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Village Green raises $29,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Andrew Fritch, Ziggy Ansah, defensive end of the Detroit Lions, and Missy Wang shared some good times at the annual Splash Day.

Andrew Fritch, Ziggy Ansah, defensive end of the Detroit Lions, and Missy Wang shared some good times at the annual Splash Day.

Detroit …When Ziggy Ansah, defensive end of the Detroit Lions, blew the whistle for dozens to take the plunge into Village Green’s unheated pool at Regents Park apartment community in Troy on May 7, the jumpers made a big splash for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit’s Hearts, Hands and Home expansion campaign, raising a total of $29,000.

The Corporate Splash Day campaign and event in Troy raised $8,000 and was combined with $21,000 raised at other splash day events held by Village Green communities in southeastern Michigan to net a $29,000 donation to the Detroit House at 4707 St. Antoine, Suite 200.

“This is our 25th annual Splash Day fundraising celebration and the 13th to benefit Ronald McDonald Houses across the country; last year we raised over $1,000,000 nationally,”said Roger Tertocha, corporate communications director at Village Green, and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. “Having Ziggy Ansah from the Detroit Lions participate was great – family means a lot to him and he’s a lot of fun.”

Corporate executives and property associates from southeastern Michigan wore silly costumes and Ronald McDonald’s signature red-and-white striped socks at the event. Village Green’s President and COO Diane Batayeh and Roger Tertocha were among those who took the plunge. Participants raised funds to support the cause: providing a “home away from home” for parents at the Ronald McDonald House while they tend to a child who is hospitalized due to a serious illness or injury.

After the pool splash, participants and guests had a BBQ and held a raffle and silent auction to benefit the

Paxton Mueller, of the Junior Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit; and Carl Pressprich clown around with Ziggy Ansah, defensive end of the Detroit Lions.

Paxton Mueller, of the Junior Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit; and Carl Pressprich clown around with Ziggy Ansah, defensive end of the Detroit Lions.

House. Village Green is a corporate sponsor of the House, which provides lodging, meals and supportive services to families of children experiencing a health crisis – a mission that aligns with Village Green’s “We Care” philosophy of apartment property management.

“When people are having a good time, they are willing to open up their hearts and wallets for charity. We, at the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, are extremely grateful for their generosity,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the House.

Funds from the “Hearts, Hands and Home” capital campaign will be used for an endowment and to help fund amenities, such as bus service and art therapy, at the residence that recently celebrated its one-year anniversary at 4707 St. Antoine. The House was formerly located next to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, which needed the space to expand the hospital.