RECESS: Ronald McDonald’s House Charities Toronto (Sun. Apr. 2, 2017)

Sunday, April 2nd was a playful break for families benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto. RECESS launched as a new concept in event fundraisers; bringing together kids, parents and grandparents in a large, lively venue to support the families of seriously ill children at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto. While not a fund raising gala, this first annual event was a nostalgic mini-festival, an opportunity for attendees to experience their childhood again with the children in their lives by their side.

Spanning the entire floor, stands and concession areas of Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, RECESS featured a midway for current and retro video games, with an assortment of food and live entertainment from the 1970s to the 2000s. Characters from PAW Patrol, stormtroopers, princesses and Ronald McDonald made special appearances, bringing smiles to the children’s faces, and even the adults as well. “RECESS makes it easy for families to get their children involved in philanthropy,” says Sally Ginter, CEO of RMHC Toronto. “They can have fun and learn while giving back to families who need support.”

RMHC Toronto supported 4,367 families with a seriously ill child last year from across the GTA, Ontario and Canada. For more information on RECESS, please visit and learn how you can help.

We would like to thank Nick Skinner and Judy Noordermeer of Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto for the invitation to this event.