Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) held its first-ever High Tea event on Tuesday at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Residents and members of the local community were invited to learn more about the mission of RMHC-NYTSA and its various programs, which provides stability and resources to local families and children.
The event kicked off with RMHC-NYTSA Executive Director Christopher Perry offering a brief overview of the non-profit organization, whose programs include community grants, college scholarships and support of the five Ronald McDonald Houses in the region. The houses serve as “homes away from home” so families can stay close by their hospitalized children.
As tea was served, tea aficionado and specialist Teddy Yudain provided guests with a brief history of the high tea tradition – which is believed to have originated in France in the 17th Century.
Following a moving testimony from current Ronald McDonald House Long Island resident Laurie Swihart, who is staying there with her son, guests were given a tour of the facility. Since opening its doors in 1986, the 42-bedroom House has served over 20,000 families in the United States and more than 80 countries around the world. In the coming years, the House hopes to open a second Ronald McDonald House on premises of Stony Brook University to provide additional comfort to families being served on the eastern end of Long Island.
After the tour, guests were treated to Southern-inspired cuisine and a variety of fresh hot teas. A big surprise came towards the end of meal when dietitian Christiana McGeogh revealed that all of the dishes served were made with McDonald’s quality ingredients.
Other High Tea guests included Chairman of RMHC Long Island Board of Directors Katie Hunt and President of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Matthew Campo.