July 2017



Hospitality Cart Launch in
Ogden Regional Medical Center 

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Intermountain Area formally launched a new Hospitality Cart program within Ogden Regional Medical Center on June 28th. Staffed with our Hospitality Cart Coordinator and volunteers and stocked with donated items for pediatric patient families free of charge, the RMHC Hospitality Cart includes personal care items (shampoo, hand sanitizer, lotion), healthy snacks (yogurt, fruit, milk and juice) donated by McDonald’s®, candy donated by Hershey’s, as well as other snacks, books, journals, and family games to offer respite support for patient families. The schedule for this program is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-2pm.The RMHC Hospitality Cart program continues a long partnership between RMHC and Ogden Regional Medical Center.  Last year, RMHC in Salt Lake City welcomed 3,827 guest families traveling far from home to access needed — and often life-saving — specialty pediatric medical treatment. Over 20% of these families came from the Northern Utah region.RMHC surrounds families with the support they need to be near and care for their seriously ill or injured children. We provide a home-away-from-home to ease daily burdens and empower families of hospitalized children with meaningful experiences and quality time together.

If you would like to help support the RMHC Hospitality Cart through donated Wish List Items, please visit our website.  Donations can be delivered to Ogden Regional Medical Center, c/o RMHC Hospitality Cart.

Grateful Guest

Ronald McDonald House Charities celebrates the gratitude of our alumni guests and the circle of giving back that makes our mission possible!  We are in awe of the ELEVEN families that have begun The Circle of Grateful Guests!  This campaign started on May 8, with the intention of running through Mother’s Day & Father’s Day to honor our mission of #keepingfamiliesclose.  By popular demand, we are extending this campaign through September 1 so that the giving can continue in honor of those families near & dear to their heart.  Stay tuned to watch to this circle grow!

Congratulations to the Olyer Family, who has currently raised the most money in honor of their family!



Jared’s Story

‘Jared Boren was our son who passed away on May 10th,’ begins Kevin Boren, sharing his family’s experience with their son’s illness and stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Life-flighted in early May from Southern Utah to the ICU at Primary Children’s, Jared had been diagnosed with meningitis. While supporting their sweet son away from home, the Boren’s found comfort in the Ronald McDonald Family Room and were pleased to be able to sleep – and eat – so close to his patient room.  Read More


Annual Golf Tournament

It’s that time of year again… The weather is warm and beautiful and getting out on the course is all we can think about! If you are thinking the same thing sign up for the 29th Annual Golf Tournament happening Monday, August 21st at Hidden Valley Country Club. Spots are running out so sign up now! This is a great chance to golf on a private course and support RMHC.

For more info visit our website or email stephanie@rmhslc.org.


Hospitality Cart Designer

In the past few weeks we have had the privilege to kick-start a long-awaited goal and launch TWO separate Hospitality Carts at partner hospitals. Both of these incredible service vehicles were designed and built by Casey Czapla, owner of Turning Leaf. (You will have seen his work if you have visited the House recently – within the last year Casey gave our Lobby Sponsor wall a vibrant re-design.) We asked Casey to talk a little about his experience working with RMHC, and we are so appreciative of his talent and dedication!

Casey: I started Turning Leaf just over 16 years ago after working with at-risk youth for approximately eight years. Working inside/outside and being able to work directly with my clients was something that I’ve always enjoyed – I love people! I don’t do any advertising; word-of-mouth only. I’ve lived by one golden rule, and that is to treat everyone like you would your own family. Being able to work with organizations like the Ronald McDonald house is a gift, not just an amazing opportunity. Everyone involved is top-notch and an absolute class act! Some of the most giving individuals I’ve ever encountered are involved with RMHC. I am honored to have been a part of the design and install of the donor wall and hospitality carts. Along with my sister Kelly Dick (who is such a talented artist and truly one of the most giving individuals I know) and work partner Beau Gunnerson we were able to collaborate and bring a design idea to life; we hope it brings as much joy to the families that see it as we felt building and installing it. Thank you, Ronald McDonald House Charities, for the opportunity – and more importantly, for what you do for all the families in need. We are truly humbled.



Host a Fundraiser

Each year, energetic individuals, businesses, community groups, and students generate the resources we need in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area. There are a variety of ways to get involved with RMHC and hosting a fundraiser is one big way that helps keep our doors open!  Your fundraiser not only brings in funds for the charity, but it also brings awareness to our mission.  We couldn’t do it without our community partners like you!


Examples of Successful Fundraising Events

  • Host a birthday party – Guests bring donations of cash or Wish List items for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
  • Host a service/product promotion – Designate a day at your business or a product for sale where a portion of the proceeds benefit RMHC.
  • Host a sporting event – Coordinate a golf tournament, fun run, ride, basketball tournament, etc. in which the net proceeds and/or entry fees benefit RMHC.
  • Host a grassroots fundraiser – Host a small fundraiser like a garage sale with your family or neighborhood, a car wash/lemonade stand or even a penny war between classes, teams or competing schools.


If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser or have questions please contact our Event Manager Stephanie to learn more.


Smiths Donations

Use your Smith’s Reward Card to benefit RMHC!

Did you know that Smith’s will contribute to the charity of your choice when you sign up through their rewards program?  Smith’s Inspiring Donations program makes fundraising easy… simply by using your Smith’s reward card every time you shop, 0.5% of your total order will be donated to the nonprofit of your choice.  There is no cost to enroll, and enrollment will not affect your fuel points or coupon discounts.  This is an easy way to make a difference in your community!

To link your Smith’s Food and Drug Rewards Card to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area (CR882), you will need to create an account or update your existing account by following these simple steps:

  1. Visit the website at SmithsFoodandDrug.com/inspire
  2. Select “Sign In” or “Create an Account”
  3. Select “enroll charity” – if first time enrolling a charity
  4. Select “re-enroll charity” – if previously enrolled (required to continue supporting charity)
  5. Choose charity number CR882 (Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area)

Thank you for choosing to support Ronald McDonald House Charities!!!  To learn more about RMHC and ways to get involved, please visit us at RonaldMcDonaldHouseUtah.org.