“Spring Swing Extravaganza” fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor

Online PR News – 04-June-2012 – BRIGHTON, MICH. – BRIGHTON, Mich. – May 29, 2012 - On Saturday, June 9, Howell McDonald’s operator Gerald Olinik presents a “Spring Swing Extravaganza” fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor. The event takes place at the Johnson Center on the Campus of Cleary University located at 3750 Cleary Drive in Howell.

This year’s event will include dinner and dancing with entertainment provided by the Rhythm Society Orchestra, and silent and live auctions. Items for auction include donations by Detroit sports teams, the University of Michigan and businesses in Washtenaw, Livingston and Oakland counties.

“Spring Swing Extravaganza is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a great meal, dance and support a worthwhile nonprofit organization in our community,” said Olinik. “Last year’s event was a huge success. We raised more than $16,000 with the help and support from our generous sponsors and neighbors.”

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalized and being treated nearby. The House in Ann Arbor has 29 bedrooms, common areas for families to relax, and a kitchen with a fully stocked pantry. Families pay $10 each night to stay at the House with donors covering the rest of the operating expenses and nightly rate for families who cannot cover that cost.

The national and local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities help support new and existing Ronald McDonald Houses with seed money and grants. However, each House must rely on the generosity of people and businesses within its own community to provide the majority of the funds necessary for day-to-day operations.

Tickets to the Spring Swing Extravaganza are available for $50 and donations of any denomination can be made at www.olinikcharities.com.

The Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor has served more than 16,000 families since opening in 1985. Spearheaded by the Junior Service League (now the Junior League of Ann Arbor), the project jointly involved that organization, Mott Children’s Hospital and the community. Originally able to accommodate 24 families each night, an expansion in 1992 increased that number to 29. For more information, visit www.rmh-annarbor.org.

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