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Ronald McDonald House Charities hires Diaz

Geronimo “Jerry” Diaz, who spent the past three years handling executive responsibilities with Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) and the previous 16 years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Phoenix and Pleasanton, CA, has been named Development Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix (RMHC).

Diaz will manage fund-raising and community outreach for RMHC, which recently announced plans to build a third Ronald McDonald House in the Valley on the campus of Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

“Jerry brings an important depth of experience which will be vital in our fund-raising efforts for both the new Ronald McDonald House and for our ongoing mission to serve families whose children are undergoing medical care in the Valley at the two existing Houses in the Valley,” said Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “We’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

Most recently, Diaz, a Tempe resident, was Vice President at Learning Ally where he developed new systems and processes, including a board-relations plan supporting 16 boards across the nation.  Previously, he had been Regional Executive Director for the organization.

At the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Diaz served as Regional Director from 2005 to 2009.  Among his accomplishments during his tenure was to negotiate more than 10 television telethon contracts.  Before his promotion to Regional Director, Diaz served as Regional Coordinator in both Pleasanton and Phoenix from 1997 to 2005 and he was District Director of the Las Vegas MDA for two years.

Diaz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.

Lee Heriaud

Ronald McDonald House honors Heriaud

Lee Heriaud, a longtime Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) supporter, and The Coca-Cola Company will receive the annual Heart of the House Awards at A McNight to Remember in OZ Gala, a fund-raising dinner, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

The Heart of the House Awards recognize individuals and business partners for their consistent, ongoing and unselfish support for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are undergoing often life-saving medical care in the Valley.

Heriaud, a McDonald’s owner-operator who also chairs the McDonald’s Owner/Operators National Leadership Council, has served on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix board of directors and on Accent on Kids, RMHC’s Endowment Board.  He operates McDonald’s restaurants in Glendale and Phoenix.

The Coca-Cola Company, a corporate donor to the Ronald McDonald House Charities global organization for more than 36 years, provides the two Phoenix Houses with the full range of Coke products at no cost.  The House is then able to offer the products to families at highly reduced prices with all proceeds allocated to House operations.

“Ronald McDonald House has always relied on the generosity, participation and partnerships with our community and Lee Heriaud and The Coca-Cola Company have been among the most consistent and most generous for many years,” said RMHC Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “We are honored to have them as part of our family and to be able to recognize their incredible contributions to the House and the families we serve.”

A McNight to Remember in OZ features dinner, dancing, a raffle and more than 100 live and silent-auction items.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and raffles begin at 6 p.m.  The dinner program, awards presentation and live auction begin at 7:30 and an After-Party starts at 9:00.  The After-Party is hosted by the RMHC Red Shoe Society, a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting the RMHC mission by raising awareness and funds for the House through a series of social and volunteer events and activities.

Co-chairs for A McNight to Remember in OZ are Kevin Robinson, Assistant Chief, Phoenix Police Department, and Michele Halyard-Robinson, MD, of Mayo Clinic.

Individual gala tickets are $275 each or $325 with admission to the After Party. Tickets to the gala are not required to attend the After Party and may be purchased separately at $50 each.  Event sponsorships are available.

For more information about sponsorships, individual tickets or table sponsorships, contact Development Manager Leslie Tan at (602) 798-5097 or email at ltan@rmhcphoenix.com.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.