On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Culinary Arts students and instructors from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) catered an elaborate dinner at the Ronald McDonald House located on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. EASTERN students and SkillsUSA school-wide officers from Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and Commercial Art donated their time and efforts into making this event a success.
SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, and be proud of their accomplishments and be supportive of their community. In addition to the elaborate dinner, Katya Ivanovski, SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Secretary, EASTERN Culinary Arts student and senior at Upper Dublin High School, presented Jenny Casey, Special Events Manager, for the Ronald McDonald House, with a check for $$1,700, raised through various student-run fundraiser at EASTERN throughout the year.
Katya began the planning and organization for the event, and was pleased that a great deal of her Culinary Arts classmates committed to preparing for and catering at the event. The dinner, which benefitted more than 80 people at the Ronald McDonald House, included a green salad, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, and strawberry shortcake. EASTERN Cosmetology students were on-hand before dinner providing manicures and hair braiding, and Commercial Art students photographed the event.
“It was a great experience for me to plan this wonderful event,” said Katya. “The residents and staff at the Ronald McDonald House were a pleasure to work with. I am so grateful to my classmates, teachers and all who volunteered their time. I know we made a difference that day and the funds we raised helped families who are in need of a supportive place to call home while their child is being treated.”
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. People travel far distances to treat their seriously ill children in Philadelphia hospitals. Ronald McDonald House exists to create accommodations for families treating their ill children for little or no fee depending on the situation. While it costs the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House over $100 a night per family to provide housing and supportive services, families are only asked to contribute $15 per night. No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay.