A WARM, FRIENDLY PLACE Ronald McDonald House Charities® provides a “home away from home”, a refuge, for families who are trying to cope with the physical, emotional and financial burdens of having a seriously ill child. Parents do not have to sleep in hospital waiting rooms or bear the expense and loneliness of motel lodging. At the House they have an extended family – other house guests – who are experiencing some of the same fears and concerns and who are able to offer emotional support and a sympathetic ear.
A LABOR OF LOVE Through the combined efforts of the Junior League of Fresno and the owner-operators of the Central Valley McDonald’s® Restaurants, plus the generosity of the local community, the Central Valley Ronald McDonald House became the fourth in California. At that time, more than 60 House programs were in operation, with many more planned. The first House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. There are now nearly 205 Ronald McDonald House programs around the world.
A PLACE LIKE HOME Our new House accommodates 18 families for a nominal fee. The fee is waived if a family is unable to pay. A manager is always on duty to oversee the daily operation of the House. Guests maintain their own room, can do their own cooking, laundry, and help with the chores of the House. Each family has a private bedroom, bath and closet. Common living areas provide laundry facilities, kitchen and dining, along with a library, game room, TV room and children’s playroom. There is also an outdoor play area to enjoy. The comfort of home is only steps away from the Children’s Hospital.
AND IT NEEDS YOU Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Central Valley is a non-profit organization whose board of directors is composed of community volunteers. While the Central Valley McDonald’s® owners-operators assist in promoting volunteer efforts, fundraising and gifts in-kind for the House, the major portion of funding for daily operation must come from communities throughout.
Buy a brick for the Ronald McDonald House of the Central Valley. For a donation of $100 or $250 you can purchase your own personally engraved brick. Each 4” x 8” brick costs $100 and an 8” x 8” brick costs $250 and can be inscribed with your message or name. This is a wonderful way to show your support for the Ronald McDonald House by honoring or remembering a special person or occasion.
Share-A-Night : At night when the lights go out in the Ronald McDonald House, not everyone may be sleeping. One might find a mom or dad who is kept awake by the worries of their child’s condition. Or one might be found upset by the burdens of the financial responsibility in dealing with their child’s health.
By sponsoring a room for a night or as many nights as you can, your gift will not only help a family in need it will also help offset the operation expenses of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley. Your gift will help offer refuge and emotional support, and a chance for families to stay together when they need it most. Please open your heart and Share A Night with someone. The cost to share a night is $10 a night.
In 1997, RMHC of the Central Valley was looking for a corporate donor to kick off a capital campaign to build a new Ronald McDonald House to be located next to the new Children’s Hospital of Central California. Pledging to raise $250,000 between 1997 and the year 2000, the car drawing exceeded everyone’s expectations as $675,000 was raised.
By the time the RMHC of the Central Valley opened it’s doors in February of 2001, the car campaign raised more than one-million dollars and actually accounted for 54% of the total cost of the 20,000 square foot facility.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley, Inc. would like to thank each and every one of you who have entered the drawing over the years. If it wasn’t for your participation, none of this would have been possible.
DREAM STREET has been a successful marketing tool for Ronald McDonald House Charities in building awareness for its services & programs offered throughout the community. Dream Street has raised nearly $50,000 since the beginning of project in 2001. This year will be the final year of the Dream Street Project as RMHC of the Central Valley, Inc will focus its efforts on the Capital Campaign. Goal is to raise $8 million dollars to expand and build and new Ronald McDonald House. Please help us with our expansion by making a donation! Your support will help build a new “home away from home” for families in our community.
Congratulations to our Final 2007 Dream Street Winners!
Easter Playhouse Elizabeth Mello- Atwater, CA ticket #8106
Western Villa Playhouse Kristina Massey- Fresno, CA ticket #11702
Log Cabin Playhouse Suzanne Smith- Visalia, CA ticket #10577
About Dream Street
The project consists of 8×8 custom-built playhouses, all to be raffled off at the Annual Lighting of the House Celebration on December 10, 2007. • There were 3 playhouses all with different themes: – The “Log Cabin” donated by Pacific Coast Lumber – The “Howell House” donated by JN Howell – The “Country Hide-Away” donated by Rocking Circle & Ranchos and painted by Robyn Davidian • Tickets sold at $2 each, with a price break for the purpose of multiple tickets (ticket price $2 each, 6 for $10, 12 for $20, 30 for $50 and 60 for $100) • All proceeds from Dream Street benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley, Inc.
Special thanks to the Morring Family in Paso Robles, CA for coordinating the building of the playhouses for the past years. We would also like to thank our sponsor: Azteca America KMSG 39
Thanks To All Who Participated In This Year’s Rockin “Beach Party”!
On Saturday, September 17th, 2005, the Ronald McDonald House was transformed into the largest Beach Party to ever hit Madera. At 5:00 pm, the party started and hundreds of “beach bums” swarmed the Ronald McDonald House in their shorts, Hawaiian Shirts and sandals ready to dance the night away. Guests had a chance to bid on live, silent and dessert auction items, dance and view the classic car show with over 45 cars. At one point, a yellow Corvette drove in and brought with it a very special guest, Ronald McDonald himself! He mingled with guests and even handed out free cheeseburger cards. Partygoers also had the chance to have a caricature done, take pictures by an actual Woody Wagon or get a massage.
At about 7:30 pm dinner was served, and included chicken, tri-tip, rolls, spicy green beans and potatoes prepared by Anthony’s catering and served by 40 hard working volunteers from Bank of the Sierra. As the evening went on, guests had a chance to meet a past resident at the Ronald McDonald House: Rachel Roberts, also known as “Baby Gorilla.” Her father, Hayes Roberts, told the captivated audience about their experience at the Ronald McDonald House and what the House meant to them and Rachel even said a few words to the guests!
Near the close of the evening, a secret was let out. The Ronald McDonald House Charities is embarking upon a 3 year Comprehensive Capital Campaign to expand the House. The need for a “home away from home” is constantly growing and the Ronald McDonald House is in need of expansion. Patty Manfredi, Executive Director, along with Ronald McDonald announced this secret to the guests as balloons filled the air and party poppers went off with a bang! Hold on to your hats, because… Here We Grow Again!
The highlight of the evening was when the winning ticket for the 1967 Corvette was pulled from a bin full of tickets. The lucky winner was Pat Bowman of Fountain Valley, California…Congratulations Pat!