Ronald McDonald House Charities Gala

Because Stampin’ Up! is a national sponsor of Ronald McDonald House Charities, we usually sponsor a table at our local (Salt Lake City) House’s annual fundraising gala. Last night, Sterling and I, along with my mom and several Stampin’ Up! employees, attended this year’s event.

It was a delightful evening—good food, great company, all for a wonderful cause! This year, we invited several employees who are involved in our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, and it was especially nice to spend the evening with the people who really make our partnership work. It was a little loud at times, so I didn’t get to visit as much as I’d like, but I was able to express my appreciation to these wonderful people for all they do! (My only regret is that I didn't have my camera with me so I could take a photo of them all to share with you!)

As always during the gala, I was reminded why we are involved with this amazing organization. Several parents and children shared stories of how much the House has meant to them as they struggled with significant health challenges, knowing that with everything else they had to worry about, at least they had a place to stay.

This year, those stories were particularly meaningful because we have two members of our Stampin’ Up! family who have stayed at the House as their son has received treatment for cancer. My heart was touched and I teared up a bit listening to the stories. It was good to be reminded about why we all do what we do and how truly beneficial the Houses are!