Pro-golfer Luke Donald, an English-born golfer named PGA player of the year in 2011 and recent holder of the prestigious title World Number One male golfer became a supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) when he and his wife Diane visited the nation’s largest Ronald McDonald House (RMH® near Lurie Children’s) in the fall of 2012 where they met dozens of families who needed the House in order to stay close to their children in the hospital.


Over the past two years, RMHC-CNI has teamed up with Luke and Diane for a fundraising initiative ‘Luke’s Team: Birdies Fore the House’, a unique way of leveraging Donald’s talent in order to raise funds to support families of hospitalized children.


‘Luke’s Team: Birdies Fore the House’ raises money for RMHC-CNI based on Donald’s performance on the 2014 PGA tour.  After joining ‘Luke’s Team’ with a $75 donation, participants can pledge a contribution for each birdie Donald makes throughout his 2014 tournament season.  Based on his performance averages from 2013, Donald is expected to reach over 350 birdies in his 2014 season; an eagle from Luke will count as two birdies, for the purposes of the fundraiser.


“If I didn’t have a reason to be the best player in the game before, I do now,” Donald said. 


“I’m extremely honored to be partnering with Ronald McDonald House, and to be playing the game I love for such a great cause.  Families with children in the hospital need a place to stay close to their child, and the House allows them to do that in a supportive and healing environment.”

— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) February 19, 2013

This past December, Luke & Diane Donald, and eighteen of their friends and family members volunteered at Ronald McDonald House® near Lurie Children’s, the nation’s largest, located in their hometown of Chicago. 


Together, they helped to prepare a home-cooked meal for 86 families staying at the House.  After dinner, Luke went around to personally meet and talk with all of the families.


If you would like to learn more information about volunteering at RMHC-CNI CLICK HERE.

— Diane Donald (@DianeDonald) December 23, 2012