TOLEDO, Ohio — Join Jerry Anderson and Melissa Andrews for this year's Ronald McDonald House Heartwarming Party!
This will be the 11th year for the fundraiser that helps keep families in the region together during difficult times.
"We're a place for families to come and have access to healthcare," explained Chad Bringman, the executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio. "It's usually the worst day of their lives when they land here. They got a sick little one and so we like to be able to let them focus on getting that child better."
The annual heartwarming party is the RMDH of Northwest Ohio's biggest fundraiser of the year and is held at the end of the year so party-goers can get a recap of what the charity has been doing all year long.
Nearly 11% of the charity's annual budget comes from the party.
"We are completely driven by donations, so heartwarming is a big part that. So support really really critical to make sure we deliver the mission to those families," explained Bringman.
Folks who plan on coming to the event are invited to dress casual or jazzed up.
Entertainment from dueling pianos, music to dance to and great food, will also be provided.
In addition, there will also be a silent auction that many who have attended a heartwarming party before, look forward to.
"We get feedback all the time that people come and literally do their Christmas shopping. We have great items that are in the auction. It's less about quantity, even though we have quite a few, and more about quality," said Bringman.
But the highlight of the event will come from a family who has been impacted by the RMDH of Northwest Ohio.
"We have a family that comes back and does a nice thank you to folks at our heartwarming to let them know that the support they're giving there impacts real people and their real lives. It's a little bit of a surprise," explained Bringman.
The party will be held on Friday, November 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio on Monroe Street.