Hearts of Gold

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Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Oie Osterkamp with Ronald McDonald.
Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Oie Osterkamp with Ronald McDonald. Photo by Scott Kinser.

February’s snowstorms might have postponed the celebration, but you just can’t keep the man in the red shoes down! The Ronald McDonald House of Durham moved its Hearts of Gold gala to the spring, commemorating the 35th anniversary for the nonprofit that has provided a home away from home for thousands of seriously ill children and their families. Guests, including representatives from Ronald McDonald House Charities Global, gathered at Angus Barn for the annual fundraiser, which raised $275,000 for the organization. The first Heart of Gold Award was presented to Dr. John Falletta, founding board member of Ronald McDonald House of Durham and former member of Ronald McDonald House Charities Global board of directors.

Oie presents Ronald McDonald House of Durham founder Dr. John Falletta, the first Heart of Gold Award recipient, with “The Tree of Love and Hope,” an original artwork by artist Elizabeth Singletary. Photo by John Van Ness.
Oie presents Ronald McDonald House of Durham founder Dr. John Falletta, the first Heart of Gold Award recipient, with “The Tree of Love and Hope,” an original artwork by artist Elizabeth Singletary. Photo by John Van Ness.

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.
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