by LYDIA COBB | photo by Soul of Photography

Helping Families in Medical Crisis

Hundreds of guests at the Le Cirque du ROMP fundraiser for Ronald McDonald Charities of San Diego will always remember seeing legendary musician Steven Tyler perform. This event was orchestrated through the volunteer leadership of Rancho Santa Fe resident Jennifer Gramins. The Ronald McDonald House is a forty-seven bedroom facility that houses families with a child being treated at a local hospital. “An injury or illness can happen to any one of our kids and I am happy to know that the Ronald McDonald House is there should we ever need them,” shared Jennifer.

Jennifer has lived in The Lakes in Rancho Santa Fe for two years and is warmed by the generosity of her community. She has been active with the fundraising committee for four years. “When my friend, Fernanda Whitworth, asked me to co-chair the ROMP last year, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” explained Jennifer, who transitioned to this year’s event chair.

volunteer_main2Le Cirque du ROMP, now in its fifth year, raised $620,000. Jennifer was joined by an event committee who chose an ocean view La Jolla location, circus theme, and supported staff in production details. The production designer sprinkled in Parisian flair – and of course, there was Steven Tyler, who headlined the evening performance. The greatest part of fundraising, to Jennifer, is watching how every dollar raised goes to provide hot meals, showers, and more importantly, peace and respite for families facing a medical crisis.

Jennifer is familiar with caring environments. She provides consulting services in the management of dental offices. Her husband, Dr. Robert Gramins, is a partner of La Jolla Oral and Facial Surgery and Boulder OMS Oral and Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Poway. Their 3-year-old son, Van, keeps them entertained, along with Van’s older brothers Jason and Ryan. Robert is an avid golfer and loves to surf and fish. Jennifer is a nutritionist and enjoys personal fitness, cooking, and hosting gatherings at their home.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego encourages volunteerism. They need assistance at the front desk, volunteer drivers to assist with managing donations, and house services volunteers. Jennifer added, “As someone who has been fortunate to be blessed with a healthy child, I can only imagine the stress and fear these families are experiencing.” Thanks to Jennifer Gramins, and many other talented individuals who join together, families that experience medical crises can receive much-needed comfort during life’s toughest times.



Name: Jennifer Gramins
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
Volunteer Affiliation: Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego
Profession: Senior Consultant
Family: Married with one son
Interets: Golf, Pilates, and work