The DiMichele family was recently honored with the 2020 Sam Perroni Volunteer Award by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA).
During a socially distanced ceremony held on Monday, Dec. 14, the Ronald McDonald House board of directors and staff presented the DiMichele family, including Dean Michele and his son Chad and daughter Nicole, with the award. This award is designed to honor a volunteer who makes an impact on the RMHCA and the local community.
The award is named after Sam Perroni, who worked to establish RMHCA in Little Rock in 1981.
RMHCA board chair Sam Baxter made a presentation in honor of the DiMichele family during the ceremony. Part of this presentation included the reading of a letter from Perroni.
Perroni wrote, “It is a known fact that the foundation of the Ronald McDonald House was built through the energy and commitment of volunteers. The DiMichele family, local McDonald’s owner-operators, set an outstanding example of dedication and leadership to which all should aspire. They have embraced wholeheartedly the idea of ‘to whom much is given, much will be required.’ Dean DiMichele served on the Board for over 14 years, always advocating for families. His daughter Nicole passionately served for six years on the Board and his son Chad volunteers to promote the mission of Ronald McDonald House. They have each been engaged in special projects and committee service to further the mission. I am genuinely pleased to announce that the 2020 Sam Perroni Volunteer of the Year Award goes to the DiMichele family. Thank you for the enthusiasm you have for the mission of the Ronald McDonald House and all it serves.”
Every year, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas impacts thousands of lives through health and well-being programs geared toward children and their families. The 32-room Ronald McDonald House provides services to more than 1,400 families each year.