Peoria House to Host a Chamber “Business Before Hours” – February 25, 2020

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, a hospitality house that provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care, is Hosting Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce's "Business Before Hours" on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Come enjoy a continental breakfast, tour our House, and discover how we partner with the community to extend compassionate care to families when catastrophe strikes the most cherished part of their lives – their children.

Parking is available in our parking lot across Spalding Ave. We look forward to welcoming you to our House bright and early!

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, a hospitality house that provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care, is hosting Business Before Hours on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

McDonald’s Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Shamrock Shake® – 25¢ of each Shamrock treat goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois®

The first green of spring is right around the corner! McDonald’s Shamrock Shake® will return on February 19, 2020, marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary treat. To celebrate, McDonald’s is taking the Shamrock Shake nationwide for the first time since 2017 and introducing the new OREO® Shamrock McFlurry® for a limited time.

In addition, 25 ¢ from every Shamrock Shake or OREO Shamrock McFlurry will be donated to your local Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois®!

This year, customers have two different ways to enjoy the craveable Shamrock taste they know and love — how lucky is that?

  • The one and only Shamrock Shake features creamy, vanilla soft serve blended with our unmistakable Shamrock flavor and topped with a whipped topping for a delicious minty treat.
  • The new OREO® Shamrock McFlurry is a twist on a fan-favorite, featuring creamy, vanilla soft serve with our unmistakable Shamrock flavor and OREO® cookie pieces blended throughout for a delicious minty-chocolaty dessert that super fans and new fans alike can enjoy.

“We’ve been serving the iconic, cult-favorite Shamrock Shake for 50 years and it’s become synonymous with McDonald’s ever since,” said McDonald’s Vice President of Menu Innovation, Linda VanGosen. “We’re excited to serve up a new way to experience the one-of-a-kind Shamrock flavor in our new OREO Shamrock McFlurry. Our chefs worked to get the perfect balance of OREO cookies and mint for this new delicious dessert. We can’t wait for customers to get a taste this spring.”

Shamrock enthusiasts can experience the luck of the 50th Shamrock Season at McDonald’s starting February 19 at all participating restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

Read more about the 50th anniversary here...

The Legacy of the Shamrock Shake

The Shamrock Shake was created in 1967 by Hal Rosen, a Connecticut McDonald’s Owner and Operator who made the delicious, mint shake in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. It later debuted in select locations across the U.S. in 1970, and was an instant success.

In 1974, sales from the shake helped to build the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. The mission began when the daughter of a Philadelphia Eagles player was being treated for Leukemia. Together with with a local McDonald’s Owner and Operator Hal Rosen, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Eagles, the family raised enough funds through Shamrock Shake sales to help open the first Ronald McDonald House as a way to keep families close during difficult times.

Read about the 50-year history of the Shamrock Shake here...

OREO® is a trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

First Guests for Peoria House – Jonathan

During his recent 70-day stay in the hospital, it was sometimes hard for 17-year-old Jonathan to rest with the continuous beeping of machines in his hospital room. Today, he moved into the Dax Wing of the Peoria Ronald McDonald House® which gives him and his father the opportunity to relax in a private suite away from the noise, even just for a bit. With enough space for his entire family, he looks forward to a holiday season filled with family and friends in the comforts of the Peoria House. And that’s all possible because of our amazing donors, volunteers, and staff. Thank you central Illinois!

Update: February 9, 2020

Seventeen-year-old Jonathan, the very first guest to stay at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®, experienced firsthand what a healing environment can do for his health. His dad recently told us that Jonathan's numbers tracked for his illness have been improving since moving into Ronald McDonald House, and that Jonathan is producing hemoglobin for the first time in three months! Jonathan raved about some of the incredible art located throughout the building and even has a favorite, “Pollinators Delight”. Thank you to all of the artists who have helped make the Peoria Ronald McDonald House a place of comfort and healing for our families in need.

Thank you to the many volunteers, including some of the artists pictured here, who spent hours hanging the artwork in the House before we opened!

Pictured (left to right): Andrew Hattermann, Marie Hatterman, Mike McGarvey, Michelle Funk, Rick Melby, Linda Hattermann, Eileen Leunig, Doug Leunig.

Pictured (left to right): Andrew Hattermann, Marie Hatterman, Mike McGarvey, Michelle Funk, Rick Melby, Linda Hattermann, Eileen Leunig, Doug Leunig.

Originally posted December 20, 2019.

Central Illinois Proud: Peoria’s Ronald McDonald House needs donations to stock its suites, shelves

By Janie Bohlmann

PEORIA, Ill. — The Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois needs donations for its suites.

CEO Kelly Thompson says they’re only around 65 percent stocked and would like to be 100 percent.

“Those donations are so important to create this home-like experience here, so that all of the supplies and all of the items that a family needs when they are staying with us, as long as needed, free of charge, we are just making it easy for them,” said Kelly Thompson, the CEO for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.

The house opened in December and houses 22 families.

It’s a place where families with children receiving treatment stay...

Donations from the wishlist can be made online. The Ronald McDonald House in Peoria is registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, and Amazon.

“It’s a great way for anyone to get involved with our Ronald McDonald house here in Peoria, by donating items from our wishlist. It can be a box of wipes, Lysol wipes to items that we need every day like a supply of laundry detergent,” said Thompson...

Read the full article and watch the video at www.CentralIllinoisProud.com...

First Guests for Peoria House – Sara

Sara Whiteaker, proud mother of three, spreads her time between her newborn, Jackson, receiving treatment at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois®, and her two older children back home. While her husband, Jason, works nights, she drives up to three hours round-trip each day to take care of her family. Her stay at RMH will help bridge the gap between her home life and her son’s treatment—allowing more quality time with Jackson. To all our incredible donors, volunteers, and staff, thank you for helping us Keep Families Close®.

Community News About RMHC Central Illinois’ Grand Opening

We share some community news about our Grand Opening and the volunteers who helped get us there.

Ronald McDonald House is now open in Peoria

December 16, 2019

... A ribbon cutting was held Monday with members of the community and the Ronald McDonald House board of directors, local legislators and many others in attendance.

"We hope we can just turn this into volunteer support in the future... So, now we hope they find a way to come back and visit us again," said Melissa Skinner-Liberman, member of the board of directors.

Read the full article and watch the video at WEEK.com...

Peoria community celebrates opening of Ronald McDonald House

December 16, 2019

... It took just over a year for the building to be completed, with groundbreaking back in September 2018.

The 22 rooms can be expanded – if they notice a need to help the community on a greater level, they are prepped to build 12 more....

Read the full article and watch the video at HOIABC.com...

A Pathway to Hope: The Building of Peoria’s Ronald McDonald House

December 16, 2019

... The brand-new location is roughly 40,000 square feet and is located on the corner of Spalding and Monroe in downtown Peoria. It has 22 bedrooms and will serve over 700 families annually....

Read the full article and watch the video at www.CentralIllinoisProud.com...

Cancer survivor excited about Peoria Ronald McDonald House opening

December 13, 2019

.. Organizers say the fabric of local networks helped sew the project together. Dr. Kamlesh Macwan of Asian Indian Community Collaboration contributed time and money.

“Asian and Indian Community of Peoria wanted to give back to this community. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House and the mission of the Asian Indian community is family-centered,” said Dr. Kamlesh Macwan....

Read the full article and watch Smyrna Palaparthi's video at www.CentralIllinoisProud.com...

Stark County students help prepare Ronald McDonald House for opening

December 12, 2019

... Around 15 students from Stark County High School spent the day making sure it will be ready to open next week.

They lugged mattresses up stairs and into rooms and cleaned up some of the leftover construction mess.

The group organizer said they know people from Stark county who might need to sleep on some of these beds.

“It has impacted us around our community and it also teaches them to give back and being from such a small community it’s really important for them to learn how to do that,” said Kale Rouse, founder of Helmets and Heels.

Read the full article at WEEK.com...

Ronald McDonald House Grand Opening One Week Away

December 9, 2019

...  "Right now it's really kind of a time where everything is happening at once, so things are getting finalized and cleaned up from the construction we've been doing for the last year...and all those final, finishing touches are going into place that you expect to see in the final house," said Jeremy Collins, the project manager for the architecture firm behind the project.

Collins has been on the job since it's inception--opening day marks about three years of work.

"This is an incredible opportunity, I meant to be part of this is a once in a lifetime chance, and seeing it come to life, its hard to put into words, exactly how you feel, it's awe-inspiring," added Collins....

"Probably the most unique obstacle is fitting everything they wanted into such a small site, so we're sitting on less than half an acre, and we've got a 40,000 square foot building," he said.

Collins also says maximizing space is only of the many things they achieved during the build, "We have touched everyone from the arts community to the women's club, to Keep Peoria Beautiful, everyone has come together and contributed."

Read the full article at WEEK.com...

Local family uses their experience at Ronald McDonald House to help plan Peoria location

December 15, 2019

... For the LaDage family, the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, Tennessee had a huge impact on their lives, and they’ve used that experience to help plan the Peoria location.

Carson LaDage was diagnosed with brain cancer while he was then four-years-old. His treatment eventually brought his family to Memphis where they stayed at the house.

... Now, Carson is 13 and he helped make plans for the Peoria location. His time staying at the Memphis location allowed him to understand what kids need during treatment, which includes a little fun.

“Because we’ve stayed in the rooms, we knew some aspects of what’s important, what’s needed, and what wasn’t, but also for the game room, because it was so important to his stay in Memphis,” said Darla LaDage.

Carson remembers playing with his friends and enjoying their time in the game room.... The game room is fun and exciting, but an important part of a kid’s stay, reminding kids that they’re still kids, even through sickness....

Read the full article at www.CentralIllinoisProud.com...

Olson family shares their stories of staying at a Ronald McDonald House

December 10, 2019

... Families like the Olson's of Morton stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago while their daughter Lena undergoes treatments at Shriners.

The Olson's said the Ronald McDonald House has been a big help in keeping Lena’s brother Jack entertained – especially on the basketball court.  “I like to shoot hoops!” said Jack.

“So, he thinks the Ronald McDonald House is a vacation actually,” said their mother Tricia Olson. “He likes to go to Chicago to go there to the children’s hospital."

The Olson's plan to volunteer at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House and assist families to make their stay more accommodating....

Read the full article at WEEK.com...

Washington students put finishing touches on Ronald McDonald House with mural

November 22, 2019

Before [the Ronald McDonald House in Peoria] opens, some local high school students worked on its interior.

These artists are from Washington Community High School; they’re painting a mural in one special room on the second floor.

That space will be for children with weak immune systems.

“We wanted to have like, color blobs, like a lava lamp would look then have fun designs for the kids to have,” said junior Felecia Gutierrez.

“It’s a really awesome experience to know that these kids will enjoy and appreciate our art,” said junior Lauren Blackburn...

Read the full article at WEEK.com...
See pictures on our website...

EP!C hosts its first pop-up shop of the holiday season

November 22, 2019

Ep!c hosted the first of five-holiday pop-up shops to benefit artists with disabilities at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie Friday.

“We recently made 190 pieces for the Ronald McDonald house, so they picked the types the colors the style and we implemented those,” Schreck said. “So if there is something you see in the store but it’s not quite right for you, let us know and we can get something created for you”

Read the full article and watch the video at www.CentralIllinoisProud.com...

PeoriaPublicRadio.org: Look Inside Peoria’s Newly-Opened Ronald McDonald House

Posted on PeoriaPublicRadio.org
By Dana Vollmer

After three years of planning and construction, Peoria's Ronald McDonald House has officially opened its doors.

The four-story building in the Medical District has 22 suites available for the families of children receiving care at any area hospital.

Each of the Peoria Ronald McDonald House's 22 suites have a different theme selected by the donors who helped fund the project.

Leaders of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois say this project means families will no longer have to question where they're going to stay, where their next meal is going to come from or how they’re going to afford it.

Julie Locke is a RMHCCI board member and founder of the DAX Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families and children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Her son Dax passed away in 2009 from leukemia.

"What I think about the most is the impact — the impact this has had on my grieving heart personally, the impact this is going to have on our community, who are going to be the hands and feet serving these families who come in with heavy burdens," she said...

In addition to the private rooms, the Peoria House features several community spaces — like art studios, game rooms and playhouses — meant to give families a place to build friendships and offer comfort to one another.

Don Forrest, vice chair of the RMHCCI board, said the facility was designed with both privacy and fellowship in mind.

"There are going to be times when you don't want to be around other people — you want quiet and solitude, to be contemplative and to be with your family," he said. "Then there's also opportunities to have a lot of fun...."

Read the full article and see photos on PeoriaPublicRadio.org...

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