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Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego Raises $225,000 on Red Shoe Day

Plus USO San Diego, Sycuan, and Promises2Kids help local families



Ronald McDonald House’s Red Shoe Day

On Red Shoe Day (June 21), hundreds of volunteers at nearly 200 intersections across the county collected money for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House. Approximately $225,000 in total donations came from morning commuters as well as through online fundraising, matching gifts, corporate sponsorships, and contributions made at local McDonald’s restaurants. Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home away from home” for families with a child being treated in a San Diego-area hospital. 

Linda Love, Lynda Foster, Elle McDougall, Hélène Gould, Kristi Pieper, Kathryn Vaughn, Cookie Sudberry, Judith Mansfield, Sharon Smith.

USO San Diego, Donovan’s La Jolla, and event chair Hélène Gould, hosted a Gowns 4 Gals luncheon to support the daughters and spouses of our local active duty members. About 25 guests brought more than 50 of their finest gowns and cocktail dresses, as well as purses and new shoes. The next Gowns 4 Gals luncheon is September 13th. 

In other USO news, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation has donated $200,000; the Zable Foundation, $250,000; and an anonymous donor, $150,000 to help start USO San Diego’s new mobile programming initiative.

“Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Brad Norris and the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Warren Magill of the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation Zable Foundation, and an anonymous donor,” said Lorin Stewart, CEO of USO San Diego, “our organization is now able to embark on an aggressive new strategy to reach even more of San Diego’s military community by introducing a fully-integrated mobile program throughout the region.”

Chairman Cody Martinez of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation has donated $20,000 to the Community Recovery Team, Inc. The funds will help the victims of the 505-acre West Fire in Alpine. “As devastating as a disaster is, it really shines a bright light on amazing people that want to work to make their community better,” said Robin Clegg, Community Recovery Team, Inc. “When the CRT receives donated dollars, our focus is to assist those persons impacted by disaster that are uninsured, severely underinsured and often times elderly or part of a vulnerable population. It is critical to have community members assist in their town’s recovery and we really appreciate the generous giving.” 

Nicole Miller store owner Stefanie Lyon—a frequent Promises2Kids volunteer and her daughter hosted a fashion show, luncheon, and mini boutique trunk show at Rancho Valencia. They raised more than $12,000 for the organization that “creates a brighter future for foster children in San Diego County.”

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