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Meet Wynter & Her Family

Wynter was born 16 weeks early on November 27, 2015. She weighed only 14 ounces – not even one pound!

Beginning last December, her mom, Sara, stayed at our Ronald McDonald House while Wynter received care at St. John’s Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). From time to time, her grandma, Teresa, and sisters, Autumn and Summer, would also stay at the House while Wynter was growing big and strong in the NICU.

After almost eight months, Wynter finally went home on July 20, 2016 (pictured here). Because of your support, her family was able to stay at the House free of charge for the entire eight month period. Her mom, Sara, had this to say:

“The Ronald McDonald House has meant so much to my family. They have become a part of our family. Throughout the ups and downs of having a preemie, they were there to support us and offer encouragement, always asking how Wynter was doing and if we needed anything. We can’t ever say thank you enough for allowing us to stay by Wynter while she was receiving the care she needed. It was such a scary time, but the House made it all so much more bearable.”

There’s more to Wynter’s family’s story! Her cousin, Freya, was born 16 weeks early as well on August 13, 2016. Now Freya’s mom and dad, Jennifer and Matt, are staying at the Ronald McDonald
House while Freya takes her turn at growing big and strong in the NICU (pictured to the right).

For this family, the Ronald McDonald House has truly become their home away from home while their little loved ones receive the best medical care possible. Because of your support, Wynter’s family has been able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House for over 350 nights at no cost to them. This winter, please help us continue to keep families like Wynter’s close. Your gift will enable us to provide family-centered care that babies need to be healthy and strong.

Give a Little Love 2017

McDonald’s® Restaurants of Peoria/Bloomington, Central Illinois Encourage Customers to “Give a Little Love” to Local Ronald McDonald House Charities®
Area restaurants provide support to families staying in the Springfield Ronald McDonald House

McDonald’s® Restaurants of Peoria/Bloomington and Central Illinois and each of our local owner-operators will be providing support to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) through the annual Give a Little Love campaign beginning January 30.

To “Give a Little Love,” customers can donate $1 or more at participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout Central Illinois from Monday, January 30 through Monday, February 20. Customers who make a donation will have their names displayed on a paper heart in the restaurant.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will stay local and benefit the families staying in the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Illinois. In 2016, more than $245,000 was raised during the Give a Little Love promotion.

The Ronald McDonald House in Springfield keeps families close by providing them with a place to stay and warm meals to eat during a difficult and stressful time in their lives. Located at 610 North Seventh Street, RMHCCI serves more than 400 families each year. In order to serve even more families, RMHCCI depends on the generous support of the community, especially through the Give a Little Love campaign. Support from the community is essential to keeping families close and allowing them to stay at the House free of charge while their child receives medical care.

“Year after year, we at McDonald’s, see the incredible support the Ronald McDonald House provides to local families in need, and we love to see the community get involved and help us give back,” said Jack Millan, a local McDonald’s owner/operator and RMHCCI Board Member. “We can’t thank our customers enough for their generous donations. We are truly grateful.”

 

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities

artwork promo for webAs an extension of our 2014 “Labor of Love” renovation, we have created an opportunity for donors to sponsor pieces of art in our House.  We have seven pieces remaining!

All artwork sponsors are acknowledged with a plaque at the side of each artwork.  Pieces can be sponsored in honor or in memory of someone as well.

If you are interested in sponsoring a piece of artwork in our House, please call 217-528-3314 x 148 to ensure the piece of art you would like to sponsor is still available.

The remaining pieces are pictured below along with the price.  Thank you for your consideration!

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#10 – $400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#12 – $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#13 – $550

 

 

 

 

 

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#14 – $480

 

 

 

 

 
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#17 – $500

 

 

 

 

 

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#18 – $400

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#20 – $400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for Family Fun Day!

30 years webJoin us as Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois continues to celebrate 30 years of keeping families close at our Family Fun Day!

This FREE event for the whole family will include food, kid-friendly activities, tours of the House and much more!

So we may adequately prepare for the event, please let us know if you plan to attend!  Call 217-528-3314 and speak to the staff member or volunteer on duty.

We hope to see you there!

5th Annual “Swing for the Love of It” Dave Cope Memorial Golf Tournament

30 years webRegistration for sponsorships of the 5th Annual Dave Cope “Swing for the Love of It” Memorial Golf Tournament is now underway! The tournament will be held Monday, September 19th at WeaverRidge Golf Club in Peoria.  The tournament will start at 10:00 a.m. with a scramble style tournament consisting of 36 teams of four players.  A buffet dinner, live auction and presentation of awards will immediately follow play.

The Swing for the Love of It Memorial Golf Tournament is in memory of Dave Cope, who formerly owned McDonald’s restaurants in the Peoria Co-op with his wife, Jayne, since 1990.  The event is organized by McDonald’s Owner/Operators of the Peoria/Bloomington Co-op.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.  Thank you for your support!

For signage and planning purposes, we would appreciate all sponsor registration and payment by August 22nd and all team information by September 5th. Thank you!

Don’t delay, register now!

Summer Newsletter: Meet Carly

20160316_193342The following was published in our Summer 2016 Newsletter, from Carly:

Hi Friends –

When I was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on November 15, 2015, it was scary. My family and I live in Saybrook, Illinois, so we had to travel to Springfield for the best care I could receive.  The week of my diagnosis, my mom, dad and aunt took turns staying with me and at the Ronald McDonald House. I was so glad they were able to stay close by while I was in the
hospital.

I’m still receiving treatment and it is nice for my mom to be able to stay at the House while we’re in town. My mom says the staffis very friendly and makes our family feel at home. She also said it was easy to be able to do laundry and grab something to eat at the House whenever she wanted during my hospital stay. While I’m at the hospital, I sometimes see the Ronald McDonald House
Happy Wheels Cart! The Happy Wheels Cart ladies know I love the stuffed animals, so they always have some special ones for me to pick out. Even Ronald McDonald stops by with the cart to visit!

My school, Ridgeview Elementary, has been collecting pop tabs to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in my honor. Mom and I drop them off at the House when we come to town for my treatments. We’ve collected over 85 pounds since November!

It’s comforting to know my family can stay close to me while I receive care for my cancer, and it’s all because of your support. Thank you – seeing my family makes me really happy.

Carly

13th Annual Antiques Show & Sale

16 antique show for web 2Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois and the Associated Antiques Dealers of America invite you to attend the 13th Annual Antiques Show & Sale!  

Friday, June 3 – 10am to 6pm
Saturday, June 4 – 10am to 5pm
Sunday, June 5 – 11am to 4pm

Orr Building – N. 5th St. & 4-H Ln., Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois
Enter using Gate 11 (Eighth St.) or Gate 9 (Fifth St.)

Over 50 quality dealers from across the US!  Admission $6.00 per person ($1.00 off with cards available at RMHCCI)

Silent auction items available, with all proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House!!

Chipped and damaged crystal repair on premises during the show and sale, as well as repair service for silver, costume jewelry and bead stringing.

Saturday Seminar Series (available with admission for all guests)
2:15pm – Techniques of Repairing Glassware, Silver & Jewelry (Texas Silver Mercantile, Houston, TX, Booth #1)
2:30pm – Why Prints? History of Prints vs Paintings & Photos (Grey Heron Antiques, Atlanta, GA, Booth #53)
2:45pm – Introduction to Moorcroft & Rookwood Pottery (Art Pottery & Antiques, Strawberry Plains, TN, Booth #40)
3:00pm – Exploring American Mid-Century Glassware (Kent Washburn, San Antonio, TX, Booth #44)
3:15pm – The Beauty of Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) (Jerry’s Antiques, Davenport, IA, Booth #10)

For more information, call 386-822-0557 or email aadashow@aol.com.

1st Annual Teen Council Glow Run 5k

16 GC for webRegister now for the 1st Annual Glow Run 5k!  Our Teen Council is a group of high school students from around Sangamon County who have come together to organize this event for RMHCCI.  Please support their project and have some fun too!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available!

Thank you to Allied Plumbing & Heating for being a Bronze Sponsor!

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