RMH of ENC Receives Major Donation, Plus Fall Grants Deadline Fast Approaching
Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC Receives $1.4M Donation
Last month, the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina was one of 32 chapters nationwide selected to receive part of a $100 million donation. AbbieVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, announced the contribution to the national charity at the Ronald McDonald House Charities International Conference in Chicago.
It’s the largest single gift Ronald McDonald House Charities has ever received. The donation will provide housing and family-centered services for pediatric patients and their families during hospital treatment across the United States.
“This incredible donation will help support the growth of our House,” said Meghan Woolard, Executive Director of RMHENC. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of AbbVie and how it is allowing us to help keep so many families with sick children together, and close to the care they need, during a difficult time.”
The $1.4 million that RMHENC received will support the expansion of the free-standing House in Greenville. RMHENC broke ground on the new expansion in May 2017, building a 10,000 square foot addition which added four bedrooms, relocated three bedrooms, and added an updated kitchen, dining area, playroom, and laundry room. The original part of the House is currently under renovation with an expected completion date in late 2018. This expansion project will help support 100 additional families each year.
“Having a child with a serious illness is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can face,” said Laura Schumacher, executive vice president, external affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, AbbVie. “Our donation is grounded in the shared belief that families should have the necessary resources to care for a hospitalized child, along with the support to strengthen their well-being and resiliency during a challenging time.”
The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina is still accepting donations to pay for the expansion and is continuing to sell bricks for its “Fund a Family” programs. For more information about the programs, you can visit RMHENC’s website.
Deadline for Fall Grant Process is September 30th: Do you know a non-profit organization that could benefit?
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina believes it’s important to have a positive impact on a child in order to change the world. But we can’t do it alone. That’s where our community grant program comes in. We proudly support other non-profit organizations across the state making an immediate and positive impact on children who need it most in the areas of health care, education and social services.
Thanks to this program, more than $1 million in grants have been awarded to more than 150 non-profit organizations across the state. To see some of the ways this money is being used, check out the stories of of our most recent spring grant recipients:
Baptist Children’s Home of NC
On August 22nd, RMHC of NC board members presented a $20,000 grant to workers and families at the Kennedy Home campus in Kinston, NC. The grant will go toward the rewiring of the Kennedy Home, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Matthew.
“After suffering so much damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and then being struck by lightning this past year, this money will go a long way to help us continue to serve children in our community,” said President/CEO Michael C. Blackwell. “We are so grateful to have been chosen as recipients of this year’s spring grant.”
On August 22nd, Caswell Friends of the Public Library were presented with a $10,000 grant to go toward the renovation of the local children’s library.
The Gunn Memorial Public Library is currently undergoing a major expansion, which started in March. This grant money will go toward purchasing new furniture, displays and books for the Children’s Department. The renovations are expected to be complete in March of 2019, with a grand opening set for April.
“We are so appreciative for this grant and how it will allow us to provide better programming and services to the community,” said Rhonda Griffin, Library Director, “and most importantly, for the opportunity it will provide to all our local children looking to expand their passions, minds and adventure to worlds they never knew existed.”
Again, the deadline to be considered for a fall community grant is September 30th. If you know of an organization that could benefit, visit our website for an application and information about the process.
Hurricane Florence’s Aftermath
Hurricane Florence proved to be a devastating storm that continues to impact hundreds of thousands of lives across the Carolinas. From power outages to flooding, the amount of destruction is still unknown.
Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who helped our Houses prepare ahead of the storm’s arrival. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims across both states!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
September 22nd: The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC is hosting its 7th Annual Character Breakfast. This event is a great way for the community to have some fun while supporting the families that stay at the House. Guests will enjoy a McDonald’s pancake breakfast, a character parade, face painting, carnival games, and more. You can find more information at this link.
September 22nd: A whole new world awaits at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte’s 4th Annual Storybook Ball! This Aladdin-themed gala will be the House’s most momentous event of the year, featuring a live auction, dinner and dancing. For more information on tickets, visit the House’s website.
October 7th: Foodies rejoice! Join the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hillfor the 28th annual A Tasteful Affair at The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium. People from across the Triangle will enjoy delicious samples from more than two dozen of the area’s best restaurants, catering companies and food trucks. Click here to purchase tickets and place bids on the silent auction!
October 7th: The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC and Pirate Radio are hosting the Pirate Radio Bowling Bash! A hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the House. To find out more about how you can take part, view the event flyer here.
October 20th: Friends of the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem will help celebrate the House’s 9th Annual Character Breakfast. The event will feature favorite princesses, superheroes and storybook characters. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, visit the House’s website.
November 2nd: You’re invited to the Red Shoe Shootout where the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte will be pulling for charity, literally! There will be something for all skill levels at the seventh annual sporting clays charity tournament, from experts to first-timers. To find out how to register your team, check out this link.
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