The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire gives a loving home to families and provides comfort during their darkest hours.
Bill Sorochak, executive director of Savannah's Ronald McDonald House, said the annual Wine & Fries event helps offset expenditures to help those families in crisis. This year's event is set for Dec. 7 at the House on Waters Avenue.
"Pairing our most favorite childhood memories with some phenomenal wines provided by our partners at National Distributing is priceless," said Sorochak. "And who doesn't like a Happy Meal? â€¦ The greatest piece is that surprise in the box has our guests helping with the most critical children's cases in the Coastal Empire community."
Guests can expect fast food, wine and a live auction that includes a Kendra Scott jewelry pull and a wine raffle. Sorochak also said there will be some surprises.
"Besides the obvious to having McDonald's make their incredible fries and McNuggets on site, this year we have Ben & Jerry's serving ice cream to go with our McDonald's pies and cookies," he said.
This year, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire will provide more than 4,200 family nights, serving 290 of the most critical cases in Savannah. Sorochak stated they will provide help to an additional 3,000 families who use the two family rooms in the hospital system.
He added that 100 percent of donations goes back to serving the Coastal Empire community.
"Children are sick on a Tuesday just as they are on Christmas Day," Sorochak said. "Our doors never shut. Our events allow us to carry the mission and share with the community what we do. Anyone who attends one of our events can just as easily be at our doors in need one day."
Besides attending fundraisers like Wine & Fries, the community can get involved in many ways by donating their time or talents. Sorochak said they need volunteers to help with the day-to-day needs at the House.
"In a time when there are so many great causes, we are just grateful the city of Savannah is so supportive of the Ronald McDonald House and what we do day in day out," he said.
IF YOU GO
What: Wine & Fries 2017
When: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7
Where: Ronald McDonald House, 4710 Waters Ave.