Twelve years after the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia, the 100th House opened on the grounds of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center campus. But the dream of having a Ronald McDonald House on Long Island began in 1981 when Lyn Jurick, a trustee at LIJ and Irving Klein, a prominent McDonald’s Owner/ Operator, met with Dr. Philip Lanzkowsky, the Chief of Staff of Schneider Children’s Hospital. These three, with eleven others, set the plans in motion to create and fulfill their vision and, on September 29, 1986, the 18-bedroom home was opened. Since then, RMH-LI has grown to accommodate the increasing demands for more rooms to help families in need.
Thirty years later, RMH-LI held a gala to honor families the House has served since its inception. Hundreds of guests were offered exclusive tours of the newly designed House, fine dining and cocktails with reserved seating, dancing, entertainment, unique silent auction opportunities and more! The Gala's Event Chair was RMH-LI Board Member Katie Hunt Rotolo and the night's honoree was Theresa Fertitta Brucculeri who has been an active supporter and friend of the House for over thirty years.
Pictured above are Russian Gift of Life USA volunteer Alexander Kwartiroff, RGOL USA Executive Director Michael Yurieff, RMH-LI President Matt Campo, and RGOL USA Board Member Angela Lostritto.