FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RMHC Announces 2017 Community Award Winners


NBC4’s Matt Barnes; Carioti Jewelers Sylvia Carioti top list of winners for Ronald McDonald House Charities’ of Central Ohio “A Toast to Tinseltown” community awards

COLUMBUS—Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio is pleased to announce its 2017 “A Toast to Tinseltown” community award winners including NBC4’s Matt Barnes with the Outstanding Red Shoe Society Member Award and Carioti Jewelers Sylvia Carioti with the Outstanding Community Service Award.


“This is always an exciting time of year for us here at the Ronald McDonald House to recognize those individuals and groups who give so much to our families,” said Dee Anders, Executive Director of RMHC. “We have a tremendous network of supporters in this community that we have awarded over the years. This year’s class of inductees is nothing short of amazing and we’re thrilled to honor them.”


2017 honorees include:

  • Sylvia Carioti, Carioti Jewelers, Outstanding Community Supporter
  • Ladies of Hylant Group, Outstanding Community Supporters
  • Matt Barnes, NBC4, Outstanding Red Shoe Society Member
  • Karl Hasenstab, Continental Building Co., Outstanding Volunteer
  • TelHio Credit Union, Outstanding Corporate Supporter
  • Steve Casciani, RMHC Emeritus Board Member, Vicki Easterday Spirit of Community Award (first annual)


Sylvia Carioti, Outstanding Community Supporter –  As host of Diamond in the Rough, a major fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, Sylvia Carioti has shown her passion and commitment to helping children and families in need.  Sylvia is a member of the RMHC Board of Trustees, helps Chair our Community Fundraiser Committee, and is a generous donor to many RMHC special events.


The Ladies of Hylant Group, Outstanding Community Supporter – These nine ladies continuously strive to go above and beyond for families at the Ronald McDonald House.  From helping with Diamond in the Rough, to making meals for families, hosting fundraisers for the House and volunteering at nearly every special event we host, the Ladies of Hylant Group are true gems and we couldn’t do what we do without them.


Matt Barnes, Outstanding Red Shoe Society Member –Matt Barnes is a much-loved member of The Red Shoe Society. He co-chairs one of Red Shoe’s largest fundraisers, “Dig It for the House,” which raised over $48,000 this year alone. Matt has been an emcee for many of our special events, including “Dig It for the House,” “A Toast to Tinseltown,” and the many “Handbag Hullabaloo” events that we host each year. On top of that, Matt has helped to put Food Truck Friday’s on the map here at the House with his constant support.


Karl Hastenstab, Outstanding Volunteer – Karl Hasenstab has been an integral part of the RMHC Team for over a decade. In his role as Project Executive at Continental Building Company, Karl has overseen each building project at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. He is our go-to for any building related needs. From coordinating a donation of window replacement at the Ronald McDonald House, to dealing with wood replacement, to plumbing projects, Karl is always ready at a moment’s notice to support our mission. Karl’s commitment to the House is seen physically and felt emotionally.


Telhio Credit Union, Outstanding Corporate Supporter – Telhio Credit Union is one of the most crucial partners to RMHC of Central Ohio. Over the past five years, they have donated well over $100,000 through cause marketing campaigns. In addition, they have played a vital role in growing awareness and giving through the RMHC Vehicle Donation Program by sponsoring advertising campaigns and building relationships with the local auto dealer community. Leslie Bumgarner, Telhio CEO, sits on the RMHC of Central Ohio Board and chairs the Marketing & Communications Committee for the Board. Their support is key to the success of our charity.


Steve Casciani, The Vickie Easterday Spirit of Community Award – Steve Casciani is one of the most kind, compassionate, and caring supporters that the Ronald McDonald House has ever known. His love for the mission of caring for children and families shows in all of the ways he steps up to help provide more nights of rest to children and families in need. Steve is a member of the RMHC Emeritus Board, as well as a co-chair of the “RMHC Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic.” Steve embodies the spirit of our beloved Vickie Easterday in all of the many ways he cares for his Ronald McDonald House family.


The honorees will receive their awards during an official presentation at this year’s “A Toast to Tinseltown,” Friday, Oct. 13, at The Ivory Room in Miranova, presented by the Columbus Red Shoe Society in conjunction with the Columbus Ronald McDonald House.


All proceeds and ticket sales from the event go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Tickets for the “Hollywood Gets Spooky” event can be purchased online here:



For more information contact Senior Director of Communications Ryan Wilkins at 614-227-3768.