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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States partners with Joplin Blasters

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The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Four States has partnered with The Joplin Blasters, Joplin's new professional baseball team, as part of the Blasters's Charity Night, which serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds. The event will take place during a home baseball game Wednesday, July 29 at 6:35 p.m. at Joe Becker Stadium. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $8 for outfield reserved seats, $10 for upper reserved and dugout seating, and $12 for box seats. Tickets can be purchased by voucher at the Ronald McDonald House in Joplin beginning Monday, July 6 or at the stadium on game day. Please mention Ronald McDonald House when buying tickets at the stadium box office.

The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Their cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children (0-18 yrs.) and ill- expectant mothers being treated at nearby hospitals. RMHC is dedicated to bestowing the utmost care and assistance to these children and their families, providing lodging accommodations and easing expenses to create a system of support during these difficult times.

The Joplin chapter of RMHC was established in 1998 and will celebrate its 17th anniversary in July. During the past 17 years, the branch has served 2,630 unduplicated families from 37 different states and two foreign countries. In addition, RMHC has hosted families from 245 different four-state communities for a grand total of 27,014 nights.

The Blasters are already connected to RMHC through their president and CEO Gabriel Suarez, whose younger provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children (0-18 yrs.) and ill- expectant mothers being treated at nearby hospitals. RMHC is dedicated to bestowing the utmost care and assistance to these children and their families, providing lodging accommodations and easing expenses to create a system of support during these difficult times.

The program helps more than 8,000 families a night stay close to their ill or injured children and helps save these families more than $649 million each year in lodging costs alone.

sister was treated through the RMHC program 13 years ago. Suarez and his family benefited from the RMHC in Denver, Colorado during that difficult time.

Suarez said, “I am excited and honored to host a night at the ballpark that will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Having experienced the battle of childhood cancer with my sister, I know how beneficial a strong support system is to a child's healing. The Ronald McDonald House was a fun and supportive haven that allowed my sister and my family to rest, have fun and get away from the rigors of cancer treatment.”

Upon arrival, ticket holders will receive a picture of the Blasters team which can be used for autographs at the meet-and-greet following the game. Attendees can also participate in a silent auction for the players' jerseys, a

raffle and expect a special appearance by Ronald McDonald himself, who will throw the first pitch and participate in the fundraising activities.

“We had no idea when we partnered with the Blasters that the Ronald McDonald House had impacted the owners' family. We look forward to our first Charity Night with the Blasters and are committed to working with them in our cause and with their continued success,” said Executive Director Annette Thurston.

RHMC is primarily sustained by donations and the help of volunteers, as there is only one paid staff member. The Joplin Blasters partnering with the Ronald McDonald House will provide a significant charitable contribution and help to ensure this altruistic organization will continue to provide exceptional support and care to children and their families in medical crisis. For more ways to get involved, visit RMHC's updated website at http://rmhjoplin.org. 

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