Oak Brook, Ill. (April 4, 2012) — Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) today announced that Starwood Hotels of Chicago will serve as the official hotel partner of the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House scheduled to open in Chicago this summer. The partnership will ensure that any family whose child is being cared for at a downtown Chicago hospital will have a convenient and comfortable place to stay while their child is being treated.
Designed to support potential guest overflow in the new House, this new alliance provides a hotline in which, on the rare occasion the House is overcapacity, the House Director can call to quickly determine alternate housing at a special RMHC-CNI rate at a designated Starwood hotel in the River North neighborhood.
“We are truly honored to be working with such a great organization as Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Peter Simoncelli, General Manager, The Westin Chicago River North. “The assistance the House provides both children and their families is indescribable.”
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 purpose to meet profit by creating a platform for Starwood customers and employees to participate in volunteer opportunities, while providing exclusive access to offers and activities for families staying at the new House.
The Starwood Hotels of Chicago 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 new House which is located at 211 E. Grand in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood near the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
“It is a great compliment to the City of Chicago to have the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world,” said Simoncelli. “We look forward to partnering and helping them achieve their mission through awareness and support in the Chicago business community.”
The 14-story world’s largest House will have 86 rooms and is scheduled to open in June 2012 to provide care and comfort for the families of hospitalized children each and every day of the year. RMHC-CNI is committed to helping the local community by keeping families together when they need it most.
“We are honored to have the Starwood Hotels of Chicago partner with us,” said Doug Porter, CEO of RMHC-CNI. “It is only with the extremely generous support of organizations such as Starwood that we are able to make this house a home.”
Always located in close proximity to major children’s hospitals, RMHC-CNI provides a “home away from home” for families of pediatric patients being cared for in area hospitals, while also proactively reaching out to children in need with mobile medical care and educational opportunities.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,090 properties in 100 countries and territories with 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com
About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI):
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) is to improve the health, well-being and education of children through our four core programs:
- Our 4 Ronald McDonald Houses provide a ‘home away from home’ to keep families close while their children are being treated at a nearby hospital.
- Our Ronald McDonald Family Room program opening next year providing hospitality in the heart of Edward Hospital.
- Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, in partnership with Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, provides essential health services to children in underserved areas in a mobile environment.
- Our Scholarship Program provides $4,000/year renewable scholarships to academically outstanding, community-minded and economically challenged young people.
For more information visit www.RonaldHouseChicago.org