2009-09-16 / Features

McDonald House Residen Throws First Pitch

McDonald House Residen Throws First Pitch

Mr. Met poses with two young guests at the 2009 annual Mets event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. 
The ceremonial first pitch at the Mets-Marlins game on Tuesday, September 8 at Citi Field was thrown by Steven Currall, 8, whose family is staying at The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Steven, who was accompanied by his father Ed, stood tall in front of the pitcher’s mound and fired a strike to Mets catcher Josh Thole.

 During the game, friends of RMH-LI were all in attendance at Citi Field as a part of the 2009 Mets Fundraising Event for the House. Those in attendance had phenomenal seats in the Mets Party Suites and the opportunity to meet Mets great Rusty Staub. Guests also took a chance at exciting raffle prizes such as a Nintendo Wii and ESQ wristwatch. Mr. Met also made an appearance and posed for photos.

 “The Mets event, which is in its fifth year, has always been a great fundraiser for The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and this year was a huge success at Citi Field,” RMH-LI Executive Director Joanne Reda said. “The new stadium is spectacular and we are grateful for the support from the New York Mets organization.”


The images of RMH-LI residents Ed and Steven Currall posing with Mets catcher Josh Thole aired on the big screen at Citi Field after Steven threw the ceremonial first pitch.
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is a home away from home for families who are caring for seriously ill children undergoing medical treatment in area hospitals. Located on the campus of Schneider Children’s Hospital, the house accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. Since the house opened in 1986, approximately 13,000 families from the United States and more than 80 countries around the world have been served. Many of the families are from Queens, Suffolk and Nassau Counties, as well as the surrounding metropolitan area.  



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