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RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HAWAII WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT — ED NISHIOKA

HONOLULU, February 23, 2024 — Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii welcomes its new president, Ed Nishioka.

RMHC-Hawaii new president, EdNishioka
Ed Nishioka. New president of
Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Nishioka is taking over for Jerri Chong who retired after 23 years of leading the organization. He previously served as Director of Development for the Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council and managed Marcus Mariota's Motiv8 Foundation for eight years.

The RMHC Board of Directors firmly believes that Nishioka's vision and guidance will build on its successful mission and elevate the organization to the next level. “We are very excited to have Ed as our new president,” said RMHC Board Chair Dr. Lois Chiu. “He brings a wealth of non–profit experience with a strong history of raising funding for various charitable causes in Hawaii. Ed's leadership and business acumen will help lead RMHC into a promising new era.”

As President, he will establish RMHC's strategic vision and organizational culture by collaborating with the board of directors, senior leadership team and stakeholders. Additionally, Nishioka will oversee all aspects of RMHC Hawaii, which includes increasing its fundraising, internal and external team building, finance, communications, marketing and development of programs and managing a staff of more than 20 members. He will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to spearhead key fundraising efforts such as the annual gala dinner, Hawaii Golf Classic, the 5k Red Shoe event and McFun–Raising booklets.

Nishioka currently serves on several Board of Directors, including Straub Medical Center, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, American Fundraising Professionals Aloha Chapter, Southern Oregon University, and Kidz for a Cause. “This opportunity truly feels like a dream come true. I am passionate about RMHC's incredible mission of providing a loving home–away–from–home for keiki with serious illnesses,” said Nishioka. “I am grateful for everyone's support and excited to work towards making a positive impact in the lives of families.”

With more than a decade of experience in senior management positions, Nishioka has dedicated himself to serving the community through various organizations, including Hawaii Pacific Health, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. As the Director of Development at the Boys Scouts of America, he led initiatives in new business development, fundraising, events, partnerships, and marketing. Previously, he served as Mayor Frank Fasi's press secretary and as Deputy Director under Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

Nishioka has been recognized by the Hawaii Jaycees as Young Person of the Year, Pacific Business News' 40–under–40 and Pacific Century Fellows. He holds a master's degree from California State University at Chico and a bachelor's degree from Southern Oregon University.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for 37 years. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other. Visit www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org. Visit www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org




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September 18, 2023
Pacific Business News
Kelsey Medeiros   By Kelsey Kukaua Medeiros — Associate Editor, Pacific Business News

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii president to retire after 23 years

RMHC-Hawaii president, Jerri Chong
Jerri Chong, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, seen here in April.
Eugene Tanner | PBN

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii's President Jerri Chong will be retiring after 23 years at the helm of the nonprofit, the organization recently announced. Her last day in the role will be Dec. 31. Chong has joined the Executive Search Committee and will work closely with the RMHC Hawaii Board of Directors to find a successor for the organization.

“The past two decades at RMHC have been an incredible journey for me and a cherished part of my life. But this is an opportunity to make time with family and friends my main priority,” she told Pacific Business News in an email. “Being at the Ronald McDonald House has taught me that time is very precious, and Covid and the devastating Lahaina fires made me understand that tomorrow is so much sooner than we all think. It's time — the right time — to move on to my next chapter.”

Chong added, “The organization is poised for continued growth and success, with robust outreach and family support programs, loyal donors and community partners, and an experienced and engaged board of directors and staff, all with an unshakeable focus on mission delivery.”

Under her leadership, Chong has spearheaded the organization's growth, increasing donor funding and community partnerships, opening a second house on Oahu in 2006, and overseeing a major renovation through the Covid–19 pandemic of the family recreation center at Judd Hillside.

RMHC-Hawaii president, Jerri Chong
President of Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Jerri Chong shows off the playroom area of the house.
Eugene Tanner | PBN

Most recently, RMHC Hawaii launched its first mobile Hospitality Cart for keiki and families at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. A second cart will service Kapiolani Hospital come October.

According to the announcement, nearly 15,000 families have spent 140,000 nights at RMHC Hawaii, and more than 150,000 people have been helped by its family programs and services. The organization has not denied any family a stay to date.


“I've spent 23 wonderful years at the Ronald McDonald House, taking care of other people's families during their greatest time of need. I was honored to be able to do that,” Chong told PBN. “Now, it's time to take care of my own family — my mom in her golden years, and a brand–new grandbaby during his first, most formative year. It's a precious gift I can't believe I'm being given.”

Chong reflected on what she has learned as a leader in this role, what legacy she hopes to leave behind and more.

What prompted this decision for you?

Retirement has always been a moving target for me. I've always been excited about new challenges and opportunities — and there have been many — at RMHC. I've never been regretful about my choices, and never wavered in my belief that I'm in the right place, at the right time, doing exactly what I was meant to do. Then earlier this year, my family went through a lot of health changes, and I knew it was time to step back and reassess where I am right now.

RMHC-Hawaii president, Jerri Chong
Jerri Chong, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, sits on the stairs of the newly renovated family recreation center in the Judd Hillside house.
Eugene Tanner | PBN

What have you learned as a leader over the years?

My first boss, at my first job right out of college, told me: “Success is not defined by how people feel about you or the great things you've done. It's measured by how you make others feel about themselves and the great things they're capable of doing.” This was true 40 years ago and remains the hallmark of my leadership experience today. I've also learned that you can't change anyone to be a better employee or better person. You can only inspire people to choose to change on their own. Because leadership is not about you. It's about those you lead. It's about bringing out the best in others.

What is your most treasured memory from your time with RMHC Hawaii? What are you going to miss the most?

It's never been about the big events or benchmark celebrations — not even opening a new house or launching a new program. It's the small, precious moments that just break me or send me soaring every time. Like Ikaika, a 15–year–old teen from Maui, undergoing treatment for late–stage cancer but so excited about the possibility of going to prom. And his greatest, biggest wish was just to have his hair and eyebrows grow back in time. I would have given an arm for him to have his wish.

I'm going to miss the experience and joy of just being at the Ronald McDonald House. The families, the children, the people and atmosphere move and inspire me every day. Seeing the families at the House just being at their very best, while going through their very worst. That kind of strength and resiliency, the power of the human spirit, leaves me humbled and in awe. I go home every night feeling blessed and grateful for all of life's gifts.

What is the legacy you hope to leave behind?

I hope the legacy I leave behind is a footprint, a clean and clear impression that others can step into, reshape and mold into what fits them best, then continue moving forward, leaving new imprints and impressions. Change is good. Growth is good. The goal is to always strive to do better, be better, bring about positive change. It's a legacy that can take on new life with each succeeding generation.

— Pacific Business News



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September 12, 2023
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Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Launches its First Hospitality Cart

In Partnership with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) Ronald House Hawaii launched its first hospitality cart in Hawaii at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center today. A blessing of the Hospitality Cart, designed locally in conjunction with RMHC Hawaii, was held at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua's NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) this morning.

Built with Aloha,' the hospitality carts are an extension of RMHC Hawaii's programs and services and will be hosted in hospital NICU waiting rooms. The carts, stocked with waters, individually wrapped snacks, K–Cup Pods for coffee and hot chocolate, and activity items for adults and children, will be run by RMHC Hawaii volunteers, starting in Kaiser Permanente's Moanalua Medical Center NICU on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“The carts are intended to help NICU and pediatrics visitors feel more comfortable and able to focus on the health and recovery of their keiki,” said Dr. Lois Chiu, Chief of Neonatology, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, and Chair of RMHC Hawaii's Board of Directors.

The Charity plans to roll out carts in other hospitals by year–end.

RMHC currently offers this service at other hospitals in the U.S. and other countries. But this is the first time RMHC Hawaii will host hospitality carts in Hawaii hospitals.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for more than three decades. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not–for–profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high–quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.7 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry–leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state–of–the–art care delivery, and world–class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.

For more information about the tournament, prize donations, and/or volunteer opportunities, contact Candace Asam–Lopez, at 808–892–1905 or info@rmhchawaii.org. Information is also available at www.ronaldhousehawaii.org. About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for 36 years. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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August 21, 2023
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August 20, 2023

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

H4H Basketball Fundraiser

Hoops 4 Hawai'i, a 24–hour basketball marathon, recently held a fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawai'i and Pālama Settlement, garnering $17,000 and $5,000 for the nonprofits, respectively. Pictured (from left) are Roger Dequina, executive director and owner of i9 Sports Honolulu, and H4H co–founder; Jordan Kauwe, campus minister of O'ahu Church of Christ and H4H co–founder; Candace Asam–Lopez, RMHC director of development; Jerri Chong, RMHC president; and Jay Grasso, H4H co–founder.

Photo Courtesy Kris Reidorf
MidWeek — Hot Shots
7/26/23


For more information about the tournament, prize donations, and/or volunteer opportunities, contact Candace Asam–Lopez, at 808–892–1905 or info@rmhchawaii.org. Information is also available at www.ronaldhousehawaii.org. About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for 36 years. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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June 12, 2023
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July 20, 2023

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

32nd Annual Golf Classic — July 20th
Looking for Volunteers and Prizes

Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org will hold its 32nd Golf Classic on July 20th. For the first time in three years, the charity will host its popular banquet and awards ceremony in person, at the Hawaii Prince Golf Course. Proceeds go to RMHC Hawaii to help provide a home–away–from–home for families with children getting medical treatment on Oahu.

Team sponsorships are almost sold out according to RMHC Hawaii Director of Development, Candace Asam–Lopez. “The community and long–time supporters registered early this year.”

RMHC Hawaii's Golf Classic is one of its largest fundraisers—helping provide lodging at its two Manoa homes and essential services for families mostly from Neighbor Islands and the Pacific. The tournament is known for its networking opportunities and ample food and contests on and off the course.


“No one goes home from this tournament empty handed,” said Fund Development Manager, Lisa Levine. “We offer gift bags at the end of the day and some of the best prizes, including hotel stays and air transportation, rounds of golf, and gift cards for restaurants, gas, and retail venues and sites online.”

RMHC Hawaii cancelled its golf fundraiser in 2020 due to social distancing guidelines and out of safety and health concerns during the pandemic. The Charity has since provided lunch, food along the course, and meals–to–go at the end of the day.

Sponsor recognition and announcements will be made on RMHC Hawaii social media RonaldHouseHi on Instagram and RonaldHouseHawaii on Facebook) and on our website www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org.

Check–in begins at 9:45 a.m. Shotgun start is at 11: 45 a.m. Sponsor levels are Platinum $2,995), Gold $2,195), and Silver $1,795).

For more information about the tournament, prize donations, and/or volunteer opportunities, contact Candace Asam–Lopez, at 808–892–1905 or info@rmhchawaii.org. Information is also available at www.ronaldhousehawaii.org. About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for 36 years. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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March 30, 2023
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April 28, 2023

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Bid On Great Mother's Day Gifts At Our Online Auction Open April 28 to May 7

Honolulu, HI — Now's the time to shop, bid, or get lucky at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawai'i's Mother's Day Floral and Gift Auction! The online auction enables anyone to bid from any place from now through May 7 at 6 p.m. HST. You can register for and view the auction at rmhc.cbo.io.

More than 100 items, including jewelry, travel, and wrapped bouquets of orchids are available — perfect for mothers and special aunties. There is even a chance to enter the drawing to win the grand prize: an Akoya Pearl necklace valued at $1,500.

Items can be picked up at a drive–through at Ronald McDonald's Oahu House (2868 Oahu Avenue) May 12 and May 13, just in time for Mother's Day on May 14. You can register for and view the auction at rmhc.cbo.io, and all funds raised help provide a home–away–from–home and essential services for families staying at Ronald McDonald House while their keiki get life–saving medical care at a nearby hospital on O'ahu.



About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for 36 years. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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March 20, 2023
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March 20 — April 24

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Virtual RED SHOE 5K

Honolulu, HI—Spring is here and it's time to spring into action for a good cause. Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) is kicking off its 3rd virtual RED SHOE 5K starting today 2023 Red Shoe 5K.

Participants can walk, run, hike, bike, swim, or do whatever activity they choose, anywhere, anytime during this family friendly event—March 20th through April 24th. Proceeds help families with seriously ill or injured children who stay at a Ronald McDonald House in Hawaii while getting medical care on Oahu.

“This event has become a popular way for individuals and organizations to form teams, develop camaraderie, and encourage wellness while raising money online for a good cause,” said Candace Asam–Lopez Director of Development. “Because The Red Shoe 5K is virtual, anyone from any location can participate.”

Registrants for the virtual, month–long event will be mailed a pair of RMHC signature red and white striped socks, finish line tape, race bib, McDonald's coupon, and a mystery RMHC Hawaii–branded gift. Tee–shirts, caps, and medals will be awarded based on the amount of money each participant raises.

Participants can register at 2023 RED SHOE 5K by creating or joining a team, or as an individual. The “Favorite Photo” contest will be held again with winners to be chosen from these categories: Most Spirited, Cutest Critter, and Grand Finale Finish Line Photo as well as from a drawing for Top Fun–raisers in multiple tiers.

Contestants choose their activity, snap a photo of themselves or their team in action, and send it to us on email, social media, or in person, indicating which contest category it is in. Photos appear on social media and our website.

For more information about our 2023 RED SHOE 5K , please contact Breanne Jones, Special Events Manager, at 808–892–1907 or RockYourSocks5K@rmhchawaiil.org or visit our website at www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org.



About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for 36 years. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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March 14, 2023

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

DAVID LIM JOINS RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HAWAII BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Honolulu, HI — David Lim has joined Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) Board of Directors. As a Director, he will help lead the Charity in meeting its mission of providing a home–away–from–home and essential services for families with children who are getting life–saving medical care on Oahu.

“His business acumen and experience as a CPA and business owner on the Big Island, where nearly half of our House guests come from, will add a unique perspective and expertise to our Board of Directors,” said RMHC Hawaii President Jerri Chong. “We are excited to work with him to further our mission—especially since so many of our families come from the Big Island.”

Born and raised in Honolulu, where he attended Iolani School, David now directs the operations of the ten McDonald's on the Big Island (Hawaii Five Stars, Inc./Ohana Five stars, Inc.). He was instrumental in acquiring five West Hawaii McDonald's restaurants in 2019 and launching the Island's newest restaurant in Pahoa in 2020. He remodeled five locations in four years, carefully navigating the business through the pandemic.

David previously worked for Ernst and Young for clients across a range of industries, including hospitality and healthcare. While doing so, he earned his CPA license and engaged in various assurance services, including compliance and financial statement reviews and audits.

He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in business administration and accounting from University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USC). He also holds a Master of Arts degree in accounting from USC, which he achieved during his fourth year of college.

David joins other community leaders, physicians, and business professionals who serve as RMHC Hawaii Board Members. See full list on our website RMHC–HI Board Of Directors (ronaldhousehawaii.org).

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for 36 years. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.


VINCENT LIM JOINS RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HAWAII BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Honolulu, HI — Vincent Lim has joined Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) Board of Directors. As a Director, he will assist with fundraising and other essential functions that help the Charity meet its mission of providing a home–away–from–home for families with children who are getting life–saving medical care on Oahu.

“Vincent has a breadth of business experience and a passion for community service that will be a wonderful addition to our Board,” said RMHC Hawaii President Jerri Chong. “We look forward to working with him on our team dedicated to bettering the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific who need specialized medical care on Oahu.”

A second–generation McDonald's Franchise Owner/Operator, Vincent operates five restaurants on Oahu and serves on the McDonald's of Hawaii Drive Thru, Delivery, and Digital Teams. He was General Manager of the McDonald's of Waimanalo, and an Operations Supervisor before becoming an approved Owner/Operator in December 2020.

He has been active in community service as well, helping host and support High School Robotics Programs, “Coffee With A Cop” Day, McTeacher Night fundraisers for Hawaii schools, and many other events to help local causes. Throughout the pandemic, he helped sponsor programs, including providing “Thank You” meals to first responders and educators to strengthen their connection with essential workers in the community.

When Vincent is not operating McDonald's restaurants, he enjoys pursuing his passion for photography by capturing stunning landscapes of Hawaii. His acclaimed work can be found at @vincelimphoto.

Vincent holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He started his career with McDonald's while attending Iolani School on Oahu.

He joins other community leaders, physicians, and business professionals who serve as RMHC Hawaii Board Members. See full list on our website RMHC–HI Board Of Directors (ronaldhousehawaii.org).

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. RMHC Hawaii has been providing programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region for 36 years. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 15,000 families have spent nearly 140,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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September 30, 2022

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

HOPE BENEFIT GALA AND AUCTION TO FEATURE WORLD RENOWNED ENTERTAINER

Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii ronaldhousehawaii.org is holding its signature fundraiser, Share a Night Benefit Gala and Auction, in–person this year at Alohilani Resort in Waikiki on November 19. This year's signature benefit is themed “Hope” and includes dinner, auction (online and live at the event), and new sponsor benefits. Funds raised from sponsored dinner tables, individual seats, and auctions help provide a home–away–from–home and essential services for families staying at Ronald McDonald House while their keiki get life–saving medical care at a nearby hospital on Oahu.

Lani Misalucha portrait

This year's featured entertainer at the Hope Benefit Gala – Lani Misalucha – is a multi–awarded recording artist, television host, and world–class performer, originally from the Philippines and now residing in Las Vegas. She achieved success internationally as a professional singer and is recognized as "Asia's Nightingale.” Lani was the first Asian to headline in a main showroom on the Las Vegas strip and she skyrocketed to the status of the "New Siren of the Strip.” Lani Misalucha continues to star in concerts nationally and internationally and says she is thrilled to return to Hawaii to perform at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii's Gala.

“We are so excited to have our Hope Share A Night Benefit Gala and Auction in–person and at the Alohilani Resort in Waikiki with internationally celebrated talent,” said Candace Asam–Lopez, Director of Development.

The Charity is hosting its Hope Silent Auction online at rmhc.cbo.io The online auction enables anyone to bid from anywhere, from November 17 to 27, on an assortment of items, including collectibles, dining experiences, resort accommodations, fashion and accessories, wine, and more.

For more information on the event and auctions and how to sponsor and donate, go to ronaldhousehawaii.org

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii ronaldhousehawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House in Hawaii, RMHC Hawaii provides programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. More than 14,000 families have spent more than 136,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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October 2022

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

HAWAII BUSINESS & COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES' BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org , which provides a home–away–from–home and essential services for families with sick children getting medical treatment on Oahu, recently strengthened its board with the addition of three new board members from Hawaii's business and professional communities.

Joining the board are: Natalie Fogle, Sr. VP & Director at Bank of Hawaii; Dr. Dylan Bothamley, Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group, Straub Medical Center; and Kukui Claydon, JD, Starn — O'Toole — Marcus & Fisher, a Law Corporation. All bring additional strengths and experience to RMHC Hawaii's Board of Directors.

“We are so grateful to have such diverse skills and talents across industries on our Board,” said President Jerri Chong. “We rely on the charitable nature of Hawaii businesses and community to help provide programs and services for families staying at our two houses and caring for critically ill children.”

The new board members join other community leaders and business professionals who serve as RMHC Hawaii board members: Duane Seabolt, JD, Founding Member of Todd & Seabolt, LLC.—Chair; Dr. Lois Chiu, Chief of Neonatology, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group—1st Vice Chair; Dr. Barry Mizuo, Pediatric Hospitalist, Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children—2nd Vice Chair; Wesley B. Hiyane, Principal, N&K CPAs, Inc.—Treasurer; and Lisa Kikuta, Director, Government & Public Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.—Secretary. Also serving on the RMHC Hawaii Board of Directors are: Angela Ballard, Franchise Owner/Operator, McDonald's Corporation; Stacey Miyamoto, Senior Principal, Project Manager, SSFM International; Justin Nowak, Senior Operations Manager – Safety, Hawaiian Airlines; Dyanna Okazaki, Director of Operations — Hawaii/Guam/Saipan, McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii; Tommy Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, T&T Tinting Specialists, Inc.; Markus Staib, President and Chief Operating Officer, MVNP; and Melissa Yara, District Manager, Hawaii/Alaska, Old Navy.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House in Hawaii, RMHC Hawaii provides programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. More than 14,000 families have spent more than 136,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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Charity Golf Tournament Supports Families With Critically Ill Or Injured Children

RMHC–Hawaii 31st Golf Classic

Honolulu, HI—Relying solely on charitable support of Hawaii's corporations and island community, Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) is holding its 31st Golf Classic at the Hawaii Prince Golf Course on August 4th. This year's Golf Classic will accommodate 62 teams of three on the course and is close to selling out. Proceeds go to RMHC Hawaii to help provide a home–away–from–home for families with children in need of medical treatment on Oahu.

The tournament is known for its sponsored food booths and games on the course, as well as prizes—all donated by Hawaii businesses and individuals. Due to their popularity, meals–to–go from local chefs will be offered to golfers at the end of the day after they pick up prizes at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club.

“Everyone has fun at this event,” said Candace Asam–Lopez. “The food, prizes, and camaraderie make this fundraiser a great way to play for a good cause—supporting Ronald McDonald House and its families with ill children who stay with us at our two Houses on Oahu.”

RMHC Hawaii will post photographs and announce winners' names and scores on its website and social media following the event.

For more information about the RMHC Hawaii Golf Classic, contact Candace Asam–Lopez at 808–892–1905 or register at www.ronaldhousehawaii.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House in Hawaii, RMHC Hawaii provides programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. More than 14,000 families have spent more than 136,000 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within—keeping families close to the medical care they need and to each other.




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Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Kicks Off 2nd Red Shoe 5K

In Celebration of its 35th Anniversary

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Honolulu, HI—For the second year in a row, Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii has chosen to do one of its major fundraisers online. The 2nd annual RMHC Hawaii Red Shoe 5K kicks off this week with an early bird registration that is open through February 18.

Anyone from anywhere can participate in the RMHC Hawaii virtual 2022 RED SHOE 5K being held from March 4 – 27, culminating on the 35th anniversary of the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House in Hawaii. Unlike other 5K’s, during this family friendly event, participants can walk, run, roll, hike, bike or swim, anywhere—any time.

Registrants for the virtual, 24–day-event receive a pair of RMHC signature red and white striped socks and are asked to get active and submit photos of their 5K activity to RockYourSocks5K@rmhchawaii.org. Participants from across the globe can show their spirit in photos to enter contests, including: Cutest Critter, Grand Finale Finish Line, and Best Team or Individual Spirit. A drawing for Top Fun-raisers will be held as well.

More than 600 people, including Neighbor Island and U.S. Mainland teams and individuals, participated in the RMHC Hawaii Red Shoe 5K in 2021. All proceeds help the nonprofit support its mission of providing a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill or injured children who stay at Ronald McDonald House Hawaii while getting medical care on Oahu.

“We wanted to have an in-person event or awards ceremony, but given the uncertainties and safety concerns with the COVID virus, we launched the Red Shoe5K online for the second year in a row,” said Candace Asam-Lopez, RMHC Director of Development. “We look forward to the fun event in celebration of our 35th anniversary.”

For more information about RMHC Hawaii’s 2022 RED SHOE 5K , please contact Jennifer Odence, Special Events Manager, at 808-892-1906 or visit our website at www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. For 35 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 14,000 families have spent more than 136,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and more than 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


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KHON TV Interview With Jerri Chong — 2021 Share A Night Benefit and Auction!


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Hawaii News Now TV Interview With Jerri Chong — 2021 Share A Night Benefit Heroes Of The Heart Auction!


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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HAWAII
INVITES PUBLIC TO ONLINE AUCTION AND BENEFIT

Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii is holding its signature fundraiser online for the second year in a row, taking precautionary measures and following COVID–19 guidelines. This year’s Share A Night Benefit is themed Heroes of the Heart and features an online auction, to-go dinner packages from Hawaii’s fine dining restaurants, as well as new sponsor benefits. The online auction opens to bidders on November 15 at www.rmhc.cbo.io and closes on November 21 at 9 p.m. It can be previewed starting Monday, November 8.

Proceeds from the auction will help the Charity provide a home–away–from–home and essential services to families with ill children getting medical treatment on Oahu. Heroes of the Heart Auction participants can bid on an assortment of items, including golf packages, dining and resort accommodations, jewelry, wine and spirts.

“We also have some very unique items this year including an autographed guitar signed by the Rolling Stones, and a Las Vegas Getaway,” said Candace Asam-Lopez, Director of Development. “There’s something for everyone, so start your holiday shopping early while helping a good cause.”

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About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. For nearly 35 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live.

Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and almost 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from RMHC family programs and services.

The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


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Salt Lake Elementary Donates $28K

Donation from Salt Lake Elementry school

In a joint McFun–Raising promotion, Salt Lake Elementary School garnered $28,293 for Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawai'i and $18,862 for the school. The effort led to nearly 10,000 McFun booklets sold, including McDonald's coupons. On hand for the check presentation were (from left) Aaron Meyer, Salt Lake Elementary School staff member; Lori Sumajit, Salt Lake Elementary School curriculum coordinator; Mikaela Rae Atoigue, Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawai'i development coordinator; Heather Murashige, Salt Lake Elementary School staff member; and Duwayne Abe, Salt Lake Elementary School principal.

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President of RMHC Hawaii Jerri Chong's interview with Jessica Lani Rich, TV Producer and Host of “Inspire You and Me,” aired on July11, 2021 and was rebroadcast throughout July. The inspiring show about people who make a difference in the community and world airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on KWHE TV–14 (Channel 11 on Spectrum and Channel 14 on Hawaiian Tel).

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HOLDS ITS 30th ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC ON THE COURSE

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Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org will hold its 30th RMHC Hawaii Golf Tournament on August 4 at the Hawaii Prince Golf Course. Proceeds go to RMHC Hawaii to help provide a home away from home for families with children in need of medical treatment on Oahu.

“The tournament is known for its ono food and camaraderie of the players, many who are long-time supporters of RMHC Hawaii and its mission,” said Candace Asam–Lopez, RMHC Hawaii Director of Development. “We welcome new players and teams, and still have sponsorships available.”

“The new event is in response to RMHC Hawaii needing to pivot to virtual fundraisers because of COVID–19 social distancing measures, ”said Candace Asam–Lopez, Director of Development, RMHC Hawaii. ”Last year, we had to reinvent our two major fundraisers online, so we are holding the Red Shoe 5K as one of a number of online events planned for 2021. The goal of the Red Shoe 5K is to raise $20,210,which will be matched by a generous donor.” ...



The Charity has cancelled its post–tournament awards banquet, typically held at the course, for everyone's safety and due to social distancing guidelines. In its place, players will receive lunch, food along the course, and a meal–to–go along with a gift after they finish golfing. Winners will be announced on social media and on the www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org website following the tournament.

Check–in begins at 9:45a.m.Shotgun start is at 11: 45 a.m. Sponsor levels are Platinum ($2,700), Gold ($1,900), and Silver ($1,500). Format is three–person modified scramble.

For more information, contact Candace Asam–Lopez, at 808–892–1905or register at www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org. About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. For 34 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. More than 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, receiving assistance from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES KICKS OFF RED SHOE 5K VIRTUALLY

Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org is kicking off its first ever RED SHOE 5K 2021 RED SHOE 5K.

Participants can walk, run, roll, hike, bike or swim, anywhere–anytime during the family friendly event—March 7, ending on March 27, which culminates on the nonprofit's 34th anniversary. Proceeds go to help families with seriously ill or injured children who stay at Ronald House Hawaii while getting medical care on Oahu.

“The new event is in response to RMHC Hawaii needing to pivot to virtual fundraisers because of COVID–19 social distancing measures, ”said Candace Asam–Lopez, Director of Development, RMHC Hawaii. ”Last year, we had to reinvent our two major fundraisers online, so we are holding the Red Shoe 5K as one of a number of online events planned for 2021. The goal of the Red Shoe 5K is to raise $20,210,which will be matched by a generous donor.” ...



Registrants for the virtual, 21–day–event receive a pair of RMHC signature red and white striped socks. Participants can register by creating a team, joining a team, or as an individual on the RMHC Hawaii website. Contests include Most Spirited, Cutest Critter, and Grand Finale Finish Line Photo as well as a drawing for Top Fun–raiser.

For more information about our 2021 RED SHOE 5K, please contact Tina Scotty, Special Events Manager, at 808–892–1906 or RockYourSocks5K@rmhchawaiil.org or visit our website at www.RonaldHouseHawaii.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. For 33 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and almost 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HAWAII UNVEILS NEW FAMILYRECREATION CENTER

— BUILT DESPITE PANDEMIC —



Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) has opened its new Family Recreation Center that was completed just in time to accept new families at its Judd Hillside House in January.

In its first capital renovation and expansion since 2006, RMHC Hawaii began construction early last year, combining its existing playroom and outdoor lanai spaces at the House. But,the charity lost funding to complete the project because of COVID–19 impacts, including stay at home orders, fundraising event cancellations, and economic effects on community and businesses. ...



Fortunately, Hawaii's community at large and those familiar with RMHC Hawaii’s mission of providing a home–away–from–home for families with ill children needing medical care on Oahu donated time, money, and in–kind services. Designer Cathy Lee put her own business on hold and inspired others to share her creative vision as she and her team designed the Center.

“The new Center combines cutting edge design with thoughtful and innovative family–centered spaces that foster an extraordinary sense of community between families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, ” said President of RMHC Hawaii Jerri Chong. “Most importantly, the Center fosters feelings of hope and healing. ”

The Family Recreation Center is a unique and magical space in which families not only stay close, but can leave their worries behind while they get absorbed in play or activities. It includes children’s play areas, family gathering spaces, an indoor tree house, gaming wall, and distance learning center—meeting diverse needs of immediate family members, like mom, dad, siblings, and grandparents.

“The Family Recreation Centeris so important to our mission of keeping families close, ” said Chong. “When children get sick, it's even more important that families are kept together. This is when they need each other most. ”

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. For 33 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and almost 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HAWAII'S GALA GOES ONLINEWITH AUCTION BEGINNING NOV. 16

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Honolulu, HI–Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii'spopular “Share A Night” Gala is going virtual this year, on November 22–open to the public on computers or cell phones at 6:30 p.m. at RonaldHouseHawaii.org A variety of to–go dinner packages from fine dining partner restaurants—Roy's, MW, Bamboo Catering, Goen, and 3660 on the Rise–are included with different level sponsorships. Viewers can watch an exclusive online program with entertainment that evening while dining at home and bidding at the silent auction site www.rmhc.cbo.io. The silent auction goes live on Monday, November 16–a week prior to the virtual gala. ...



The gala is RMHC Hawaii's largest fundraiser each year. “Like many other organizations, RMHC Hawaii has had to reimagine the way it raises funds and holds events in order to comply with new social distancing guidelines and to ensure the safety of families, volunteers, and staff,” said Candace Asam–Lopez, Director of Development, Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii. “Going virtual, however, means people from any island can participate in the auction this year!”

This year's theme is Giving Togetherness, which supports the charity's mission. “We provide lodging, meals, and services that helpfamilies stay together when they have a critically ill child needing medical care on Oahu,” said Jerri Chong, President of RMHC Hawaii. “We rely on community support to be able to provide a home–away–from–home for these families.”

Auction items in this year's RMHC Hawaii's Share a Night Galainclude travel, wine, health & fitness, jewelry, clothing and artwork. All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii.

“Purchases at the online silent auction translate to strength, courage, hope, and togetherness for our families,” Asam–Lopez said.

This year's sponsors and partners include Foodland, Hawaii Pacific Health,Hawaiian Electric, InPac Wealth Solutions, Kaiser Permanente, McDonald's Hawaii, The Shidler Group, The Stamps Foundation, T&T Tinting, and Dr.Lois Chiu as well as many others.

For more information about sponsorships and to–go meals, go to RonaldHouseHawaii.org

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c((3( non–profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. For 33 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and almost 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HAWAII HOLDS FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL GOLF FUNDRAISER AT BAYVIEW GOLF COURSE

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Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) will hold its first-ever virtual golf tournament fundraiser throughout July at the Bayview Golf Course driving range using its new TOPTRACER technology. A one hundred percent deductible donation of $100 per person enters players in the tournament to golf on any day, any time (between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) during the month of July. Registration is online at Ronaldhousehawaii.org.

The golf tournament replaces RMHC Hawaii's 29th Annual Golf Classic, in which nearly 200 golfers participate each year. In response to the COVID–19 pandemic, RMHC Hawaii had temporarily suspended programs and cancelled fundraising events in order to keep its participants, families, volunteers, and staff safe. ...



“This first-ever virtual golf tournament will comply with social distancing etiquette and help with fundraising—so crucial to our House and mission of providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families,” said Jerri Chong, President of RMHC Hawaii. “Each golf registration helps support our RMHC Hawaii families.”

Players will compete for prizes and with each other while swinging for charity. Golfers are encouraged to join RMHC Hawaii 's golf group on its Facebook page, where they can follow the tournament and get golf tips and more. The first 25 people to register receive an RMHC gift packet.

“We are happy to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii,” said Eric Onodera, general manager, Bayview Golf Course. “Bayview Golf Course is the first to bring the new TOPTRACER technology to Hawaii, engaging keiki and families, as well seasoned golfers, in an exciting game at the golf range which takes less time than on the course.”

The golf tournament is the first of two virtual RMHC Hawaii fundraising golf events to be held in 2020; the second one will be on golf courses of choice (72 par), where players will compete with one another, photographing scorecards and being paired with a surprise player and scratch card to complete their team.

Who: Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, a home–away–from–home and respite for families in need of urgent medical care for a child, and Bayview Golf Course.

What: The first-ever Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii virtual golf tournament

When: Any day, any time from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., during the month of July 2020

Where: Bayview Golf Course driving range in Kaneohe (45–285 Kaneohe Bay Drive)

Register for the Golf Tournament: online at www.ronaldhousehawaii.org

For more information: email golf@rmhchawaii.org or call Tina Scotty at 808–892–1906.

Players are encouraged to join the Golf Group on FB@RonaldHouseHawaii RMHC 2020 Golf Facebook Group

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non–profit organization providing a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families. For 33 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and almost 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from our RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.

About TOPTRACER at BayView Golf Course TOPTRACER is transforming the driving range by providing the latest tech–driven golfing experience, which appeals to seasoned players as well as novice golfers. TOPTRACER features ball tracking modes similar to what the pros use and games suited for all ages and skill levels. Players hit balls from the Bayview Golf Course 's first or second floor bays, where they can make swing adjustments and immediately see the impact on their golf shots on TOPTRACER. Friendly competitions can be tracked via TOPTRACER'S leader board. This fun and engaging golf experience is “FORE” all!

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Local artworks from McDonald’s to be auctioned at charity gala

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Nov. 10, 2019

Your local McDonald's — home to burgers and fries, shakes and pies — also may have played host to a genuine work of art.

We're talking an original painting by Martin Charlot, or a photograph by Kim Taylor Reece.

Several distinctive Charlot works that hung in McDonald's restaurants now have an estimated market value of $1,000 and up. Their value was assessed recently because they will be among 10 original works to be auctioned off Nov. 23 at Sparkle and Shine, a fundraising gala to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii.

Herb Kane's “The Story of Laka” is among several works of art up for auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Herb Kane's “The Story of Laka”

The most valuable of the batch is Herb Kawainui Kane's “The Story of Laka,” worth $35,000 to $40,000. The piece was commissioned for the McDonald’s local corporate office, where it was displayed for many years. Eventually it was put on public display at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, but has been in storage since the center was renovated in the mid–2000s (it reopened as the Royal Hawaiian Center).

The charity said in a statement that the other art pieces were commissioned in the late 1980s to be displayed in several McDonald's restaurants as commemorations of Hawaiian history and culture. They were removed and put into storage as the restaurants were renovated. An international art appraiser, Wayne Morioka, appraised the paintings in preparation for the auction. ...



Martin Charlot's 1989 “Turtle – Rope Loop snaring. Eels baited stick.”
Martin Charlot's 1989 “Turtle – Rope
Loop snaring. Eels baited stick.”

The “Laka” piece is undergoing restoration by Larry Pace of Pace Art Conservation, who authenticated the painting and is restoring it to its original state, including its original koa frame.

Kane, who died in 2011, was a co–founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and designer of the Hokule‘a voyaging canoe. He was an artist and historian known for paintings and murals that celebrated many aspects of Hawaiian culture, from legends and folklore to ships and oceangoing canoes.

Charlot, son of the renowned muralist Jean Charlot, grew up in Hawaii. Although known primarily as a muralist, he also completed many works in media from oils to porcelain.

The Sparkle and Shine auction also will include pieces by Reece, Sue Swerdlow, Frances Hill and other local artists, in the largest fundraising event held annually for Ronald McDonald House.

The event includes dinner, entertainment, a country store, and live and silent auctions featuring travel and dining experiences, fine jewelry, specialty wines and liquor, music and sports memorabilia and more.

This year’s gala will also feature an appearance by Denise Yamaguchi, who will sign her children’s cookbook, “Keiki in the Kitchen with Mika the Sous Chef,” filled with recipes by noted Hawaii chefs. Yamaguchi will be accompanied by her Lhasa apso puppy, Mika, and all book sales at the event will go to the Ronald McDonald charity.

Pre-event bidding for silent auction items begins Nov. 20 online at rmhc.cbo.io. All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House.

Ronald McDonald House is a nonprofit that provides housing for families of seriously ill children who must travel to Oahu for medical treatment.



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Vintage Paintings Auctioned To Raise Funds For Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Auctioned To Raise Funds For Ronald McDonald House Charities

Honolulu, HI—Vintage original paintings by artists Herb Kane and Martin Charlot will be auctioned off at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Hawaii's annual Gala fundraising event this Saturday, November 23. Items are available for preview at https://rmhc.cbo.io. Online bidding begins November 20, 2019.

The original art pieces were purchased or commissioned in the late 1980s to commemorate Hawaiian history and culture, and were displayed in several of McDonald's flagship stores before being removed years ago and put into storage when the restaurants were renovated. Recently, McDonalds Restaurants of Hawaii donated the paintings to RMHC Hawaii for auction at RMHC's largest fundraising event of the year, their 2019 “Sparkle and Shine” Gala. ...



The evening's showcase art piece is an original painting by the late Herb Kane, entitled “The Story of Laka”. International art appraiser, Wayne Morioka, appraised the painting's value at $35,000 — $40,000. Restoration artist and painting conservator, Larry Pace of Pace Art, Conservation authenticated the painting and is restoring the piece to its original state.

In addition, special guest author Denise Yamaguchi will sell and autograph her children's cookbook of recipes contributed by Hawaii’s famous chefs, “Keiki in the Kitchen with Mika the Sous Chef, ” for which sales proceeds go to RMHC. She will be accompanied by Mika the Sous Chef, her Lhasa Apso puppy whose cooking tips can be found on each page.

Who: Ronald McDonald House Charities–Hawaii, a home away from home and respite for families in need of urgent and/or long term medical care for a child.

What: This year's Sparkle & Shine Gala will feature its Live Auction, popular Country Store, and opportunities to win or bid on vintage art, and other art including works by Kim Taylor Reece, Sue Swerdlow, Frances Hill a well as on travel and dining experiences, fine jewelry, specialty wines and liquor, music and sports memorabilia, and much more. All Gala and auction proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii.

When: November 23, 5 p.m. Silent Auction & Country Store Open Pre–Gala bidding for the silent auction items will begin Wednesday, November 20. Bidding will be done online, enabling anyone to bid remotely as well as at the event on November 23.

Where: Sheraton Waikiki Resort

For tickets and information, contact: Candace Asam–Lopez at 808–892–1905 or cal@rmhchawaii.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. For 32 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and almost 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from our RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


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Southwest Airlines Donates $50,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hawaii RMHC Hawaii Recipient of Children Charities Donation at LUV Classic in Dallas

Honolulu, HI—Southwest Airlines recently awarded $50,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hawaii at their annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament in Dallas, Texas.

Every year at the LUV Classic, Southwest Airlines supports Ronald McDonald House Charities®f; across the nation. This year, their gift to RMHC's Hawaii Chapter also celebrates the Airlines' plan to enter the Hawaii market and provide inter-island and transpacific services to the Hawaiian Islands…

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“We are honored and extremely grateful to be one of this year's children's charities recipients from Southwest Airlines,” RMHC Hawaii President, Jerri Chong, said. “We serve more than 350 families a year and this tremendous gift will be utilized for the families who stay at our house. As our services evolve to provide comfort and care for the whole family during a child's medical crisis, so does the need to create an environment which supports the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of guest families.”

Southwest Airlines' donation will support the expansion and renovation of the children's indoor and outdoor play areas and create a family&ndadsh;centered recreation room at the Judd Hillside Ronald McDonald House.

The new additions will include a teen activity center, library and computer niche as well as a family gathering spot, all aimed at providing much needed normalcy and compassionate care for families during their greatest time of need.

“Since 1985, the LUV Classic has donated more than $17 million to children's charities and $14 million to local Ronald McDonald Houses around the country,” Southwest Airlines President, Tom Nealon, said. “We are delighted to support the RMHC House in Hawaii, and appreciate being welcomed into the family. It's an important part of Southwest Airlines' tradition of giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization providing a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families. For 31 years, the house has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC–HI operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


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