Ronald McDonald House Charities nets $140,000 from celebration

Pictured (l-r) are Alex Rodriguez, president, RMHC South Florida; Soraya Rivera Moya, executive director, RMHC South Florida; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Ronald McDonald.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida (RMHC) ended its 30th Anniversary Celebration in Miami’s Design District in true style, netting $140,000 to continue the charity’s mission of helping South Florida’s children live happier and more productive lives. The celebration culminated a yearlong fundraising campaign, which raised more than $500,000 for the charity.

More than 450 guests packed the Moore Building on Saturday, Nov. 3, which was proclaimed “Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida Day” in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Two South Florida favorites — DJ Bounce from the AmericanAirlines Arena’s Grey Goose Lounge and the high octane Latin fusion of Locos Por Juana — helped keep the energy level high all night long for the event guests and families staying at the two South Florida Ronald McDonald Houses.

While the money raised from the 30th Anniversary Celebration will help RMHC get closer to its goal of building a third Ronald McDonald House in South Florida, RMHC executive director Soraya Rivera- Moya said the event also was able to connect the charity’s donors and sponsors with the families they support through RMHC’s various programs.

“The greatest reward from our 30th Anniversary Celebration was seeing the joy and gratitude on the faces of the families staying at our two houses,” Rivera- Moya said. “We thank our yearlong and event sponsors and corporate partners as they truly believe in our mission. The Heart Chain Celebration on Saturday was all about the families, volunteers and donors together as one big family.”

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