HOW IT ALL BEGAN – THE FIRST RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974, thanks to Dr. Audrey Evans, Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill (pictured here with daughter Kim who had leukemia), Jim Murray, the Eagles’s General Manager and Ed Rensi, the McDonald’s Regional Manager. The McDonald’s Owner Operators in Philadelphia made the House possible, donating proceeds from the sale of shamrock shakes. Then in in 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities is officially established as a world wide non profit organization in memory of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, a strong advocate for children.Currently, there are now more than 310 Houses throughout the world which provide a comfortable and supportive living environment for over 6,000 families each night. Each House is independently operated by a local board of trustees and is responsible for their own fundraising.

Architectural rendering of RMHC of South Florida.

The first house in South Florida

In 1982, a group of caring individuals, local McDonald’s Owner Operators, prominent doctors, a few corporations and volunteers raised the funds to open the first House in Miami. Jackson Memorial Hospital graciously donated the land to make this program possible.