PASADENA, California – More than 750 supporters came together on Sunday, April 7 for the Pasadena Walk for Kids at Central Park in support of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House and its mission to provide comfort, care, and support to children and families.
The organization raised $106,000 to benefit the more than 1,400 families and children who stay at the House every year. The proceeds will provide much-needed funding for the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House programs and services, which create a community for children and their families to embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.
“It was incredible to see our greater Pasadena community turn out to support our mission of keeping families together during their toughest times,” said board of trustees co-chair Megan Foker. “This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and the generosity from so many supporters in the community.”
The Pasadena Walk for Kids was presented by Food Properties Group. Participants enjoyed music, entertainment and a scenic 5K route, surrounded by views of Pasadena’s historic Craftsman style homes. The Walk also featured the inaugural “Hamburglar Hunt,” food trucks and a Kid Zone with interactive games for children of all ages.
Contributing to the success of the event, longtime Ronald McDonald House regional sponsors McDonald’s and Coca Cola provided snacks and giveaways to the walkers and first-time vendor sponsor, BJ’s Restaurant, handed out root beer floats.
The event was emceed by Los Angeles radio personality Mike Catherwood and attended by NFL alums James Washington, Bret Lockett, Will Poole, Thomas Williams, and Mike Williams. Local community leaders, Councilmember Steve Madison, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, and Assemblymember Chris Holden welcomed and thanked walkers and volunteers.