Inspiration for 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.
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.In 2004, the second House in South Florida opened in Fort Lauderdale next to Broward General Medical Center. This facility is able to accomodate up to 20 families. Broward Health, who operates Broward General Medical Center, generously donated the land and building to RMHC of South Florida. More than $700,000 were donated in construction materials, furniture and in-kind services from local businesses.