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Ronald McDonald and the Pilots

Post by DTLegend on Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:55 pm

Hey everyone, check out this story on the beacon online, Its an awesome relationship Portland has and an awesome project Kelsey and the rest of the team are working on. Plus some pretty sweet things they are auctioning off.


http://media.www.upbeacon.net/media/storage/paper1193/news/2008/10/09/Sports/Womens.Soccer.Team.Makes.A.Difference.On.And.Off.The.Pitch-3479803.shtml



Thanks everyone. P.S. if you know of anyone who would like to help PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD about this. It goes to an awesome cause.

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Re: Ronald McDonald and the Pilots

Post by Stonehouse on Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:26 am

Thanks for posting this up, purplepride13. I think this is something that Pilot Nation can really make a difference with. Here's a blurb about it cut/pasted from the alumni news letter:

The Pilot women's soccer team is adopting a room at the Ronald McDonald House to support children with long term illness. The team will decorate the room and fill it with great Pilot soccer-themed paraphernalia. The women have raised nearly half of the $6,000 needed to complete their goal. Please consider donating to this great cause. A $250 donation makes you an "All Star" with regular updates and an invitation to the unveiling of the completed room. A $500 donation makes you a "Golden Goal Donor" with updates, an invitation to the unveiling, priority purchasing for 2009 soccer season tickets and priority purchasing for 2008 playoff tickets. Be sure and bid at the Pilots Silent Auction at the Nov. 2 game against Santa Clara. Items include a chance to practice with the team, lunch with the coaches, and autographed jerseys. All proceeds go towards finishing the room at Ronald McDonald House. For more information, contact Beth Connell at (503) 943-7245.


Those of us that are season ticket holders probably saw the flyer that they sent out as well, which had some nice pictures of the team with some kids and more info as well. If I remember, I'll scan it and post it up.

Anyway, every little bit helps, and it's really hard not to get behind something like this when it's for such a good cause, it's being organized by our women's soccer team, and they are wanting to design and decorate a whole room with UP Soccer gear!!!

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Re: Ronald McDonald and the Pilots

Post by Auto Pilot on Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:28 pm

I wonder if Nike knows about this. With all the UP soccer gear going up there should be a Swoosh or two hanging around.

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Room unveiled!

Post by PilotNut on Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:33 pm

The proejct is complete, and looks great! Way to go, ladies!

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I want a logo like that on my door... Smile


Women’s Soccer Unveils Adopted Room at RMH



PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland women’s soccer team unveiled a UP soccer-themed room on Saturday at the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oregon & Southwest Washington, Emmanuel Hospital campus. The soccer program has had a long history of volunteer service at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and expanded that into a fundraising campaign to ‘Adopt-a-Room’ during the fall of 2008.



The goal of raising $5,000 to ‘Adopt-a-Room’ was exceeded by November and the team, led by junior goalkeeper Kelsey Davis, arranged for the creation and decoration of the UP room. After the final touches were put on the room, the entire team and selected donors of the fundraising drive met for the official unveiling on the morning of Saturday, March 28th.



The Ronald McDonald Houses® provide a “home away from home” for families and their seriously ill children who travel far to receive treatment at local hospitals. Since the first Portland Ronald McDonald House opened 25 years ago, more than 22,000 families have come through our doors, far from home, needing a place to stay.



The Pilots women’s soccer team has frequently volunteered by cooking dinner and spending time with families at the house. During a tour of the house on a visit in early 2008, Davis noticed that various rooms had specific themes and inquired about what it takes to have a UP-specific room. She was told that about a $6,000 donation on behalf of the team would secure a room for a five-year period and the Pilots would have creative control over the decorating.



Davis then put the plan in motion to begin a fundraiser with the goal of raising at least $5,000 during the 2008 fall soccer season. The team was able to raise over $7,000 in a three-month period, concluded at the final regular season home game on November 2 with an auction of UP soccer-related memorabilia.



Other donations were gathered by UP women’s soccer team members from fans at other athletic events, at halftime of home games by allowing fans to pay $1 to score a goal on Merlo Field, by season ticket holders making donations over the phone, and by former Pilot and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Stephanie Cox signing limited edition autograph cards for donations at a game in late October.



The UP soccer program plans to maintain the room throughout the five-year period and continue volunteering to cook dinners and be available for other requests from the Ronald McDonald House staff. The team plans to have underclassmen pass on the service tradition to others coming into the program after the seniors graduate and move on.



ABOUT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES® OF OREGON & SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
Celebrating 25 Years of Helping Families
Portland’s two Ronald McDonald Houses® provide a “home away from home” for families and their seriously ill children who travel far to receive treatment at local hospitals. Since the first Portland Ronald McDonald House opened 25 years ago, more than 22,000 families have come through our doors, far from home, needing a place to stay. Through its Outreach Program, RMHC funds free dental care and immunizations for approximately 15,000 children throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington each year.

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Re: Ronald McDonald and the Pilots

Post by mattywizz on Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:07 pm

That room is just awesome!!!

Obviously no family really "wants" to stay at the McDonald house, but I think anyone who does would just love to stay in that room.

It is that and all the other things they do for the community that make the team so popular. Well, that and the fact that they kick ass on the pitch.

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Re: Ronald McDonald and the Pilots

Post by onetouchfutbol on Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:56 pm

Great photos. If anyone has access to the video coverage of the unveiling of the room (I saw a camera in some of those photos), please post that. I'd love to see it.

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