Sunday brunch took on greater meaning for more than a dozen Booth volunteers this week. Booth Social Impact, an active club that facilitates opportunities for students to give back to the wider Chicago community, hosted Sunday brunch at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. The House’s program, “Meals from the Heart,” brings in different organizations to provide meals for families staying there throughout their children’s medical treatment.
The Ronald McDonald House at Lurie is just two years old, one of five such houses in Chicago, and can accommodate 87 families, making it the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. To serve with Meals from the Heart, Booth Social Impact brought together students to prepare a variety of breakfast casseroles, fruit salad, and caramel sticky buns. We came prepared for high attendance, and sure enough, the crowds swarmed in right as we finished laying out the buffet line. As a bonus, when brunch was fully underway and everyone had filled their plates, we were invited on a tour of the House, which included checking out the toy closet, the Chicago Bulls game room, and the rooftop garden and playground. We were all very impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities.
Overall, it was a successful culinary venture and a great way to give a little back to the children in treatment, their families, and the Ronald McDonald House. It was also a great way to meet other students, as chopping vegetables or kneading dough leaves plenty of time to swap stories about Booth and beyond.
Jillian Larson, Emily Stewart | Current Evening MBA students, Booth Social Impact Group co-chairs