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We’ve Another Hero Room Unveiled at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House!

In our last Facebook LIVE, we caught up with Julie Locke and the Marquis family, a major donor for the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House. Check it out below if you missed it! They unveiled the design for a very special Hero Room, located in the Dax Wing. This suite design is a nod to The Wizard of Oz and celebrates 4-year old Marissa Marquis who has spent the last two years fighting leukemia – and is now in complete remission! Thanks to Marquis Energy and your 300 employees for your generous donation. And to Marissa… for loving everything about “the yellow brick road”. Follow us on Facebook to see our next #LIVE event coming up!

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3rd Annual Duck Derby Helps Keep Families Close to the Care They Need!

Join Us at Knights Action Park this Labor Day from 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) will host its 3rd annual Ducky Derby this Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Presented by HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital and hosted at Knight’s Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., Springfield, IL. All funds raised through donations, sponsorships and duck number purchases will go towards supporting families served at the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois. Ducks will swim rain or shine! Gates open at 10:00 a.m.

The free event starts off with a Celebrity Ducky Derby at 10:45 a.m. Come watch as local politicians, servicemen/women, radio and news personalities, and various community leaders race their giant rubber ducks through a portion of the Wild River. The community Ducky Derby will take place after that at 11 a.m. where thousands of ducks are expected to be launched into Wild River. The race will last approximately 10 minutes, with the winners announced at 11:30 a.m.

First place in the Ducky Derby receives $2,500 cash. Second place receives a half-steer of Bunn Family Farms beef ($1,300 value). Third place receives a $1,000 County Market gift card. Plus, those that purchase their ducky numbers before August 23, will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 Visa gift card – an early incentive prize! Winners will be contacted immediately after the race and need not be present to win.

Single ducks can be purchased for $5 each at our website. Sponsor packages, ranging from $25 to $5,000, can also be purchased here. Participants can also download the Duck Derby entry flyer and mail their registration and money to the Springfield Ronald McDonald House® at: RMHCCI, 610 N. 7th St., Springfield, IL 62702. Ducks will be available to purchase at the Derby until 11:00 a.m as well.

In addition to Presenting Sponsor HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital, and prize sponsors BUNN and County Market, top sponsors include Silver Duck Sponsors Mark & Debbi Denzler and HSHS Medical Group and Duckling Sponsors OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois, Angie Acakpo-Satchivi, and Eck, Schafer & Punke, LLP.

For additional information, direct questions to Kelly Thompson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, at 217-528-3314 or kt@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

First Art Gala at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois! November, 2, 2019

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) will host its first Art Gala on November, 2, 2019 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois! We invite you to join us in an exciting one-time event which will feature the artwork to be showcased throughout the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House (RMH).

During the art gala, we will ask patrons to bid on and donate one or more works of art to the Peoria RMH. Artists will in turn be compensated for their efforts to fill the interior space with works creating a warm and comforting House where overnight accommodations and meals are provided at no charge for the families and patients of the local hospitals while their children (ages 0-22) are receiving treatment.

The Peoria RMH is currently under construction with an expected completion date of November 30, 2019.  The new RMH will be located in the heart of the medical district, at the corner of Spalding and Monroe Streets, and will be occupied by the families of newborns to teenagers receiving medical care so content should be appropriate for those ages.

For additional information, please contact RMHCCI at artshow@rmhc-centralillinois.org or by phone (309) 401-2525!

If you are an artist within 200 miles of Peoria and would like to submit artwork for consideration to be displayed in our new Peoria Ronald McDonald House, please visit artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php for more information!

Artists will in turn be compensated for their efforts to fill the interior space with works creating a warm and comforting House where overnight accommodations and meals are provided at no charge for the families and patients of the local hospitals while their children (ages 0-22) are receiving treatment.

Hotels

Mark Twain Hotel

225 NE Adams Street Peoria, IL 61602
Call 309.676.3600
Online Booking at: www.marktwainhotel.com
Group Code: Ronald
$89 + Taxes and Fees

Pere Marquette

501 Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Marriott Reservations
800.228.9290
309.637.6500
Group Code: Ronald McDonald Group
$119 + Taxes and Fees

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois Announces Five New Board Members

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) is pleased to announce five new members joining the RMHCCI Board of Directors.

Justin Ball

Justin Ball, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Bradley University, has a passion for promoting access and affordability to higher education. He serves on the board of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Ball, born in Peoria, grew up in Canton, IL. He earned his M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University, Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from University of Iowa. He lives with his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Chloe, in Mapleton, IL.

Jawad Javed, MD, FAAP

Jawad Javed, MD, FAAP, Division Head and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, is a Midwest native. Javed grew up in Northwest Indiana and has been a resident of the Peoria, Illinois community for the past decade. He has been involved in the education and research of pediatricians over the past decade both regionally and nationally. In addition, he sits on numerous faculty committees on scholarship, quality, research, and patient outcomes both at Children’s Hospital of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He resides in Dunlap, IL with his wife, Zohra, who is also a pediatrician in the Peoria community.

Mary Beth Miller

Mary Beth Miller, Operations Manager, HSHS St. John's Hospital, Women and Children's Center, began her career in 1985 as a staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. As the operations manager she supports the leadership team in the Women and Children’s Center. She has three adult children with her late husband Scott: Eric in Denver, Allison (husband Steve and daughter Claire) in St. Louis and Meredith in Rochester, IL.

Christopher Setti

Christopher Setti, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC), is responsible for the successful development, implementation, measuring and sharing of Greater Peoria's regional economic development strategy. He has worked for the City of Peoria for twelve years, the last five of which were serving as the Assistant City Manager and Director of Economic Development. He and his wife, Eileen, have two daughters and live on the West Bluff of Peoria.

David Matthews

David Matthews is a recently retired community banker from Prophetstown in northwest Illinois. For over 30 years, Dave was Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of a $600 million community bank… Matthews served for 25 years as President of a Community Foundation, helped to form an Education Foundation for the local schools and served on a number of boards and committees of various local community organizations. He and his wife, Cathy are members of Connect Church in Washington.

Read about all RMHC Central Illinois Board Members...

The Summer of Hope

This summer, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois is offering an exciting opportunity for families and businesses to give back and help support the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House®.

Here’s how it works: From June 21 to September 23, give a donation of ANY amount and we’ll include your name on the HOPE WALL. This wall will be located on the main floor of the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House® and will be a prominent feature of the House for years to come.

Be part of “THE SUMMER OF HOPE.” Give online today: https://rmhc-centralillinois.org/donate-to-the-summer-of-hope/

You can mail your donation to Peoria Ronald McDonald House, PO Box 5354, Peoria, IL 61601.

34th Annual Goldwing Charity Ride for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois on September 15, 2019

Want to spend a day outside helping the Springfield Ronald McDonald House another way? Join up with your fellow bikers for the 34th Annual Goldwing Charity Ride on Sunday, September 15. We’ll depart from Effingham at 7 a.m. and make our way to the Springfield Ronald McDonald House where you can grab a light lunch for a donation at noon. The chapter with the most participation gets a $50 prize! Check out the full schedule for the ride. All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois!

For more information, contact Dee Graber at 217-512-0538 or littledee_59@hotmail.com.

  • Travelling Ronald Doll will be awarded for largest chapter participation!
  • Light lunch available for a donation!
  • Raffle tickets for 50/25/25!
  • All participants receive pins!
  • Please bring wishlist items and pop tabs to donate!

Schedule of Events:

7:00 a.m. Depart Effingham McDonald's I-57 to Mattoon
8:00 a.m. Depart Mattoon McDonald's I-57 to Tuscola
9:00 a.m. Depart Tuscola McDonald's to L&R Lumber in Mt. Zion
10:00 a.m. Depart L&R Lumber to Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
11:00 a.m. Depart DCCH to Springfield Ronald McDonald House®
12:00 p.m. Arrive at Springfield Ronald McDonald House®

Download the flyer...

Sponsored by Heartland Cruisers
Illinois Chapter D-2 of Effingham
Gold Wind Road Riders Association

Northwoods Mall Barbecue Cook-Off on September 14, 2019

Come cheer on your favorite BBQ team on Saturday, September 14th at the Northwoods Mall Barbeque Cookoff! This event will not only crown the best barbeque team in the Peoria area (bragging rights guaranteed!), but all event proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois to build the “Bowden the Brave” Hero Room at the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House®. There will also be plenty of family fun and entertainment. Admission is free, and drinks from PACE (Peoria Area Community Events) and food from Smo-King Pit BBQ will also be available to purchase as your appetite desires. Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Barbeque Cook-off for each category, as well as a single Grand Champion.

Hope to see you out there… and don’t forget to invite your friends!

Read more about the Cook-Off on Facebook...

8th Annual Dave Cope Swing for the Love of It Memorial Golf Tournament September 10, 2019

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

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.

Popsicles with a Purpose at Sucré at the Morton Pumpkin Festival from September 11-14, 2019

Contribute to the Cause: Sucré Sweets and Socials is teaming up with the Peoria Ronald McDonald House and Bowden the Brave Hero Room efforts to raise money to benefit the new Ronald McDonald House coming to Peoria, Illinois.

Purchase a popsicle or make a donation to help benefit the build of the 'Bowden the Brave' Hero Room at the new Ronald McDonald House.

Visit the tent set up outside Sucré Sweets and Socials during Morton Pumpkin Festival or find our tent located along the Morton Pumpkin Festival Parade route on Jefferson Street on Saturday morning. We'll set back up outside of Sucré after the parade is over and will be available through the end of Pumpkin Festival.

Please share this event with family and friends so our amazing community can help make a positive financial impact for families receiving care in Central Illinois.

Event Schedule

  • September 11-13: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Visit our popsicle tent outside Sucré Sweets and Socials!
  • September 11-14: 9:00am - 9:00pm
    Find our popsicle tent on the Pumpkin Fest Parade route on Jefferson St in Morton and outside of Sucré after the parade.

Can't make it to the tent or parade but want to donate to the cause? Please contact Keely at Sucré Sweets and Socials at 309-291-5065.

For more information, check out our Facebook event...

3rd Annual Labor Day Ducky Derby September 2, 2019

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) held their annual Labor Day Ducky Derby on Monday, September 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Knight’s Action Park. Funds were raised through donations, sponsorships and duck number purchases, which went towards supporting the families served at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois.

Families and individuals were invited to attend this event and watch the Ducky Derby free of charge. Duck numbers were purchased online or by mailing in the bottom portion of a tear off flyer with check. Flyers can be downloaded and printed out below. Duck numbers are $5 each, with packages of 6, 13, 30 and 50 ducks available for purchase.

Winning ducks from the 2019 Ducky Derby are:

1st Place: Kim Luz from HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital - 2002
2nd Place: Chris Rennison - 2959
3rd Place: Susie Dorton - 2112
Last Place: Patricia Schaefer - 805

Contact the Springfield office at 217-528-3314 X 145 with any questions.

The Celebrity Ducky Derby Winners were:

1st Place: Doug Knight
2nd Place: Tom Arnolts
3rd Place: Jody Thomas

Videos and Pictures from the 2019 Ducky Derby

More videos from the Ducky Derby can be found at our Facebook page...



More photos from the Derby can be found at our Facebook page...

Event Information

Date

Monday, September 2, 2019

Time

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location

Knight’s Action Park
1700 Knights Recreation Dr.
Springfield, IL  62711

Schedule

A celebrity duck derby will take place at 10:45 a.m. featuring local politicians, servicemen/women, radio and news personalities, community leaders, etc. Waterpark tickets are not required to watch the Labor Day Ducky Derby. The waterpark will open at 10:00 a.m. the day of the derby, and discounted admission of  will be offered with proof of duck chance purchase.

Questions can be directed to br@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

This event is presented by HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, and is hosted by Knight’s Action Park. Knight’s Action Park is located at 1700 Knight’s Recreation Dr., in Springfield Illinois.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) will hold their annual Labor Day Ducky Derby on Monday, September 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Knight’s Action Park.

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