Portland, OR. The Portland Winterhawks teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington for the first annual Hockey Challenge, presented by Budweiser at the Moda Center on February 17th. The Hockey Challenge was a day-long hockey tournament that brought together hockey-enthusiasts from all over Oregon and SW Washington to raise funds for the three local Oregon Ronald McDonald Houses. Each team skated on behalf of a family with a seriously ill child staying with RMHC. Through the Hockey Challenge RMHC Oregon & SW Washington hope to raise nearly $75,000.
Each year RMHC provides support to thousands of families from across Oregon, the US and the world. RMHC offers one-of-kind programming and support including free night stays, home cooked meals prepared by volunteers, pet therapy, childcare, arts and crafts, and a beautiful place to stay just moments away from the hospital. Beginning this year, RMHC Oregon & SW Washington is able to provide nearly 5,000 more nights for families to stay each year. On average, RMHC families travel 495 miles and a family checks into one of the three Oregon Houses every five hours.