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Tempur-Pedic makes significant donation to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI – May 20, 2014 – On Wednesday, May 7, the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor were visited by Tempur-pedic with the delivery of 72 mattress sets! With over 1,500 families served annually, the current ten year old beds were beginning to show wear and replacements were needed. This generous donation, valued at over $125,000, could not have come at a better time.

The removal of the old and setup of the new mattresses went smoothly with the help of volunteers from Total Construction and Martin Brower. All volunteers worked diligently to get the beds set up as quickly as possible to ensure that families were able to get back to their rooms to rest after long days at the hospital. The seventy two beds, box springs and frames were put together in just over four hours! The old mattresses were donated to Friend in Deed, a local non-profit that provides assistance to low income families. The Ann Arbor Houses are grateful for the support they received from the local community to make this transition happen.

For the past 29 years, the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor have been impacting the lives of seriously ill children and their families. The Houses alleviate anxiety by providing lodging, meals and comfort to these families in their greatest time of need. The importance for a child to know that their family is never far away helps in the healing process and strengthens the family bond.

The average length of stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor is two weeks while some stay for several months. There is a $10 nightly suggested donation is which only 15% of families are able to afford. The overwhelming cost of medical treatments becomes the family’s priority. The Houses rely on the generosity of the local community and business owners to provide the necessary funds to continue day to day operations. Over the years, their mission has remained the same while the need for services continues to grow. 

“This donation is a direct impact to our mission,” said Kim Kelly, Executive Director. “Our number one focus is the comfort and support for the families we serve every day.”

For more information about the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor, please contact info@rmh-annarbor.org.

The Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor has served more than 18,000 families since opening in 1985. Spearheaded by the Junior Service League (now the Junior League of Ann Arbor), the project jointly involved the JLAA, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the local community. Originally able to accommodate 24 families each night, an expansion in 1992 increased that number to 29 families. With the 2011 opening of the Ronald McDonald House within C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the total number has increased even more serving 41 families per night. For more information, visit www.rmh-annarbor.org.

Northwestern Mutual -- (Troy, Ann Arbor, Grand Blanc, Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw) and Cheeriodicals Spread Cheer to Ronald McDonald House Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI., - Northwestern Mutual - Managing Partner, Brad Seitzinger and his team and Cheeriodicals are bringing cheer in the form of 30 big green boxes to the families at Ronald McDonald House Ann Arbor with children fighting childhood cancer and other diseases at the C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital on May 9, 2014. Cheeriodicals are “big green boxes of cheer” made up of age-appropriate magazines, toys, puzzles, crafts and goodies for children to enjoy.

“We are so excited to have Northwestern Mutual and Cheeriodicals visit our House today,” said Kim Kelly, Executive Director at Ronald McDonald House Ann Arbor. “We sincerely appreciate Northwestern Mutual Managing Partner Brad Seitzinger and his team for sponsoring this day of smiles. All of our families will be thrilled to receive such special and fun gifts.”

 “We’re excited to work with Northwestern Mutual to deliver smiles to every family at the most important house in Ann Arbor,” said Gary Parisher, president of Cheeriodicals.  “Nothing we do matters more than our efforts with families in need.”

The boxes are designed to include a variety of items to lift the spirits of the families staying at Ronald McDonald House.  These specialty care boxes not only include snacks and edible items, but also include an assortment of local and national magazines like People, Health and Hour Detroit.

"As a father of two, I can't imagine the heart ache of seeing your child in pain as they battle childhood diseases, said Brad Seitzinger, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual - Troy office. Our hope is that by giving these parents a Big Green Box of Cheer, we can show these families that we care about them and have them in our thoughts and prayers”.

Contributing to this day of smiles, Detroit- based Morse Moving and Storage, specializing in residential and commercial moves, donated their time and services to transport the 30 Cheeriodicals to the Ronald McDonald House.

About Cheeriodicals

Cheeriodicals, a national online gift company, presents a unique alternative in the on-line gifting industry.  The Cheeriodical (a cheerful periodical) brings cheer and entertainment to men and women, combining a keepsake gift box containing the gift recipient’s favorite magazines with carefully selected snacks in individual portions.  Cheeriodicals also provide gifts for children, combining age-appropriate magazines with activities, crafts and toys.  For more information about Cheeriodicals visit www.cheeriodicals.com, or follow us on twitter.com/cheeriodical and facebook.com/cheeriodicals.

About Ronald McDonald House Ann Arbor

The Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor provide a “home away from home” for thousands of families with children requiring critical and essential medical care. The Houses provide families more than just a place to rest, but a place where they are able to be close to their ill child when they are needed the most. Over the years, their mission has remained the same while the need for services continues to grow.

The average length of stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor is two weeks while some stay for several months. There is a suggested $10 nightly donation in which only 15% of families are able to contribute. The overwhelming cost of medical treatments become the families priority. The Houses rely on the generosity of the local community and business owners to provide the necessary funds to continue day to day operations.

The Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor has served more than 18,000 families since opening in 1985. Spearheaded by the Junior Service League (now the Junior League of Ann Arbor), the project jointly involved the JLAA, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the local community. Originally able to accommodate 24 families each night, an expansion in 1992 increased that number to 29 families. With the 2011 opening of the Ronald McDonald House within C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the total number has increased even more serving 41 families per night. For more information, visit www.rmh-annarbor.org.

Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor Host 2nd Annual Red Shoe Affair Fundraiser presented by the Southeastern Michigan McDonald’s Owner Operator Association

A special evening of cocktails, entertainment and hope….Red shoes encouraged!

ANN ARBOR, MI – Jan. 15, 2013 – On Saturday, February 8, the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor will host their second annual Red Shoe Affair presented by the Southeastern McDonald’s Owner Operator Association. After great success with their inaugural event, they are moving ahead planning year two making this an annual event to raise awareness and funding for both of the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor.

The Red Shoe Affair will take place at the Jack Roth Stadium Club located inside the University of Michigan Football Stadium. The event begins at 6:30pm and will include a strolling dinner, cocktails and entertainment. This year, we are introducing a new feature for the live and silent auctions….electronic bidding! You can bid anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction!  Guests will also be offered an exclusive behind the scenes look at the University of Michigan Wolverines’ locker room, tunnel and playing field.

The Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor provide a “home away from home” for thousands of families with children requiring critical and essential medical care. The Houses provide families more than just a place to rest, but a place where they are able to support each other and he close to their ill child when they are needed the most. Over the years, their mission has remained the same while the need for services continues to grow.

The average length of stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor is two weeks while some stay for several months. Families are asked for a $10 nightly donation in which only 15% are able to contribute. The overwhelming cost of medical treatments become the families priority. The Houses rely on the generosity of the local community and business owners to provide the necessary funds to continue day to day operations.

“We are excited to present our 2nd Annual Red Shoe Affair back by popular demand. The success of this event allows the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor the ability to support even more families who are experiencing the difficult situations of caring for their ill children,” said Kim Kelly, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor. “We could not do what we do every day without the generous support we receive from the community. We hope many will come to support our mission of helping children and their families when they need it the most.”

Tickets are $150. Fun, festive cocktail attire.

For sponsorship, ticket or donation information, please contact         info@rmh-annarbor.org 

The Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor has served more than 18,000 families since opening in 1985. Spearheaded by the Junior Service League (now the Junior League of Ann Arbor), the project jointly involved the JLAA, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the local community. Originally able to accommodate 24 families each night, an expansion in 1992 increased that number to 29 families. With the 2011 opening of the Ronald McDonald House within C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the total number has increased even more serving 41 families per night. For more information, visit www.rmh-annarbor.org.