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|RCA Press Release for December 14, 1982|
Tony Bennett sang Christmas carols and Mickey and Minnie Mouse entertained today at a special Christmas party for children and their families at The Ronald McDonald House.
The party was sponsored by RCA VideoDiscs.
On behalf of RCA, Mr. Bennett presented The Ronald McDonald House with a stereo video disc system and a video disc, "A Tony Bennett Songbook," and Mickey Mouse proffered a complete selection of Walt Disney video disc albums.
In making the presentation, Mr. Bennett said he hoped the new home entertainment system "would bring many hours of joy and relaxation to the families who are here now and to those who will follow in the months and years to come. They say 'laughter is the best medicine,' and Walt Disney is the best doctor of laughs that I know."
Thomas G. Kuhn, Division Vice President, RCA VideoDiscs, said, "RCA is very happy to be able to help the brave children and their families at the McDonald House. A gift of Disney video discs will have an ongoing appeal to all of the special kids at The Ronald McDonald House."
The Ronald McDonald House in New York, one of 43 internationally, is a temporary home-away-from-home where families of children being treated for cancer, leukemia, and other serious diseases can reside while the child receives treatment at a nearby children's hospital.
Vivian Harris, President of the New York residence, said: "Although some hospitals provide limited live-in accommodations, parents just can't be at a child's bedside 24 hours a day. At a Ronald McDonald House, the parents have a place to rest and let their other children lead as normal a life as possible. Children being treated as outpatients can often stay at the House, too."
Families pay a minimal $10 a day to stay at the House. Families who can not afford to pay anything stay free of charge.
The Walt Disney video disc albums presented to The Ronald McDonald House by Mickey and Minnie Mouse included: "Disney Cartoon Parade' Vols. 1, 2, 3, and 4," "Dumbo," "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea," "The Love Bug," "Old Yeller," "The Absent-Minded Professor," "Mary Poppins," "Escape To Witch Mountain," "Candleshoe," "The Bears And I," "The Great Locomotive Chase," "The Apple Dumpling Gang," and "The Shaggy Dog."