Corporate partner support is part of the ‘magic’ formula that has allowed the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland (RMH) vision to thrive for the past 40 years. Ongoing philanthropic and volunteer engagement from partners brings life to spaces, programs and services to help families stay strong for their children. One of our valued partners, Majestic Steel USA, opened its doors in 1979, just as we did. In honor of our shared 40th Anniversary year, we spotlight Majestic Steel USA’s Majestic Impact on RMH.
Aromas fill the air of the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland (RMH), drawing families to the kitchen for a peek at what’s on the menu. After two years of volunteer groups from Majestic Steel USA cooking monthly meals, the families fondly came to know the third Monday of the month as Majestic Monday. A freshly prepared meal is one of the many caring touches they could count on because of the generosity and service of Majestic Steel USA.
Majestic has been a significant corporate supporter of RMH and its programs for the past two years. Craig Wilson, RMH Executive Director, applauds the enthusiasm and dedication of their associates and leadership. “Majestic has far surpassed what we anticipated when we forged the partnership. Their philanthropic support, from sponsorship of rooms and events, to capital improvements such as 2017’s patio and garden renovation and the refurbishing of the sun room in 2018, has made a significant difference in the quality of the family experience here. It’s not just financial support, though. Their employees have volunteered in every capacity, providing that much needed human resource and personal connection. They are the jewels in the Majestic crown.”
Melissa Duda, director of HR for Majestic Steel USA, shared that the partnership had value for Majestic as well. “Working with the Ronald McDonald House benefits our staff in many ways. They want to help the community, and the Ronald McDonald House connects them to families and children. It’s also a great team building exercise and an opportunity to make connections within our company to people you don’t normally work with.”
According to RMH Group Partnership Manager, Scott Lovasz, the volunteer groups have not only prepared meals, but have tirelessly done indoor and outdoor chores, gardened, painted fences, and even entertained guests with a Majestic Magic Show. Being the sole sponsor of the Pull Tab Collection Program inspired Majestic volunteers to come out to the annual Pull Tab Palooza each May to weigh jars and barrels of donated tabs, serve hot dogs, play games, and create crafts with families and community members. “It was great to know we could always count on their participation, rain or shine,” shares RMH Communications Manager and coordinator of the Pull Tab Program, Nathan Enzerra.
The company has been a consistent event supporter throughout both 2017 and 2018, sponsoring three RMH signature events. In true Majestic style, they became the first Presenting Sponsor of Wine Women & Shoes, one of RMH’s largest annual benefits. “We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the entire Majestic Family,” says Claire Donovan, RMH Events Manager. “Their commitment to a second year as Presenting Sponsor in 2019 is incredibly generous and I look forward to a continued partnership with their amazing team.”
Although the Majestic Monday monthly meals concluded in December 2018, Majestic’s lasting impact on the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland is profound. Like the ten-foot steel tree sculpture that anchors the patio and lights the newly accessible garden paths, Majestic Steel USA has set an impressive and visible example of giving in the corporate community. The company has definitely fulfilled the mission set forth by Jonathan Leebow, executive vice president and part owner of Majestic: “Create a majestic experience for all.”
Interested in how your company can play a role in supporting Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland families? Opportunities can be customized to fit your company. Contact Kelly Kleinschmidt, Director of Development to discuss options.