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Peoria Journal Star – Ronald McDonald House Planned for Peoria

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PEORIA — Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois is the latest addition to the city’s medical district.

The $7 million, 4 1/2 story building with 22 bedrooms which is coming to the corner of Spalding and Monroe avenues will break ground in September.

“Construction should take about 14 months with the facility’s planned opening set for late October 2019,” said Kelly Thompson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.

Peoria follows Springfield as the second downstate city to feature a Ronald McDonald House, she said. Five Ronald McDonald Houses serve the Chicago area.

The Ronald McDonald House will serve any child receiving care at one of the area hospitals up to his or her 22nd birthday along with family, she said. “The stay could be one day or up to a year. The cost to the family is free,” said Thompson.

Rooms are designed suite-style to accommodate four to five people, she said. “The room becomes the family’s home while a child is receiving care,” said Thompson, who credited Gordon Honegger, former chairman of Morton Community Bank, with finding the location for the home.

“Two years ago on Memorial Day, he called me to say, ‘I have the perfect place for you.’ The key was to be close to the hospitals,” she said.

The location by the Scottish Rite Cathedral provides proximity to OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and UnityPoint Health-Methodist. “Ninety percent of the children’s hospitals in the United States are served by a Ronald McDonald House,” said Thompson, noting that both area hospitals are active supporters of the project.

The facility will have a wing designed specifically for families whose children are receiving treatment at St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, said Julie Locke of the DAX Foundation. “The DAX wing will provide five rooms on the second floor with a playroom and laundry, all on that floor,” she said.

The DAX Foundation donated $1 million to the construction of the Ronald McDonald House in Peoria, part of the $5 million already raised, said Locke.

“One of the features in the house is a gathering space on the first floor so that families get to know one another and help provide support that’s so much needed,” she said.

Thompson said that 80 percent of the fundraising goal of $7 million is expected to be raised by the time of the September ground breaking. Area McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators have pledged to raise $500,000 towards the Ronald McDonald House, she said.

Fundraising will continue once the house is up and running, said Thompson. “We want to raise $1 million a year for annual operations,” she said. Honegger, Locke and Terry Clark, a McDonald’s owner/operator in Peoria, head up a 25-person committee that’s been meeting monthly for the past year to plan the Ronald McDonald House effort locally.

“Our goal is to provide a hot meal served every day for those staying at the house. We call it ‘Meals from the Heart,’” said Thompson.

Farnsworth Group and River City Construction have been contracted to design and build the 40,000 square-foot structure.

Adopt-the-House sponsorship opportunities as well as individual giving opportunities are available and can be viewed online at www.rmhc-centralillinois.org.

Steve Tarter covers city and county government for the Journal Star. He can be reached at 686-3260 or starter@pjstar.com. Follow him at twitter@SteveTarter and facebook.com/tartersource.

 

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Give a Little Love 2018

Give a Little Love Campaign

McDonald’s® Restaurants of Central Illinois Encourage Customers to “Give a Little Love” to Local Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Area restaurants provide support to families staying in the Springfield Ronald McDonald House.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 14, 2018)—McDonald’s® Restaurants of Central Illinois and its local Owner/Operators will be providing support to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) through the annual Give a Little Love promotion again this year.

To “Give a Little Love,” customers are asked to donate $1 or more at participating McDonald’s restaurants in central Illinois, beginning Thursday, February 1 through Friday, February 23.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will stay local and benefit families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. In 2017, more than $200,000 was raised during the Give a Little Love promotion.

“It’s amazing to see members in our community come together to help the families and support the work of the Ronald McDonald House, and as Owner/Operators we’re proud to be a part of that effort,” said Chris Jeffers, local McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “The House is a wonderful part of our central Illinois community, and this is an important chance for all of us to support them so that they can continue to serve the families that need them.”

The Ronald McDonald House provides the necessities of home for families with a seriously ill child receiving treatment at one of Springfield’s medical facilities. 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 House serves about 400 families each year.  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 families served at the House.

For additional information, contact Allaina Blackwell, Development and Communications Coordinator, at 217-528-3314 ext. 148, (217) 801-2415 or ab@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois provides the essentials of home for those families whose children are receiving medical treatment in Springfield. In an effort to reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for families, the House provides a caring, home-like atmosphere for its guests. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois and ways you can help, please visit www.rmhc-centralillinois.org, follow RMHCCI on Twitter (@RMHCCI), Instagram (@rmhcci) or Facebook (Facebook.com/rmhcci).

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information on McDonald’s visit http://www.mcdonalds.com, follow us on Twitter @MyIllinoisMcD or log on at any of the 10,000 Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants.

Day of Change

 Support our families on October 15th for our Day of Change!

Day of Change is a day to highlight how small change makes a big difference! On the Day of Change we ask everyone to bring their spare change to a local McDonald’s donation box. That change helps us keep families together at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. The nickles, quarters and dimes donated at McDonald’s restaurants provide mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings a home away from home while their loved one is hospitalized

Collect your spare change today from couch cushions, your car, your wallet– anywhere you find it! On Saturday, bring it to any McDonald’s in Springfield to help support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois! Want to know how your spare change makes change? Watch the video below to learn how your support makes an impact in the lives of families in our community.

Labor Day Ducky Derby

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) will hold their first annual Labor Day Ducky Derby on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Knight’s Action Park.

Thank you to all of our sponsors of the 2017 Labor Day Ducky Derby!

Thank you to all of our sponsors of the 2017 Labor Day Ducky Derby!
Purchase your duck to participate in the first ever Labor Day Ducky Derby!

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) will hold their first annual Labor Day Ducky Derby on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Knight’s Action Park. Funds raised through donations, sponsorships and duck purchases will go towards supporting the families served at the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Illinois.

Families and individuals are invited to attend this event and watch the Ducky Derby free of charge. Ducks can be purchased online at rmhc-centralillinois.org or by mailing in the bottom portion of a tear off flyer with check. Flyers can be downloaded online at rmhc-centralillinois.org. Ducks are $5 each, with packages of 6, 13, 30 and 50 ducks available for purchase. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winning ducks, and will be announced and awarded immediately after the race. Winners and contestants need not be present to win or participate.

A celebrity duck derby will take place at 10:45 a.m. featuring local politicians, servicemen/women, radio and news personalities, community leaders, etc. Discounted admission of $19.95 to the waterpark is offered via discount code to those who purchase a duck. The code is available at time of duck purchase(s). 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 several activities for children will be available, including the Fortress of Fun at Knight’s Action Park and emergency vehicles for up close viewing.

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 Recreation Dr., in Springfield Illinois. Additional information and Frequently Asked Questions are available online at rmhc-centralillinois.org/ducky-derby.

Give a Little Love 2017

McDonald’s® Restaurants of Peoria/Bloomington and Central Illinois and each of our local owner-operators will be providing support to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) through the annual Give a Little Love campaign beginning January 30, 2017.McDonald’s® Restaurants of Peoria/Bloomington, Central Illinois Encourage Customers to “Give a Little Love” to Local Ronald McDonald House Charities®
Area restaurants provide support to families staying in the Springfield Ronald McDonald House

McDonald’s® Restaurants of Peoria/Bloomington and Central Illinois and each of our local owner-operators will be providing support to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois (RMHCCI) through the annual Give a Little Love campaign beginning January 30.

To “Give a Little Love,” customers can donate $1 or more at participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout Central Illinois from Monday, January 30 through Monday, February 20. 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 staying in the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Illinois. In 2016, more than $245,000 was raised during the Give a Little Love promotion.

The Ronald McDonald House in Springfield keeps families close by providing them with a place to stay and warm meals to eat during a difficult and stressful time in their lives. Located at 610 North Seventh Street, RMHCCI serves more than 400 families each year. In order to serve even more families, RMHCCI depends on the generous support of the community, especially through the Give a Little Love campaign. Support from the community is essential to keeping families close and allowing them to stay at the House free of charge while their child receives medical care.

“Year after year, we at McDonald’s, see the incredible support the Ronald McDonald House provides to local families in need, and we love to see the community get involved and help us give back,” said Jack Millan, a local McDonald’s owner/operator and RMHCCI Board Member. “We can’t thank our customers enough for their generous donations. We are truly grateful.”

 

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities

artwork promo for webAs an extension of our 2014 “Labor of Love” renovation, we have created an opportunity for donors to sponsor pieces of art in our House.  We have seven pieces remaining!

All artwork sponsors are acknowledged with a plaque at the side of each artwork.  Pieces can be sponsored in honor or in memory of someone as well.

If you are interested in sponsoring a piece of artwork in our House, please call 217-528-3314 x 148 to ensure the piece of art you would like to sponsor is still available.

The remaining pieces are pictured below along with the price.  Thank you for your consideration!

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities - #10 - $400

#10 – $400

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities - #12 - $150

#12 – $150

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities - #13 - $550

#13 – $550

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities - #14 - $480

#14 – $480

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities - #17 - $500

#17 – $500

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities - #18 - $400

#18 – $400

House Artwork Sponsorship Opportunities - #20 - $400

#20 – $400

Join us for Family Fun Day!

Join us as Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois continues to celebrate 30 years of keeping families close at our Family Fun Day! Join us as Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois continues to celebrate 30 years of keeping families close at our Family Fun Day!

This FREE event for the whole family will include food, kid-friendly activities, tours of the House and much more!

So we may adequately prepare for the event, please let us know if you plan to attend!  Call 217-528-3314 and speak to the staff member or volunteer on duty.

We hope to see you there!

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