20 Oct Bashas’ Raises $132,000 for the House
As Arizonans continue to navigate the impacts of coronavirus, many stepped up in a big way to help families seeking medical care for their critically ill or injured children.
This August, Bashas’ Family of Stores hosted a fundraiser benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities® at all Bashas’ and Food City stores statewide. For the entire month, generous customers donated to “the House that Love Built,” raising over $160,000 for families finding a “home-away-from-home” in their care.
More specifically, $132,000 of those contributions will benefit the Phoenix-based chapter, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central and Northern Arizona (RMHCCNAZ), serving families who must travel to the Valley for world-class medical care for their child. In 2019, RMHCCNAZ provided over 22,000 nights of rest and served 1,454 families, 89% of which were from Arizona.
“The support we’ve received from the Bashas’ Family of Stores and its community has been overwhelming,” said Kerry Schulman, chief executive officer of RMHCCNAZ. “This donation will play an integral role in providing the comforts of home to so many, through the pandemic and beyond.”
The gratitude doesn’t stop there. “Families who are managing through life-threatening treatment for their child need all of the support they can get,” says Edward “Trey” Basha, President & CEO of Bashas’ Family of Stores. “Thanks to the good work of Ronald McDonald House Charities and the incredibly generous support of our customers, families in Arizona can keep their focus on their child’s treatment and recovery instead of additional financial challenges.”
This fundraising effort also benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern Arizona, located in Tucson. Funds will be utilized to ensure families have a place of rest and refuge while their critically ill or injured child receives pediatric care. While no cost to them, it costs roughly $100 per night to host one family. In total, the donation will provide over 1,600 nights of rest for families in Arizona.