May 2021

Mother’s Day at Ronald McDonald House
We had some wonderful community partners come together to celebrate the amazing Mother’s who celebrated Mother’s Day at the Ronald McDonald House. A special thank you goes out to Robbin Daffin, a former employee for RMHC, and her floral business Hope and Evolution. She arranged unique floral bouquets by hand for all of the mothers. These floral arrangements were accompanied by a wonderful family lunch provided by our partner Diversion – A Social Eatery.

It was a beautiful day, and we are so thankful for our partners who helped make it possible!

The Spirit of Children Gala Thanks
Back in early 2020, when we were planning on our April gala, we had no idea that we would end up going fully virtual. Little did we know that we would have to do that in 2021 as well. Regardless of the format, the community that supports Ronald McDonald House Charities showed up (virtually) big-time for us. Below are some of the amazing metrics from that evening:

  • We sold 228 silent auction packages and raised over $120,000 from the silent auction alone!
  • We partnered with KUTV2 for a live broadcast from 6-7PM, which was then shown on KJZZ from 8-9PM and KMYU from 9-10PM
  • We raised over $280,000 for our Helping Hands donation drive – well over the $100,000 challenge grant provided by the Kahlert Foundation.
  • We sold out every opportunity for our Syndicate Membership drawing for the second year in a row.
  • We raised over $1.2 million dollars for the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area.
  • Together, we secured the much-needed funds to make sure families have a place to go and the support they need when caring for their ill or injured child.

Thank you for your part in making the 2021 Spirit of Children Virtual Gala one that we will never forget!


Adopt-A-Meal Support
As many of you know, with the onset of COVID-19, we have not been able to welcome volunteer meal groups onsite at the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Room. And yet, we continue to need your help now more than ever!We have come up with a modified plan for community members to support our meal program by signing up to either provide financial support to cover a meal or to order and arrange delivery for individual, catered meals to the Ronald McDonald House. We need your help to provide as many meals as possible.

To learn more and sign up for a meal on our 2021 calendar, click the button below.

Health Tip From Hannah
Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized each May with the goal of increasing awareness on mental health’s impact. Did you know that one in five Americans will experience a mental health illness in their lifetime? According to the CDC, these rates have elevated in the last year with 44 percent of Americans reporting depression or anxiety. Mental Health America began promoting Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 and has continued to provide resources ever since.

If you are curious about your mental health, you can check out Mental Health America’s free private health screening. You can also access a variety of resources, tools, and worksheets to better understand and improve your mental health (link below).

Free Screening

Mental Health Month Tool Kit

Sources: Mental Health America (2021, May)

Facebook Birthdays 2021
Do you have an upcoming birthday? If so, we would love to be your choice for a birthday fundraiser. Birthday fundraisers made a big difference in the lives of the families we serve. Each fundraiser helps increase awareness and support for our organization.

And right now – every dollar you raise for your birthday fundraiser is matched 1:1 by Nate Wade Subaru until we reach $5,000!

If you have a birthday coming up and would like to create a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser for RMHC, click the button below.

Happy Birthday!