BEND, Ore. -

There was a ton of energy in the Trinity Lutheran School gym Sunday night for the Ronald McDonald House Charities' first annual "Hoops for the House" basketball game.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Oregon partnered with the Harlem Ambassadors, an entertaining traveling basketball team, for the inaugural game.

The house expects to raise $8,000 from the game. Executive Director Kristy Krugh said the money donated will help provide lodging for families with children in the adjacent St. Charles-Bend hospital, among other things.

“It means the world to all of us -- more than it even means to me, it means directly to our guest families, because every donation that comes into our charity stays right here, serving local families,” Krugh said.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities has been in Central Oregon since 1997.

In addition to the basketball game, there was a raffle, an autograph session with the Harlem Ambassadors and a special celebrity appearance from Ronald McDonald himself.

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