Cycle for a Cause

Red Shoe Society's Spinathon Written by Kate Hogan

Do you love happy hours, events, and networking while also benefitting a great cause?If so, I have just the group for you.

Almost exactly 5 months ago, I graduated early from TCU. Less than three weeks after that, I started my first job at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth (RMHFW) as their Development Coordinator. The word “eager” is probably an understatement… 

The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth provides a “home away from home” for almost 1,000 families each year. The families that stay at RMHFW have a child undergoing medical treatment in one of the nearby hospitals. RMHFW helps alleviate the most stressful time in a family’s life by providing a place to sleep, eat, and relax.

My job now

Through internships and volunteering throughout college, I knew that working at a nonprofit organization was what I was meant to do. I office within our 57-room, 55,000 sq. ft. House and to say that my job is rewarding is, once again, an understatement. I’ve cried with parents as they told me what their family is going through. I’ve entertained siblings while their mom took a much-needed break. I’ve eaten meals with children who just want normalcy in the midst of their treatment. The list goes on and on. 

 My day-to-day is never the same, but my main roles as Development Coordinator include helping fundraise through third party events and pop tabs, giving tours, and helping with our large special events. However, I have found that one of the parts that I look forward to the most is assisting with our young professionals group, the Red Shoe Society.

 

 

 

The REd Shoe Society

The Red Shoe Society (RSS) is a group of diverse professionals ranging from attorneys to accountants to nurses to everything in between. With access to RMHFW special events and countless networking opportunities, the Red Shoe Society is a sought-after group to be a part of in Fort Worth. But, somehow in between all of these activities combined with their full-time jobs, RSS members raise more than $70,000 for the House each year. RSS raises this money through volunteer efforts, such as cooking meals for our 57 families, and fun, fast-paced fundraising events. With a chili cook-off in the spring and a tailgate event in the fall, RSS’s summer event, Spinathon, is quickly approaching.

 

Date: June 1, 2019
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: Shops at Clearfork

How to Join on June 1

On June 1 from 10am – 1pm, RSS will be hosting our annual Spinathon fundraiser presented by Full Psycle. Full Psycle is setting up 10 stationary bikes in the Plaza at the Shops at Clearfork and putting on 3 exclusive 30-minute cycling classes. We have a goal of obtaining 30 riders and challenging each rider to raise $500 through creating their own fundraising page and sharing it with friends, family, coworkers, followers, etc. There is still an opportunity to ride and fundraise so if this is something you would be interested in, please visit the links at the bottom of the post!

 Through RSS, I have not only found great mentors, but also friends. They have shown me that if you care about a cause, you will make time for it no matter how busy you are. While the exclusive events and happy hours are a plus, people join RSS because they believe in the mission of Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth and will stop at nothing to make a difference in the lives of our families.

 If you are interested in riding or creating a fundraising page for Spinathon, please visit RSSSpinathon.org to sign-up. If you would like to donate and help the Red Shoe Society hit their Spinathon goal, please visit GiveRSS.org. For more information, email Kate.Hogan@rmhfw.org.

 If you are interested in becoming a member of the Red Shoe Society, please email Ryan.Barrera@rmhfw.org.

Michelle, aka @fortworthwoman, is a teacher turned counselor turned mommy turned entrepreneur.

Michelle has a passion for connecting, encouraging and informing about the good happening in our city. The good people, events, food, stores, entrepreneurs, and good deeds are her focus. She has created a niche for herself by using social media as a native marketing tool that has created meaningful exposure for local businesses in Fort Worth to a wide but very particular local audience.