By Sandy Meyer

The Ronald McDonald Charities of Tampa Bay (RMHCTB) provides a home-away-from-home for families of pediatric patients in area hospitals at no cost to them.

“It gives families a place to come home to rest and the opportunity to socialize with other families with similar circumstances, which is really important,” said event coordinator Ashley Johnson. In order to provide this level of care to the children and their families, funds are always needed and the charity is kicking off a series of fundraising events to help meet its goals.

The fundraising begins on Wednesday, September 24 with Bingo Night. Bingo will take place from 6–9 p.m. at the All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center located at 701 4th St. South in St. Petersburg. The reservation deadline is Thursday, September 18. For more information, contact Lisa Suprenand at 727-767-7687 or lsupren

Join honorary chair and Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon in helping raise funds for Ronald McDonald House families at the annual Guy Harvey Fishing for Hearts Inshore Photo Release Tournament on Thursday, September 25 and Friday, September 26 at Guy Harvey Outpost Resort located at 6000 Gulf Blvd. at St. Pete Beach.

The Glow Bash 5k Run/Walk at Ferg’s Live in Channelside will be held on Saturday, October 4. Light up the night at this exciting 5k run/walk adventure race and scavenger hunt. Join the celebration at the post-race party at Ferg’s Live across from the St. Pete Times Forum. Register today at

On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, RMHCTB will host its 26th Annual RMHC Fred Scarcelli Jr. Charity Golf Classic at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor. It is looking for participants, sponsors, and in-kind donors for casino prizes, chance drawing prizes and golfer goody bags.

Finally on Saturday November 22, The Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Street Party will take place at Hyde Park Village from 5–9 p.m.

“We’re really excited about the event this year. It’s a family fun block party with a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus,” said Johnson. Visit for more information.

Please Contact Johnson at ajohnson or 258-6430 ext. 4 for more information.


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