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 became an RMHC-CNI board member and joined RMHC-CNI once again at the McDonald’s All American Awards Banquet as the evening’s emcee. When the McDonald’s All American Games returned to Chicago for its third consecutive year this past April, Ryan jumped right back in as the emcee not only bringing excitement, but also firsthand knowledge of the charity’s mission.
Ryan 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.” “The Houses provide relief to make things better for families and children who are enduring unimaginable things,” said Ryan.