Thousands raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville

Local celebrities and community leaders answered calls in the phone bank during the three-hour Calls for Kids Telecast. The event raised $113,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville.

Local celebrities and community leaders answered calls in the phone bank during the three-hour Calls for Kids Telecast. The event raised $113,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville.

Community supporters helped raise $350,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville through two major annual fundraisers: the Calls for Kids Telecast and the Music City Golf Tournament.

“We are so grateful for this incredible outpouring of generosity from the Greater Nashville community,” said Elizabeth Piercy, RMHC of Nashville executive director. “The donations we received at these events from both individuals and businesses will help us continue to serve families in need.”

The Nashville Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay when their children are seeking treatment for life-threatening illnesses at one of the city’s hospitals.

Stories of several former guests of the House were highlighted during the 23rd annual Calls for Kids Telecast, which was broadcast live on WKRN Nashville’s News 2 on April 13.

During the three-hour broadcast, supporters called in to a phone bank staffed by local celebrities and community leaders, and the event raised $113,000. Sponsors of the Telecast included Bridgestone Americas Trust, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, GM Spring Hill, VF Imagewear, Alpha Delta Pi Nashville Alumnae, Baptist Healing Trust, Modern Babies and Children magazine, Hippie Radio 94.5, Comcast, and WKRN Nashville’s News 2.

Golfers pose with McDonald’s character Grimace at the Music City Golf Tournament, which was held on May 13-14 at the Governor’s Club to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. Shown (l to r): Kevin Strickland, Mike McCabe, Grimace, Ed Anderson and John Waity.

Golfers pose with McDonald’s character Grimace at the Music City Golf Tournament, which was held on May 13-14 at the Governor’s Club to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. Shown (l to r): Kevin Strickland, Mike McCabe, Grimace, Ed Anderson and John Waity.

One month later, RMHC of Nashville held its 28th annual Music City Golf Tournament on May 13 and 14, presented by Dr Pepper with premier sponsor Franke Resupply Systems. Participants played a round of golf at the Governor’s Club, enjoyed a dinner at LP Field and raised $237,000 for the House.

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Nashville is to “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville-area hospitals. RMHC of Nashville has served more than 12,300 families in the 32-bedroom House since it opened in 1991 and more than 275,000 individuals in the Family Room located within Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt since it opened in 2004.  For more information about RMHC of Nashville, visit <www.rmhcnashville. com/>  or call 615-343-4000.