“Ronald McDonald’s Night at the Historic Runge House”

Friday Evening, May 21, 2021 @7:00 pm

Natalie Hodge, your Hostess.

Shaun and Natalie Hodge purchased the home in December of 2020. They have been so gracious as to allow us to use it for a dual-purpose event… Fun entertainment, then, the serious side… Raising some much-needed funding for the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. Helping those in need and volunteering is a passion of Natalie’s, and I cannot think of a better way to honor it.  The dinner will be catered by the famous Benno’s Cajun Seafood of Galveston.   The event will be Friday evening, May 21, 2021 at 7PM.    Hors D’oeuvres, dinner and drinks are included in the ticket price.  The event will also feature live music and silent auction items to bid on.

Dress will be business casual and limited to 50 seats. All proceeds from the event will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston.   The President of the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston will speak at the event about the importance of the services and care they provide to those in need.

About the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston

The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston provides a safe, loving and peaceful home away from home for families of children receiving care at the Shriner’s Children Hospital in Galveston as well as the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).   The Shriner’s Children Hospital is world renowned for the care they provide in treating children from across the globe who have suffered serious burns and injuries ( Texas | Shriners Children's Texas (shrinershospitalsforchildren.org).   The University of Texas Medical Branch is on the cutting edge of providing breakthrough medical treatment and care for pediatric patients.

The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston provides a caring environment where parents can share their worries and concerns with families in similar situations. Their emotional support is a crucial factor to the well-being of the pediatric patient. Because the House provides an alternative to expensive, isolated hotel rooms, these families can remain together and support each other while the children are receiving the lifesaving medical care they need.

Recent Damage to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston

The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston was recently flooded on all three levels by burst pipes from the devastating winter storm that impacted Texas.    The House is currently being rebuilt so that it can continue with its critical mission of helping those in need.

To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston and how you can further help please visit:

www.rmhg.org

About the Runge House

Say hello to the 1916 Runge House (1301 Market Street), an architectural gem located in the Island’s East End Historical District. Architect Anton F. Korn, a representative of New York architects Crow, Lewis & Wickenhoefer, designed the Italian Renaissance-style estate for prominent German businessman, Louis H. Runge and his wife, Anita, according to the Galveston Island Tourist Information Center

Runge’s daughters Margarette and Elisabeth never married. From 1922 to 1968, Elisabeth worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) where she managed the medical library, according to the Galveston Island Tourist Information Center. In 1988, she sold the home to the Sealy and Smith Foundation, a philanthropic foundation established to benefit UTMB. The house was restored and served as the residence for the university’s presidents from 1989 until 2004, according to the Galveston Island Tourist Information Center.

The home is now a private residence and is a regularly featured on the annual Galveston Historical Home Tour.

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