Minneapolis; January 29, 2018: As the granddaughter of the former Philadelphia Eagles owner and co-founder of the Ronald McDonald House Leonard Tose, Marnie Schneider was raised with a dedication to family, charity, and sports. Tose helped found the Ronald McDonald House in 1974 when Eagles player Fred Hill’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, prompting the team to raise money for the hospital and later for a house where children and families could find rest and refuge from the hospital. Now, Schneider is giving back to these communities she calls family through her love letter to football cities, sports fans, and first responders: her Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog series. On Feb. 2, Marnie will be sharing her first book in the series at a luncheon for children, patients, and families at the Ronald McDonald House – Oak Street in Minneapolis.
Longtime family friend, humanitarian, entrepreneur and Ronald McDonald House Charities supporter Cosmo DeNicola, who owns a private healthcare, technology, publishing, professional sports, and entertainment holding company called Cosmo DeNicola Companies, will be joining Marnie for this unique event. Cosmo will speak to the guests about being a champion both on and off the field, while Marnie will share her experiences as an author, what inspired her first book in the Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog series, and exploring topics such as the connection between sports and family; the Philadelphia Eagles past, present, and future; high school sports programs; and the evolution of the sports world. Marnie’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A, book signing, and some kid-friendly activities, including a chance for guests to try on her grandfather’s NFC Championship ring.
“We are excited to welcome Marnie and Cosmo to the Ronald McDonald House to celebrate professional football in America and the Super Bowl in Minnesota”, said Jill Evenocheck, President & CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest (RMHC-UM). “We are so grateful for the generous donations of books to our school and making a fun event for our families around the big game.”
Learn more about the Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog series at www.footballfreddie.com.