May 10, 2011

Behind the Scenes – Ronald McDonald and Icing Smiles Event

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, Behind The Scenes, Kids

Above – Here I am with Kate Sullivan and Tracy of Icing Smiles.

I told you guys a little bit last week about the event we worked on with Icing Smiles and The Pinwheel Project for the families at the Ronald McDonald House. Today, we are sharing with you some of the pictures from that amazing day. I truly feel blessed that I was a part of it.  When Tracy from Icing Smiles reached out to me about this event, I jumped at the opportunity.  I can’t say I do this for all opportunities that cross my desk.  I’m quite selective with how I use my time. I knew I had a small pocket of time after my book shoot was finished and was ready to take some time to give back. After being consumed for so many months with my own business, I also knew it was time to gain some perspective. The idea of doing something just for the kids {without any self gain} was exactly what I was looking to do.   Just a day about the kids and making them happy.  I even contemplated not blogging this event here, but the importance of raising awareness for the above organizations trumped that thought.

Selfishly, I was a little scared about my reaction to seeing the families, but the kids were so full of energy and incredibly happy, that I felt like I gained strength from them.  And those moms, oh those moms {and dads and siblings}. They are so courageous.  I stared at some of them, wondering if somehow they were born with this super-power gene, but quickly realized they just rise to the occasion, and get strength from their own kids.  What admiration I have for them.  And while we’re on the subject of admiration, I was blown away by the Ronald McDonald HouseIcing Smiles and The Pinwheel Project.  All three of these organizations work tirelessly for one mission: making kids/families feel at home during a very difficult time.

The event was held in one of the family areas of the Ronald McDonald House.  Often a place where parents congregate to talk about prognosis, this was not that time. Instead, kids were running around the room with bags of candy in their hands.  Some kids were scooting around the party on their sneaker-skates.  Many were making their own cupcakes at a cupcake-making table.  Some were drawing {including my own sons, who I had with me at the event} at an art table.  It was a celebration.  I was so happy to be part of something that put smiles on these family’s faces, even if it was for a few hours.

A few fantastic people to thank for contributing to this event….{and then scroll down to see the pictures}

Candy Warehouse donated all of the candy.

Baked by Melissa donated their delicious bite-sized cupcakes.

5th Avenue Chocolatiere donated white chocolate covered pretzels.

Patti Paige donated the pastel cookies.

Sonia from Cakes and Goodies donated the macarons.

NY Cake Pops donated the pastel cake pops.

Kate Sullivan created the cake.  I have to say, not only was it visually beautiful, but it was DELICIOUS as well.

Jennifer of Bella Grey Designs created the tags for the desserts.

I want to thank my staff who worked overtime with me to make sure that this day went off without a hitch.

Thank you to Icing SmilesRonald McDonald House, and The Pinwheel Project for letting us be a part of such a special event.  I encourage all of you to check out their organizations.

A big thanks to the families and kids for letting us do something for you.  You warmed our hearts.

Photographs by Holger Thoss.

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