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Charities/Royalty Contributions


There is an old Irish proverb that says, "It is in the shelter of each other that people live." As of December 2017, over 40 non-profit charities have benefited yearly from the book advances and royalties for Firebird and The Lost Concerto, including Imagination Library, First Book, and Rainbow Therapeutic Riding. For the last 20 years, grants have been awarded by my Sundial Foundation to worthy organizations that support our under-served families—both locally and nationally. So, if you've bought one of my books, thank you for helping to make a difference.

As of January 2018, I have established a new family fund—the Helaine and Ronald Mario Fund—which will continue Sundial's work with the addition of royalties from my third novel, Dark Rhapsody. The mission of the fund is, in Gandhi's words, to "Be the change you wish to see in the world." So we will continue to reach out to our most vulnerable women, children and families by supporting children's reading programs, inner city food banks, education, health, shelter, child protection, the arts and economic development, with an emphasis on programs that promote dignity, independence and safety, and combat poverty, hunger, sickness and homelessness.

From 1998 to the present, Sundial Foundation—and now the Helaine and Ronald Mario Fund—has given more than one half million dollars to families in need. The non-profit organizations supported by the foundation include those listed below.

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American Red Cross—crisis relief
Arlington Food Assistance Program
Arlington Free Clinic—mammograms
Boston Rescue Mission, MA
Boys and Girls Clubs of DC and FL
Bread for the City
Bright Beginnings, DC
Capital Area Community Food Bank
Camp4Kids—4 camps, at-risk kids
Camp Casey—kids cancer/horses
Carpenter's Shelter, VA
"Christmas in April"—homelessness
Childhelp, VA
Chessie's Accessible Playground
Child Justice & Justice for Children
Children's National Medical Center (AIDS, Generations, Child Protection, Clinics, NICU, Mobile Units, HOOPS)
Child Protection Center, Sarasota FL
College Bound
Community of Hope—mammograms
Community Ministry of Mont. Co.
Crossroads Family Shelter, Boston
Cure Autism Now
DC KIDS—foster care
DC Central Kitchen
DC Diaper Bank
Doorways for Women and Families, VA
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids
First Book
Food 4 Families—Thanksgiving/December 25
Food Bus, Inc.
Garfield Rec Center, DC
Gilda's Club—cancer support
Habitat for Humanity, VA
Hand to Hand—families in crisis
Heifer International—African self-help
Help the Homeless Walk, DC
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Hoop Dreams—inner city scholarships
Hope for Henry
House of Ruth—domestic violence
Hurricane relief—Katrina and Sandy
Imagination Library, Sarasota
Jill's House—special needs children
Kennedy Center Outreach, DC
Kid's Coats/Alliance Hispanic Health
Levine School of Music—scholarship
Little Blue House
Music Summer Camp, Salvation Army
Make A Wish Foundation
Make It Right/Housing—NOLA's 9th
Mary House—housing for families
Martha's Table
My Sister's Place—domestic violence
Multiple Sclerosis—women's programs
National Mental Health Awareness
NoVa Therapeutic Riding
Operation Purple Camp—military kids
Pediatric Brain Cancer Research
Playtime Project—homeless children
Project Harvest
Project PJs, founded by SunDial Foundation (bears, books and pajamas)
Race for the Cure
Recordings for the Blind
Rainbow Therapeutic Riding
St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home
Suited for Change—suits for women
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
Save the Children—local and international
THEARC—Theater; BoysGirls Clubs; Grandparents Program
Therapeutic Riding—4-H
Toyland, Salvation Army
Turning Point Center—women/children
Valley Hospital NICU
Vital Voices
Washington Area Women's Foundation
Washington Ballet—low income families
Yellow Ribbon Fund