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Sold Out “Bid to Give” Art Gala Raises $200,000 for the New Peoria Ronald McDonald House®

Kim Blickenstaff Generously Matches All Funds Raised at the Event

November 4, 2019 – Peoria, IL

The sold-out “Bid to Give” Art Gala for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House® held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral over the weekend proved to be a huge success with $100,000 raised. Developer Kim Blickenstaff generously matched all funds raised at the event, bringing the grand total to $200,000. This gives Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois the funds needed to purchase all the artwork planned for the Peoria House.

Developer Kim Blickenstaff generously matched all funds raised at the event, bringing the grand total to $200,000.

“The new Peoria Ronald McDonald House is going to be a wonderful beacon of hope for families with children needing medical care,” says Kim Blickenstaff. “I’m honored to help play a part and brighten the lives of those who will be staying at the House through these works of art and the planned Art and Education Room.”

At the Art Gala on November 2, individuals, couples, families, friends and businesses selected and sponsored (or made a gift to help purchase) one or more pieces of art to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Each individual or group who purchased art for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House will be recognized for their thoughtful gift of art with a plaque displayed next to their sponsored piece.

Each individual or group who purchased art for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House will be recognized for their thoughtful gift of art with a plaque displayed next to their sponsored piece. The sold-out “Bid to Give” Art Gala for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House® held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral over the weekend proved to be a huge success with $100,000 raised.

“We are simply blown away by the generosity and support our community has shown us in making the Peoria Ronald McDonald House a reality,” said Kelly Thompson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. “These works were chosen to create a fun, healing environment for the children, their families, and all who will care for them. A special thanks to Mr. Blickenstaff for believing in our vision of supporting programs that provide for the well-being of children and their families in Peoria.”

The new Peoria Ronald McDonald House, opening December 16, 2019, will serve over 700 families annually and provide hundreds of volunteer opportunities for the community. The capital campaign for the Peoria Ronald McDonald House is still going strong with many individual giving and Adopt-the-House sponsorship opportunities still available. For more information about how to support the project, please contact Kelly Thompson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, at 309-401-2525 or kt@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

Sweet Treats for RMHCCI Springfield

Cookies from the Heart: Made Fresh Every Thursday!

Sweet Treats - Every Thursday for the last seven years, Carolyn Dennis fires up the oven at the Springfield Ronald McDonald House® to make cookies from scratch.There’s nothing more comforting than coming home to the smell of fresh baked cookies. And for Carolyn Dennis, providing those small comforts or touches from home is what it is all about. That’s why, every Thursday for the last seven years, she fires up the oven at the Springfield Ronald McDonald House® to make cookies from scratch. Some are old 4H recipes. Some are recipes she’s adapted over the years. All are looked forward to by guests… especially House favorites like her cowboy cookies and peanut butter bars.

“I started down at the House after I moved to Springfield,” shared Carolyn. “I was retired and recently widowed and a friend of mine recommended volunteering at the House. So I went down and filled out an application. They paired me with Reba. For many years, we worked together; I did the baking and she did the cooking.”

Sound like something you’d like to do? Or maybe you’d like to help us pay-it-forward in another way? We love our volunteers! So, here’s what you need to do to help out. Head over to our website and sign up to be our Guest Chef or download our volunteer application and tell us what you’d like to do. Simple as that! And yes, groups are welcome, too!

We can’t do what we do without YOU!

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Help stock our new Ronald McDonald House® in Peoria, IL!

Help us stock our NEW 22 guest room Ronald McDonald House® opening in Peoria, IL with the following wishlists!

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Bed Bath & Beyond

Help us stock our new 22 guest room Ronald McDonald House® in Peoria, IL with this House Wishlist!Registry#: 547904836 or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ill
To receive a registry or purchase a gift, visit us in-store, online at bedbathandbeyond.com or call 1-800-GO BEYOND.

Target

Registry URL: http://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/RMHPeoria
Registry ID: 022399129838806
Registry: Peoria Ronald McDonald House (first name) Housewarming (last name)

Amazon Wish List

Link: a.co/dRnbPap
Registry: Peoria Housewarming Wish List

Questions?

Many families will stay at the NEW Peoria House!Brian Replogle
Peoria Program Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois
217.528.3314 | 309.401.2525
br@rmhc-centralillinois.org

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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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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...

Help Out RMHCCI and Eat Fresh Every Tuesday

Join us every Tuesday at Northwoods Mall for our Summer Farmers Market from now to August 13 from 3 to 7 p.m.! Each week at this family-fun event, you will find farmers with their fresh produce, food trucks, vendors and kids’ activities. In the event of bad weather, the Market will be moved to Center Court at the Mall.

Volunteers are needed for handing out information about Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois and how people can get involved/help, selling raffle tickets, and collecting donations from vendors. This is also a great volunteer opportunity for you and a friend or family member to give back in a fun and simple way.

Peoria House First Responders 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!

Download 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/peoria-house-first-responders-hero-room-donation/ 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 4x8 personalized brick on the Pathway to Hope! Your 4x8 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 8x8 personalized brick on the Pathway to Hope! Your 8x8 brick can be personilzed with either a simple logo or 6 lines of 16 characters. (limited amount of 8x8 bricks remain)

Download 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.

All-In Donation Day

Join us on March 21, 2019 for our first 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.

2018 Holiday Wishlist

We need your help to restock our House with some special items this holiday season! You can help brighten the day of a family at the House with your gift this year! See below for items needed!
Questions? Contact Brian Replogle at br@rmhc-centralillinois.org or 217-528-3314 x147

Help up restock our House for our families this Holiday season!

Dishes break, fabric stains, items wear out... We could use your help to restock the items we regularly use! Continue reading

A Pathway to Hope

Buy a Brick to Help Fund the Peoria Ronald McDonald House.

Help us pave the way for the new Ronald McDonald House by purchasing a brick to be used at the entrance of the new Peoria House... and provide children and families in need a Pathway to Hope!

Peoria's reputation for highly specialized and effective pediatric care is a source of pride for our region. As the reputation of the Peoria downtown medical district grows, so does the need for the programs and services Ronald McDonald House offers.

We have experienced ground-breaking support thus far toward our overall goal of our over 7 million-dollar goal. However, the operating expense of the new Peoria House will be an ongoing fundraising need of approximately $1,000,000 each year.

There are two choices available:

8 X 8 brick: can be personalized with either your company logo or 6 lines of 16 characters; $2,500 Donation

4 X 8 brick: can be personalized with 3 lines of 16 characters; $500 Donation

Your generous donation will help complete the brand new 40,000 square-foot Ronald McDonald House coming to Peoria and support ongoing operational expenses!

Brick orders taken after October 28, 2019 will not be guaranteed installation until next Spring.

Frequency Asked Questions

How do I purchase a brick?

You can purchase a brick online. Choose the size of brick you wish to purchase (8x8 or 4x8), enter your personal or company information, create your personalized message, and enter the payment information.

You may also download and fill out this form. Please mail the completed form and payment information to:

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI)
P.O. Box 5354
Peoria, IL 61601

How will you use the money I am donating for the brick purchase?

All money donated and collected through the “Pathway to Hope Brick Campaign for Peoria Ronald McDonald House®” will be used to help complete the brand new 40,000 square-foot Ronald McDonald House and support its ongoing operational expenses! The bricks will be used at the entrance of the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House to create a beautiful pathway that welcomes families and provides a visual reminder that they are not alone in this journey.

Are spaces included in the character limits?

Spaces are included in your character limits. Please be aware that due to space limitations on the brick 16 characters is the max allowed for each line. If you go over this limit, you will be asked to revise your personalized message.

For an 8x8 brick, you are allowed to personalize it with 6 lines of 16 characters each.
For a 4x8 brick, you are allowed 3 lines of 16 characters each.

RMHCCI has the right to approve all engraving of bricks prior to installation.

Can I add graphics or emojis to the brick?

Because space is limited, graphics, emojis, or company logos are not an option on the smaller brick (4x8). You can add your company logo to the larger brick (8x8) in place of text, provided that it fits within the size restraints.If you wish to add a logo or design to the larger 8x8 brick, it must be provided in Vector format. The size/layout of the graphic will determine if there is any additional space for 2-3 lines of characters.  We can advise you of those details after you submit your graphics in Vector format.

Is there a deadline to purchase a brick?

There is no deadline to purchase a brick. We will continue to offer bricks for donations until the “Pathway to Hope” is fully-funded by sponsors.

Can I buy a brick as a gift for someone else?

Absolutely!  You can purchase a gift for someone else, your company, in memory of a loved one and more. Bricks can even be purchased anonymously. Just make sure you select that option when filling out your brick donation form.

Can I decide where my brick will go on the Pathway to Hope?

Unfortunately, no. Bricks will be randomly placed in the Pathway to Hope, according to the design.

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