This week’s Ronald McDonald House fundraiser brought in about $150,000 in donations – but it may have quite a bit more after one discovery Thursday morning.
Volunteers collecting money throughout the county during the “Red Boot Fundraiser” found a diamond wedding ring in one size-14 red clown shoes, said Chuck Day with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The volunteers believe the ring with several stones in it fell off between 6:30 and 9:30 Thursday morning.
However, it could also be a donation too, Day said.
“Someone may have dropped it in, or someone may have just said, ‘here, take this,’” Day said. “You never know.”
Another possibility is that the ring could have been left in someone’s change dish. Perhaps a spouse grabbed some change for the boot, unaware of the valuable possession.
This hasn’t been the first time a valuable donation has been left in the big red boots – donated or not. Two years ago, a pair of diamond rings was dropped into a show. The owner still hasn’t come forward, but the organization is reluctant to consider it a donation.
“There may be a rule, but we’re going to exercise some caution before we claim it,” Day said.
No one has come forward yet to claim the ring. If you think it might be yours, contact Gail Sullivan at the Ronald McDonald House Charities at (858)-467-4750 with a detailed description of the ring.