Neteffects’ Winemaker’s Dinner Benefits Red Cross and Ronald McDonald House

Helping people in need at the Red Cross and the Ronald McDonald House was the theme of the most recent community support efforts of NetEffects staff and clients. To all who participated, a warm “thank you.”



In an effort to help alleviate suffering in Missouri during the recent floods, an urgent appeal was sent out for cash and manpower to support the overtaxed American Red Cross who has been responding to flooding across Missouri and the United States.

In response, staff and consultants, with a matching company donation, raised $2,000 to support the Red Cross relief efforts, which included opening three temporary shelters for those forced out of their homes and providing meals and emotional support.

An urgent appeal was also made for volunteers to help fill sandbags in a number of areas threatened by rising rivers. A number of our folks responded, and for that we, and those who needed help, are eternally grateful. You only had to watch TV news to understand what a valiant effort was made to successfully save homes and businesses.

If anyone would like to donate to the Red Cross, who is now actively involved in helping those impacted by this hurricane season, checks can be made payable to the “American Red Cross” and mailed to Michelle Zipfel, NetEffects, 500 Chesterfield Center, Suite 350, Chesterfield, MO 63017 or donations can be made directly by clicking here.


Reaching out to out-of-town families who need a place to stay while their children are in a St. Louis hospital, the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is a welcomed “home-away-from-home.”

And that’s why NetEffects reached out to help RMH with a special WineMaker’s Dinner and Charity Auction, raising almost $7,000 for RMH. This was all made possible thanks to the generosity of our clients, silent auction donators, Villa Farotto, Lindy Eberhardt and Mandy Tipton of the Ronald McDonald House. Thank you to all that helped to make this event a success.

Hot auction items included a pair of original seats from the first Busch Stadium and six limited edition bottles of red wine donated by the Lasseter Family Winery and Mike Benziger.

Two of the auctioned bottles carried a special Pixar “Cars” or “Ratatouille” label; only 150 cases of the 2003 red wine were made, all for fund-raising donations only. The other wines, of various vintages were each autographed by either Mike Benziger or John Lasseter.

Special guest was Lasseter Family Winery Wine Master Bart Hansen who discussed wine pairings with each part of the dinner.
The dinner was held in the Lamborghini Auto Gallery in Chesterfield, a most unusual setting for a most successful fund raising event.

The first Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis opened in July 1981 with seed money from local McDonald’s owner/operators and donations from corporations, organizations, individuals and foundations.

Currently there are two homes and eight extended-stay apartments with accommodations for 39 families a night.

Additionally, two “family rooms” have also been opened, one at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, the other at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. A third family room is set to open at Cardinal Glennon this Fall and plans are to build a third house on the campus of St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.

Over 20,000 families from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries have benefited from the services and hospitality provided by volunteers and staff of the St. Louis facilities.


In 1973, Philadelphia Eagles football player, Fred Hill, and his wife, Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, had leukemia. While traveling into Philadelphia for treatment at the Children’s Hospital, they met other families with sick children in the same situation. These families drove hours to the hospital to be with their children, only to sleep overnight in waiting room chairs and to eat from vending machines because they had nowhere else to go.

Fred Hill and his football team decided to do something for these families — build them a “home-away-from-home” in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles teamed up with local McDonald’s owner/operators to raise money to purchase and restore a house near the hospital — and the first Ronald McDonald House was born. Since that time, more than 180 Houses have been built world wide.

The Houses provide the comforts and conveniences of home for as little as $5 per night, and no family is turned away because of their inability to pay.