High school friends reunite to give back

December 19, 2018
This is their third annual party in support of RMHC Toronto.
The Committee presents a cheque to RMHC Toronto
From left to right: John Kladakis, Ted Sullivan, Lily Jordanidis, Maggie Ramirez-Hodgins (RMHC Toronto Family Room Coordinator), Ashley Gilbert, Gus Jordanidis, Darryl Gabriel.

It’s been 30 years since members of The Committee went to high school together, but the friendships they formed there are still as strong now as they were then, if not more so.

When a number of the friends reunited three years ago at the funeral of Gus’ father, they decided to harness their energy and their relationships for good.

Ted Sullivan and five of his friends formed a group called The Committee to organize an annual party for their friends and families, and they turned it into a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto.

“We have friends who have used Ronald McDonald Houses, so when we found out the money from community donations directly supports families, we knew we wanted to help,” says Ted.

The Committee hosted its first dance party in 2016, and this year, they became RMHC Toronto’s largest community-driven fundraiser, bringing in an impressive $44,670. Over three years, they have raised $86,627!

Ted says his friends are motivated by the fact they are making a difference.

“We all left in tears when we had our first tour of the House. We know what we are doing is so important and it’s a cause we can feel good about.”