RMHC-CNI over 65% Toward Goal that will Help More Families of Hospitalized Children than Ever Before

Chicago, Ill., (May, 2011) – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana(RMHC®-CNI)  has announced a major milestone in their campaign to build the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House®– they have surpassed the $20 million mark in fundraising.

“It’s our generous donors we have to thank. This really would not be possible without a broad base of community supporting the mission to keep families of hospitalized children together,” said Doug Porter, CEO of RMHC-CNI. “Raising $20 million is a great accomplishment, but we still have $10 million to raise and need to keep up the momentum.”

Slated to open its doors summer of 2012, the new Ronald McDonald House will serve as a “home away from home” for families of hospitalized children receiving treatment at both the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

The House, at 211 East Grand Avenue in the Streeterville neighborhood, will be just blocks from both hospitals so parents are just steps from their child and families can stay together. Studies show that the presence of a parent can cut the average length of hospital stay for their child by 31%. The new House will accommodate more families than ever before with 100,000 sq feet including 86 private guest rooms, home-like kitchen and dining areas, comfortable living spaces, a library and resource center, and a rooftop healing garden and retreat.

The project to build the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House here in Chicago will cost $30 million and construction of the new Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s began in January.

The campaign is led by Honorary Chairs: The Honorable Richard M. & Maggie Daley, Mark Giangreco of ABC 7 Sports, Coach Lovie & MaryAnne Smith of the Chicago Bears, and Don and Liz Thompson of McDonald’s Corporation.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana is a registered 501(c )3, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being and education of children in our area.

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