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Mini Golf Fundraiser Benefits Ronald McDonald House

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The Ronald McDonald House will take on two adult-sized 18-hole courses this fall. The Ronald McDonald House will take on two adult-sized 18-hole courses this fall.

The grass is a little greener for a Charlottesville nonprofit thanks to families who took a swing on the putt-putt greens Saturday.

All proceeds from four hours of play on Putt-Putt on Rio Road will support the Ronald McDonald House at a time when the organization needs a boost. The Ronald McDonald House is going through a million dollar renovation, and extra cash is hard to come by.

So, on Saturday, mini-golfers hit the course to make a major difference in the lives of families caring for children in the hospital. Putt-putt golfer Robert Maute knows the nonprofit's impact.

"I kind of want to give back to everybody. I had a brain tumor in '84 and I went to the Ronald McDonald House for an injury support group and I also went to Ronald McDonald Camp in Philadelphia and I had a good time," he said.

All proceeds from Saturday will go toward the Ronald McDonald House - a home away from home for families whose loved ones are receiving care at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

"Right now we're in the middle of a renovation so every dollar is precious so it really helps," said Rita Ralston the executive director at Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Right now the renovation team is tackling the third floor.

"It's all stripped down, the bathrooms are about to go in and we have lots of floor work and all new walls so it's a big project," Ralston said.

The hundreds of dollars raised through Putt-Putt will help the house feed its families when construction crews move into the kitchen.

"Usually when people go in to help they cook dinner but that's not going to be possible this year for a few months at a time," said Cammy Leech, member of the Albemarle High School Ronald McDonald House Club.

This event brings the organization one step closer to welcoming more families like Maute's with open arms.

"It felt like family," he said.

The Ronald McDonald House will take on two adult-sized 18-hole courses this fall. The nonprofit has one golf tournament in Harrisonburg in September and another in Louisa in October.

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