Learn a Little More About Our Family of Caring Partners

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Prince Industries 

We are excited to announce Prince Industries, Inc., as our new Caring Partner.  Prince Industries is the premier designer, engineer and manufacturer of precision machined and sheet metal fabricated components.  After attending the open house for Ronald McDonald House near Central DuPage Hospital and witnessing a true ‘home away from home,’ Prince Industries generously donated RMH near CDH’s new Library Nook that provides a comfortable place for families to gather together.

President, CEO, Mark Miller “couldn’t help but notice what a blessing it [the Ronald McDonald House] must be to families going through the difficulties of caring for their sick children.”  After seeing the House, he knew right away that he needed to contribute to our mission. But the love didn’t end there!

Prince Industries has also become a dedicated partner participating in our ‘Meals from the Heart’ program where they regularly cook delicious, home-cooked meals for families staying together at RMHC-CNI.

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Craig Foltos, Foltos Tonsorial Parlor

Craig, owner of Foltos Tonsorial Parlor, has been involved with RMHC-CNI since 1990 when he realized that life had been very good to him and he was ready to give back. His father, who owned Foltos Tonsorial Parlor before Craig took over, was always helping other people and instilled the importance of giving back to others to his son.

Since 1990, Craig has sponsored a 24-hour Cut-A-Thon, with all proceeds benefitting RMHC-CNI. For 24 hours straight, Craig and his stylists cut hair and donate every dollar raised to RMHC-CNI. The salon also sells raffle tickets for donated goods to raise additional funds. Over the past 25 years, Craig has raised more than $300,000 for RMHC-CNI.

“I feel that I am giving to a charity that helps families and that I am making a difference in their lives,” Craig said.

In addition to the annual Cut-A-Thon, Craig also visits the Houses once a month to donate his hair cutting services to families. “When you give to RMHC-CNI, you’re going to get much more than you give,” Craig said.

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Derrick and Christine Lott, McDonald’s Owner/Operators

McDonald’s owner/operator Derrick Lott and his wife Chris have been involved with RMHC-CNI since they both worked for the McDonald’s Corporation almost 20 years ago. While working there, they volunteered to a cook a meal at one of the local Ronald McDonald Houses. “When you spend time at the Houses, you see firsthand where the donations go and what the charity stands for,” Derrick said.

When the two married and later became McDonald’s owner/operators in 2001, it was a natural progression to continue their support of the charity. They currently participate in fundraising efforts for the charity in their restaurants through participation in the canister program, and donating a percentage of sales from Happy Meals. The Lotts also financially support charity events.

“We have been very blessed in our lives and we will be supporters of RMHC-CNI forever,” Derrick said. “The impact the charity has on a family is something you never see anywhere else,” he said. Derrick became a member of RMHC-CNI’s board of directors in January 2014.

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Leo Burnett 

Leo Burnett has been a consistent corporate partner to RMHC-CNI since 1993. From donating red and green organic apples to the families, staff and volunteers at the House near Lurie Children’s to committing $20,000 toward the capital campaign, Leo Burnett’s generosity overflows.

“We are proud to partner with an organization that is so committed to children and their families,” Michelle Mahoney, Director of Community Relations and Events at Leo Burnett, said. “Under our Leo Love program we are able to offer a cross functional approach of giving back by providing a multitude of opportunities for our employees at every level to donate their time, talent and resources.”

Part of this approach includes volunteer teams cooking at least twice a month, every month, at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. “Our employees love spending time at the House, preparing fun and creative meals, all while connecting with the families,” said Mahoney.

Employees also participate in wish list drives, which are provided by the agency’s “Giving Tree”, a “Helping Hand” employee payroll donation deduction program, whereby RMHC-CNI receives a check every three months, and Leo Burnett’s Matching Gift Program, which matches employee donations dollar for dollar.

Leo Burnett also supports RMHC-CNI’s major fundraising events such as Big Mac Under the Glass, All American Games, Glamorama, and “Pulling for the House”.

 “We take pride in our commitment to give back starting in 1935 when Leo Burnett opened his doors during the Great Depression and shared his apples with the community. We are proud to call RMHC-CNI a partner and look forward to continually supporting them in as many creative and impactful ways as possible.” said Michelle.

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Coldwell Banker

The Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation was formed in 2007 with the primary purpose of raising funds to provide support to housing related causes that directly benefit the needs of the people and communities they serve. Since the foundation was founded, they have raised $906,000 through automatic payroll deductions, events and local fundraising. They have distributed grants to 26 organizations throughout Chicagoland and Milwaukee.

Ronald McDonald House Charities was the first charity selected by the foundation. “We knew we wanted to partner with housing charities and the Ronald McDonald Houses do such good work and are so visible,” Elizabeth Ballis, Realtor with the Coldwell Banker Chicago Halsted office and a founding member of the Advisory Council, said.

The partnership between Coldwell Banker and RMHC-CNI has grown every year. They have generously sponsored the Toy Rooms at all five of our local Ronald McDonald Houses. They have also sponsored multiple Christmas trees and bricks on the rooftop at Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. “The relationship between us has grown over the years and has been wonderful,” Ballis said. The company has also had meetings in the community room at the House near Lurie Children’s.

Not only does the foundation financially support the charity, Coldwell Banker volunteers have prepared meals, hosted toy drives, and regularly attend and participate in RMHC-CNI events such as the charity’s annual “Pulling for the House.”

“It’s amazing how many lives the charity touches,” said Amy Eiduke, Communications Director at Coldwell Banker. “Anybody can have a need for a Ronald McDonald House, and we want to help those families find a place to call home during a difficult time,” she said.

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John and Carmen DeCarrier, McDonald’s Owner/Operators

John and Carmen DeCarrier first became involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities 20 years ago when they were working for the McDonald’s Corporation. In their roles at the corporation, both John and Carmen prepared meals for families at the local Ronald McDonald Houses in Chicagoland and Carmen also became involved with RMHC’s Scholarship Program.

In 2002, John and Carmen became owner operators in Wisconsin and continued their involvement with the Ronald McDonald House located in Milwaukee. When they relocated to Chicago, the DeCarriers committed themselves to RMHC-CNI.

Carmen has been a six-year member of RMHC-CNI’s board of directors and four-year chairman of RMHC-CNI’s Education Committee. John has served on RMHC-CNI’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee since 2008. “We are parents that understand the challenges associated with a child with special needs,” John said. “Because of our daughter Mia, we give back,” John said.

The DeCarriers have personally donated to the charity and have also committed $1 million in funds through “Rock the House,” a fundraising event they launched in 2010. When asked why others should support RMHC-CNI, Carmen said: “When you give to this charity, you will be able to see the impact of your dollars right away.”

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Ryan Baker, CBS 2 Chicago

Ryan Baker first became acquainted with RMHC-CNI in 2011 when he was a last minute fill in emcee for the McDonald’s All American Awards Banquet. As a sports anchor, he was familiar with the McDonald’s All American Games and the McDonald’s brand, but was not fully aware of RMHC-CNI’s mission.

During the event, which was benefitting RMHC-CNI, Ryan became more familiar with the charity’s work and asked for ways to get involved. “I was looking to become involved with a charity and RMHC-CNI has a great brand and reputation,” Ryan said. “I have been extremely blessed in my life and I believe that to those who much is given much is expected,” Ryan said.

In 2012, Ryan emceed the All American Awards Banquet again and became an RMHC-CNI board member. He is also a member of RMHC-CNI’s Education Committee, the committee responsible for selecting scholarship winners each year.

“RMHC-CNI and the Ronald McDonald Houses truly improve the lives of countless individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to stay close to their hospitalized child,” Ryan said. “The Houses provide relief to make things better for families and children who are enduring unimaginable things,” he said.

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Cliff Koroll, Cargill

Cliff Koroll first became aware of and involved with RMHC-CNI when he played for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1970s. Fellow Blackhawks players Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull impressed upon him that as a professional athlete it was important to give back to the community. With that in mind, Koroll and Chris Chelios helped with the grand opening of the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola in 1995.

After Koroll retired from the Blackhawks, he started working with Cargill in the McDonald’s business unit. In his capacity at Cargill, he has helped facilitate volunteer efforts at the Houses and fundraisers such as “Skate With the Greats”, an event hosted by the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association. Koroll feels the association with the charity has been good for Cargill and the charity and says RMHC-CNI is dear to his heart.

“Once you walk in the doors of a House it really pulls at the heartstrings because it involves kids,” Koroll says.

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Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association

The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association has been a great partner to RMHC-CNI. Through their President and long-time Cargill employee, Cliff Koroll, the Alumni partnership with RMHC-CNI continues to grow. One of the highlights of the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s is the 11th Floor Family Den. Sponsored by the Blackhawk Alumni Association, the den features photos and memorabilia from many former Blackhawk greats including Stan Mikita, Denis Savard and the legendary Keith Magnuson. To give it a real hockey feel, they’ve added two simulated lockers stocked with hockey equipment.

Through Cliff’s leadership, the Alumni Association partnered with RMHC-CNI in 2013 to host the first annual Skate with the Greats event at Soldier Field. Not only did many of the former Blackhawks skate with fans but Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito stayed to sign autographs for their admiring public until each and every last item was signed. Skate with the Greats has since become an annual winter event for the charity.

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Chicago White Sox Charities

Chicago White Sox Charities (CSWC) has always been actively involved with local Chicago hospitals through its philanthropic efforts. When the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s opened in 2013, CSWC ramped up their efforts even more in support of charities that serve children.

Specifically, they generously donated $100,000 in support of the House and continue to support RMHC-CNI through donation of game tickets, player engagement at the Ronald McDonald Houses, gift drives, and other fundraising initiatives.

Part of the rooftop at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s is designed to recognize the White Sox. “The partnership between CSWC and RMHC-CNI provides us with an opportunity to make such a tangible difference in the lives of families at such a time of crisis,” said Christine O’Reilly, Vice President, Community Relations/ Executive Director, Chicago White Sox Charities.

“Further, the relationship allows the White Sox to have exposure to more audiences, to elevate awareness of the White Sox in the community and to highlight who we are off the field,” said O’Reilly.

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Chicago Bulls Charities & The Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bulls Charities have an evolving, partnership with RMHC-CNI. For many years, the organization and its charity have donated tickets and the use of suites for Bulls home games, hosted an annual “Bulls Spectacular” celebration at the various Houses and orchestrated visits from various Bulls players, legends and executives.

Through our partnership, RMHC-CNI has been designated as the monetary beneficiary of the “United Scrap Metal” recycling program which recycles all materials used at the United Center during games and events. Most recently, the Chicago Bulls graciously furnished a game room in the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital, fully equipped with memorabilia, televisions, video games and a pop-a-shot!

“Chicago Bulls Charities and the Chicago Bulls are proud of our strong and longstanding partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Ronald McDonald House truly provides a ‘home away from home’ for families in need and it has been incredible working with them over the last decade. Our players, ambassadors and staff have been touched by their experiences spending time with children and families during their visits.” – Nancy Reinsdorf, President of Chicago Bulls Charities

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Marsha Serlin, United Scrap Metal Buyers and Recyclers

United Scrap Metal first became involved with RMHC-CNI in 2005 when the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola contacted them for pop tab recycling. The leadership at United Scrap immediately started thinking about ways the company could further assist RMHC-CNI. That year the company decided to expand their pop tab recycling to all four Houses and began picking up the pop tabs for additional revenue.

They also established a Recycling Day, called “Recycle With Ronald”, which encourages all of their customers to recycle on a specified day, with a percentage being donated to RMHC-CNI. Since its inception, the event has raised over $500,000 to benefit the charity. “It’s a great event that combines recycling, education, sustainability and teamwork to raise funds for RMHC-CNI,” Marsha said.

Marsha, who has also served as a co-chair for construction of the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s, feels that the Houses are a great gift to the Chicago area. “When you give money to the charity you can see the direct impact of your donation,” Marsha said. “In this charity, everything works to help provide a home away for families in need,” she said.

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John Shultz, Dr Pepper

RMHC-CNI built a strong relationship with Dr Pepper back in 2009. Seeing an opportunity to help, John Shultz, along with the local Dr Pepper bottler, partnered on an agreement to raise awareness and support for our Ronald McDonald Houses.

Through the life of the five-year agreement, Dr Pepper has supported the charity with customized awareness programs such as the “Million Dollar Challenge”, and the exciting new tie-in with the Chicago Bears via the “Bears Score, Families Win.” Shultz feels especially attached to the charity because he and his wife lost their son Michael in 1999 from a rare connective tissue disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. They have since set up a foundation called the Miracle Michael Fund (www.miraclemichael.org).

The Ronald McDonald House near Central DuPage Hospital has special meaning to the Shultz family. While Michael was alive, he lived six of his eight months at Central DuPage Hospital. “Having a house at Central DuPage is a dream come true,” John said. “Ronald McDonald Houses provide families with the gift of togetherness when that is one of the things they need the most.”

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Duncan Keith, Keith Relief

Stanley Cup champion, Olympic Gold medalist and Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith partnered with RMHC-CNI on behalf of his foundation, Keith Relief, to sponsor one of two transplant floors in our Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. The transplant floors are dedicated to pediatric transplant patients and their families. With a full kitchen, as well as a refrigerator and television in each room, both floors are specifically designed to meet the needs of families whose children need to stay near the hospital for up to three months following their surgery.

Duncan Keith founded his organization in 2011 in an effort to assist families and individuals suffering from medical crises. In addition to the foundation’s commitment to RMHC-CNI, Keith Relief is also dedicated to alleviating the financial and emotional burdens of families and individuals suffering from a medical crisis. For more information visit www.duncankeith.com/keith-relief

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Hoekstra Transportation 

Midwest shipping leader Hoekstra Transportation, LLC began volunteering with our charity back in 2010. Since that time, the company has volunteered at several of our Ronald McDonald Houses — preparing home-cooked meals, providing gifts for children and families around the holidays, holding collection drives, donating office supplies and House wish list items.

In 2014, Hoekstra Transportation offered to wrap two of its fleet semi-trailers with RMHC-CNI’s messaging to increase awareness and visibility of the charity within the Chicagoland area.

The two Hoekstra Transportation trailers bearing the design travel within a 400-mile radius of Chicago — in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

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Tony Reyes, CartonCraft

Tony Reyes, CEO of CartonCraft, first became involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities in 1996 when he was an executive with the McDonald’s Corporation. “There is an absolute need in the community for the Ronald McDonald House that is not filled by anyone else,” Reyes said.

In 2002, Reyes bought CartonCraft and expanded his involvement, financially supporting the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s and the Ronald McDonald House near Central DuPage Hospital. His company has also sponsored and bought tables at several charity events.

As the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Winfield, Reyes also stewarded the sponsorship of a room at the Ronald McDonald House near Central DuPage Hospital. “I am happy to support the charity because it is the absolute right thing to do,” Reyes said.

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Jones Lang LaSalle

JLL has served as a sponsor of RMHC-CNI’s annual basketball tournament — “Hoops for the House” — for many years. Over the past year, JLL and RMHC-CNI have been working on establishing a long-term partnership that includes spreading awareness of the charity and its mission among JLL employees, clients and the community.

The company organizes many RMHC-CNI focused events, including a Jones Lang LaSalle Chicago Service Day where 125 JLL team members prepare and serve dinner for Ronald McDonald House families and/or participate in special projects at all five Chicagoland Houses.

In addition to committing to a long-term partnership with the organization, the JLL Midwest Region selected RMHC-CNI as its 2014 Charity of Choice. Thank you to RMHC-CNI board member and Jones Lang LaSalle Senior Vice President, Todd Schaefer, for his help in facilitating the valued partnership.

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Mark Giangreco, ABC 7

Mark Giangreco has been a longtime friend of RMHC-CNI. Over the years, Mark has given his time, talents and his treasures in helping families get through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Mark generously donates his time to emcee various milestone events for RMHC-CNI, including the many monumental events for the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. Mark was on hand at the House’s groundbreaking, topping off, and grand opening ceremonies.

Mark’s partnership with our charity also expands into our House near Lurie Children’s as he is a sponsor of the 5th floor family mail area.

A true ambassador for the charity, Mark has also taken part in the Cook County Farm Bureau’s “shop off” at the local grocery down the block from the Lurie House. Mark also joined our board of directors in 2014.

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True

True has been a valued partner to RMHC-CNI for many years. Led by their Managing Partner Brian Salerno, True understands the mission of RMHC-CNI and has stepped forward to help the charity with time, talent and treasure.

Aside from being a major donor, True has staged many third party events, introducing many of their friends to the charity.

The True team has also taken part in many volunteer activities including our Meals from the Heart Program, cooking meals at our Ronald McDonald Houses. They are also first in line to volunteer at many community events and members of the True Team sit on various planning committees at the charity.

We are grateful for the enduring support of such a caring partner.

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Great Clips

Since 2005, Great Clips has been a valued supporter of RMHC-CNI. From annual salon fundraisers, Have a Heart and Shear Kindness to holding annual cut-a-thons during special promotional nights at the Chicago White Sox games including Mullet Night and Elvis Night and at the annual NASCAR Sprint Series at the Chicagoland Speedway, the employees at Great Clips are always looking for new ways to support the charity.

In addition, Great Clips was the presenting sponsor for the first ever ‘Champs for Charity’ hockey event featuring several Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup stars. The support of organizations like Great Clips is critical to allowing us to continue to serve families and children.

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Macy’s

Macy’s believes in giving back to the local community. For the past four years the “Magic of Macy’s” has helped raise over $900,000 for RMHC-CNI! “Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama” is the largest fashion show in Chicago and will be celebrating its 15th annual year on Friday, August 9, 2013.

RMHC-CNI is honored to again be named the beneficiary of this spectacular production. The Glamorama fashion show will display the latest in fall fashions and will feature surprise celebrity appearances. This year is sure to be a crowd pleaser with surprises and an elaborate production.

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Cook County Farm Bureau

The Cook County Farm Bureau continues to be a fantastic partner to our charity. For the 15th consecutive year, we made “Food Checkout Day” bigger and better than ever.

This year we not only continued with the shopping spree in Oak Lawn between the police and fire departments, but hosted a “shop off” at Dominick’s between ABC-7’s Mark Giangreco and CBS-2’s Ryan Baker. The event helped us collect over 10,000 pounds of food for our Houses, hundreds of pounds of pop tabs and almost $17,000. A huge thanks to all involved in making the day an incredible success.

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Luke and Diane Donald

Pro golfer Luke Donald and his wife Diane first became involved with RMHC-CNI in 2013 when the couple was searching for a local charity to align with.

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago had just opened and the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s shortly thereafter. When the couple toured the new House, they really fell in the love with the cause. “The House resonates with me because we travel a lot as a family and we know how important it is to be together,” Diane said.

Diane, former RMHC-CNI board member and the mother of three young children, feels that it is incredibly important to support those families in their time of critical need. As part of their support, Luke has committed to a fundraising initiative called “Luke’s Birdies Fore the House”. Through this fundraiser, supporters pledge funds for every birdie Luke makes during the season. Since its inception three years ago, it has raised $100,000 to support our work.

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Starwood Hotels of Chicago

Starwood Hotels of Chicago serves as the official hotel partner for our Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. On the rare occasions that the House is over capacity, Starwood Hotels offers a special RMHC-CNI rate at a designated Starwood hotel in Chicago. Starwood Hotels & Resorts serves as one of the most innovative operators of lifestyle hospitality brands in the world, and is committed to helping local communities through philanthropic endeavors.

This unique partnership between RMHC-CNI and Starwood Hotels of Chicago provides an opportunity for Starwood customers and employees to participate in volunteer opportunities and provide exclusive offers and activities for families staying at the new House.

The Starwood Hotels of Chicago who are partnering with RMHC-CNI include Sheraton Chicago, The Westin Chicago River North, The Westin Michigan Avenue, W Chicago — Lakeshore, W Chicago — City Center, Four Points by Sheraton Magnificent Mile and The Tremont Chicago Hotel at Magnificent Mile. Each of the hotels involved is located within walking distance of the downtown House.

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Griffith Laboratories

Griffith Laboratories has been a long-time corporate sponsor and friend of the charity. The company, established in 1919, is a global manufacturer of food ingredients which provides a wide range of taste and texture components for customers throughout the world. Griffith and its employees have become an integral part of our charity through donations of time, services and funds.

Griffith hosts special events on our behalf. Griffith Laboratories President and CEO Herve De La Vauvre has hosted an evening reception at the Ronald McDonald House near University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, which included musical entertainment and an unforgettable dining experience. Griffith has also hosted “The End of Summer Bash” at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, with proceeds from the event benefitting RMHC-CNI.

The employees of Griffith continue to give of their time and resources to assist with the needs of our charity. Prior to the opening of the Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s many Griffith employees performed an in-service day and assembled beds prior to the official House opening. Employees also personally attend our fundraising events and sit on our event committees.

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Candace Jordan

We are thrilled and honored to report that Candace Collins Jordan, noted Chicago philanthropist, fashion maven and society blogger, has become a passionate advocate for our charity. Chairman of our Glamorama Honorary Committee, Candace led the charge to bring in new supporters, fuel public relations and drive ticket sales.

From hosting a fabulous launch party, appearing in countless news and fashion segments, to regularly featuring us in her blog, Candace’s commitment to our charity has made an incredible difference. We doubled our Glamorama ticket sales and achieved an unprecedented amount of media coverage regarding the event and the new House near Lurie Children’s.

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James & Sons Fine Jewelers

Since 2012, James & Sons Fine Jewelers has played a special role in our fundraising events and at our Ronald McDonald Houses. At our annual “Big Mac Under Glass”, James & Sons Fine Jewelers has sponsored our “Champagne and Diamonds Raffle” and “Heads & Tails Raffle”, raising vital funds for the charity. 

Company employees have also volunteered to prepare home-cooked meals at our Ronald McDonald Houses. As a family-run company dedicated to “helping to celebrate life’s special moments”, we are so appreciative of their support and generosity to our charity. Special thanks to owner John Sunderland and General Manager Linda Verrecchia.

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Golden State Foods Foundation

 

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HAVI

 

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Cubs Care

 

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Tyson Foods

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Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has been a long-time supporter of RMHC-CNI. Southwest’s employees cook meals at our Houses and generously donate items for auctions at our fundraising events. Southwest is truly a Caring Partner, a company that continues to support and care for RMHC-CNI in many ways.

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La-Z-Boy

When you think about La-Z-Boy furniture, you think about comfort – about cozy chairs and sofas and perfect places to take a load off at the end of the day. You can find families nestled up in La-Z-Boy furniture in millions of homes, but did you also know you can find their unmistakable comfort at Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms throughout North America?

Now in its 5th year as the Official Furniture Provider for RMHC, La-Z-Boy has donated over 6,000 pieces of furniture to more than 150 Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across the U.S. and Canada.

La-Z-Boy’s passion and dedication doesn’t only reside within their corporate offices, the love of giving is also shared by the company’s independent La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, who over the past five years have gone above and beyond in their volunteer, fundraising, in-kind and monetary contributions to the charity.

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IL PGA Foundation 

The putting green at Ronald McDonald House near Central DuPage Hospital was officially dedicated on May 20th 2015.  Representatives from the Illinois Section PGA Foundation were on hand to celebrate the green and what it symbolizes – 1) a recreational outlet for the children and families staying at the House and 2) the ongoing partnership the two organizations enjoy dating back to the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Through the Birdies Fore Charity program, Illinois PGA Professionals have raised over $100,000 for RMHC-CNI over the past four years and plan to further add to that total.  Led by PGA Professionals Chris Gumbach and Travis Johns, this year’s program looks to build on the success of last year with nearly 40 golf professionals participating in the 5th annual event set to take place in September.

Thank you to the Illinois PGA Foundation for all that you do for RMHC-CNI and the children and families we serve!

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Nick Karavites, McDonald’s Owner/Operators

One Man Chicago is a fun, social and professional event that spotlights 20 passionate men who are performing important work in the community and supporting local charities. This summer, Nick Karavites (RMHC-CNI steering committee member, local McDonald’s Owner Operator and all-around great guy) was nominated to represent the charity in this exciting program.

Across numerous press events, parties, and at the final show at the Harris Theatre on September 2, Nick was a charismatic and compelling spokesperson, spreading the word about the new House near Lurie Children’s.

Ken Norgan, McDonald’s Owner/Operators

McDonald’s Owner/Operator Ken Norgan’s passion for the charity has spread throughout his organization. Ken’s Store Managers are raising funds to sponsor a bedroom in the new House near Lurie Children’s. When they hit $25,000, Ken will match it for a $50,000 donation. The team’s fundraising activities across the four restaurants have included silent auctions, the sale of coupon books, Shrek hats, McDonald’s t-shirts, mystery gift bags and a cross-promotion with On the Border restaurants. This ambitious team has already raised close to $20,000!

Bowman Displays

For the past several years, our good friends at Bowman Displays have stepped forward and helped make our marketing and branding dreams a reality. Bowman Displays is a one-stop visual merchandising source offering innovative display solutions.

They have helped us fulfill our signage and merchandising needs for many of our events and Houses. Bowman Displays has well exceeded our expectations and we are grateful for their generosity and expertise!

Bulley & Andrews

 

Antunovich & Associates

 

McCain Foods

 

The Coca-Cola Company

 

ConAgra Foods

 

The Container Store

 

East Balt Bakeries

Bama Companies

 

Newly Weds Foods

Keystone

 

Mullins Food Products

Baldwin Richardson Foods

 

Turano Bakery

USG

 

Wintrust

 

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