RMH Walk-a-Thon Raises Funds, Spirits

The annual Walk-a-Thon for the Ronald McDonald House in NY that is organized by its Greek Division was held May 17 and raised $76,000.

Co-chairs Nicolas Bornozis and Marie Konstance marched along with RMH President and CEO William Sullivan, Greek Division Administrator Spiridoula Katechis and its new chairman Michael Bapis.

According to its web site “The Greek Division of Ronald McDonald House® New York began in 1979 with the partnership of two friends who shared a dream: to support children and families suffering through the trials of pediatric cancer treatment.

“President Emeritus Vivian Harris met Mrs. Niki Sideris through Niki’s volunteer work as a translator for European families receiving medical treatment through New York Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a bond was formed.

“At first, Niki continued as a translator but immediately recognized the need for a fundraising effort on behalf of the House. She focused her energies within the Greek community both in New York and her native country Greece. Niki’s efforts had a direct impact on the many families who’ve walked through the doors of our House over the past 34 years, including over 10,000 Greek families. In 1988, Niki was named, officially, Chairman of the Greek Division of Ronald McDonald House of New York. Her accomplishments, amongst many, include raising money to help fund the construction of our current location on East 73rd Street. Today, the Greek Division focuses its efforts on two major fundraising events each year: the annual Greek Division Walk-a-Thoneach May and the annual Greek Division Christmas Party each December.”

For more information readers may contact Spiridoula Katechis at 212-639-0218, or skatechis@rmh-newyork.org.