WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- After a friend asked Laura Landau to dine at the Melting Pot Monday, another friend told a friend, who told a sister, and suddenly Landau, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., was waiting for eight women to join her at the White Plains restaurant's "fondu-raiser" for the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley.
"You don't know how many times friends have tried to get me out on a Monday night," Landau said, while explaining that she endured the rain and a weeknight out for a nonprofit she cares about. "But I was like, 'It's for the Ronald McDonald House.""
Landau, who has helped decorate the 12-bedroom Ronald McDonald House for various seasons and holidays, praised the nonprofit for providing families of seriously ill or traumatically injured children with a home while their kids underwent treatment at local hospitals.
"We really want to help because we've been touched. I have a friend from Valhalla whose son was sick in Manhattan and they stayed in the Manhattan Ronald McDonald House. You don't know how many people come out and say how much the Ronald McDonald house helped," said Landau.
On Monday, the Melting Pot on Mamaroneck Avenue sat 130 reservations and other more last-minute diners who ate enough to raise $725 for the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley. Proceeds from a raffle for Six Flag tickets, a "fondue to go" basket, and other goodies brought in another $800.
The Melting Pot manager Kathy Longo said the event almost tripled the amount of customers the restaurant typically served on a Monday evening.
"It's phenomenal. It makes us feel good to reach out to the community and help out with the Ronald McDonald House because they do great things for kids," said Longo.
For every "Big Night Out Meal" ordered at the restaurant this July, the Melting Pot will donate $1 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley, which is located on Maria Fareri Childrens Hospital grounds in Valhalla.
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