Easton Foundations Teams Up With Ronald McDonald House Charities


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Easton Foundations is teaming up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida in an effort to ease the burden on critically ill children and their families.  Easton Foundations has arranged to purchase and prepare a home cooked meal quarterly, a portion of proceeds from the recent Hunting Expo and to set up a temporary archery range including coaching staff and equipment at the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville.  

                A personal struggle 15 years ago helped these two organizations cross paths today.  Brandie Lovelace, Director of Operations at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex, spent a month at the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville while her son was being treated at Shands Hospital.  Last week, she and other Easton staff met with David Lucas, Financial Development Director for the Ronald McDonald House.

                “It’s a great organization and I thought it would only be right to give back to them,” Brandie noted.  “ They really appreciate volunteer groups to provide meals to the families and I thought they might also like to try archery.”

Fortunately, families and children of the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville will get to enjoy both.  Easton Foundations will be on site as volunteers cooking meals for those staying at the facility, while the “Try Archery” program will be on hand with bows, targets, and coaches to help foster an atmosphere of new challenges and fun in general.

       “It makes a huge difference having local businesses helping us,” said Hanan Bilal, Director of Volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville.  “Right now, we have 30 families, about 72 people, staying at the house. They don’t know each other, but they’re all here for the same reason, and having help from local business helps to alleviate the burden.”

                On top of food and fun, Easton Foundations has also promised to donate a portion of proceeds from this year’s Hunting Expo.  The expo took place in August and hosted about 2,500 guests and vendors from all realms of hunting and shooting.  This was the first Hunting Expo hosted by the facility, with more to come in the future.   

                  Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida provides support to families with critically ill children who are being treated at local medical facilities.  This support includes housing, basic amenities and moral support so that families and children can focus entirely on recovery.  The average stay is about 50 days per family, with the organization helping over 28,000 families from Florida and across the globe.

                The Easton Newberry Sports Complex was developed by Easton Foundations and the City of Newberry. The Complex opened in 2009 and is dedicated to furthering sport and introducing archery to a broader audience. The complex has a wide variety of target and 3D archery ranges. The portion of the site dedicated to archery caters to all skill levels and features state-of-the-art indoor & outdoor styles of archery.

If you’d like more information about this event or Easton Newberry Sports Complex/The Easton Foundation, please call  352-472-2388, or visit our website at EastonNewberrySportsComplex.com.

By: The Easton Newberry Sports Complex.  Tel: 352-472-2388.