WLS-TV Sports Director, Mark Giangreco first learned of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) through his passion for classic cars. Almost seven years ago, when the Chicago Brushmasters, Caring Partners of RMHC-CNI, were planning their annual ‘World of Wheels’ event to benefit the charity, Mark found a perfect match. Being an amateur artist himself, Mark recognized the talent behind the group of pinstripe artists and was memorized how they lent their skills to detailing classic cars and other various car pieces. So, Mark was eager to lend a helping hand and help bring awareness to both the Chicago Brushmasters and the efforts of RMHC-CNI.
Mark has also generously donated his time at several of the charity’s fundraiser events including the Chi-Town STA-BIL Kruze, Cook County Farm Bureau’s Food Checkout Day, RMHC-CNI’s Annual Golf Classic at Cog Hill Country Club, and served as Honorary Chair of the Capital Campaign for the charity’s Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s.
On February 21, 2013, Cook County Farm Bureau celebrated its 13th Annual Food Checkout Day with two of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana’s “House of Representatives”, ABC 7 Chicago‘s Mark Giangreco and CBS 2 Chicago‘s Ryan Baker. Mark and Ryan participated in a “scavenger hunt competition” at the Dominick’s located right next to our Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. It was a close race with Ryan taking the victory with 101 items over Mark’s 95 items, but both celebrated together knowing that over 10,529 pounds of food would support the families staying together at our five Ronald McDonald Houses and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms.
For the past five years, Mark has served as the Honorary Chairman for RMHC-CNI’s Annual Golf Classic at Cog Hill Country Club. Stay tuned for more details regarding this year’s Golf Classic happening once again at Cog Hill Country Club in July.