4th Annual Labor Day Ducky Derby September 7, 2020

The Labor Day Ducky Derby 2020 is September 7, 2020 at Knight's Action Park, the proceeds will support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central IL.

Join us this Labor Day at Knight's Action Park for our annual Labor Day Ducky Derby! Proceeds from this event will support the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois. Ducks are available for purchase now through Monday, September 7, 2020. All ducks purchased will be entered to race the Ducky Derby in the Wild River at Knight's Action Park on Labor Day afternoon! For additional information see below.

When is it?

The Ducky Derby will take place Labor Day morning, Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:00am. The race will last approximately 10 minutes, with the winners announced at 11:30am.

This year, we are following CDC guidelines and limiting the number of people who attend the Derby. We will be live-streaming the race on our Facebook page, so you can watch from the comfort of your home!

What are the winning prizes?

Prizes will be awarded to the first three ducks to pass through the funnel! Prizes are as follows:

First Prize: $2,500 cash
Second Prize: BUNN Family Farms 1/2 steer of beef

Don't see your question answered here? Call or email Development Director Kendyl Wear at kw@rmhc-centralillinois.org or (217) 528-3314 x148.

Event Information


Monday, September 7, 2020


11:00 am


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

Purchase a Duck!

Ducks can be purchased using the Online Form at the bottom of this page...

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Ducks can be purchased by Downloading the PDF Order Form here...

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9th Annual Dave Cope Swing for the Love of It Memorial Golf Tournament in Peoria, September 15, 2020

Join us for the 9th Annual Dave Cope “Swing for the Love of It” Memorial Golf Tournament on Tuesday September 15, 2020!

Registration for sponsorships of the 9th Annual Dave Cope "Swing for the Love of It" Memorial Golf Tournament is underway! The tournament will be held Tuesday, September 15th at Weaver Ridge Golf Club in Peoria.  Registration starts at 8:30am, with a scramble-style tournament starting at 10am - consisting of 36 teams of four players.  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.


Weaver Ridge Golf Club
5100 N. Weaverridge Blvd.
Peoria, IL 61615

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RMHCCI 26th Annual Springfield Golf Classic – September 21, 2020

Save the Date for our 26th Annual Springfield Golf Classic!

Love a good Golf Scramble? Put Monday, September 21, 2020 on your calendar and start thinking about who you want on your four-player team! Our 26th annual Golf Classic will take place at Piper Glen Golf Club in Springfield again this year. This is a great way to help the Springfield Ronald McDonald House and our Chapter overall! More information is coming soon.

Not sure you want to play? No problem! We also need sponsors and donations for our raffle and silent auction! If you’d like to become a sponsor or make a donation, please complete the form below or contact Kendyl Wear at kw@rmhc-centralillinois.org or call 217-528-3314.
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A Summer of Hope! Display your name on our HOPE wall at the Peoria House!

As we adopt a “new normal” for Summer 2020 (and possibly beyond), it becomes even more important to remember the children still fighting some of the toughest illnesses. Our families still need help and assistance while their children receive medical care nearby!

If you are looking for a way to give back this summer, please consider making a monetary donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois during our Summer of Hope campaign. This exciting time of giving offers donating families and businesses the opportunity to have their name displayed on the HOPE wall—a permanent and prominent feature on the main floor of the Peoria House. We’re accepting donations for this program June 30th through August 31st.

If you have additional questions, reach out to our Springfield and Peoria Houses to learn more. Your support helps make what we do possible.

Springfield House, Kendyl Wear - kw@rmhc-centralillinois.org

Peoria House, Brian Replogle - br@rmhc-centralillinois.org

Calling All Superheroes: It’s Time for Our 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk – postponed until late summer or early fall

This event is being rescheduled for late summer or early fall – please check back soon for the date!

Come out and be a “Hero for the House” at our 6th Annual 5k Run/Walk in Washington Park! Sponsored by the Springfield Teen Council, this year’s event is packed with family-friendly, superhero-themed activities, including a 50-yard fun run and face painting. Proceeds from sponsorships, donations and participation all directly benefit our chapter by providing families with the essentials of home—for as long as they need—at no cost to them! To be guaranteed an event t-shirt, you must register by April 20.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois Teen Council is a group of high-school age students who have come together to encourage support and awareness of the charity. Through the Teen Council year, students strengthen and develop skills in leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and communication, while supporting the mission of the House to serve children and families.

If you know a high school student that would like to become involved with Teen Council, the next application process will open in August 2020. For more information, contact Kendyl Wear at kw@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

Register Today!

Important COVID-19 Update – All-in-Day postponed; Meals from the Heart suspended

Important COVID-19 Update from Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois

All-In Day has been postponed due to COVID-19, and further information will be coming so check back regularly for updates.

Please help us by providing monetary donations to purchase meals for our families and items from our wish lists.


Give now to keep families close!

Give now to keep families close!

At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, our mission is essential and the guiding force behind our efforts as a charity. With the current state of emergency in our country due to COVID-19, we are also responding at the chapter level to ensure the health and safety of the sick children and families we serve. We also wish to protect the hundreds of volunteers who assist our families through their service along with our staff. In order to do so, actions we are taking include:

  • Suspension of our Meals from the Heart program. This is a decision with great impact as we rely heavily on volunteers to prepare meals for our families.  We ask groups, individuals and organizations to kindly consider providing gift cards or monetary donations to support this program while it is suspended. Please visit our donation page to help us continue to provide meals.
  • Tours, other volunteer groups performing service, and community events at our House have been suspended.
  • Some of our staff will be working remotely. Our house program staff will still be providing coverage 24/7 as usual. For questions about our Springfield House, call 217-528-3314 and our Peoria House, call 309-401-2525.

How can you help us at this time? Please visit our wish lists online and assist us through purchases or donations made from the comfort of home.

Like you and many others, we are also in need of hand sanitizer and wipes.

We appreciate your continued support as we all navigate these trying times, remembering the sick children and families served by our charity.

Thank you so much!

Kelly Thompson 
Chief Executive Officer

All-In Donation Day for RMHCCI is April 2, 2020!

All-In Donation Day is April 2, 2020!

Our goal is twofold:
raise $30,000 in 24 hours and help fulfill our wish list items.
Are you "All-In" for RMHCCI?

There are 3 simple ways to go All-In for RMHCCI: Give, Share, Ask!

1) Make a gift online - a gift of any amount makes a difference to our families. Your gift will help us maintain our two Houses (Springfield and Peoria) as homes away from home for the families who stay here. All funds raised on All-In Donation Day will be put toward our areas of greatest need, but specific examples of what your gift can do are below.


2) Share a Facebook post about All-In Donation Day.
Not sure what to share? View our toolkit for ideas!


3) Ask a friend to make a gift and share a message about All-In Donation Day on social media, too!

Your gift of each amount below could help us in these ways

  • $10 — cleaning supplies to clean rooms and suites for families
  • $25 — laundry laundry detergent and supplies for family laundry room usage
  • $50 — a new set of sheets for a family's room or suite
  • $88 — the amount we estimate it costs for a family to stay a night.
    • We never ask families to pay for their stay, but your donation of $88 could help share a night with a family!
  • $125 — a portable deep cleaner to aid in room cleaning
  • $250 — a new vacuum for our Houses
  • $500 — a 13 piece cookware set for our Guest Chefs to use in our kitchens

Give a Little Love® at McDonald’s® Restaurants raises funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois

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

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 Monday, January 27, 2020 through Sunday, February 23, 2020 through the annual Give a Little Love® campaign.

To “Give a Little Love,” customers can donate $1 or more at over 100 participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout central Illinois.

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 Monday, January 27, 2020 through Sunday, February 23, 2020 through the annual Give a Little Love® campaign. 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 2019, more than $240,000 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, which opened December 16, 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.

Volunteer Information Session on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Want to volunteer at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®? We need you!

Come to our information session on Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 pm and let’s chat on the many ways you can get involved at the House! The session will be held at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House, 401 NE Monroe Street Peoria IL.

Email Annie Spears at as@rmhc-centralillinois.org if you have any questions.

And YES, we have GROUP volunteer opportunities, too!

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