Peoria House First Responsers Hero Room

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois is building a Ronald McDonald House® in Peoria, IL that will feature 22 mini-suites for families, including a First Responders Hero Room suite! This room is uniquely designed with custom first responders’ memorabilia to encourage and inspire families whose children are using Peoria’s state of the art medical facilities. A unique feature of the hero room will be an honorary PATCH WALL DISPLAY, and we want your department’s patch to be displayed!

Click here for the informational flyer!

Getting your department’s patch displayed is easy! All you need to do is raise/donate a minimum of $200 and send us your department’s personalized patch and donation! See sponsorship levels below!

To submit your donations, you can visit https://rmhc-centralillinois.org/donate-to-ronald-mcdonald-house-charities-of-central-illinois/ or mail a check and your patch to:

Attn: Julie Locke
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois
P.O. Box 5354
Peoria, IL 61601

Sponsorship Levels 

Bronze Level Sponsor $200+  Includes your department’s patch displayed on the First Responders Hero Room.

Silver Level Sponsor $700+  Includes your department’s patch displayed on the First Responders Hero Room and a 4×8 personalized brick on the Pathway to Hope! Your 4×8 brick can be personalized with 3 lines of 16 characters.

Gold Level Sponsor $2,700+ Includes your department’s patch displayed on the First Responders Hero Room and a 8×8 personalized brick on the Pathway to Hope! Your 8×8 brick can be personilzed with either a simple logo or 6 lines of 16 characters. (limited amount of 8×8 bricks remain)

Click here for your Pathway to Hope brick form!


The deadline to submit your patches is October 1st, 2019 so it can be displayed when we officially open in late fall of 2019! If you have any questions please contact Julie Locke by phone at (309) 360-9168 or by email at julie@thedaxfoundation.org.

25th Annual Ronald McDonald House® Golf Classic

Join us on Monday, June 10, 2019 for the 25th Annual Ronald McDonald House® Golf Classic at Piper Glen Golf Club! Registration is open here: rmhc-centralillinois.org

We are seeking sponsors, players and donations of raffle and silent auction items from now until May 31st. Please consider participating this year at a sponsorship level, or gather a team of four golfers. As a sponsor and/or participant, you will help our charity keep families close at a critical time in their child’s life. Complete your sponsorship and register yourself or your team today! You can register and find out more information online, or give us a call at 217-528-3314.

When & Where

Monday, June 10, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Piper Glen Golf Club
7112 Piper Glen Dr.
Springfield, IL 62711

Golfers at 2018 Golf Classic

We will have two flights again this year– an 8:00 a.m. morning and a 1:00 p.m. afternoon flight!
(we will make every effort to accommodate your flight preference)

Schedule of Events:
6:30 a.m. – Check-in for AM flight (includes continental breakfast)
8:00 a.m. – Shotgun start for A.M. Flight
11:30 a.m. – Check-in for PM flight
12:00 p.m. – Buffet lunch (both AM & PM golfers)
1:15 p.m. – Shotgun start for P.M. Flight
5:00 p.m. – Cocktail hour (all welcome; time approximate)

Scramble format, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, course games, mulligans, plus raffle and silent auction!

Raise the Beam Event for Peoria Ronald McDonald House®


May 6, 2019 marks a milestone day for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®. We’re raising a bright yellow beam into place, capping off the structure to the main entryway to the House! This event will take place at the Peoria RMH construction site, located at the corner of Spalding Avenue and NE Monroe Street. To help us celebrate, we’re asking you to come out, sign the beam and show your support for the Peoria RMH. Come for all or part of the event!

Major donors beam signing
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Public beam signing (a $10 donation is suggested)
11:00 a.m. – 11:30
Beam raised into place
11:30 a.m. – Noon

Kids receiving care at area hospitals will also get a chance to sign the entrance beam! In celebration of Mother’s Day and the families we will be serving, we’ll be transporting a 10ft x 8ft beam to the lobby at the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois where children receiving care will sign the beam. Watch the happenings LIVE on Friday, May 10 at 11:00a.m. – Noon and see the second radiant beam take up residence at the Peoria RMH.

To learn more about how you can help our Peoria and Springfield Ronald McDonald Houses in 2019, please contact Kelly Thompson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, at 309-401-2525 or kt@rmhc-centralillinois.org. Together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of sick children and their families!


4th Annual Glow Run 5k

Join us for the 4th Annual Glow Run on Friday, May 3, 2019, presented by the RMHCCI Teen Counci!

Proceeds from the run support the House and the families we serve! At the House we provide families with the essentials of home for as long as they need, at no cost to them. Support of our Glow Run through sponsorships, donations and participation directly impacts our charity and those we serve! Questions regarding this event can be directed to Allaina Blackwell at ab@rmhc-centralillinois.org or (217) 528-3314 x148.

Register for the Glow Run here: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/rmhcoci

*Please note this is a fun run/walk, not a competitive one!

Date and Time: Friday, May 3, 2019. Check-in starts at 7p.m., race starts at 8 p.m.
Location: Hope Pavilion in Southwind Park 4965 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62703
Fee: $30 for Adults 18+ (includes t-shirt, and swag bag), $20 for students ages 12-18, kids 12 and under FREE ($10 for a t-shirt)
Proceeds: All proceeds from this event go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois
What to wear: Course will be covered in black lights, so white and neon colors are recommended. You’re welcome to bring glow sticks and similar items! Have fun with it!!
Please note that shirts can not be guaranteed for registrations after April 22nd.

8th Annual Dave Cope Swing for the Love of It Memorial Golf Tournament

Join us for the 8th Annual Dave Cope “Swing for the Love of It” Memorial Golf Tournament on Tuesday September 10, 2019!


The tournament will be held at WeaverRidge Golf Club in Peoria, Illinois, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a scramble style tournament consisting of 36 teams of four players. A buffet dinner, live and silent auctions and presentation of awards will immediately follow play. Registration for players and sponsors is open so register today!

Schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30 a.m. – Registration and Lunch
10:00 a.m. – Shotgun Scramble
4:00 p.m. – Live and Silent Auction
4:30 p.m. – Dinner

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 9th and all team information by August 30th. Thank you!

Don’t wait, register now!

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 of the event will support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.

All-In Donation Day

Join us on March 21st for our first All-In Donation Day!

We have a goal to raise $20,000 in one day for families at the House! Help support the day by spreading the word using #AllinforRonaldMcDonaldHouse and texting RONALD to 700-00 to give all day! Your donation will help families to stay close together while their child is receiving critical medical care away from home, just like the Ellis family. Read their story here and learn how the House was able to keep them close to each other and to the care their girls needed.

Give a Little Love® 2019


Give a Little Love® campaign at McDonald’s® Restaurants aims to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois

Area restaurants provide support to children and families served through local Ronald McDonald House®

NOTE: Give a Little Love® has been extended through February 24th of 2019! 


CENTRAL ILLINOIS –  (January 25, 2019)—McDonald’s® Restaurants of Central Illinois and its local owner-operators will be providing support to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) from Friday, January 25, 2019 through Sunday, February 17, 2019 through the annual Give a Little Love® campaign.

To “Give a Little Love,” customers can donate $1 or more at over 90 participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout central Illinois. 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 served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. In 2018, more than $150,000 was raised during the Give a Little Love promotion.

The Ronald McDonald House provides the necessities of home for families with a seriously ill child receiving treatment.  At RMHCCI, families can stay together and find strength in numbers during a critical time. RMHCCI provides families with a private bed and bath, meals, laundry, parking and more in order to ease the stress of a difficult time in their lives. Families stay at the House at no charge to them, regardless of their length of stay.  The Springfield House currently serves over 400 families each year, and the Peoria House, estimated to open in late 2019 is estimated to serve 700 families annually. RMHCCI depends on the generous support of the community, especially through the Give a Little Love campaign.  Support from the community is essential to keep the house running smoothly for their families.

The Ellis Family

The Ellis Family, with twins in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.


After a very complicated obstetric history and subsequent losses our twins decided it was time to arrive, despite being 2 months early. Having experienced previous preterm complications, we knew what we were up against.

With over six months of bedrest that had resulted in severe muscle atrophy coupled with one twin delivering and the other twin being a c-section, I found normal daily activities such as standing for a short period of time and walking to be exhausting. It would have been impossible for me to commute 2 hours round trip to visit our babies we had longed for over many years. The nurses suggested we contact the Ronald McDonald House®, which was a true blessing.

Out of all of our trials, it was so comforting to know one thing we would not have to worry about was where we were going to stay while our daughters were in the hospital. We found the Ronald McDonald House to be one form of constant comfort in a time we felt so emotionally vulnerable due to our daughters being premature. It is extremely difficult to enter the hospital with babies and leave empty armed, a feeling we knew all too well from previous complications. But this time we had hope we would eventually leave with both our arms and hearts full. This feeling of emptiness we had felt before was fulfilled by the comfort the Ronald McDonald House offered from many different perspectives. First, we found so much comfort knowing we were just across the street from them. It was very reassuring to know we were minutes away if we were needed immediately. This eliminated a lot of mental anguish that resided within due to our obstetrical history. From a physical perspective, I was able to visit them far more frequently than I would have been able to if I had to commute.

It was very reassuring to know we were minutes away if we were needed immediately. This eliminated a lot of mental anguish that resided within due to our obstetrical history. From a physical perspective, I was able to visit them far more frequently than I would have been able to if I had to commute. – The Ellis Family


The Ellis Family in 2018

Those initial moments and days of bonding are irreplaceable, a time parents will never get back. I am forever thankful that Ronald McDonald House made every moment possible for us. Finally, from a financial perspective, we were so thankful for the generous donors who made it possible for us to stay, particularly since I had been on unpaid leave my entire pregnancy due to bedrest. The fabulous meals and food items donated by local businesses and community volunteers were greatly appreciated throughout the day and made the blessings seem even more abundant. They even had donated toiletry items since most parents, such as ourselves, end up at the house unexpectedly. The Ronald McDonald House and staff fostered a truly healing, peaceful and restful environment that welcomes and cares for families, so the families may provide care and focus all of their time and attention on their hospitalized child(ren). Their service to our community is truly priceless to those parents and families in their time of need. It was a tremendous relief to have the burdens of basic living needs met by complete strangers who suddenly became family.

We were fortunate that our daughters were discharged after a relatively short, fifteen day, stay in the hospital. As we departed the House, we knew we would return, but next time in order to give back. My husband and I have been guest chefs, both with co-workers and now with our daughters. Over the course of our daughters’ upbringing, we have shared the important role Ronald McDonald House played in their arrival. After all it was our home for the first two weeks of our daughters’ lives. We have emphasized the importance of sharing our gratitude to the Ronald McDonald House so other parents can receive the same blessing. I am proud that both of our daughters have chosen to give of their time and talents to show their gratitude back to the House and honor other families who find themselves in need by serving on the Ronald McDonald House Teen Council. We remain forever grateful to Ronald McDonald House for making families a priority in central Illinois.

You can join in on Thursday, March 21, 2019 by texting HOUSE to 700-00 to give and spreading the word with #AllinforRonaldMcDonaldHouse


Raise Love for RMHCCI families!

Raise Love logo over blue paint swash


For a sick child, sometimes the best medicine of all is having family nearby for more hugs, kisses and I love you’s. At Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, we work to help keep families together to their children to do just that.

We can’t do it alone. Through the support of other families, staff and volunteers, we can make a difference for our RMHCCI families. And, now you can help too by creating your very own fundraiser by juggling, swimming, baking, running or creating something totally new! You can do whatever you LOVE to do and raise funds #forRMHC.

So start your fundraiser, reach out to your personal network and use all your talents to help RMHC give families the gift of laughter, love and time together! Get started today at: rmhc.org/raise-love

Questions? Reach out to Allaina Blackwell, Development and Communications Coordinator at ab@rmhc-centralillinois.org



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