McDONALD’S HAPPY MEAL® TURNS 30 & CELEBRATES BY HELPING TO BUILD THE WORLD’S LARGEST RONALD McDONALD HOUSE®

OAK BROOK, IL – June 22, 2009 – As America’s favorite kid’s meal turns 30 this June, the Happy Meal is celebrating by giving back through the “Make Every Happy Meal Count” program.

The McDonald’s Owner Operators are pledging a portion of the proceeds from every Happy Meal sold in close to 500 local restaurants across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana to support the development of the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. The goal of the five year Happy Meal program is to raise more than $3.5 million for the new Ronald McDonald House.

As the Happy Meal turns 30, it also marks the 30 month countdown until the new House is unveiled, right here in Chicago.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with McDonald’s Owner Operators of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and know their contributions will be a huge factor in the success of this important Chicago endeavor,” said Doug Porter, the chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. “The new House will provide a ‘home away from home’ to keep the families of hospitalized children together.”

Due to open in 2012 at 211 East Grand in Streeterville, the new Ronald McDonald House will provide guest rooms to almost 90 families of children being treated at the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Prentice Women’s Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

About RMHC-CNI:

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the health, well-being and education of children in its area.

Ronald McDonald Houses® help keep families together. Located near Children’s Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center and Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, the Houses provide an affordable “home away from home” for the families of children being treated at these hospitals. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® provides essential health services to children in underserved areas, and the RMHC-CNI scholarship program supports high-achieving, yet financially challenged, local students.

For more information, visit www.RonaldHouseChicago.org

 

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