Glenn Lubeznik - Leading with Passion and Purpose
Long-time supporter and former Board of Directors member Glenn Lubeznik shares his passion for Ronald McDonald House Charities and why it remains an important part of his life.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in Michigan City, LaPorte and Westville, Indiana. I started in 1961 at the age of nine working with my parents, Jack and Shirley and my brother, Rod, after school and on weekends. I became an owner in 1975. I have been married to my wife, Kathy, for 23 years and have three children and one grandchild. I enjoy shooting sports, hunting, boating, travel and volunteering to help non-profit organizations in my community. I reside in Michigan City and Marco Island, Florida with my wife.
How did you first become involved with the Charity?
I attended the opening of the second Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, and I quickly learned the importance of the charity. I started supporting the charity from that day forward, both in my community and across the McDonald’s system. It has been a passion ever since. Upon being invited to serve on the board of the House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, I enjoyed the interaction with families, volunteers and board members. I have held many positions, including President of the Board, until the Chicagoland chapter was established, at which time I became a founding member of the chapter’s Board of Directors.
Why is supporting children and families important to you?
I live by the following expression which, in my heart, is so true: ‘Thank God Ronald McDonald House is there when you need them and Thank God when you don’t!’ I want to do everything possible to support Ronald McDonald Houses, their staff, and most of all, the families who need the accommodations to remain close to their sick or injured child.
Do you have a favorite moment?
Through my hobby of Sporting Clays, I introduced a fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. By far, my favorite moment was when I discovered that I had the ability to teach Ronald McDonald Houses around the country how to host tournaments and help them raise substantial funds in their communities. Each day, it gives me great gratification to know that I have helped 23 RMHC chapters (representing more than 30 Houses) and the families they serve. For the last twenty years, through the Kids and Clays Foundation, generosity of tournament attendees, sponsors and friends of Kids and Clays have enabled us to net approximately $18 million for families in Chicagoland and across the United States.
What do you want others to know about the Charity?
I want people to know that no matter how large or how small their monetary support, how many hours they volunteer at a House, event or on a project, or how many fundraising events they attend – all levels of involvement or contribution matter because as Ray Kroc said, “None of us is as good as all of us.”