Sertoma’s chairman Mike Strong (front row, left) and President Joe Schaefer (front row, middle) stand with members from ZOI and the Pflugerville dance team to present a check of $5,000 from the 5th Texas Rubber Duck Race to Ronald McDonald House Charities’ development coordinator, Emily Franke (front row, right).
AUSTIN, TX (August 18, 2014) — Hundreds of Central Texas families gathered at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock, Texas on the 4th the lake to race for charity at the Round Rock Sertoma Club’s 5th Duck Race. The event raised $5,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas (RMHC Central Texas) to help families with critically ill or injured children in Austin-area hospitals.
Held in conjunction with the Round Rock Frontier Days and the 4th Sertoma parade, this annual holiday celebration was fun for the entire family with arts and crafts, games and live entertainment featuring the famous Sam Bass Shoot Out, the Chili Pepper eating contest and the Celebrity Duck Race.
From March 1 until July 4, ducks were sold for $5 at retail venues by various organizations to help raise money for nonprofit organizations in Central Texas. The two main beneficiaries were Dell Children’s Medical Center and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.
In 2010 when one of the celebrity duck racers dedicated his winnings in honor of RMHC Central Texas, the Round Rock Sertoma Club chose RMHC Central Texas as one of the main beneficiaries. Since 2011, Sertoma has raised over $20,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas to help families with critically ill and injured children.
“We are so honored to be a beneficiary of the annual Central Texas Rubber Duck Race,” said Missy Strittmatter, Director of Development of RMHC Central Texas, “It is always a great to see how thousands of families and organizations rally together for this annual 4th to support Central Texas families with critically ill and injured children in the hospital.
For more information about RMHC Central Texas, please visit www.rmhc-austin.org.
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About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs, RMHC Central Texas provides stability and resources to families to keep them together as their critically ill or injured children receive treatment in Austin-area hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House is a 30 guest room, nurturing home-like environment and the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are located within three Austin hospitals. For more information, visit www.rmhc-austin.org.
About the Round Rock Chapter of SERTOMA
The Round Rock Chapter of Sertoma, a nonprofit 503 (c)(3) organization, raises funds for many charitable community organizations and helps those in need within their community with direct volunteer efforts. With a core mission to improve the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education, support and assistance, Sertoma also supports other efforts centered around rising needs of the community including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and Dell Children’s Medical Center. For more information, visit www.rrsertoma.org/.