Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Red October

Since our inception in January of 2012 Red Shoe Cville has made it our goal to always have fun while working toward our goal of raising money for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville (RMHC).  Whether we're concocting a new recipe at our annual Chili Cook-Off, sharing an old recipe with RMHC residents at our Monday night Guest Chef gigs, or knocking a few items off the 'ol To-Do List during our Saturday Work Parties, there's one thing you can always rest assured we will be doing and that is HAVING FUN.   You can trust us when we say that what we have in store for this you October will be no exception.  (Hint: it involves beer.  Really good beer).

Here's the scoop:

Throughout the month of October we will be teaming up with our friends at Three Notch'd Brewing Company to host our first annual "Red October" celebration.  During the entire month the generous people at Three Notch'd will be donating $1 for each pint of a specially designated beer to Red Shoe. Yes, you read that right. You order a delicious Three Notch'd beer and we get a dollar.  Pretty much the best fundraiser ever, right?  

But wait - it gets even better!  To make things even more fun Three Notch'd will be tapping a new "Red October" beer every Tuesday in October and on that day they will double their donation.  Beer for you, $2 for Red Shoe and a great time for everyone at one of the coolest places in town to hang out.  Told you we knew how to have fun!

Red October kicks off on Tuesday, October 7 at Three Notch'd Brewing Company at 5:30pm.  The gang at Three Notch'd will be pouring the newly tapped Pumpkin Ale - our friends from Papa John's will be serving up some hot delicious pizza (try the Red Shoe Special!) - music will be playing...and we just may have some of those highly sought after Red Shoe Beer Mugs for sale.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Red Shoe Special

No time to make dinner tonight?  Here's an idea...

Papa John's of Charlottesville has generously offered to team up with us to help us support our mission of raising money for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville.  In addition to providing monthly meals at the House Papa John's now offers a "Red Shoe Pizza Special" in which $1 of each purchase of a large 3-topping or specialty pizza is donated to Red Shoe!  Simply call in or place your order on-line for the Red Shoe Special and $1 of the purchase price automatically goes to us. It's that simple - not to mention that everyone at the dinner table is happy, too!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Putt-Putt Power

Dust off your putter and RED shoes and come join us for a great time!  The Professional Putters Association will hold is Hall of Fame Classic Tournament at our very own Putt-Putt on Rio Road. 
Now we did not even realize that there was a PROFESSIONAL Putt Putt Association but we are beyond excited to catch the action live.  We even have a really neat opportunity for you to play with the pros to show off your skills and maybe even win a prize or two. 

As a part of the festivities the PPA (Professional Putters Association) is hosting a Pro-Am Event this Thursday evening, July 31st, as a fundraiser for the House.  To make this a success all we need is YOU to come play with us!  Yes it really is that simple.  We know its last minute but when else do you get to act like a kid to help the children of the Ronald McDonald House Charity of  Charlottesville.  We have placed a link to the registration page below and all the major details that you will need.  If you run into any other questions please just drop us an email at and we will be more than happy to help. 

Happy Gilmore was known for screaming at his ball to just GO HOME and by coming and playing some putt putt with us you can help the families staying at the House have a home away from home till they can, just like the ball, finally get back to theirs. 

Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Putt-Putt Event:
     * WHEN: Thursday July 31st at 5pm
     * WHO: Red Shoe Cville Supporters play for FREE (if you are reading this then YES you count)
     * WHY: Help the families of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville (and its fun)
     * WHERE: Putt-Putt on Rio Road

Monday, July 21, 2014

Grand Re-Opening

Earlier this spring we were fortunate to be invited to celebrate with RMHC staff and residents for a Grand Re-Opening pizza party at the house, courtesy of our friends Papa John's of Cville.  We were all blown away by how beautiful the house renovations turned out and agreed that we couldn't wait for our next opportunity to make dinner for the residents just so we could use that amazing kitchen.  (Check out photos on our Facebook page). 

And speaking of may have heard that our local Charlottesville Papa John's has a pretty awesome special going on right now called the "Red Shoe Special".  Order any large 3 topping or specialty pizza and Papa John's donates $1 to us!  Dinner and a donation just by placing an order?  That's our kind of meal and our kind of deal!   Thank you, Vic and entire Papa John's team, for rockin' your red shoes with us!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Red Shoe Rendezvous - Polo Edition

When we first got together as a group one of the goals we had for Red Shoe Cville, in addition to participating in philanthropic endeavors to build awareness and raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville (RMHC),  was to have a lot of fun.  Well, over two years in to it we are proud to say that we have not only managed to achieve that goal, but we've exceeded it - we're having a blast! To celebrate the success we've had this past year we are planning a summertime "Red Shoe Rendezvous" at one of C'ville's great spots for summer fun - Sunday afternoon polo matches at King Family Vineyards.

We welcome all of our members, volunteers, friends and those interested in learning more about Red Shoe Cville to throw on their red shoes and join us on Sunday, August 17 at King Family for an afternoon of food, wine, some great polo and, of course, a lot of fun!  Look for the Red Shoe Cville banner at the polo field from 12:00pm - 4:00pm and stop by to share glass of wine and celebrate the fun we've had together serving the incredible RMHC residents and staff! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dinner Time


Looking for a chance to participate in one of the many ways we help the House?  How about signing up for one of the monthly dinners we provide for the residents?  By giving us just a few hours of your day to prepare a meal, you can help create a sense of home and provide some comfort for those going through one of the toughest times of their lives.
How does this work?  
Red Shoe provides dinner for the residents of the House on the 3rd Monday of each month.  Typically we volunteer in teams of 2-4, though we encourage individuals to sign up as well, as we can match you with others for the same date (we will NOT let you end up preparing dinner on your own!).  Groups usually spend around $100 total for meal preparation. However, careful planning can make it much less and splitting the meal 4-ways helps alleviate the costs. Additionally, the House supplies drinks for the residents, so you don't need to worry about that. 

Dinner needs to be ready at or just before 6:30.  You do not need to stick around to serve - just clean up after yourself, load the dishwasher and head on out for the evening. The House recently underwent some major renovations and the new kitchen is awesome! If you like to cook this is a really fun way to get together with a few friends and spend an afternoon using an amazing professional kitchen while making a difference in the lives of others. 

With the wonderful renovations also came a few new guidelines we need to follow when preparing dinner for the House.  These guidelines can be found at along with helpful hints on how much to prepare and what to expect.  The biggest difference from our meal prep in the past is that food must be prepared at the House or in a commercial kitchen

How do I sign up? 
Signing up to prepare a meal is as simple as clicking on the following link  And don't fret if you're new to the process. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Carl Schwarz, can come to the house on your first evening to give you a brief orientation and make sure you're comfortable with everything. And, if you have any questions you can contact or 417-540-1791.   

Your help is so greatly appreciated and brings comfort to those who really need it. THANK YOU SO MUCH!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Let's Party!

As you may know, it takes a lot of effort to keep the the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville (RMHC) running 24-7, 365 days a year.  Despite their incredible dedication and long hours, the staff never seem to have enough time to get absolutely everything done.  To help alleviate at least a little bit of their stress, two of our Board Members (Super Carl and Mike the Great) have coordinated with the the RMHC staff to create an opportunity for our volunteers donate a little bit of their time to help get some of these things done.  We are affectionately calling these opportunities  "Saturday Work Parties".  

Here's how it works.  The House staff will be creating a running "To-Do" list for us, which we will make available to our volunteers.  On the first Saturday of the month we will get together to tackle whatever needs to be done. All you have to do is sign up for a Saturday that works for your schedule (see Sign Up Genius link below) and show up at the house to help that day.  Tasks are generally easy and should take no more than an afternoon. Recent Saturday Work Party projects included mulching the front yard and moving patio furniture and putting together lockers in the House pantry.

Saturday Work Parties start at 1:00pm so you can get your own Saturday work out of the way (or sleep off all the fun you had Friday night!).  So, if you're itching for another great way to help out the House (and trust us, every bit of help that you can offer really is valuable), sign up for one of these Saturday afternoons. The feeling you get from helping is so much greater than the small amount of time you actually commit, and, dare we say, it can actually be a really good time.  (Not to mention, you get to spend the afternoon with your extra super fun fellow Red Shoe members).  

So, what do you say - are you ready to come party with us? Next party will take place on August 2, but don't despair if you can't make than one, there's plenty of room in the months that follow! Just let us know you're coming by signing up at  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrate the 4th with Red Shoe & Papa John's

As many of you know, Vic and his team at Papa John's of Charlottesville have generously offered to team up with us to help us support our mission of raising money for the Ronald McDonald House of Cville.  In addition to their "Red Shoe Pizza Special" (in which $1 of each purchase of a large 3-topping or specialty pizza is donated to Red Shoe!) and monthly meals for the house, they’ve offered to donate a portion of their proceeds from the Charlottesville 4th of July celebration at McIntire Park to us – Awesome right!?  We just need volunteers to assist Vic and Papa John's at the event.  
We'll be there from 4:00pm-10:00pm and will take your help for as little or as long as you can provide it. This is a great chance to be a part of one of C'ville's great traditions, help us earn cash for the House and an excellent opportunity to get an up-close view of the fireworks!  If you can make it, please respond to our doodle poll here  
Questions? Email us