NEW YORK, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House® New York celebrated its 25th Annual Gala last night at the Grand Hyatt New York's Empire State Ballroom and raised $4.5 million to support families and their young warriors battling pediatric cancer. The star-studded yearly event that is celebrating its 25th year was emceed by American sportscaster, Andrea Joyce and her husband, NBC News anchor, Harry Smith. The proceeds raised will help continue the House's mission to support the operations of the facility, which provides free transportation to chemotherapy and additional support services that help keep families close while in New York City and undergoing active treatment.
This year's event highlighted the work of three-term Mayor of New York City and Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Michael R. Bloomberg and Jason A. Rabin, President of Global Brands Group, North America. "We're so proud to be honoring the contributions of this year's honorees, they both have supported our efforts at the Ronald McDonald House of New York and have inspired others to become involved," said Tina Lundgren, chairman of the board of Ronald McDonald House®. The honorees demonstrated their charitable spirits and helped influence and rally support in their respective industries to raise funds and awareness in support of the House's mission.
Additional support for the House came from attendees that are local New York staples and advocates. "I continue to be impressed with the commitment of all of our House supporters," said Ruth C. Browne, president & CEO of Ronald McDonald House® New York. "Their influence never ceases to amaze me and with this support we are able to raise awareness for all the programs the House has to offer. The Gala is a celebration of these efforts and it's a wonderful night to be a part of."
The 25th annual gala featured musical selections from the choir of Broadway Inspirational Voices and musical memorials for the brave children who have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House® New York, but have lost their battle with cancer.
The funds raised will help the House continue being the largest oncology-focused facility of its kind, part of a network of more than 300 Ronald McDonald sites worldwide. Specifically in New York, it will help by keeping families close by providing temporary housing for children battling cancer and their families while receiving treatment at one of 16 nearby partnering hospitals throughout the city.
To view images and other highlights from the event, please visit www.facebook.com/rmhnewyork. High-resolution images for print and Web publication are also available. To learn more about the House or to make a donation, please visit www.rmh-newyork.org.
About the Ronald McDonald House New York
Ronald McDonald House® New York is keeping families close by providing temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Ronald McDonald House New York is the largest facility of its type in the world. The House can accommodate 84 families, and it is filled to capacity almost every night. The House's location in Manhattan, in close proximity to 16 major cancer treatment centers, draws children and families from across the country and the world, as well as from the metropolitan New York City area. Since its founding, more than 35,000 families have stayed at Ronald McDonald House New York. For more information, visit www.rmh-newyork.org.
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SOURCE Ronald McDonald House New York