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Annandale Campus Hospitality Management Department Donates to the Ronald McDonald House

August 22, 2008

Debbie Wargo, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C., stands behind Chef Mike Herbert (AN) and Program Director Janet Sass (AN) at the Ronald McDonald House at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

The Hospitality Management Program from the Annandale Campus donated surplus table settings to the Ronald McDonald House®. “These will help not only our Falls Church location” said Debbie Wargo, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington D.C., “but also a new Ronald McDonald House coming soon in Washington, D.C.” The items donated included plates of various sizes, flatware, bowls, coffee cups, saucers and an assortment of other items used for table service. These items sat unused in a storeroom since 2003, when the Hospitality Program upgraded their place settings to enhance their catering class. “It’s time someone got some use out of these,” said Janet Sass, program director for the Hospitality Department, “and it may as well be for a good cause.”

Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home–away–from–home” for families of seriously ill children being treated at local hospitals. Their goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and comforting environment for the families who stay with them, thereby eliminating the worry of remaining nearby and being accessible to their hospitalized child.

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