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Will Golf For $10,000,000

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The fall 2008 LUV Classic is upon us—that’s the big golf tournament that Southwest Airlines holds each year to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses. Tee off is at 7:00 a.m. or at 1:00 p.m. depending on what group you are in. Don’t get too excited, though, if you are not already on the list, or the standby list, I’m afraid you won’t be playing golf this year. However you still can help the Dallas Ronald McDonald House—come to the party, which starts at 6:00 p.m. Or you can attend our spring LUV Classic in Phoenix on May 15, 2009, but more on that in a few months.

On this episode of Red Belly Radio, I speak with Barbara McDermott, executive director of the Dallas Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and Lori Skinner an event specialist currently working on the LUV classic golf tournament.

The Communications department where I work recently served lunch at the Dallas RMH and while I was there (multitasking at its finest) I spoke to Barbara about their plans for the forthcoming new building and she hints at a surprise announcement.

Lori tells us about the LUV Classic golf tournament and how to buy tickets to attend the party. It is held at the Bear Creek Golf club which is on the south side of DFW airport.

Over the years, Southwest Airlines, through the LUV Classic, has donated more than $9.5 million to multiple Ronald McDonald Houses and this year we expect to top the $10 million mark! I understand that a giant check will be presented at the event and often wondered if banks hate when people try to deposit those things.
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Hey Steve, I love to hear about Southwest’s charity the Ronald McDonald house. I learned a lot from the podcast. My family was very close to using the house in Kansas City when my daughter Addison was diagnosed with HUS. HUS is a rare disease that targets infants and early childhood. Addison made a speedy recovery and we never left her hospital room. Others are not so fortunate. The Ronald McDonald house is so important for the comforting of those who otherwise have so many other burdens to bear. My family is praying for Natalie Jane Hood enter NatalieJane to visit her page and join us supporting her in her fight. - The Arvin Family
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I was fortunate enough to attend this year's venue where a few of my colleague handed out golf gifts for women during the rounds of play. Great charity and lively event.