Ronald McDonald House British Columbia (RMH BC) is holding its 12th Annual Premier fundraising eventA Night To Dream Gala on Thursday, October 9th at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and will honour Vancouver Philanthropist and longtime RMH BC Board Member, Gary Segal.

This glamorous sold out event will have guests enjoying a spectacular three-course meal, live and silent auctions, a raffle featuring a DIOR VIII Timepiece valued at over $12,000, a wine wall and entertainment. Proceeds from the event directly support the families who stay from around BC in the new RMH on BC Children’s Hospital property that opened its doors this June 2014.


METRO LIVING ZINE NEWS IMAGE CREDIT: Ronald McDonald House BC (http://www.rmhbc.ca) / Photographed by Han Lee

RMH BC closed the beautiful 13-room character home in Shaughnessy in May that had served over 12,000 families since October 4th, 1983 and opened one of the top ten biggest and most unique Ronald McDonald Houses in the world.  This magnificent new state of the art 73 room home can serve 60 more families on any given day, or 2500 families per year

The house is equipped with eight family lounges, four kitchens, a fitness centre, teen lounge, LEGO lounge, an arts and crafts room, outdoor gathering spaces and so much more.   Also each room has an in-suite washroom and a special filtration and air system ensuring maximum guest comfort.  This new RMH BC is truly a home away from home for families who are coping with a child’s fragile health situation.

As a non-profit charity, the annual operating costs are covered strictly by generous donors, companies and fundraising events. With the new RMH BC more than doubling in size, the operating cost of the house will also increase. Therefore, “the continued support of the community is vital for us to continue our mission of serving more BC families,” says Sheila Kern, Director of Communications and Development at the organization.

The operating cost for a family to stay for one night is $75. Their contribution is $12 per night, however, no family is ever turned away due to inability to contribute.


METRO LIVING ZINE NEWS IMAGE CREDIT: Ronald McDonald House BC (http://www.rmhbc.ca) / photographed by Claire Chao

There is an endless list of amazing things that RMH BC provides to the families, staff, and volunteers who are involved with this organization.  Some key benefits for the families are that it reduces financial burdens and stress, helps families resume a sense of normalcy, provides safe, affordable accommodation with access to health care, and ultimately keeps families together.  “There are a lot of charities that deal with children. There are a lot of charities that deal with illnesses. But there are not many that deal with the whole family,” says Richard Pass, CEO of Ronald McDonald House BC. “That’s what RMH is: we help families heal and stay together.”

For more information on other upcoming RMH BC events, on donations, volunteering, or other ways to become involved with RMH BC please visit their website: www.rmhbc.ca