“Cowboy Hoedown” Event Brings Smiles to Pediatric
Cancer Patients in NYC
July 20, 2012 | Nearly 100 pediatric
cancer patients, their families and volunteers gathered together for an
evening of play at the Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) 5th annual
summer event held at the Ronald McDonald House of New York City.
The “Cowboy Hoedown” themed party helped bring smiles to
the faces of the young children, who donned sherriff’s badges,
cowboy hats and bandanas; played farm-themed board games; ate a
nutritious dinner provided by Fairway Market; and enjoyed a special arts
and crafts project lead by mosaic pop artist Michael Albert. The evening
was capped off with a toy giveaway, ensuring that every child left with
a handful of new toys – and a smile. [View photos from the evening]
“With the help of our generous donors, we were able to create a
special party for these deserving children and their families, giving
them a ‘night off’ from their stress, anxiety and
fears,” said Marisa Medina, manager at TIF.
Events like this are made possible by the generous donations of toy
companies; to learn how to contribute to TIF’s Toy Bank, which benefits children who are sick, in
foster care, living on U.S. military bases, and more, visit www.ToyIndustryFoundation.org.
Donations for this year’s RMH event were provided by Blue
Orange Games, DK Publishing, Family Pastimes, Funrise, Inc., Hasbro,
Private Island Party, Reeves International, and RoomMates (Division of