Social media sensation Kid President, also known as Robby Novak, and his sister Lexi stay at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House when seeking treatment for their brittle-bone disease.
Their story is one of many to be featured during the 23rd annual "Calls for Kids" Telecast fundraiser on Saturday, April 13, highlighting RMHC of Nashville families and community organizations that support the charity.
The Telecast, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, will be broadcast live on Saturday, April 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. on WKRN, Nashville's News 2.
Proceeds from the Telecast support the 32-bedroom Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room, located on the fifth floor of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The funds make it possible for RMHC of Nashville to serve all families, regardless of their ability to pay anything to stay.
"Our annual ‘Calls for Kids' Telecast aims to raise funds and include the Greater Nashville community in the experience of the programs of RMHC of Nashville," said Elizabeth Piercy, RMHC of Nashville executive director. "This year, we hope to gain more recognition and attention through the touching stories of all our families."
During the Telecast, local celebrities, community leaders and volunteers field phone calls from donors. Contributions can be made during the event by calling 615-322-7900 or 866- 766-9933 or online at www.rmhcnashville.com.
Donations prior to the event include becoming a "Minute-Match" Sponsor by matching one to 25 minutes of the Telecast with donations of $1,000 per minute. Those unable to view the Telecast may make a donation by calling, visiting www.rmhcnashville.com or mailing the donation to 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212.
The evening also features interviews with families who have stayed at the House while their child received treatment at Nashville-area hospitals and a tour of the House and Family Room. This year's Telecast will tell the stories of six families:
The 23rd annual "Calls for Kids" Telecast sponsors are: Bridgestone Americas Trust, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, VF Imagewear, Alpha Delta Pi Nashville Alumnae, Baptist Healing Trust, Modern Babies and Children Magazine, Hippie Radio 94.5, Comcast and WKRN Nashville's News 2.
Community supporters for the Telecast include:
Alpha Delta Pi Nashville Alumnae, Cumberland Valley Quilters, Earl Swensson & Associates, The Jordan Hackett Foundation, Schneider Electric – Square D Foundation, The Sleeping Bear Lodge, Taziki's Mediterranean Café, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation of Women.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville is to "keep families close" by providing essential resources and a "home away from home" for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville-area hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House has served more than 11,700 families from throughout the country and around the world since it opened in 1991, and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has provided services to 270,000 individuals since it opened in 2004.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, please visit RMHCnashville.com.