We are honored to announce that our beloved President & CEO, Sandy Pagnotti, has been recognized by the Daily Record as an Influential Marylander for 2021! Influential Marylanders are chosen because they have made significant impacts in their field and for their leadership, innovation, creativity and mentorship. Sandy will be honored at a special celebration on July 29th. We are incredibly proud to have Sandy be awarded for her leadership, compassion, and passion for the RMHC Maryland mission and the children we serve. Sandy has, and always will, put her all into helping our families, staff, volunteers, and supporters no matter what. She is someone who leads by her admirable example, and is someone who influences all of us to be our best and to spread love every single day. You can read more about the 2021 Influential Marylander honors on the Daily Record website.
Our community of love came together to commemorate RMH’s 10th Anniversary Red Shoe Shuffle. We shared 10 important reasons of why we honor this decade milestone. You embraced each and every one – as if it were the only one – helping us finish strong and raising over $420,000 – the most money ever in Shuffle history! Check out our team celebrating the big announcement moment above and, if you missed our Facebook Live broadcast or just want to see it again, you can still watch it.
And just as important, you supported our $10,000 Matches, participated in our 10-Day Challenge, and over 1,600 of you took to the pavement to Shuffle on Saturday within your own communities, many tuning in to Facebook Live for a special half hour of Love. You are absolutely amazing, we are humbled by your support, and couldn’t be more grateful. Take a look at our photo album for lots of pictures from the day (see if you can find yourself)!
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US SURPASS OUR GOAL
RAISED TO DATE: OVER $420,000
Finally, you let our families know they will always be taken care of in their toughest times and, this past year, you have proven that over and over. We are excited to share with you our progress towards acquiring a new Shuttle to transport our families around town in the next few months. Until then, we hope you will celebrate with us and know how much our RMH families and team THANK YOU for always being there!
A few weeks ago, we were the lucky recipient of the first Roll with Ryder Wish List Drive drop-off – all in memory of sweet Ryder – which raised more than $27,000 for the current and future families staying at RMH. His parents Devi & Matt, along with their daughter Avery and extended family took a few moments to celebrate Ryder’s legacy of Hope and Love that will be felt by all of us for a very long time. When the Ryder truck pulled up to our House with boxes upon boxes of Target household items, it was like Christmas morning! We can’t thank everyone involved enough for their support in making this happen and look forward to our future partnership! Check out this interview from WMAR to relive some of the magic from this morning.
To celebrate and honor their son Ryder’s legacy, his parents Devi and Matt are raising funds for the Roll with Ryder Wish List drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland. During a routine 36-week sonogram, Devi and Matt received news no parent wants to hear: their son, Ryder, and their pregnancy were in jeopardy. That night, during the dark, rainy, and tearful journey to Johns Hopkins Hospital, a Ryder truck pulled directly in front of the family van and the headlights illuminated, “Ryder, Ever Better.” To most, the truck was simply a truck, but for Devi and Matt it was a beacon of hope. That truck led them all the way into Baltimore, strengthening their hearts and calming their fears.
Two long and stressful days later, Devi and Matt’s beautiful son was born after a 2.5 hour event led by 45 surgeons that can only be described as a miracle. Four weeks later, on May 11, 2019, Ryder Franklin Conley, was called back to heaven, leaving behind a legacy of hope and love.
On September 18, the same Ryder truck that gave hope at the beginning Devi and Matt’s journey, will deliver the donated items to our House. Read more about Ryder’s legacy and the inspiration behind the Roll with Ryder Wish List drive. You can also make a donation directly to the drive and help Devi and Matt fill the truck with much needed items to support our families.
Thursday night, the 26-foot-tall red heart on our rooftop turned blue in honor of frontline and essential workers as a special thank you for supporting – not only our families – but all of us throughout the COVID-19 crisis. And it will stay blue until we’re safely able to welcome everyone back through our doors here at RMH!
We know the COVID virus has turned everyone’s lives upside down. But for the families who stay at our House, their lives were already turned upside down. That’s why it’s more important than ever for us to continue to be there for them so they feel loved and nurtured and get the care they need.
Frontline and essential workers have been instrumental in making this possible so we hope you will join us in sending love and appreciation to everyone out there, especially those working through this crisis. We believe everything will turn right side up in time, but until then, our big blue heart will continue to shine.
Check out our big beautiful heart on the cover of the Baltimore Sun, in this gallery of photos with landmarks lit blue and this article with more details and an interview with RMHCMD President & CEO, Sandy Pagnotti.
It’s a VERY exciting time for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland as we anticipate the opening of Our New House this spring. Check out some of the news coverage for more information:
An Interview with RMHCMD President & CEO Sandy Pagnotti by Baltimore Magazine
Welcome Home to our First Family with sneak peek video in The Baltimore Sun
We’re gearing up for our 8th Annual Red Shoe Shuffle 5K Run & Walk on April 7th! It’s our last lap at Lexington so we’re celebrating all the love our House has brought to families for the last 37 years before we move to Our New House later this spring. Check out some of the amazing coverage leading up to the shuffle and don’t forget to sign up!
Katie Truitt from the Red Shoe Crew & RMH Guest Elizabeth Gardner interviewed by WBFF
Our Team sings their hearts out on WJZ’s Manic Monday
The Baltimore Skyline is a bit more LOVE-LY with the addition of the Big Red Heart on the New Ronald McDonald House! Now, anytime you’re in the city, you’ll be reminded of the LOVE that keeps our House feeling like home to our families. Read this blog from the Baltimore Sun for more information.
Over the past year, more than 100 artists from around the country have generously donated 200 pieces of art to decorate the New House as part of our All You Need Is Love campaign! Thanks to these talented artists, the walls of the new Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland will be adorned with artwork that spreads joy, happiness and a little whimsy so families and their children who stay at the House can smile a bit brighter. The art covers all mediums from painting to collage, photography, quilting and quilling with the themes of love, hearts, family and children. The pieces will be placed around the House on all three floors where families will be staying. Watch this clip from WJZ to learn more and read this article from the Baltimore Sun for all the fun details!