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(December 17, 2014)
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City Opens Second Ronald McDonald House

(OKLAHOMA CITY)Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City dedicated its second Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City on Dec. 17 with a donor recognition event and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The second House is located at The Children's Hospital inside Garrison Tower.

The new $1.5 million, 10,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House at The Children's Hospital features 14 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and dining room, on-site laundry facilities and an Oklahoma City Thunder playroom. These elements are designed to provide a 'home away from home' to allow families with seriously ill or injured children receiving medical care a restful place to stay, eat a warm meal and converse with others in similar situations.

The Ronald McDonald House at The Children's Hospital will allow Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City to accommodate an additional 550 families in need each year. The original Ronald McDonald House will continue to serve families at 1301 Northeast 14th Street in Oklahoma City with an additional 15 bedrooms. The Ronald McDonald Family Room® on the sixth floor of The Children's Hospital offers a relaxing retreat for families with inpatient children as well as four sleep rooms. All facilities are available 365 days a year to families.

"With the expansion of area hospitals and availability of specialty services in the Oklahoma City area, our local leadership felt we needed to meet the critical need of respite for more families," said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. "In 2013 we could have accommodated an additional 239 families who requested our services, but unfortunately were turned away. The second House will allow us to provide these additional families a place to stay, only minutes away from their child's bedside at The Children's Hospital."

For more information or to learn how you can help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City, please visit RMHCOKC.org.  

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Two Ronald McDonald Houses and a Ronald McDonald Family Room each serve families every day of the year. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.

(December 8, 2014)
RMHC-OKC Awards Grants to Non-Profit Organizations Across the State

(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City awarded $84,009 in grants to nine non-profit organizations across the state with diverse programs benefiting children. Grants were awarded Dec. 1 with a reception at the Samis Education Center in Oklahoma City.

The following grants were awarded:

  • $18,000 to Children’s Hospital Foundation for monthly patient family dinners that are catered and served by volunteers, creating a “get away” evening to meet new people and ease the fears of hospitalization.
  • $7,000 to Peppers Ranch to fund backpacks, T-shirts, Slossan Reading Tests and books for the Equest2Read program for foster children living at Peppers Ranch.
  • $12,000 to Safe Kids Oklahoma, Inc. to provide families with the resources and education to assure a safe sleeping environment for their child by providing cribs, crib sheets and wearable blankets for the Safe Kids at HOME- Safe Sleep Project.
  • $25,009 to The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital to purchase essential equipment including two CoughAssist machines and three respiratory humidifiers for pediatric patients.
  • $5,000 to Women's Auxiliary The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area's Buck$ 4 Bikes program to purchase new bikes for children whose families are in need of a helping hand during the Christmas season.
  • $6,500 to Zoo Friends to provide a shade structure to cover the RMHC-OKC ADA accessible playground at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.
  • $3,500 to the Assistance League of Norman to provide 350 students in Norman and Little Axe schools with new shoes through the Operation School Bell program.
  • $2,000 to the Langston Chamber of Commerce to purchase two computers and programs as well as reading and math study books for the Educational Youth Center.
  • $5,000 to Positive Tomorrows to provide homeless children attending school at Positive Tomorrows with food.

"This grant will allow us to purchase life changing equipment for the patients we serve each day," said Heather Walter, foundation and corporate grants manager at The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital. "This equipment includes respiratory humidifiers for patients on a ventilator, CoughAssist machines that allow patients to cough rather than be suctioned and bladder scanners that can help prevent catheterization."

Organizations eligible to receive a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City must fill-out an application and have a specific program that directly improves the health and well-being of children from birth to 21 years. The program must have a long-term impact in terms of replication or reach, address a funding gap or critical opportunity and produce measurable results.

"We are privileged to work with these incredible organizations to provide funding for vital programs that will impact thousands of children and families across the state of Oklahoma,” said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. "Since 2003 the Charity has awarded more than $750,000 in grants to organizations based in Oklahoma dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children."

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charitiesof Oklahoma City grants program, please call (405) 424-6873 or visit RMHCOKC.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House® or Ronald McDonald Family Room® located inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.

 

 

 

(December 4, 2014)
Dillard’s Stores Offer Southern Living Cookbooks to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City

(OKLAHOMA CITY)Metro-area Dillard’s stores are offering exclusive two-in-one Southern Living cookbooks to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City. The hardback, full-color cookbooks are filled with all-new recipes and dozens of decoration ideas for Christmas and holiday gatherings. Cookbooks are available for $10 each and all proceeds from cookbooks sold in Dillard's stores in the Oklahoma City as well as Lawton, Norman, Shawnee and Enid will directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City.

“The cookbook sales are a special fundraiser during the holiday season,” said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. “The new format this year provides recipes not only for Christmas, but for year-round celebrations that your family can enjoy creating together. The cookbook makes a great gift, especially in knowing that your purchase helps to provide a home away from home at RMHC-OKC for families caring for a seriously ill or injured child."

The 2014 Southern Living "Christmas Cookbook" offers more than 200 new recipes for seasonal gatherings ranging from breakfast to brunch, elegant suppers to parties and much more. Each recipe offers step-by-step instructions and full color photos. New this year is the two-in-one book style, with half of the book featuring a Christmas theme and the other half featuring a year-round celebration theme. The book also includes special occasion menu ideas, decorating ideas and recipes for homemade gifts from the kitchen.

Cookbooks are available in Dillard’s stores in the Oklahoma City metro-area as well as in Lawton, Norman, Shawnee and Enid and online at Dillards.com. For more information, please visit RMHCOKC.org.  

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Roomlocated inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.

(May 6, 2014)
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City Accepting Grant Applications from Non-Profit Organizations

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Each year Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City provides grants to 501(c)3 organizations in Western Oklahoma and North Texas whose mission is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. Grant applications are now being accepted as part of the 2014 grant cycle.

Organizations eligible to receive a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City must have a specific program that directly improves the health and well-being of children from birth to 21 years of age. The program must have a long-term impact in terms of replication or reach, address a funding gap or critical opportunity and produce measurable results.

“Our grants program affords us the opportunity to partner with other organizations to impact children and families outside of our realm, extending the reach of the Charity," said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. “Last year we were privileged to fund diverse programs offered by 15 incredible non-profit organizations across the state benefitting more than 17,000 children."

For grant guidelines and an application, visit www.rmhcokc.org/outreach/grants. Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. June 2. Applicants will be notified of award status by Nov. 4. For more information please call Taylor Land, (405) 271-3737.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment.
Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House® or Ronald McDonald Family Room® located inside The Children's Hospital. Each provide lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to receive support from other families experiencing similar hardships.

(March 26, 2014)
Family-Friendly 'Walk for Kids' Set for April 12

(OKLAHOMA CITY)The inaugural Walk for Kids, benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City, is slated for April 12. The family-friendly event is a celebration of the thirtiethbirthday of RMHC-OKC as well as an opportunity for the community to come together to make a big difference in the lives of seriously ill or injured children and their families.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. at the Dell Oklahoma City campus, 3501 S.W. 15th Street in Oklahoma City. Participants will meet celebrity guests including Ronald McDonald, Rumble and the Thunder Girls and can enjoy games, face painting, birthday cake and family fun.

“We are excited about the Walk for Kids and the opportunity to celebrate this milestone birthday with our supporters, volunteers and the community,” said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City. “Our goal is to raise $30,000 in honor of our thirtieth birthday to continue to provide a home away from home every day of the year for families in need.

To register as an individual or a team, please visit WalkforKidsOKC.org or call (405) 424-6873. Participants may also register the morning of the event.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House® or Ronald McDonald Family Room® located inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships. For more information visit RMHCOKC.org. 

(January 7, 2014)
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City Offers Scholarships

(OKLAHOMA CITY)Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in central and western Oklahoma and north Texas counties. Applications are available through Jan. 21.

Since 2003, RMHC-OKC has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

“The scholarship program was created to help students afford the education of their dreams,” said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City. “It provides our organization an excellent opportunity to invest in our future leaders.”

Four scholarship programs are available including RMHC®/Scholars, RMHC®/Asia, RMHC®/African-American Future Achievers and RMHC®/HACER®. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 award.

A new multi-year scholarship has been added this year, totaling $8,000 and payable over four consecutive years of undergraduate education. One multi-year scholarship will be awarded in each of the four scholarship programs. Top scoring candidates in each program will be interviewed by the RMHC-OKC scholarship committee to determine the recipients.

Online applications are available by visiting www.rmhcokc.org/outreach/scholarships. The deadline to apply for a scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year is Jan. 21. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship award status by June 13.  

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House® or Ronald McDonald Family Room® located inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships. 

(December 2, 2013)
RMHC-OKC Awards Grants to Non-Profit Organizations Across the State

(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City awarded $104,000 in grants to 15 non-profit organizations across the state with diverse programs benefiting children. Grants were awarded Nov. 20 at a luncheon at the Ronald McDonald House® in Oklahoma City.

The following grants were awarded:

  • $20,000 to The Children’s Hospital for the development of closed circuit television to provide programming allowing children who cannot leave their rooms to be included in activities and to educate families about in house resources at The Children’s Hospital.
  • $15,000 to Children’s Hospital Foundation for Children's Hospital Foundation family dinners that are catered and served by volunteers, creating a “get away” evening to meet new people and ease the fears of hospitalization.
  • $8,000 to NewView Oklahoma, Inc. to support direct costs (room & board and transportation) for NewView’s summer camp for visually impaired youth serving ages eight to18 years old.
  • $7,500 to Hearts for Hearing to fund Jump Start to Listening and fit hearing aids and provide the necessary programs and services for newly diagnosed babies as early as two to three weeks of life.
  • $5,000 to Ally’s House to fund Camp Live-A-Dream, a camp forOklahomapediatric cancer patients.
  • $5,000 to Calm Waters to fund the purchase of group supplies and materials to be used by grieving children and their families during group sessions at the center in metro area schools.
  • $5,000 to Christmas Connection, Inc. for funds for Christmas Shopping Days to purchase new coats for children living in poverty for Christmas.
  • $5,000 to Citizens Caring for Children to purchase clothing for theResourceCenter.
  • $5,000 to City Care Inc./Whiz KidsOklahomato purchase curriculum and manipulatives to be distributed at the 29 Whiz Kids sites.
  • $5,000 to Easter Seals Oklahoma, Inc. for the preschool peer integration program for children ages two to six who have delays, disabilities or challenging behaviors in an inclusive environment where typical children serve as role models.
  • $5,000 toHarmonyPublic Schoolto fund the Read and Succeed program and provide reading material in theLowerElementaryBuilding.
  • $5,000 to Salvation ArmyCentral OklahomaArea Command Women’s Auxiliary to purchase new bikes for children for families in need through Buck$ 4 Bikes.
  • $5,000 to Sunbeam Family Services to purchase translation headsets for Oklahoma City Educare to better communicate with Spanish speaking families.
  • $5,000 to White Fields to support the White Fields therapy program which ensures the healing of abused and neglected boys.
  • $3,500 to Marie Detty Youth & Family Services Center, Inc. to fund computer labs for a girls group home, an emergency youth shelter and a program for youth suspended from school.

"This grant will help Citizens Caring for Children purchase clothing and toiletries for children in foster care inOklahoma," said April Rutledge director of development and communications of Citizens Caring for Children. "Children are often placed with a foster family with nothing but the clothing they have on, so we provide clothing, books, sleep clothes and toiletries. Last year we served more than 4,000 children."

Organizations eligible to receive a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City must fill-out an application and have a specific program that directly improves the health and well-being of children from birth to 21 years. The program must have a long-term impact in terms of replication or reach, address a funding gap or critical opportunity and produce measurable results.

"We are privileged to work with these incredible organizations to provide funding for programs that will impact thousands of children and families across the state ofOklahoma,” saidSusan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. "Since 2003 the Charity has awarded more than $670,000 in grants to organizations based inOklahomadedicated to improving the health and well-being of children."

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charitiesof Oklahoma City grants program, please call (405) 424-6873 or visit www.rmhcokc.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Roomlocated inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.

 

 

 

(November 19, 2013)
Dillard’s Stores Offer Christmas Edition Southern Living Cookbooks to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City

(OKLAHOMA CITY)Metro-area Dillard’s stores are offering exclusive Christmas edition cookbooks by Southern Living to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City. The hardback, full-color cookbooks are filled with all-new recipes and are available for $10 each. All proceeds from cookbooks sold in the Oklahoma City area will directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City.

“The cookbook sales are a special fundraiser for this time of year,” said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. “The book provides recipes your family can cook together and proceeds from the cookbook sales help provide a home where families caring for a seriously ill child can stay and spend time together 365 days a year.”

The Southern Living "Christmas Cookbook" offers more than 200 new recipes for seasonal gatherings, ranging from breakfast to brunch to desserts and party-ready treats. Each recipe offers step-by-step instructions and full color photos. The book also includes decorating ideas for festive mantels, doors, wreaths, trees and tables as well as recipes for homemade gifts from the kitchen.

Cookbooks are available in Dillard’s stores in the Oklahoma City metro-area and online at www.dillards.com. For more information, please visit www.rmhcokc.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Roomlocated inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.

 

(November 1, 2013)
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City Offers VIP Screening of "Angels Sing" Movie

(OKLAHOMA CITY)Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is hosting a VIP screening of the movie "Angels Sing" at the Harkins Theatres Bricktown 16 on Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. The family-friendly event is open to all ages and tickets can be purchased for $25. This event will raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an afternoon at the theatre,” said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. “We are excited that Angels Sing has chosen to help raise money for our organization."

Limited seating is available and tickets must be purchased by Nov. 9. To purchase tickets, please visit www.rmhcokc.org.

In addition to the screening, the event includes door prizes, an ugly holiday sweater contest, a Christmas card opportunity to wish RMHC families happy holidays, a question and answer session with Angels Sing screenwriter Lou Berney and an RMHC teddy bear for each guest.

Angels Sing is a comedic, heartfelt fable about the importance of family ties, the power of forgiveness and the undeniable magic of Christmas. The cast includes Harry Connick, Jr., Connie Britton, Kris Kristofferson, Fionnula Flanagan, Chandler Canterbury and Willie Nelson.

Drinks and popcorn will be provided. For more information about the screening, please visit our website, www.rmhcokc.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House® or Ronald McDonald Family Room® located inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.

 

(October 14, 2013)
Tickets Available for 2013 Red Shoe Gala

(OKLAHOMA CITY)Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is hosting its 11th Annual Red Shoe Gala on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City. The event is a black-tie, seated dinner featuring silent and live auctions. Doors open for the reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The Burton Band will provide jazz music during dinner and for dancing. Individual tickets can be purchased for $185.

In addition to the collection of items available during the auctions, an 18-karat white gold, diamond and ruby pendant necklace valued at $3,990 will be available in a raffle. The pendant features 23 round brilliant cut rubies surrounded by 72 round, brilliant cut diamonds. Attendees can purchase a ticket for $50 each or three for $100 for a chance to win the necklace. Only 300 tickets will be sold for the raffle. Those who are not attending the event may also purchase raffle tickets at www.rmhcokc.org/red-shoe-gala-2013. Winners need not be present to win the pendant.

“Our goal this year is to raise more than $150,000,” said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. “This event provides us with vital funds, ensuring we can offer families a restful place to sleep, meals and many of the comforts of home while their children receive medical treatment. Without the Ronald McDonald House and Family Room, many seriously ill children and their families would simply have nowhere else to turn for these necessities of daily living.”

Co-chairs for the fundraising event are Tricia Everest and Gary Goldman. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit www.rmhcokc.org or e-mail Maggie Brown at mbrown@rmhcokc.org. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ every day of the year for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Families are offered a choice of staying at the Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Roomlocated inside The Children's Hospital. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.

 

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Fiesta Oklahoma & Fiesta Oklahoma 5K Walk/Run

Fiesta Oklahoma is a multi-cultural family festival in downtown Ardmore featuring local and national artists, unique shopping, ethnic and American foods, children’s amusement area, and street performances. The McDonald’s Stage features nationally acclaimed, multi-cultural entertainment and the Fiesta Stage highlights local and regional artists. The event starts Sept. 21 with the Shriner Parade at 10 a.m. and the event kicks-off at 11 a.m.

The first Fiesta Oklahoma 5K walk/run starts at 8 a.m. Register for the walk/run at www.fiestaok5k.com!

For more information go to www.fiestaok.com or www.facebook.com/fiestaok5k.

Both events benefit RMHC-OKC! We hope to see you there! 

 

Red Shoe Gala 2013

On Friday, October 25, 2013, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City will host its 11th annual Red Shoe Gala at the Petroleum Club. The Red Shoe Gala remains our largest and most successful fundraiser, providing most of the resources needed to keep the doors open at the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room each year. 

For tickets and sponsorship information visit, http://www.rmhcokc.org/red-shoe-gala-2013