Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and Post House Creative are proud to proclaim that our short film, Something’s Missing, has won a gold Telly Award in the non-broadcast, general cause marketing category. The organizers of the 40th annual prestigious international competition announced the winners last week on a special website, www.tellyawards.com/winners. The link to the announcement about our film, specifically, can be found here: https://www.tellyawards.com/winners/2019/non-broadcast/general-cause-marketing/ronald-mcdonald-house-charities-somethings-missing/217487/
The five-minute film premiered online the night of the Academy Awards, February 24 and, just days later, won a gold Columbus ADDY award for Public Service (Film, Video, & Sound). Now, it’s being considered for an Addy award at the national level. It has been viewed more than 100,000 times on social media and, last month, was featured during the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival.
The short film, which is written, directed, edited, and produced by Post House Creative, tells the story of a family with a seriously ill child in a way that Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio has never done before. Post House Creative created and gifted Something’s Missing to Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio as a generous donation to promote the mission of the charity. The idea for the film was born out of a brainstorming session by our marketing & communication committee. Timothy & Kimberly Flaherty, owners of Post House Creative, are members of the committee and, once it was agreed that this visual story needed to be told, the Flahertys offered to immediately put a production together.
The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multi-screen industry The Telly Awards celebrates.
Congratulations to Post House Creative!
By Christin Dornback
This is Christin, the new writing intern at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. I come to RMHC by way of The Ohio State University and their commitment to connect students and community through direct service-learning courses. I am a senior English major minoring in Nonprofit Management, and my biggest motivator is community and our shared stories. I love running and yoga, warm, caffeinated beverages, trying to keep houseplants alive, and hiking!
I’ll be contributing to this blog by sharing the stories that RMHC of Central Ohio holds, and I hope to connect the world outside with the magic that goes on inside of the house– because it really is magic.
During my freshman year of college, one of my loved ones, Erin, was diagnosed with a degenerative cognitive disease. For the months before and the months following the diagnosis, Erin was in and out of a children’s hospital. Although our family didn’t stay in a Ronald McDonald House during that time, I became aware of the specific needs that a family has while their child is in the hospital. I understand, on some level, that the place between needs and the fulfillment of them is where the magic must come in.
When you enter Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, you understand that this is where magic lives.
Here at the House, there is an abundance of support and love in the air here – and it’s not simply because Valentine’s Day is approaching! There is kindness, smiles, and laughter throughout the halls: results of the dedicated care and efforts to bring comfort to our families by the staff and volunteers. I hope to share this magic, show you the hearts of our families, friends, staff, and volunteers, and help us all focus on joy in the face of hardship as RMH is Keeping Families Close in our community.
When folks think of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, most think of the big House located across from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. But our chapter also operates the Ronald McDonald Family Room at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. The room is in the same area of the hospital as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Postpartum Unit. This family room opened in July of 2017 and RMHC of Central Ohio recently announced plans to open another family room in the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, when that building opens next year.
If you’re interested in becoming a Ronald McDonald Family Room volunteer after watching the video, email Vicki.Chappelear@rmhc-centralohio.org.
Changes are constant at our Ronald McDonald House. New to the House for 2018 is the BakerHostetler rocket elevator. Actually, the elevator has always been in the new wing since the addition was built in 2014. But earlier this year, the elevator transformed into a rocket! Thanks to a generous donation by BakerHostetler in Columbus, our new elevator really takes off. When the partners at the law firm decided they wanted to do something fun for the House, they held a contest among its employees and this was the winning idea. Optic Nerve Art Corporation painted the artwork in our first floor hallway and Blue Jackets indoor tree house, So BakerHostetler had that same created the artwork for our rocket elevator.
Marilyn & Bob Holb like to volunteer their time reading to students at Salem Elementary School in Columbus. About a month ago, Marilyn read the book, “How I Became a Super Hero” to fourth grade students at the school.
The book was written by our House’s frequent guest, 8-year-old Ashton Zari. Ashton was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease around his third birthday and since then, he has spent more than 300 nights at the Ronald McDonald House. Ashton says he decided to “write a book to make people in the hospital feel better”. He also says he wanted to encourage people to understand the power of kindness.
After finishing reading the book to those 4th graders, the Holbs informed the children that all of the profit raised by the book is donated to The Ronald McDonald House. This inspired the children to do a little writing of their own. They decided to write greeting cards to Ashton to thank him for writing the book and for helping the Ronald McDonald House. They also wanted to let him know the book was uplifting for them too. Marilyn & Bob delivered the cards to Ashton while he was staying at the House recently, and we were able to listen in as Ashton read a few of the cards aloud to his mom, Amanda, sister Addison, and brother Alex while sitting in the Ronald McDonald House dining room. Click the links below to hear Ashton read a few of the cards.
Ashton just celebrated his ninth birthday on December 20th while staying at our Ronald McDonald House and shared the celebration by giving to other kids staying with us . Happy belated birthday, Ashton! For more about Asthon, visit Ashtonsbirthdaywish.org, or you can purchase “How I Became A Super Hero” directly at Ashtonsbirthdaywish.bigcartel.com.
Zariah Donovan has been at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 2 1/2 years. Her family has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House over that time making their’s one of the longest-stays at the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus. Now, her parents have finally learned Zariah be released from the hospital. After spending four Christmas’ here in Columbus, her father, Shawn Donovan, will finally be checking out of the room at the Ronald McDonald House and the family will be able to all be together in their home in Utah for the first time. Congratulations to the Donovans!
Today, WBNS-TV heralded the news, leading off it’s 5:30 p.m. newscast with Donovan’s story. You can watch the story here:
When Columbus-based national retailer RG Barry decided to help families during the winter holidays, it was immediately clear that Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio was the perfect partner. RG Barry is best known for its cozy slipper line, Dearfoams, and we are eager to partner with them to bring extra comfort to our families staying at their home away from home this holiday season.
On November 7, Dearfoams kicked off its national “you buy one, we give one” Dearfoams Gives campaign at RMHC of Central Ohio by baking cookies and donating 2,000 slippers to our residents. Gathering around the fireplace in our lobby, mothers, fathers, grandparents and kids alike grabbed a new pair of slippers and chatted with RG Barry staff about their holiday traditions.
RG Barry’s Chief Marketing Officer Dana Seguin told us that they have long admired RMHC for the compassion and care we provide our residents. Seguin said RG Barry’s customers are eager to shop for a cause this holiday season, and they are excited for its customers to lead this donation campaign to a successful outcome.
Beginning November 13 and lasting through December 25, for each pair of slippers purchased on Dearfoams.com, Dearfoams will donate a pair of slippers – up to 50,000 pairs – to RMHC of Central Ohio. To date, Dearfoams has donated more than 6,300 slippers to our families. Visit Dearfoams.com/gives for more info and to shop for a cause this holiday season.
We could not be more appreciative of or excited by this partnership with RG Barry, as every bit of comfort and support makes a difference for our residents. We hope Dearfoams has a successful giving campaign so our families are provided with a little extra comfort this holiday season. A final tally of slippers donated will be announced during the first week of January.
Thank you for giving back, Dearfoams!
When Connie McKinney had a baby in Southern California more than two years ago, she suddenly found herself and her newborn on a flight to Ohio, a state she had never been to before. She’s been staying at the Ronald McDonald House ever since then. Click here to hear her story.
The 15th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament last weekend was a record-breaking fundraiser for us bringing in more than $200,000!
What does it take to put on this event, one of the biggest fundraisers for our charity? Planning begins the moment the previous sporting clays tournament ends. When the weekend of the big event arrives, it all starts at 4 a.m. Friday morning and doesn’t stop until a full clean up late Saturday. In a text thanking staff & volunteers, Senior Development Director Jamie Foltz, listed off all it took to get the event off with a bang: “From the 4 a.m. ice runs by the morning crew, the road trips to Urbana with 350 egg McMuffins in tow, to scheduling 30 pros, 50-plus volunteers and 70-plus teams to getting 250-plus auction packages donated and working that tent hard to get bidders and wine sales, to rearranging & cleaning carts, the managing and safekeeping of more than $20,000 in equipment, to being responsible for all that cash we raise each day, you guys make it all work.” Foltz then added, “And let’s not forget the raffle donations that helped us raise over $18,000 and those matching gifts that got us to $25,000 in donations! I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for each of you.” Special thanks is also given to the event partner, Kids & Clays, as well as Texas de Brazil for an impressive lunch.
Of course, all of this wouldn’t matter if not for the donations and those who buy the tickets to attend the event. Those proceeds all go toward keeping families together in a time of need.
When David Beckham first toured the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, and saw all of the specialty rooms and amenities available for families with children in area hospitals, he says he “fell in love with the community ‘feel’ and services provided” right away. But the parts that really made him fall in love with the House were the kitchen and family dining areas. That’s when he says he knew he wanted to bring his culinary talents to the table at RMHC of Central Ohio where he contracts with the House to help groups make meals. Now, we don’t want you to think the retired soccer superstar by the same name somehow found himself in Columbus, took a tour of the House, and decided to guide volunteer groups in making meals. Although that David Beckham is known to be quite a health foodie (and is reportedly in talks with The Food Network to be the channel’s newest celebrity chef), that’s not the David Beckham that we’re talking about here.
Our David Beckham might be considered more down-to-earth and many in Central Ohio know him as “being your food guy.” Chef David, as he’s known in our House, has always had a passion for connecting people with, as he puts it, “the real food that they don’t know they love yet.” He adds, “You’ll be surprised at how delicious real food can be, especially after you discover what you love.” He’s known around here for striking up a conversation with family members in the kitchen area to talk about food. In fact, he’s been overheard asking a kid about a particular healthy food and getting a “YUCK” for a reaction, and then getting an expression of pleasant surprise from that same kid after a sample of the concoction David’s made has been tasted. “I try to showcase all my love for culinary arts to each person that is staying at the House,” he says.
In addition to his culinary creations here at our Ronald McDonald House, Beckham is the founder of a personal chef delivery system called Simply Beckham, based in Columbus, which offers in-home delivery especially for weight loss, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, pescatarian, gluten free, or special allergy diets.
So, although you won’t find our David Beckham talking soccer while stirring up trouble on a TV food reality show any time soon, you and your friends might just find yourself under his guidance when you sign up to make a meal here at The Ronald McDonald House. To sign up your family, group of friends, work team, or organization to make a meal through our Team Cuisine program, click here or email Meika.Hilles@rmhc-centralohio.org.