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Red Shoe Society

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As young professionals, all members assist in raising awareness for the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida whether through networking at social events, preparing dinners at the House, or creating fundraising events. Our wish is that all of our members use their time with the Red Shoe to create meaningful memories and learn how their contribution can have an enormous impact in our own backyard.

Red Shoe Society members have the opportunity to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, coordinate and participate in fundraising events, and host socials to network and spread the word about our mission.

The Red Shoe Society hosts quarterly meetings as well as several great networking events. Members are welcome to join various committees headed by chairs on the Red Shoe Society Executive Committee. Becoming involved is a great way to meet other young professionals interested in community service and make a difference in the lives of the children and families served at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida.

Mission Statement

The Red Shoe Society’s mission is to raise awareness and support for the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida in their efforts to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families.

The Red Shoe Society of North Central Florida’s Plane Pull gives teams of 10 people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull an airplane while raising vital funds for RMHC North Central Florida. This action-packed event combines strength, teamwork, and competitive spirit to raise funds for seriously ill children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. All are welcome to form a team – organizations and businesses, groups of friends and family members, religious organizations, and everyone in between.

If you’re interested in creating a team or sponsoring this event, please visit

If you’re interested in joining or have questions, please contact us at


Membership is open to all young professionals ages 21 or older. Members are expected to pay the annual membership fee of $25 per person or $40 per couple. To remain active, members must attend a House Tour within the first three months of membership and volunteer at a minimum of four service or fundraising events per year. The Red Shoe Affair is our Annual Fall Fundraiser so attendance at this event is mandatory. In addition, we host quarterly all-member meetings where members will have the opportunity to join various committees to gain experience to serve on the Red Shoe Society Executive Committee.



2018-2019 Executive Committee

Matthew Ryon, President – Member Relationship Specialist Supervisor, VyStar Credit UnionToni-kay Gordon, Membership Vice President – Human Resource Assistant- UF Health Department of Pediatrics
LaQua Burney, Secretary – Research Administrator, UF Health Pediatrics
Alesa Willis, Activities Co-Chair – Research Coordinator, UF Radiation Oncology
Erica Silver, Activities Co-Chair – Forensics Manager, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
Natalie Ourhaan, Social Media Chair – Graduate Student, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Karma Kelts, RMHCNCF Liaison – Director of Volunteer Services, Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida

Red Shoe Society Members

Stacy Beal, Secretary – Physician, UF Health
Ghadeer Dawwas Ph.D. Student, University of Florida
Beth Eng – Account Executive, WCJB TV20
Carla Hooser – Quality Control Officer, Campus USA Credit Union
Sarah Houder – Executive Assistant, Eat the 80
Alisha Kinman Katz – Marketing Coordinator, UF Health
Brittany Lee – Vice President, Florida Blue Farms, Inc.
Desiree Machado, MD – Pediatric Physician, UF Shands Pediatric Cardiovascular Unit
Sara McNair – Congenital Health Center Administrator, UF Health 
Christopher Militano – Fiscal Assistant, UF Health Pediatrics 
Cristin Owens – Director, UF Health
Chloe Richardson – Personal Archivist and Stay-at-home Mom
Laura Shiver – Sales Manager, AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown
Marcia Swope – Professor, Santa Fe College



For the dates of our upcoming events, please check out the calendar below. For more detailed information, click on the event you are interested in.

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RMHCNCF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) and therefore contributions to RMHCNCF may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility.