Katie McElveen led effort to reach goal
Loveland, Oh. - In this LOVELAND MAGAZINE TV VIDEO, Katie McElveen, a freshman at Loveland High School talks about leading efforts that cumulated Friday night in reaching the goal of raising more than $10,000 for the Ronald McDonald House at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
It was a joint effort of the student councils of Loveland High School, Loveland Middle School, and Loveland Intermediate School.
They sold split the pot chances, tee shirts, and paper Ronald Houses that donors signed to display their support.
The activities that went on throughout the week ended at halftime of Friday’s football game against Walnut Hills with a paper lantern lighting ceremony that lit the crisp October sky. A almost full, Tiger orange moon rising above Tiger Stadium was complimented with yellow and Tiger orange, hot air shaped mini-balloons with Forrest Gump "have a nice day" smily faces on them. (Watch Video)
McElveen said they chose the $10,000 goal because that is what it costs to sponsor an organ transplant room at the Ronald McDonald House for an entire year. She volunteers at the local charity and knew the community would support the fund raiser because of the good work they do.
McElveen brought Ronald to the game to help reach the goal, cheer for the Tigers and Eagles, and help light the lanterns. Ronald is also interviewed in this video.
A "home-away-from-home" to keep parents and children together is how the Ronald McDonald House describes what they provide free or for very little cost.
Families from throughout Ohio, across the United States, and from around the world come to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center seeking life-saving treatment for their critically ill children. Often times, they come to Cincinnati exhausted, scared and financially drained as they struggle to pay overwhelming medical bills.
Our House cares for 78 guest families every night, providing them with a “home away from home” while their children receive medical treatment. In addition to providing a comfortable bedroom, we surround our families with love and support from our volunteers, staff and other guest families who share the same hopes and fears. We also provide home-cooked meals, activities, indoor and outdoor play areas, laundry facilities, computers and WiFi, and much more so that our guest families can concentrate on what is most important – their critically ill children.