Students working on upcoming events to benefit local Ronald McDonald House

A group of students in a public relations capstone class is helping the local Ronald McDonald House raise funds with events this week and next month .

An all-day event Thursday, Feb. 26,  at the Rio Grande will help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State.

The event at Rio Grande will allow customers to mention the Ronald McDonald House, and 10 percent of their bills will be donated to the RMHC of the Tri-State. At the end of the night, the Rio Grande will also match  the amount raised throughout the day and make an additional donation.

“This is the first time the Ronald McDonald House Charities has partnered with a Marshall University campaigns class,” said Sofie Wachtmeister, one of the students in the group. “We are doing our best to raise awareness for this great organization that is right here in the community.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State is a nonprofit organization that provides families who have a child who is hospitalized a place to stay near the hospital. it is the RMHC’s goal to offer families “a home away from home.”

RMHC Communications, the group of public relations students, was created through the final class students must take to earn their degrees. The group was approached last semester by RMHC of the Tri-State, and was asked to help create ways  for the non-profit organization to meet their yearly fundraising budget.

“It’s a great learning experience for students, as this is what we will be doing after graduation,” Wachtmeister said.

RMHC Communications has some additional events planned throughout the semester, which include a “Pet a Pup” day during the first week of March. It will not only benefit the RMHC of the Tri-State, but the Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter will benefit because the shelter will have the chance to showcase adoptable pets.

The group also has a major benefit event planned for Saturday, March 28, which is a reverse raffle. The winner of the raffle will win $2,500. Additional door prizes will be handed out during the event as well. Both food and beverages will be served during the event. Tickets are on sale for $75 per person.

“The events we’re having are meant to encourage members of the Tri-State to support a meaningful cause,” Wachtmeister said. “All money is staying local, not going to a national organization. People will be directly helping a nonprofit that serves only their community.”

Anyone who is interested in purchasing a ticket for the reverse raffle can visit the event’s website at or

Those interested in becoming sponsors may contact RMHC Communications at