The Dream Team

a different kind of

Giving back

Alone we can do so little;
Together we can do so much.

Born in the wake of the successful and long running Hopscotch and Slide event, the “Dream Team” is a group of dynamic and creative young professionals who volunteer their time to change the landscape of non-profit fundraisers in the Capital Region.

The area has a robust schedule of events throughout the year to benefit the many wonderful and dedicated organizations that serve our community.  The Dream Team saw an opportunity to offer unique, exciting, and different ways to raise much needed funds to support the depth of programming and services offered by these organizations.  The Dream Team partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Albany in 2015 to deliver the inaugural event, The Masquerade.  Over the past three years, the Dream Team has added a few new creatives, which has enhanced the experience and allowed this endeavor to grow with tremendous success and sell-out events.  In addition, Capital Masquerade has collectively raised almost $293,000 for RMHC of the Capital Region!

Kate Otis

Kate Otis

Co-Chair, Est. 2015

I wanted to do something big for Ronald McDonald House and started assembling a diverse team of talent to create a truly unique event for the region.  After we launched The Masquerade, I was amazed at how many people told me that they’d stayed at the Ronald McDonald House, or someone very close to them had.  The impact RMHC has on families is even more widespread than I ever knew, making it even more important to raise needed funds and awareness.

Eli Rabinowitz

Eli Rabinowitz

Co-Chair, Est. 2015

I’m proud to be a part of the 4th Annual Masqerade in support of Ronald McDonald House.  Engaging the community to raise funds to serve children and families when they need it most is truly an honor.

John Daniels

John Daniels

Est. 2015

The Ronald McDonald House Masquerade event positively impacts many children and their families in our region at the time they need the most help.  It is impossible not to help and make the Masquerade the success it is.  Our purpose since day one has been to help engage young professionals and benefit an organization that helps children and their families here in our home towns.  We have the perfect mix of business and creative professionals on our team.  I love this.

matt mazzone

matt mazzone

Est. 2015

Being in the catering business, special events are what I do.  Doing it for the community and Ronald McDonald House Charities makes it even more rewarding.

Maureen Neufeld

Maureen Neufeld

Est. 2015

My entire career has been in the nonprofit community, and I am always looking for more ways to give back.  No one gives more than the Ronald McDonald House.  Getting involved with this event year one was a great opportunity for me to use my fundraising and theatrical background to make a positive impact on an important cause.  And it’s always great to find new ways to get the community to rally behind a charity that you believe in so strongly!

Mike Schinnerer

Mike Schinnerer

Est. 2015

After working with cutting-edge graphic design, photography and fashion projects and events for over 20 years, this Masquerade concept seemed like a natural evolution. I love to collaborate and create eye-opening images and experiences that our upstate region has rarely seen. I’m honored to be part of this incredibly talented Dream Team, and to help support “The House that Love built.”

Jamie Thompson

Jamie Thompson

Est. 2015

After having founded the Hop Scotch & Slide event that benefitted local children, being involved in the community remained extremely important to me.  I’ve been involved in many charitable efforts and RMHC stood out as another group I wanted to help, alongside people I enjoy and respect from my Hop Scotch & Slide days.

Suzy Wenskoski

Suzy Wenskoski

Est. 2015

Being able to help Ronald McDonald House Charities is a wonderful feeling.  Knowing that I can do my part and take my passion for hospitality and focus it on such a special event as the Masquerade is even more fulfilling.

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown

Est. 2016

I have met so many individuals who have been served by the Ronald McDonald house during some their most trying times. The love and support they have received there is so inspiring, but they can’t do it all alone. The House needs all of our help.  Joining this team was a perfect blend of my skills as an owner of an event design firm and my past background in fundraising.  I am grateful to be even a small part in helping RMHC continue to help local families in need.

Christopher henry

Christopher henry

Est. 2016

All throughout high school, I was involved in many ways to raise money within my community for Ronald McDonald House.  When I was asked to join the Masquerade team, I thought “what better way to bring it full circle with RMHC!”  I am certain with our passion and effort with this event, we can help many families who need Ronald McDonald House’s support.

 

julie potter

julie potter

Est. 2016

My interest and devotion for Ronald McDonald House Charities began with my own children.  I have always tried to express to them how special it is to wake up each day without sickness or concerns for your well-being.  I wanted to show them that if you possess the ability to help someone who can’t help themselves, then you have a responsibility to do it!  Every day!  No matter the amount, even if it’s just kind words.

Katherine Wright

Katherine Wright

Est. 2017

Growing up n the South, we were taught to have great affection for “our neighbors” (even the ones you didn’t know).  You always pitched in, were there to lend a hand, and do whatever you could to be there for someone in their time of need.  Ronald McDonald House embodies this idea of helping your neighbors and provides amazing support to so many families in need, making their times of hardship a little bit easier to bear.  I believe in the goodness of people – and that the greatest thing we can do is give what we can to help our neighbors in need.

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Our Community & Charity

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region help serve and sustain families in our local area when serious illness or injury strikes the most cherished part of their lives, their children. By providing housing, meals and other assistance the RMHC aims to create comfort during truly distressful times in these families lives. Every dollar raised at the Masquerade, whether it is through ticket sales, sponsorships, auction purchases, or donations, goes directly into supporting the mission of "The House That Love Built".

Contact Us

Ronald McDonald House Charities
139 South Lake Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
info@rmhcofalbany.org
518.438.2655