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Industry Pitches in for Ronald McDonald House

Industry raises funds to support facility for pediatric cancer patients.

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Tina Lundgren is on the run — not only to stay in shape, but also to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of New York. Her goal is to log 100 miles in a series of road races this summer.

“It will be anywhere from four-mile races to a half-marathon,” said Lundgren, who sits on the board of the facility that serves pediatric cancer patients and is located at 405 East 73rd Street. “It takes $20,000 a day to run Ronald McDonald House.”

Lundgren, along with her husband, Terry Lundgren, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Macy’s Inc., and 1,100 others from fashion and retail circles participated in a benefit for the facility Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria. The event raised more than $2.2 million and honored Tommy Hilfiger and Arthur J. Samberg, chairman and chief executive of Pequot Capital Management.

The Ronald McDonald House offers temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients undergoing treatment at New York City’s 14 major cancer treatment centers, and their families. The House can accommodate 84 families and is filled to capacity almost every night. It provides programs and services for the kids and families, from spiritual care, tutoring and summer day camp to visits from certified therapy dogs.

“Without the Ronald McDonald House, so many families would have nowhere to turn,” Hilfiger said. “These children are facing one of the biggest challenges of their lives, and they do it with such admirable tenacity and grace.”

Hilfiger said he has visited the Ronald McDonald House several times, and on each occasion, “I am overwhelmed by the love and thoughtfulness of the organization.”

Ronald McDonald House children provided a special touch for the evening. “Each centerpiece on every table [depicting iconic New York buildings] was handcrafted by the kids,” said Bob Woodruff of ABC News, host for the gala.

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