CU To Host Spaghetti Dinner for McDonald House Oct. 24

CU To Host Spaghetti Dinner for McDonald House Oct. 24

Oct. 14, 2009
For Immediate Release


By Christina Miller, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— When you were a child, did the idea of a McDonald’s happy meal toy bring a smile to your face? Now you can help Ronald McDonald bring smiles to many children through Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana by attending a spaghetti dinner and live auction hosted by Campbellsville University’s healthcare management program.

The dinner and auction will be Saturday, Oct. 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Campbellsville University’s Banquet Hall, located in the basement of the Student Union Building, at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

For $3, you will receive a spaghetti plate, salad, bread, dessert and drink. All proceeds from this event will go to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The event is open to the public.

The fundraiser is an assignment for Dr. Rick Corum’s healthcare management class. Corum, associate professor of business administration (management), said the assignment was “to create and implement a fundraiser for a health care concern.”

Tony Huddleston of Campbellsville, a senior at Campbellsville University and student in the healthcare management class, said, “This is an excellent opportunity to help those in need.”

“As future managers/administrators, this will help us to be able to design our own fundraiser for our organization,” Huddleston said about the assignment for class.

Campbellsville University offices are helping out by making baskets for the auction. Themes of the baskets so far include: chocolate, date night, CU athletics, Kitchen Ware, Children’s Fun and Scrapbooking.

Students in the class are working on inviting Ronald McDonald to attend the event and hang out with children.

Another student in the class, Sylvia White of Hodgenville, Ky., said guest speakers are scheduled to give personal testimonies about their experience with Ronald McDonald House. James and Kacey McBride of Hodgenville, Ky., are scheduled to speak; they spent five months in the Ronald McDonald House with their son, Jaden, when he was ill.

Ronald McDonald House offers families home-cooked meals, private bedrooms and playrooms for children while children of the families are in and out of the hospital.

According to the organization’s Web site, “Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. The treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It’s a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. Ronald McDonald House offer families a way to stay together, in proximity to the treatment hospital, and be comfortable and cared for during their stay.”

Eighty-four cents of every dollar donated to Ronald McDonald House directly helps children and their families.

For more information regarding Ronald McDonald House, visit

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Huddleston at

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in the south. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges® and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th year as president.