NEW YORK, NY – October, 2011 – School of Rock and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) teamed up for an inspiring summer tour that brought 50 Years of Rock n Roll to 22 cities across the country and raised a combined total of over $23,000 for local RMHC Chapters. The “Rock The House” tour featured the School of Rock AllStars, which represent the top tier talent coming out of School of Rock’s national music program.
The “Rock the House” tour gave School of Rock students the opportunity to travel the country playing great music while making a profound difference in the lives of the many children and families that are helped through RMHC each year. The summer tour included a stop at a Ronald McDonald® camp where the AllStars performed for some local families currently being helped by RMHC. Many School of Rock locations are situated near local RMHC Chapters and this tour provided the perfect opportunity for School of Rock students to help other kids in their communities.
“Giving back is one of our fundamental values,” said Chris Catalano, CEO of School of Rock. “We inspire kids to rock on stage and in life and this summer our students were able to help make a difference in the lives of children around the country and in the communities where they live. We are really proud that the tour raised such a significant amount of money and that we are able to share it with a charity as wonderful as RMHC.”
“The highlight of the tour was performing for the children at the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times® in Palm Springs,” said Soraya Sebghati, a 17 year old School of Rock All Star who performed on the Rock The House Tour. “The kids in the audience were blowing bubbles, throwing beach balls, dancing and having fun. Afterwards we signed autographs and got to hang out and it was really meaningful to spend time with the kids and to be a part of something so special.”
The 22-city tour raised a combined total of $23,245 for local RMHC Chapters across the country. RMHC has spent the last 37 years working to improve the health and well being of children and helping families stay together while facing the weight of a child’s illness. The money raised will go to support RMCH and their core programs like the Ronald McDonald House® which provides families stability and vital resources while their child is recovering at a nearby hospital.
“Beyond the monetary contribution, we are very thankful for this year’s tour because it gave RMHC families a few hours of cheer to share together during an otherwise difficult time,” said Marty Coyne, president and CEO, RMHC.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 54 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit www.rmhc.org, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC), or like RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).
About School of Rock:
For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. Our students develop confidence, talent and skills, through our beginner, intermediate and advanced music programs. We offer music lessons on guitar,bass, piano, vocals and drums in an authentic, performance-based environment. School of Rock operates 71 schools in 26 states and Mexico, with new locations opening nationwide. We are expanding rapidly to meet the demands of kids who want to play music, be in a band and for parents who appreciate music education. With opportunities available nationwide, it’s an exciting time to open a music schoolfranchise with School of Rock! Visit www.SchoolofRock.com for more information.