Thankfulness has many perspectives – from the folks who do the giving to those who are on the receiving end. As our pictures on Facebook demonstrate, we have been on the receiving end of some wonderful giving the past few days. From the University students who so generously gave up a full afternoon to construct our new shed, to delicious meals by members of the Covenant Church and energetic Target Employees, to the delightful group of Dept. 56 Collectors who come faithfully every year at this time to assemble our holiday village – - it has all been very humbling. This is a difficult time of year for our families. Your gifts of time, food, support dollars and love help us build the caring bridge that they need until they can return home again. We are most thankful. (Please see our pictures of these events on Facebook page – Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville.)
We want to take this opportunity to once again praise the ADPis at UVa for all of their love and support this year. As you know, they put on the First Ever, Best Ever Ace it To Raise It Tennis Tournament in early April to benefit the House. They often bring treats and cards to our families. They have also volunteered at the House just about every weekend since the beginning of the school year. They arrive, filled with energy, and dive into whatever tasks we assign. This past Saturday marked their last weekend for the year – finals are coming up and it’s time for them to return full focus to their books. These young ladies are superstars to us. Best of luck on your exams, Ladies. Thank you for all you have done for us this year, and we look forward to seeing you again in the fall. Take care.
The Sisters of ADPi sorority are something else. Not only did they put on the first ever, best ever, “Ace It To Raise It” Tennis Tournament on Saturday, but last night they showed up with a Dessert Bar for our families to enjoy – cookies, cupcakes, decorated Rice Crispie treats, and chocolate peanut butter cereal mix. Can you imagine how wonderful it was to come back from the hospital late last night and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee and one of these desserts? These young women are such faithful supporters of the House, using their hands, hearts, and minds. Thank you so much, Ladies, for all that you do for us!
Friends, if you were unable to join us Sat. for the 1st Annual ADPi “Ace It To Raise It” Tennis Tournament then you missed out on a whole lot of fun. We are finalizing a short video to share with you. ADPi did an outstanding job pulling this all together – 80 teams signed up, the courts were well managed with folks moving on and off like clockwork, music, delicious food, face painting, the moon bounce, a capella groups, a pie eating contest, event t-shirts, and a ‘Pie the President’ opportunity (where one could pay to lob a whipped cream pie at the sorority President). It was fantastic. It is hard to express our appreciation for all of their efforts on our behalf. And did I mention that they still came to the House for their weekend volunteering on both Saturday and Sunday? We’ll post pix from the event as soon as possible. Meanwhile, hug a “Pi” if you see one!
Tomorrow, April 2nd, is the first annual ADPi sorority “Ace It To Raise It” Tennis Tournament benefitting the House. The Ladies have done a wonderful job putting this together. Not only will there be tennis, but also a moon bounce and face painting for the kiddos, music, and lots of delicious barbeque. It is going to be quite an event. So remember: Saturday, 2-6 PM, Snyder Tennis Courts and Nameless Field at UVa., all benefitting RMH. Please join us for the best darned event in town tomorrow!
The Zeta Xi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority is hosting “Ace It To Raise It,” a doubles tennis tournament benefiting the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, April 2, from 2PM-6PM. Ace it to Raise it will be held at Nameless Field and Snyder Tennis Courts, located by Memorial Gym at the University of Virginia. It will be an exciting afternoon with performances by University a cappella groups, a fun moon bounce, and delicious food from Anderson’s barbeque, Take-It-Away, and Hot Cakes. Registration for the tournament is $15 per team, online at www.AceItToRaiseIt.org. The grand prize is a Wii console, featuring Wii Tennis. Second place players will each receive an Ipod shuffle. We hope to see all of our friends from the community there to compete, or for those of us who are less coordinated, spectate and enjoy the fabulous event. For more information on Ace It To Raise It, visit www.AceItToRaiseIt.org.