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PUBLISHED: 4:17 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities
GUSTAVUS - Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours will donate a two-night stay and Glacier Bay tour as part of a larger five-day Alaska vacation package to be auctioned off at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska's 19th Annual Auction & Gala 2007. The black tie auction, to take place on Oct. 20, 2007 in Seattle, Wash., will benefit the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, the second largest Ronald McDonald house in the world.

More than 600 attendees will gather at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Towers for the event titled "The House That Love Built."

All proceeds from the auction directly support operations at the Seattle house, enabling families with critically ill children undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital to have access to a home-like environment, regardless of their financial situation. Over the last ten years the auction has raised more than $5.5 million for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska.

The highest bidder will stay at the Glacier Bay Lodge. located on the shores of Bartlett Cove-the only overnight lodging inside Glacier Bay National Park.

The winner and guest will also enjoy a catamaran tour, which allows for an intimate view of marine and coastal wildlife alongside massive glaciers and towering mountains.

The eight-hour tour is fully narrated by a National Park Service interpreter and lunch, beverage and a souvenir mug are included. Total value of the Glacier Bay Lodging and Tour contribution is $725.

"About 11,000 families stay in our Seattle house per year, with 12 to 15 percent of the children coming from Alaska," said Diana Finnerty, executive director the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska.

"For every $140 we raise, the Seattle Ronald McDonald House may support a family for a weeks stay."

"We are pleased to contribute to the Alaska vacation package," said Al Gonzalez, general manager of Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours. "

We know the proceeds from this package will help many Alaskan families with their stay at the Seattle house, allowing them to focus on healthy and happy recovery in comfort."

For more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska, please log on to www.rmhcseattle.org.

For more information on Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours, visit www.visitglacierbay.com or call 888-BAY-TOUR.


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