Mar 27, 2014



Isabella Santos Award to be presented April 24 at Ronald McDonald House Annual Event

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 27, 2014) – During the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte’s annual Girls’ Night Out event April 24, The Isabella Santos Foundation will present an individual that is making a difference in the community with the Isabella Santos Award. Nominations are being accepted now.

As sponsor of Girls’ Night Out, a signature evening of fashion, fun and fellowship, The Isabella Santos Foundation created the award in honor of Isabella Santos, a seven-year-old girl who recently lost her battle with Neuroblastoma.

Throughout her five-year battle with cancer, Isabella whole-heartedly believed in making the world a better place. A frequent volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, the vivacious believer fundraised and baked cookies for families staying at the house.

“Isabella’s passion for helping others was infectious,” said Erin Santos, president of The Isabella Santos Foundation. “We hope this award will not only reward someone in the community who lives a life with the same dreams and aspirations of Isabella but also inspires others to reach out and make a difference.”

“Isabella’s spirit remains with us today and continues to inspire us to love and care without limits,” said Mona Johnson-Gibson, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. “We are so proud of this partnership and look forward to recognizing a person worthy of Isabella’s admiration at Girls’ Night Out.”

To nominate an individual exemplifying compassion, strong leadership, serves as a role model to others, values family, and perseveres through adversity, please visit http://www.rmhofcharlotte.org/news-and-events/annual-events/isabella-santos-award.

Entries will be accepted until April 1.

In addition, tickets to Girls’ Night Out are available starting at $60 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.rmhofcharlotte.org/news-and-events/annual-events/girls-night-out.

To learn about the Ronald McDonald House, visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter #GNOCLT.

About The Isabella Santos Foundation:
The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) is a 503(c) nonprofit that raises funds for Neuroblastoma research, pediatric cancer and local children’s charities in memory of Isabella Santos who lost her 5 year battle with Neuroblastoma on June 28, 2012. Since their conception five years ago, ISF has raised over $300,000. Recently $180,000 was raised in September during their 5th Annual 5K for Kids Cancer and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run. For more information on ISF, visit www.isabellasantosfoundation.com.

About Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte:
The RMH of Charlotte opened in May 2011 and serves the families of children being treated at Levine Children’s Hospital and Hemby Children’s Hospital. Located on the 1600 block of East Morehead Street on land donated by Carolinas Medical Center, the House features approximately 35,000 square feet of living space complete with 28 bedrooms (one family per bedroom/suite), providing more than 10,000 nights for the families. It also has a community kitchen, great room, learning center, playground and sitting porch. The RMH of Charlotte is an independent 501 (c) (3) charity managed by a local board of directors which oversees operation of the home. RMH of Charlotte is funded and operated by the Charlotte community. The mission of the RMH of Charlotte is to provide the families of children being treated in area medical facilities with a safe, affordable and caring “home away from home.” For more information on RMH of Charlotte, visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org.


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