Elisa DiStefano, NewsdayTV; Jennifer Nicholson, COO, RMHC NYM; Leah Laurenti; Anthony Nunziata; Joy Mangano; NYS Sen. Mario Mattera; Nick Croce, RMHC NYM. (Photo: Ronald McDonald House Charities NY Metro)
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Concert raises $45K for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Over 200 guests attended a gala benefit concert hosted by the Ronald McDonald House Charities NY Metro at the John W Engeman Theater in Northport.

The concert, held on Tuesday, June 18, raised $45,000 to help support the charity’s Capital Campaign to build a new Ronald McDonald House at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

Emceed by inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, the event featured performances by vocalists Anthony Nunziata and Long Island’s own Leah Laurenti, who opened the show with a heartfelt rendition of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.” 

“I want to thank our event sponsors and guests for showing up in support of our efforts to build a home-away-from-home for families with sick children here on Long Island. Our goal is to relieve as much stress as possible so families can be there for their sick children,” said Nick Croce, co-chair of the Stony Brook Advisory Council and RMHC New York Metro board member. 

Construction for the new Ronald McDonald House in Stony Brook is set to begin this year, with an expected opening in 2026. The new facility will feature 30 private bedrooms, plus a fitness center, communal kitchens, a movie theater, a playroom, and much more. It will provide essential support to families, ensuring they can stay close to their hospitalized children without the added burden of finding and funding nearby accommodations. 

To learn more or to get involved in the Capital Campaign to build the Ronald McDonald House at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, visit:  https://www.rmhcnym.org.

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