Press Release: Ronald McDonald House Charities
WHO: (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 59 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs provide access to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better.
WHAT: 15th Annual Stone Crab Fest to Benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee. The event raises crucial funds to enable Ronald McDonald House to welcome families with children in medical crisis to a home-away-from-home in Florida’s Capital City. It is a proven fact that children heal faster when their family is with them. Pediatric patients and their families from 35 states (including 60 Florida counties and 42 Georgia counties) have stayed at the RMHC in recent years.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 25 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Eagle Hill at W.C. Dover Farm – 534 Dover Rd. Midway, Fl.
HISTORY OF RMHC: What began as one family’s misfortune became good fortune for millions of families across the globe.
In 1974, Kim Hill, the three year old daughter of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill, was diagnosed with leukemia.
During Kim’s three years of treatment, Fred and his wife Fran often camped out on hospital chairs and benches and ate makeshift meals out of vending machines. the Hills watched other parents around them doing the same thing. They learned that many of the families had traveled great distances to bring their children to the medical facility, but couldn’t afford hotel rooms.
The Hills began to think that there had to be a solution. Fred rallied the support of his Eagles teammates to raise funds and help other families experiencing the same emotional and financial traumas as his own. Through Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager, the team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Evans dreamed of a home-like temporary residence for families of children being treated at her hospital.
Together, they created the first Ronald McDonald House.
The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. By 1979, ten more Houses had opened. By 1984, McDonald’s restaurants and local communities founded 60 more Houses and then 53 more opened by 1989.
The Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee is a “home away from home” for the families of pediatric patients being treated at area hospitals and medical facilities.
In 1989, the Tallahassee Ronald McDonald House opened its doors. Today we have nine bedrooms, a living room, family room, large kitchen, playroom, laundry area and an outside deck and grill area for families to call home while their child is receiving medical treatment.
The majority of families who stay at the House live more than ten miles away and have children being treated at Capital Regional Medical Center, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Health South Rehabilitation Center or other area clinics.
Each year thousands of children and their families depend on the support of the Ronald McDonald House to provide comfort and care during difficult times. Families are asked for a donation of $10 per night. However, no family is ever turned away because of the inability to pay. The actual cost per night is about $60 and the average stay for a family is seven nights.
Currently, there are 315 houses open in 31 countries worldwide. Ronald McDonald Houses can be found in the States, Brazil, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, German, Austria, Switzerland, England, New Zealand, France, Hong Kong, Scotland, Sweden, Argentina, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Honduras, Spain, Denmark, and Romania.
Rachel Stiles – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee Board Member
For interviews prior to and at the event (Oct. 25): 850-508-9407