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`Happy Meal Pull` image courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY.
"Happy Meal Pull" image courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY.

RMHC of WNY hosting 40th anniversary gala


Fri, Nov 3rd 2023 12:45 pm

Celebratory event features auctions, ‘Happy Meal Pull,’ heartwarming moments, live music, and more 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY invites the community to join in celebrating its 40th anniversary at “The Ruby Jubilee.” This special event – a commemoration of four decades of supporting families in need – is Saturday, Dec. 9, at The Powerhouse by Rich Entertainment Group. Organizers said, “The organization's anniversary party promises an unforgettable evening of celebration, fundraising and philanthropy – all supporting the charity’s vital mission.”

“We are overjoyed to mark this incredible milestone with our supporters, volunteers and community partners,” said Kevin Brayer and George Terhaar, event committee co-chairs. “ ‘The Ruby Jubilee’ is not just a celebration of 40 years of service; it’s a testament to the community’s unwavering dedication to helping families when they need it the most. With support from the Western New York community and beyond, RMHC of WNY provides many supportive programs and valuable resources to families during their medical journey. We are deeply grateful for the continued generosity that allows RMHC of WNY to fulfill its mission.”

Organizers added, “Throughout the night, attendees can participate in live and silent auctions featuring unique and exclusive items. Mercedes Wilson, host of ‘7Life,’ is the master of ceremonies; and John Di Sciullo, promotion and production manager at WBBZ-TV, is the auctioneer. The evening affair will also include an elegant cocktail hour, where guests can mingle and enjoy refreshments before a formal dinner.

“The highlight of the evening will be the mission moment, offering guests an opportunity to learn RMHC of WNY's impact on the families during their medical journey. In addition, live entertainment from The Honeymooners with Scott Celani, its award-winning frontman, and dancing will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of joy and camaraderie.

“To add an extra layer of excitement while giving a nod to McDonald's, the organization's founding and forever mission partner, RMHC of WNY is introducing a ‘Happy Meal Pull.’ This fun activity provides guests an opportunity to purchase a McDonald's Happy Meal box, each one will contain a different prize.”

Dress in red! In the spirit of the occasion, guests are encouraged to wear semi-formal red attire, symbolizing the organization’s milestone anniversary year.

“The Ruby Jubilee” will be held at The Powerhouse by Rich Entertainment Group, 140 Lee St., Buffalo, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at rmhcwny.org/ruby-jubilee until Nov. 15. All proceeds will benefit RMHC of WNY.

For more information about “The Ruby Jubilee,” visit rmhcwny.org, call Krystina Burow at 716-883-1177, or email [email protected].

RMHC of WNY is a chapter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) global network. RMHC of WNY is operated by a local volunteer board of directors. RMHC of WNY is responsible for its own fundraising and programs and is 100% funded by donations.

The mission of RMHC of WNY is to create and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Since 1983, the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House has served more than 21,411 families from New York, neighboring states, and globally. Since opening in late 2017, the Ronald McDonald Family Room, located in John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH), receives more than 1,000 visits each month; and the Ronald McDonald Hospitality Cart at OCH makes more than 360 bedside visits each week. The recently launched Ronald McDonald Hospitality Cart visits the mother/baby and NICU units at Sisters of Charity Hospital each week.

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