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No Place Like Home

The 2019 Spirit of Hope Luncheon supports Ronald McDonald House Houston’s mission to provide a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children

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General Editor: Margaret MacMillan

Publisher: Connie Kwan-Wong

The Celebration

Over 550 supporters of Ronald McDonald House Houston (RMH Houston) gathered at the Royal Sonesta for the organization’s annual Spirit of Hope Luncheon. Funds raised from the luncheon support RMH Houston’s mission to provide a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children being treated at the Texas Medical Center. Chairing this year’s event were Dan Connally and Dana O’Brien. Former sports reporter Lisa Malosky emceed the uplifting luncheon, and retired CEO of the Eurasia Region of Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., Staman Ogilvie, provided the lively keynote address.

The Story

The Spirit of Hope Luncheon celebrated the leadership and contributions of RMH Houston’s corporate volunteer partners. Guests enjoyed lunch followed by scrumptious homemade chocolate chip cookies made by RMH Houston volunteers.


The Moments

This year’s distinguished honorees were:

McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Greater Houston, recipients of the Spirit of Hope Award

Derrick Equipment Company, recipient of the Corporate Group Volunteer Award

Mustard Seed Outreach, recipient of the Service Group Volunteer Award

The inspiring event raised over $375,000 for RMH Houston.

Guests: Major General Richard Noriega, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Maggie Stacy, Dan Connally, Dana O’Brien; Staman Ogilvie, Lisa Malosky, Philamena Baird, Nancy and Jack Dinerstein, Lesha Elsenbrook, Marilyn Mogas, and Flo McGee.


About Ronald McDonald House Houston

Due to the dedicated work of Dr. Donald Fernbach, former head of the Hematology and Oncology Service of Texas Children’s Hospital; numerous supportive citizens; and the Houston Oilers, the first Ronald McDonald House Houston was built in 1978. During its history, RMH Houston has grown and expanded to meet the changing needs of families. At the same time, it has remained true to its mission of providing a comfortable, safe, and reliable home away from home for the families of seriously ill children.

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