Big I TriCounty at Ronald McDonald House
By Steve Ferrar
On July 25th, the Big I TriCounty Board of Directors volunteered their time and cooking skills to prepare a beautiful dinner at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island; an establishment that provides housing, and other resources, for families with sick children, so they can remain close to each other during their time of need.
Under the direction and guidance of our own “Chief Chef” Chris Wukovits, he and a few able bodied members of the board departed for Restaurant Depot early in the afternoon to purchase all of the food and supplies needed to prepare nearly 100 meals for the Ronald McDonald House guests. Once transported and unpacked, we were all given a tour of the RMH facility. We all were very impressed by the level of commitment that went into creating such a comfortable environment for the families of children undergoing critical treatment and procedures at nearby hospitals and medical centers.
After the tour, members of the TriCounty Board began showing off their slicing, dicing, sautéing and grilling skills. Thanks to our “Grilling Guru,” Ron Brunell, the sweet aroma of marinated grilled chicken started filling the air. All others worked diligently to prepare sausage and peppers, beans, a mixed salad, along with sliced watermelon and platters of gourmet cookies for dessert.
As they say, many hands make light work, and everything came together at the 6 o’clock hour when the dinner bell rang out. All of the children and their families enjoyed the dinner and complimented us on how well everything was presented and how tasty the food was. They were so appreciative of all of the hard work and energy that went into the meal preparation.
It was an incredibly rewarding experience to donate the food, and to give our time, working as a team, to provide a home cooked meal to the children and the families currently residing at the Ronald McDonald House. We hope that we were able to bring them just a little bit of enjoyment and happiness during their incredibly stressful and challenging time.