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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. (RMHC-CR) creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.
RMHC-CR keeps families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need.
Albany Ronald McDonald House provides a haven of comfort, love, hope and support – free of charge – for critically ill children and their families.
RMHC-CR enables family-centered care by keeping children close to their families during a time of hardship. The Ronald McDonald Family Room offers families respite and support within the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, close to their ill child and his/her caregivers.
Our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, in partnership with St. Peter’s Health Care Services, provides free, comprehensive dental care to underserved and underinsured young students.
Founded in 1987, Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York serves eligible wish kids and their families by granting their heartfelt wish.
Together, Make-A-Wish® and their community of supporters create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Wishes are more than just a nice thing. A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness. This one belief guides Make-A-Wish® in all they do.
Most of all, it's the founding principle of their vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.
Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.
Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles ... wishes find a way to make the world better.
Building on Love (BOL) focuses on supporting families in the days, weeks and months following diagnosis to help ensure that their medical crisis does not result in a family financial crisis.
BOL provides grants that give families financial support for non-medical bills such as mortgage/rent payments, auto payments and repairs, insurance and other essential non-medial living expenses.
Each grant is customized to the individual applicant in adherence to BOL’s grant making policies and procedures .
The grants offered through Building on Love provide a temporary financial bridge to families, allowing them to focus on the health of their loved one.
Building on Love also partners with local organizations and several Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters to further our mission.
The Capital Cup for Kids is an adult hockey tournament that started in 2010 with 4 local teams and approximately 60 participants. In 2011, the organizers brought the team captains together and asked them to make the event more than a good time on the ice and they discussed the concept of making it a charity event. They decided that the event would benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Albany. In its first year as a charitable event, over $7,000 was raised.
In 2012 the event was moved to Troy’s Knickerbocker Arena and expanded to eight teams and 120 players. A lofty goal of $20,000 was set. Event organizers dedicated the event to the expansion project that was just underway at the House. Thanks to a challenge grant, each dollar raised by Capital Cup participants was matched by Cohoes, NY based charity Building on Love. All told over $27,000 was raised. With the match funds included, the event raised over $54,000 towards the expansion project.
In 2013, organizers added another four teams, bringing the total number of teams to 12 and participant total to 180. The 2013 Capital Cup for Kids benefited RMHC’s Families First Fund. This fund is dedicated to providing direct support to the children/families that utilize the Ronald McDonald House of Albany, Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program operated in partnership with St. Peter’s Health Care Services. Each team was assigned a past or current Ronald McDonald House child to serve as their honorary captain.
In 2014, two additional teams were added, and we divided the teams into a Master’s Flight of four teams (age 50+) and an Adult B Flight consisting of eight teams. Once again, the event benefited our Families First and Share A Night Fund and each team played for an honorary captain.
2015 once again brought an expanded event, with two additional teams added. Dozens of RMH kids and their families visited the participants and our community rallied once again, raising over $80,000.
2016 once again featured 16 teams and raised nearly $100,000! In what is considered the best moment in Cap Cup history, the captains got together and made it possible for a bone marrow donor from Florida to meet the 5-year-old boy he helped save at the event!
2017 set a new fundraising record of $124,000 and saw an expanded Family Day on Saturday with on-site catering, fun and games for kids and a record number of Honorary Captain visits! Incredibly, one of our Honorary Captains was able to text with Pittsburgh Penguins Captain and NHL legend Sidney Crosby during a game!
Our 2018 event was moved back to our original home - Albany County Hockey Facility and featured 20 teams and raised an incredible $164,000! 19 out of 20 Honorary Captains were able to visit their teams. The Lewis Family made a generous donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Saskatchewan, Canada who was supporting victims of the Humboldt Broncos tragic bus accident in honor of their son Tommy and the Cap Cup Family. Additional fundraising also took place in support of the Broncos.
2019 brought even more excitement and success on and off the ice. 23 teams took the ice and raised and incredible $207,577 bringing the total amount raises since inception to $829,464.81. Family Fun Day featured a synthetic rink for our guests to enjoy courtesy of CanIce and a huge sand sculpture in honor of our 10th Anniversary.
2020 finds the event on the move to a bigger facility with two sheets of ice. The tourney will take place April 23-26 and feature 28-30 teams! The teams have set a goal of cracking the $1,000,000 total raised amount. As it has since our inception, the focus of the Capital Cup for Kids will be to raise funds and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. The event will also provide support to Building on Love in appreciation for their taking on the administrative and fiduciary responsibilities of presenting the event. Event organizers recently announced that we will also be making a very special gift to our local Make A Wish chapter as part of this year’s event. One great event – helping three great local causes!
Special thanks as well to Curtis Hovey and the professional staff at the Capital Arena, the team at Hockey Store N More (The Official Hockey Supplier of the Capital Cup for Kids) and the 400 + men and women who will take to the ice to support the 2020 Capital Cup for Kids.