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Thousands for Ronald McDonald House Raised by Local McDonald’s

“Give a Little Love” raised funds to help provide support to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 11, 2015)— Continuing its commitment to the community, Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington McDonald’s® Restaurants helped raise thousands during the annual “Give a Little Love” campaign to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI). This year, over $211,178.51 was raised for the charity from January 22 to February 15.

More than 100 Central Illinois and Peoria/Bloomington McDonald’s restaurants participated in the campaign. The money that was raised will go directly towards providing a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at Springfield-area hospitals.

“Even during a frigid winter, our friends and neighbors here in Central Illinois showed their kindness and compassion for our “Give a Little Love” campaign,” said Kelly Thompson, Executive Director of RMHCCI. “We are so thankful for the generous donations from the customers, but we also want to thank our local McDonald’s Owner/Operators and their crew for all of their hard work. We truly appreciate their support.”

To “Give a Little Love,” customers donated $1 or more at their local Central Illinois or Peoria/Bloomington McDonald’s restaurants. Customers who made a donation had their names displayed on a paper heart in the restaurant, with one hundred percent of the proceeds staying local and benefiting the families staying in the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with sick children that are receiving treatment at one of Springfield’s medical facilities. Amenities include a private bedroom and bathroom, home cooked meals, laundry facilities and more. RMHCCI, located at 610 North Seventh Street, serves over 400 families each year and was recently renovated in 2014, expanding from 12 to 14 bedrooms and receiving needed major improvements in the kitchen and living areas.

“It’s important to us to be a valuable member of the communities we serve,” said Steve Jeffers local McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois is an important asset to our area, and the incredible support from the community is essential to keep the house running smoothly for all of these families.”

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois and ways you can help, please visit www.rmhc-centralillinois.org

Asian Indian Women’s Organization presents $55,000 check to Ronald McDonald House

IMG_1550SPRINGFIELD, IL (December 18, 2014) – Vasanta Mushunuri , President of the Asian Indian Women’s Organization (AIWO), and other members of AIWO presented a $55,000 check to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) on Wednesday, December 17. The money was raised through their recent 9th India Night held on November 14, 2014.

RMHCCI has been the beneficiary of this biennial event for the last 18 years.

“We cannot say thank you enough to the women of the Asian Indian Women’s Organization for all their hard work on organizing the India Night,” Kelly Thompson, Executive Director of RMHCCI, said. “Their generosity and support of our charity is truly amazing. The impact they have made over the last 20 years for us cannot be understated. We are so grateful for them.”

The Asian Indian Women’s Organization was a major part of the recent “Labor of Love” renovation and expansion project of the House. They are a founding member of the Children’s Healing Corner as well as the sponsor of one of the House’s guest bedrooms. Their donations from past India Night events also enabled RMHCCI to purchase a vehicle for the charity’s use.

If you have any questions regarding the presentation, please contact Development and Communications Coordinator, Johanna Moll, at 217-528-3314 ext. 148 or jm@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

Pictured are members of the Asian Indian Women’s Organization and Ronald McDonald House board members and staff.

SCHEELS and Medals4Mettle to present check to RMHCCI

SPRINGFIELD, IL (November 5, 2014) – SCHEELS and Medals4Mettle will present a check to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) on Friday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. The media is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The money was raised through the recent SCHEELS Treadmill Marathon held on October 25, 2014. RMHCCI is grateful to be the recipient of the Treadmill Marathon funds for the second year in a row.

The check presentation – given by Amy Beadle and Marah Icenogle from SCHEELS and Scott Dahl from Medals4Mettle – will take place at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, 610 N. 7th Street in Springfield, Illinois.

SCHEELS was also a recent sponsor of the Atrium in the newly renovated Ronald McDonald House, which re-opened to families October 17, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the presentation, please contact Development and Communications Coordinator, Johanna Moll, at 217-528-3314 ext. 148 or jm@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

About Medals4Mettle
Medals4Mettle collects medals from runners to donate to those who are battling serious and debilitating illnesses and who have demonstrated similar courage and mettle in fighting those illnesses. Medals4Mettle’s mission is to provide an opportunity for endurance athletes and runners to pay it forward by enabling the gifting and awarding of earned medals to others who demonstrate similar mettle, or courage, as they face life’s challenges.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities ® (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Ronald McDonald House Charities ® of Central Illinois provides a temporary home away from home for those families whose children are receiving medical treatment in Springfield. In an effort to reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for families, the House provides a caring, home-like atmosphere for its guests.

Newly Renovated Ronald McDonald House to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening

“Labor of Love” Renovation Project set to be revealed to the public on Oct. 16

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October 10, 2014) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) is excited to announce the Grand Re-Opening of their newly renovated home.

RMHCCI will be hosting a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Thursday, October 16 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The Grand Re-Opening is open to the public and guests will have the opportunity to tour the newly renovated house. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served following the ribbon cutting.

RMHCCI launched the “Labor of Love” renovation and expansion campaign based on a growing need for more room in the Ronald McDonald House. The renovation included much needed updates to the kitchen and living areas as well as the addition of two bedrooms. The additional rooms will allow the House to provide a home away from home for up to 14 families at one time.

RMHCCI began the renovation and expansion project over two years ago with a 17-member Renovation Committee comprised of staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and local community leaders and led by Board President Karen Jeffers. The Committee worked with fwai architects as the design and architectural firm for the project.

“We are overjoyed to finally open the newly renovated Ronald McDonald House and share it with the community,” Kelly Thompson, Executive Director of RMHCCI, said. “We couldn’t have completed this amazing renovation without the immense outpouring of support from the central Illinois community. Many businesses, groups and individuals are responsible for making this project possible, and we cannot say thank you enough to them. We are truly grateful!”

The Grand Re-Opening Celebration will take place at 610 North Seventh Street in Springfield, Illinois and will begin with the ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.

Guests are asked to kindly RSVP for the Grand Re-Opening to Johanna Moll at jm@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) is to
Provide a supportive home away from home for families with children receiving medical care in Springfield. RMHCCI serves approximately 400 families per year who travel to Springfield from throughout central Illinois. For more information, visit www.rmhc-centralillinois.org, follow RMHCCI on Twitter (@RMHCCI) or like RMHCCI on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rmhcci).

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 58 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs provide access to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better.

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