Monday, December 13, 2010

Drawing for Ronald McDonald House

This past Saturday, I felt extremely privileged to be a part of a great day for a great cause. For the past number of years, McDonalds and Warner Bros. studios put on a holiday party for the Los Angeles families of the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House is a “Home Away From Home” for families of children undergoing treatment for serious childhood illnesses at nearby hospitals. They provide a caring environment where families receive support services through a wide array of programs designed to assist them during their difficult time.

The party was held at the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, CA where there was all you can eat hamburgers, turkey dogs, cake, cookies and cotton candy, lots of rides and great activities.

As part of the event, animation legend Art Leonardi organizes a station where 20 to 30 cartoonists take requests from the kids to draw their favourite cartoon characters for them. I got a lot of Bugs Bunny requests, some Batman drawings for the boys and surprisingly a bunch of Superman drawings for the girls. There were some Ariel and Tinkerbell drawings I did as well, the girls weren't all about the super heroes.

My good friend Jason Martinsen (above on the left) was there drawing as well, Art Leonardi (center) cranked out some fantastic Pink Panthers, and that's me on the right.

Easily, the biggest thrill of the day was seeing the smiles on all the kids faces, I had so much fun spending time with them and really hope I get another chance to do something like this again.

While I was there, I also got a chance to visit the most amazing christmas location I could ever think of. On the studio lot, they have the Griswold house from Christmas Vacation. I knew it was the house from the strange smell coming from the storm drain.