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15 Years R o n a l d M c D o n a l d H o u s e C h a r i t i e s o f S i o u x l a n d N e w s l e t t e r S p r i n g 2 0 0 9 Vo l u m e 3 5 N u m b e r 1 IN THIS ISSUE: of kindness LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO… BAXTER B Page 2 to families! ACTS OF KINDNESS… ABOUND Page 3 Happy 15th Birthday, Ronald McDonald House We are thankful to the Siouxland community of Siouxland!!! On April 1, 2009, the House and our many donors and supporters for helping celebrated its 15th birthday with balloons, cake, us accomplish the following in the past 15 years: friends and lots of fun! Ronald was here, too, to entertain everyone with magic tricks and :: Providing a “home-away-from-home” for over birthday cake. Our Open House was attended by 1800 families from 30 states and 6 foreign PHOTOS OF DONORS, TOURS ETC.… over 200 people who toured the house, countries reconnected with one another and enjoyed Page 6 refreshments. The Siouxland Chamber of :: Extending our reach to Siouxland children’s Commerce Ambassadors rededicated the House health needs by providing over $325,000 in with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and everyone Matching Grant funding helped our judges taste the 6 different cakes donated for our decorating contest!! :: Assisting Siouxland students with $70,000 of Congratulations to Marketplace HyVee Bakery college scholarships on winning our competition. Cakes were also donated by HyVee Gordon Drive, HyVee We all look forward to many more years of Southern Hills, Wal-Mart Floyd Blvd , Wal-Mart serving kids and families! at Singing Hills and Sugar Shack. HELPING KIDS HEAL, KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY “LET ME INTRODUCE… MATCHING GRANTS: E K XTENDING C INDNESS IN OUR OMMUNITY One of the goals of RMHC of Siouxland is to assist other YOU TO BAXTER B” Siouxland agencies with funding for programs that will Baxter, seen here in his Ronald McDonald Costume, unknowingly improve children’s health. Through our Matching Grant represented RMHC this past Halloween. Baxter did not realize that two Program, we are able to contribute funds from our local months later he and his family would actually be guests of ours. Baxter’s budget which are then matched with funds from RMHC younger sister, Baylor, was born on December 3rd with a serious viral Global. infection. This infection resulted in a lengthy hospital stay. We are happy to report at this time, Baylor, continues to make great strides with her In March, 2009, the Matching Grant committee reviewed recovery. Baxter did as all siblings of the ill children of the families that several requests for funding assistance. The following stay here do, he went with the flow! programs were selected based on their contribution toward improving children’s health and increasing pediatric dental Baxter also did something far more important. He shined a light on the access and care: St. Luke’s Foundation- renovation of an siblings of the patients, who stay with us. Brothers and sisters who remain exam room in the emergency area to make it inviting and by the sidelines until “everything” is normal again. Patient, yet worried, kid-friendly :: Onawa Community Foundation- carrying their own vat of concerns- Samantha, Baxter’s mother, gave us 3 resurfacing Gaukel Park ropes course :: Middle School pictures of Baxter in his Halloween costume-I have proudly displayed Athletics Program (SHIP)- equipment for football & those pictures around the house, including, one on my desk, as a reminder volleyball :: CSADV- updating the outdoor play area for of how important our mission is to not only the children receiving children :: Siouxland Dental Health- dental screens & medical attention and their parents but also to those beautiful siblings follow-up procedures for kids :: Wheelock & Bursick waiting patiently, for their family to come home……..Thank you Baxter! Dentistry- dental screens, sealants & services for children without a Until Next Time…… dental home Velvet Matching Grant applications are reviewed 2 times/year, deadlines of March 1 and October 1. If you would like an application or need more information, please refer to our SCHOOLS OF KINDNESS: 2009 website, www.ronaldhouse-siouxcity.com. RMHC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS RMHC OF SIOUXLAND WISH LIST It was another large response for RMHC scholarship Thomas Rosenbaum Sioux City East HS :: Laundry Detergent :: Frying Pans/with lids applications! RMHC of Siouxland received over 80 Allison Hubert Pierce, NE HS :: Dryer Sheets :: Postage Stamps :: Light bulbs (60W) applications from graduating high school seniors in Bridgit Buresh Boyer Valley HS :: New baby items for gift bags :: Drinking Glasses the Siouxland area. A committee of Board members Kayla Hausman West Monona HS and community members reviewed the applications Mark (Jordan) Gentry Sioux City East HS (plastic or glass) :: Baking & Cooking Serving Utensils and selected (13) recipients based on their academic Lisa Nishimura Odebolt/Arthur HS :: Lg.Packing Tape :: Aluminum Foil :: Nightlight bulbs achievement, financial need, volunteer experience David Pacheco South Sioux City HS and personal statements and recommendations. (15W) :: Dishwasher Detergent :: Trash Bags (13 gal.) In addition, we have added a NEW RMHC Alumni :: Gift Bags-Lg :: Toothbrushes/toothpaste :: Pringles We are pleased to award a $1500 RMHC Scholarship Scholarship in 2009. This is an opportunity for all Snack Stacks :: Snack bags of Potato chips :: Fruity to the following students (representing 11 different students who were awarded an RMHC scholarship schools in the Siouxland area): for their first year of college to apply for funding for Snacks for kids :: Snack size fruit cups :: Fruit Box their 2nd, 3rd or ongoing years of undergraduate or Drinks :: Plain Paper Plates :: Bottled Water :: Boxed Katherine Tjeerdsma Sioux Central HS post-graduate studies! The application and James Roeber Laurel-Concord, NE HS information for this scholarship is available on our Cereal :: Break apart Cookies :: Clorox Wipes :: Gabrielle Kachena Yankton, SD HS website (www.ronaldhouse-siouxcity.com) and is due Granola type snack bars :: Band- Aids :: Plastic Celeste Durant South Sioux City HS on June 1, 2009. We are excited to be able to forks/spoons Philip Munkvold Vermillion, SD HS continue to help students with the large cost of their April Allen Sioux City West HS education! "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL (1874-1965) ACTS OF… KINDNESS ABOUND Many Siouxland businesses and individuals are and many local churches have shared their doing wonderful things “behind the scenes” to community funds to help our families. benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Their kindness is not unnoticed, in fact, we appreciate The bleak winter was made brighter by the kind every gesture! acts of Allied Solutions employees. Leading the charge were Deb Hofer, Lori Harper, Kim These acts of kindness take all different shapes: Jorgensen and Jaime Johnson who coordinated from Bob Scott coordinating the Bandits Football several fundraising events to raise funds for players to visit an injured high school football RMHC of Siouxland. Raffles, hot dog lunches player in the hospital and helping take down our and other activities contributed to over $1000 outdoor Christmas lights, to local businesses donated to help families of ill children at the (CNOS and the City of Sioux City and Interstates Ronald McDonald House. Companies) holding casual or jeans days to benefit RMH. Other organizations (Pech Optical Thanks to all of our friends around Siouxland for and Macerich Corporation/Southern Hills Mall) their support! VOLUNTEERS: THE PINNACLE OF KINDNESS What can be a better example of kindness than giving of your valuable time? We are so thankful that our volunteers continue to share themselves with the Ronald McDonald House and our guest families. In 2008, the volunteers contributed over 1122 hours to help us carry out the services and mission of RMHC. In a small effort to thank our dedicated volunteers, we held KINDNESS IN A HOBBY: a Volunteer Banquet on April 23rd at Bev’s On the River. The evening was attended by over 60 volunteers and a good WOODWORKING FOR A CAUSE time was had by all. Each volunteer was recognized for their contribution to the continued success of the House. The Ronald McDonald House has the great pleasure of welcoming to its arsenal of static displays two A special award, the Virginia Keck Volunteer Award, was small houses. These houses were built by the Siouxland Woodworkers Club presented by Peg Bies and Sandy Bainbridge. Don Keck and (www.siouxlandwooders.com), painted by Bort’s Auto Body and the detailing was by Kathy Addison. family shared with us the background on the late Virginia These houses will travel to various schools in the surrounding school and business districts in order to Keck and her love and dedication to serving as a volunteer at promote the purpose of the Ronald McDonald House. Huge kudos go out to these people who so the Ronald McDonald House. This year’s award winner is willingly give of their talents, time and materials. Al Swift who has been a volunteer at RMHC since the doors opened and spent countless hours coordinating the This is the second time the RMHC Pop Tab committee has had the privilege of thanking people who maintenance activities of the House. In addition, he have so graciously given their talents to make a small house. Gordon’s Body Shop painted our first designed and built the outdoor play area and playhouse, house that was built and designed by Tom Collier and detailed by Carole Perrin. It has been in memorial brick garden and painted, hammered, updated, circulation since 2004 and has seen many schools since its beginnings. fixed and guided us through many projects and upkeep. Al served three terms on the Board of Directors and made We are fortunate to have these people so willing to help the Ronald McDonald House so we can inform himself available to us whenever needed!! Thanks for all the public we are here for them when in need! your efforts, Al! IN-KIND DONATIONS The Ronald McDonald House in Siouxland is grateful to the many organizations and individuals who donate their talents and services to assist our families. Thank you to the following for your on-going support: McDonald’s Restaurants of Northwest Iowa Coop :: Catalyst Systems :: Coca-Cola Company :: St. Luke’s Reg. Med Ctr. :: Terra Industries Townhouse Pizza :: Knights of Columbus :: Wal-Mart :: King, Reinsch & Prosser :: Mercy Medical Center :: Presto-X :: Merry Maids Foulk Brothers :: Waste Management :: Henjes, Conner & Williams :: Merry Maids KINDNESS TO THE ENVIROMENT The economy may have slowed down, but the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House Many thanks to a very dedicated group of students’ pop tabs collection efforts in the of Siouxland! volunteers that make this effort possible- the Pop Siouxland schools sure haven’t!!! For the 2008- Tab Chairpersons (Carole Perrin and Anne 2009 school year, the number of pop tabs The Collection Contest winners were Charter James), their Pop Tab Liaisons committee, all the collected increased 22% over last year! 50 Oak/Ute Elementary for the Elementary schools school contacts and the students themselves! schools in the Siouxland area participated by and East Middle for the middle schools, saving Our hats off to all of you for a job well done! collecting and turning in over 5.3 million pop 595 pounds and 195 pounds respectively. LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL… VOLUNTEER OPORTUNITY Volunteers bring the “heart” of the Sioux City Ronald McDonald House to the special families that stay at our “home away from home”. We are always looking for assistance in any way that you might be able to give it! Responsibilities of a Volunteer range from assisting families that are staying at our House to helping with the House upkeep and preparing for special events. Please be aware that volunteering at the House can be challenging at times, but also very rewarding. If you are interested in becoming an RMH Volunteer, please contact us either by calling 255-4084 or looking on our website (www.ronaldhouse-siouxcity.com) for the volunteer application form. We welcome new volunteers and hope to hear from you. LOVE & KINDNESS GIVEN… NIGHTLY KINDNESS: IN 2009 HEART CAMPAIGN SHARE-A-NIGHT The Ronald McDonald House gives weary families a place to Many thanks to all the generous customers that purchased Hearts during the 2009 “Give A Little Love” Campaign rest their heads after a long day at the hospital. A bedroom in the Siouxland McDonald’s restaurants. This took place in several of the McDonald’s restaurants during the first 2 for the family and large living areas provide a comfortable weeks in February, 2009. The McDonalds crew members made a simple ask to their customers to purchase a heart, place to relax, prepare a meal and have quiet conversation. resulting in over $9,000 of donations to RMHC of Siouxland! All proceeds of the Heart campaign will fund the 3 Families are asked to donate $5 a night if they are able. You RMHC of Siouxland programs: Ronald McDonald House, RMHC Scholarships and RMHC Matching Grants. can help families who are unable to pay by contributing to the "Share-a-Night" fund. A contest among the stores resulted in 2 stores that sold over 1200 hearts- Sioux City Sunnybrook and Sioux Center. Congratulations to these stores! In addition, employees that sold over 100 hearts were entered into a drawing for a grand prize, a new Sony Wii! Congratulations to the winner, Karen of the North Hamilton McDonald’s. RMHC OF SIOUXLAND, INC. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sat, July 18- Townhouse Golf Tournament The Annual meeting of the RMHC of Siouxland, Inc. Sat, August 15- Governor’s Charity Steer Show/Auction Board of Directors took place on Wed, April 22, 2009 Mon, Sept 14- Onawa Golf Tournament A new slate of officers was approved as well as the October 1- Deadline for Matching Grant applications addition of four new board members. The new board Fri, Nov. 20- “Denim to Diamonds” Fall Event members are Jeanne Delfs, Shawn Keizer, Anne Kellogg and Paul Wofford who all bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board- welcome! A very special thank you was made to Al Swift, Steve THE PLANNING OF… Gossage and Eldon Roth whom all have served at least KINDNESS 2 terms on our Board. Al has been involved with the House since the doors opened and has served on the Board for the last 8 years. Steve has served 4 People spend a lifetime earning, saving and consecutive terms and has been a constant advocate of accumulating property yet many do not take the ours to McDonald’s and the Onawa community. simplest steps to determine how their assets will Eldon, who served 2 terms, has been a very devoted eventually be distributed. Surveys indicate that and generous supporter of RMHC Global and between 50 and 70 percent of adults do not have a RMHC of Siouxland. We thank all 3 of these men for basic will. their dedication to making RMHC of Siouxland the best it can be! At Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Siouxland, we encourage you to have your estate plans Lynn Wold, President in place including a last will and testament as well as Tracy Meis, Vice President power of attorney and living will. It is important for Melissa Tjeerdsma, Secretary you – as it can provide you with great peace of mind Nick Kuehl, Treasurer – and your family and friends – alleviating the need Sandy Bergdale for them to guess as to your intentions. Your will Jeff Carlson speaks to your wishes when you no longer can. Jeanne Delfs Candi Emanuel If you would like more information or if you would Matt Greer like to let us know you have already included RMHC Anne Kellogg of Siouxland, Inc. in your estate plans, please call or Shawn Keizer contact us. As with any major decisions, we encourage Claudia Killinger you to consult with your own advisors to ensure all Kim Mathers planning is appropriate for your unique situation. Kevin Negaard Tim Oakley Carolyn Rants Tom Ross Darlene Salmen Susan Unger Scott Wells Staff: Barb Knepper, Executive Director Velvet Jeratowski, Daily House Manager Pam Schermerhorn, Resident/Night Manager DENIM TO DIAMONDS and RMHC programs. appearance from Ronald McDonald, mechanical McDonald House guest families. 08 Denim to Diamonds” was the theme at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland Fall Event on Friday, November 21, 2008. The event raised over $70,000 that will directly benefit the guest families staying at the Siouxland Ronald McDonald House The dazzling evening was held at the Marina Inn and included a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing for 280 guests. The evening included a special bull rides and a testimony from one of the Ronald Guests helped raise funds for the children and auction of over 50 items. In addition, there were 6 items on the live auction - an exclusively-designed diamond pendant donated by Greenberg Jewelry, 10 tickets in a Luxury Suite at a Chicago Bulls game donated by Townhouse Pizza, a Feast for 16 prepared by Dr. Jim Hartje and Dr. Luis Lebredo, a week long vacation getaway to one of 3 locations donated by Office Elements, a golfing vacation in Scottsdale donated by Hamilton Touchless & RTL Equipment and Fund-A-Family, a direct contribution to assist families who stay at the Siouxland Ronald McDonald House. Many thanks to all who attended, sponsored, donated and helped make the evening a great QUOTES… FROM FAMILIES: "We are so thankful for the Ronald McDonald House. It made for one less thing to worry about when our baby was ill" "This is a wonderful service, we are very fortunate to have this!" " It was very comfortable and felt "safe" to come and go, even late at night-Our stay was wonderful and we really appreciated how we were able to keep our 2 1/2 year old with grandma as well!" families of Siouxland by participating in a silent success!! 1 5 3 2 4 6 8 7 10 PICTURES OF DONORS/TOURS, ETC.: 9 Thanks to all of our friends who brought us wish list items, pop tabs or helped with Volunteer duties around the Ronald House!!! 1. Homer High School National Honor Society 2. Woodbury County Farm Bureau 3. Macerich/Southern Hills Mall 4. Girl Scout Troop 5. Central Campus Friends 6. Into the Streets Crew 7. Briar Cliff University Pop Tabs: 8. River Valley 99. Charter Oak/Ute 99. LeMars Gehlen www.ronaldhouse-siouxcity.com 712.255.4281 FAX 712.255.4084 Sioux City, Iowa 51104 2500 Nebraska Street Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland Inc.
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