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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 16, 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.

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.

Peoria Ronald McDonald House® Grand Opening – December 16, 2019

Peoria Ronald McDonald House® Grand Opening on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 401 NE Monroe Street, Peoria, IL. Ribbon cutting 11am.

Thank you for joining us on Monday, December 16th for Our Peoria Ronald McDonald House® Grand Opening!

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was at 11 a.m. and we had tours and refreshments throughout the day! It was a fantastic day as families, donors, supporters and friends all gathered at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House to unveil this three-year-long labor of love in an all day celebration.

See images from the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting in Our Gallery...

See more videos of the Grand Opening Celebrations on our Facebook page...

Community News About RMHC Central Illinois' Grand Opening...

The Ribbon Cutting!

Location: 401 NE Monroe Street, Peoria IL

Date: Monday, December 16, 2019

Ribbon-Cutting: 11:00 a.m.

Public Open House: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Download the Grand Opening Flyer... (PDF)

Looking for ways to help RMHCCI?

Buy an item from our wish list at rmhc-centralillinois.org/wish.

Help us reach our goal of $10.9 million for the Peoria House Campaign...

Spread the word by posting about the Grand Opening and Phone-A-Thon on social media. Find messages and images for social media on our Social Media sharing page...

Tune into Our WEEK-TV Phone-a-thon on December 16

Spread the word! December 16 we’re holding an all-day Phone-a-thon on WEEK Channel 25! We’ll be coming to you with stories and updates throughout the day as we rally to raise even more funds for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House. Read more about the event...

Medical Community Open House – December 19, 2019

We’re excited to work with the medical communities of central Illinois to keep the families of kids receiving
care at your facility close by. Nothing is scarier for a child facing a medical crisis than not having mom and
dad there for love and support. Because your team is one of the first to come into contact with many of
our guest families, we’re inviting the entire central Illinois medical community to come tour the new Peoria
Ronald McDonald House®.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Download the Flyer... (PDF)

Medical Community Open House

Location: 401 NE Monroe Street, Peoria IL

Date: Thursday, December 19

Public Open House: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Medical professionals can stop by any time that works for them based on their shift and schedule!

Download the Flyer... (PDF)

Hope to see you there!

Tune into Our WEEK-TV Phone-a-thon on December 16

Spread the word! December 16 we’re holding an all-day Phone-a-thon on WEEK Channel 25! We’ll be coming to you with stories and updates throughout the day as we rally to raise even more funds for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House and the families it will serve.Spread the word! December 16 we’re holding an all-day Phone-a-thon on WEEK Channel 25! We’ll be coming to you with stories and updates throughout the day as we rally to raise even more funds for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House and the families it will serve. We are so proud to finally start welcoming families in need to our new home in the heart of the medical district.

For those who plan to volunteer, this PDF has a bit of information regarding Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, as well as some frequently asked questions & answers regarding the Peoria Ronald McDonald House. Please review the information and familiarize yourself with it before you begin taking phone calls.

Frequently Asked Questions Peoria House Phone-a-thon... (PDF)

Peoria Ronald McDonald House® Housewarming – December 8, 2019

Join us at our Housewarming hosted at the Peoria Women's Club at 301 NE Madison Ave. on Sunday, December 8! Refreshments will be served!

Those who bring an item from our wishlist — rmhc-centralillinois.org/wish — will get a sneak peek of the new Ronald McDonald House (shuttles will run every 30 minutes to and from the PWC and RMH).

Please RSVP to 309-401-2525 or rsvp@rmhc-centralillinois.org by December 4, 2019.

Donate to the new Peoria House when you visit the Texas Roadhouse in East Peoria until November 27th

Everything’s bigger in Texas…even your chance to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois®! Between now until November 27th, you can stop by the Texas Roadhouse in East Peoria and while you dine, you can purchase gift cards (or donate funds towards the purchase of one). Every donated gift card will be given to families served by the Peoria Ronald McDonald House. Plus, you’ll get a free appetizer for your next visit! If you don’t have time to dine, it takes just a few minutes to make a donation and you’ll still receive a free appetizer for your future visit.

Spread some holiday cheer (and a warm meal) this year to families seeking medical care for their sick children.

Between now until November 27th, you can stop by the Texas Roadhouse in East Peoria and while you dine, you can purchase gift cards (or donate funds towards the purchase of one). Every donated gift card will be given to families served by the Peoria Ronald McDonald House. Plus, you’ll get a free appetizer for your next visit!

Volunteer Training Sessions for NEW Peoria Ronald McDonald House® – November 19 & 20

Volunteer at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®!

The BRAND NEW Peoria Ronald McDonald House is almost open! If you are compassionate, organized, and want to help families with sick children, now is your chance!

Sessions will be open for anyone interested in volunteering at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House. We will discuss different ways that people can get involved with the organization and the volunteer opportunities that we offer. The dates and times are listed below. People can reach out to Annie Spears via email at as@rmhc-centralilinois.org with any questions.

Dates and Times:

  • November 19, 2019 at 5:30PM
  • November 20, 2019 at 3:30PM

Location:

Clark Management Office
7722 N. Candle Trail, Peoria, IL 61614

RMHC National Vehicle Donation Day is November 15, 2019!

one week where mom and dad can be right across the street from their hospitalized child.

Did you know that, on average, every vehicle donated to RMHC provides enough funding for a family to stay at the Ronald McDonald House for one whole week?

That’s one week where mom and dad can be right across the street from their hospitalized child. Think of the impact that one vehicle donation can make!

Go to www.CarsHelp.org to start the process of donating your vehicle to help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois!

Go to www.CarsHelp.org to start the process of donating your vehicle to help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois!Encourage family and friends to donate their unwanted vehicles!

As we move toward the end of the year, now is the time that people are especially considering making a vehicle donation.

The process is easy, and never costs the donor anything! In fact, each donor receives a tax deduction for their charitable donation!

Learn more about Vehicle Donation... Continue reading

Art Gala for the new Ronald McDonald House in Peoria, IL – November, 2, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019
5:30pm to 11:00pm
Scottish Rite Cathedral
400 NE Perry Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603

Presented By

Maui Jim - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois Art Gala for Peoria House Presenter.     Float - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois Art Gala for Peoria House Presenter.

Join us on Saturday, November 2, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria as we “Bid to Give” for the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House®. This is an evening you don’t want to miss and is sure to be the talk of town. Live art demonstrations, pop-up entertainment, great food, and a cash bar will make for a fun evening. Plus, you’ll get to meet some talented regional artists and see the original art we’ve selected for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House. The Art Gala features over 100 original artworks created by dozens of regional artists.

Award-winning Ronald McDonald House Charities Artist of the Year, Jeff Hanson, will also be at the event. His work will be among the art featured in our LIVE “Bid to Give” auction. Jeff has pledged to help raise $10 million for charity by the time he is 30!

Individuals, couples, families, friends or businesses can select and sponsor one or more artworks or make a gift to help us purchase the works. Each individual or group will be recognized for the thoughtful gift of art with a plaque displayed next to your sponsored piece(s). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets:

$100 each; $175 for two
Sponsorships with multi-ticket benefits are available.

“We love these works and know they will brighten the lives of those who will be staying at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®. Each work has been chosen to create a fun, healing environment for the children, their families, and all who will care for them.” ~~ Art Gala Committee

Event Schedule

Doors Open: 5:30 pm
Attire: Creative, Semi-Casual
Heavy Appetizers: 5:30-7:30 pm
Art Bidding: 6:00-7:30 pm (online bidding will be available)
Live Auction: 7:30 pm

Entertainment

Rusty Hall, Pianist: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Lowell & Leslie Koons Quartet: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cousin Eddie: 8:30 pm-10:30 pm

Special Guest

Host: Kim Blickenstaff

Auctioneer

Dan Campbell, Raising Paddles

Event Chair:

Brian Tibbs

Honorary Co-chairs:

Doug & Eileen Leunig, Big Picture Initiative

Hotel & Parking

RMHC room blocks are reserved at the Pere Marquette for $119 + tax & fees and Mark Twain for $89 + tax & fees. Parking is available in the Scottish Rite lot. Look for Art Gala parking signs.

Questions

Please contact Kelly Thompson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, at 309-401-2525 or kthompson@rmhc-centralillinois.org

 

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.

 

EVENT SPONSORSHIP DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 16TH!

This event needs your support.

Click Here for Sponsorship Information

Help Us Build the Peoria RMH Playground – October 26, 2019

Come out on Saturday, October 26 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and join in the fun our Community Build for Ronald McDonad House Peoria Playground.PLAY HAPPENS HERE!

At least that’s Kelly’s plan as she goes #LIVE outside the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House for our Community Build for RMH Playground event. Come out on Saturday, October 26 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and join in the fun. Work gloves recommended!

If you can’t make it out, be sure to catch our #LIVE video on Facebook and see how it all comes together. Let’s do this!

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