On Tuesday, Aug. 24, something was cookin' in the kitchen at the Ronald McDonald House in south Fort Myers.
The house, which benefits families who have sick or critically ill children, is located at 16100 Roserush Court, near HealthPark Hospital which holds the Children's Hospital.
The Ronald McDonald House depends on the community for the majority of its food and supplies, and on Aug. 24 a crew from the Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Cape Coral was there to do its part.
Volunteer cooks, from left, RJ Hagewood, Jason Jones and Capt. Joey Shogren with the food they prepared at the Ronald McDonald House at HealthPark..
The Rehab Center sent over its fishing team, "Team Cape Rehab," to prepare a meal for the very deserving families.
"It's our pleasure to help out, in anyway we can," said Capt. Joey Shogren.
The fishing team, which is sponsored by the Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, is participating in the McFlat's Invitational today, Sept. 4, at Tarpon Point Marina. All proceeds from the tournament go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
"It's such a worthy and deserving cause, and the Rehab Center has been so great to us, we wanted to find a way to spread the love," fishing team member Jason Jones said. "I came here straight from the airport, I was on vacation and my flight back was delayed, but I called them and told them I was on my way, I wouldn't miss this."
Co-captain R.J. Hagewood stated, "It really makes us happy at the Rehab Center to know that we have a team that shares the same philosophy of giving back to the community that we do."
"At the Rehab Center, we are all about helping people, and so is the Ronald McDonald House, said Shavon Chester, who works at the Rehab Center and was on hand to supervise.
The team prepared barbecue chicken, Jason's Famous Baked Beans, fresh corn on the cob, Cesar salad and lemon crme cake for dessert. "It's a lot of food, but we figured they could have leftovers," Shogren said. "It's really great when different organizations come through and help out." Leanna Gonzalez, who works at the house, said.
Since 1996 the Ronald McDonald House has helped families with ill children at the nearby Children's Hospital.
"We have a full house right now, so we really appreciate people helping us out, said Karen Marshall, the house manager.
For more information on the Ronald McDonald House, or to help out, contact the house directly at 239-437-0202.