our home. Meet Claire Flaherty as she takes you through her 10 year journey with Multiple Sclerosis, get an update on house happenings from Sally, share with us moments from inside …

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of WNY unveils the “Hugs For Hope” Guest Room

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September, 2016) – On Sunday, September 11th Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY unveiled the newly designed “Hugs for Hope” guest room. The room designed with a “Buffalo Canalside” theme represents the vision and hard work of the Comforting Hugs Foundation “Hugs for Hope” group. Formed in 2015 by the Comforting Hugs Foundation, the “Hugs for Hope” group …

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NATB Sends Guest Families to Preseason Buffalo Bills Games!

Buffalo, NY (August 2016) – This August, the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) donated 64 Buffalo Bills Preseason tickets to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York.  The ticket donation included 32 tickets for the August 13th Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts game and 32 tickets for the August 20th Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants  game.  The tickets were donated …

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In memoriam: Phillip Gallson

The Buffalo Ronald McDonald House was a favorite of Phill’s and he gave his time and talents to this charity for over 20 years and encouraged others to do the same. He served multiple terms on the RMHC of WNY Board of Directors, providing his leadership as President and Treasurer for the Charity. Phill had a gift for seeing the …

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Fun was had by all at the 15th Annual Ronald McDonald House 5K Run/Walk

Weeks in advance our volunteers and staff went into “Race Action”, bags were stuffed, mailing were done, notices were sent out, details were finalized, errands were run, coffee was made and pizza was ordered! The big day arrived and it was the perfect day for a race, sunny and clear with temperatures finally dropping below the 90° mark. Over 200 volunteers …

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The 19th Annual Ronald McDonald House Golf Classic was a Monumental Success!

Buffalo, NY (August 2016). The 19th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Golf Classic in support of the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House was a monumental success, in no small measure, due to the generosity, perseverance and commitment of McDonald’s owner/operator Sandy Haefner and her Golf Committee. Over the past 19 years, Sandy and her Team have raised more than $1,000,000 for …

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5K and Raffle Results are IN!

The 15th Annual Ronald McDonald House 5K Run / Walk was a great success! Many thanks to everyone who came out and participated!   And the Race Results Are… The results of the race can be found here. Congratulations to our raffle winners! Jeanne Moore Samsung Front Load Washer & Dryer Janet Hodges Two (2) round trip tickets on JetBlue Airlines (Terms & Conditions …

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“Heroes & Hugs” Spring Newsletter is Here!

We are pleased to announce that the RMHC of WNY Spring 2016 Newsletter is now available online! The Spring issue of “Heroes and Hugs” takes you, our supporters, inside our home. Meet Lucas Lowe and his mother and see the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House through the eyes of a 12-year old boy, get an update on house happenings from Sally, …

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The Young Professionals Group Kickoff 2016 with Successful Event!!!

On April 14th the Young Professionals Group hosted their “April Showers Bring Happy Hours” Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York. The event raised $1,763.00. An overflowing box of donated household items from our “Wish List” was also collected. “The Young Professionals Group is an integral part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York …

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West Valley Central School Does it Again!!!

Raising Money to Keep our Cupboards Full!! On April 15th the West Valley Central School Student Council raised $1,032.00 to keep our cupboards full of bottled water, paper towels, snacks and other items from our “Wish List”, with the remaining funds donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York to be put to good use for the …

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The Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available!

We are pleased to announce that the RMHC of WNY Winter 2016 Newsletter is now available online!! We have a new name and an exciting new look – Heroes and Hugs.  The Winter issue of Heroes and Hugs takes you, our supporters, inside our home.  Share with us moments from inside the house, meet some of our new partners, and …

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Keeping Our Home in Tip Top Shape Thanks to Painters District Council #4

Our home was built in 1895, but looking great thanks to the skills and dedication of the Painters District Council #4 and their apprenticeship program. Under the guidance of Instructor Matt Cancilla, apprentices hone their skills and keep our home cozy and fresh! “The Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western New York is solely supported by our local community.  The …

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western New York Elects Four New Board Members

Buffalo, NY  (February 16, 2016) – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western New York (RMHC® of WNY) is pleased to announce the election of four new members to the RMHC® of WNY Board of Directors. New board members include Thomas P. Grogan, Partner with Brock, Schechter & Polakoff, LLP, Melissa Kustell, V.P. Marketing with Fisher-Price, Rebecca E. Pratt, MD, Partner with …

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Notes from Sally – Fall 2015

Fundraising events raise awareness for the mission of the Ronald McDonald House, generate “buzz” in the community and raise thousands of dollars required for the operation of the House.  The “18th Annual Ronald McDonald House Golf Classic” kicked off summer with McDonald’s franchisees from Western New York and Northwestern, PA., McDonald’s suppliers and local businesses teaming together to raise $83,000. …

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The Buffalo Ronald McDonald House Unveils the “Helen Dent Lenahan Family Dining Lounge”

Buffalo, NY (May, 2015).  A generous donation from The Helen Dent Lenahan Foundation, Inc. made it possible to redesign the current formal dining room and create a more family-friendly space for House residents. The Interior Design Association of Western New York generously donated their time, talent and resources to design the unique space. To make the space more welcoming, they used …

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In memoriam: John Koszela

  John Koszela was a member of the RMHC of WNY Board of Directors, a family man, and a friend.  His dedication to and love for the mission of the Ronald McDonald House was evident. John’s intelligence, wit and profound commitment to his beliefs inspired us. John was a gift.  He will be missed.

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Notes from Sally – Winter 2015

You probably know that Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western New York helps out-of-town families through the Ronald McDonald House® of Buffalo, a home away from home where families can stay while their child is hospitalized. But did you know that RMHC of Western New York also helps children who live in the Western New York community? Through its Community …

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The Buffalo Police Benevolent Association (PBA) continues to be a steadfast supporter of RMH families

 They’ve contributed more than $13,000 since 1988! Active and retired PBA members held their 2nd Annual Buffalo Police PBA Charity Golf Tournament and donated this year’s golf proceeds, $4,336, to help families. Robert Heidinger of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association presents the donation to Sally Vincent, Executive Director.