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Taking a Stand: Ronald McDonald House

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By Vice-President/General Manager Debbie Bush

This fall, Evansville will have a grand opening for our very own Ronald McDonald house.  This will be invaluable asset to our community.

We are one of the smallest regions to get a Ronald McDonald house. There are only about 270 worldwide.

The 10 room house is located near the St. Mary's campus in Evansville.  But, the home will be accessible to families of children receiving urgent health care at all area hospitals.

A feasibility study found Evansville serves as a regional medical hub for a 100 mile radius, serving about 196,000.

Families who need to stay at the home are asked to pay a small fee, about $10 a night.  If they can't afford it, it's free.

Corporations and Foundations in the Tri-State stepped forward and funded this new $2.5 million house.

Now, it is our turn.  Please join 14WFIE on Friday for a city-wide effort.  We're hoping to raise money to sponsor a family's stay.  It costs $75 a night per family.  The goal is get enough donations to cover visitors for an entire year.

On Friday, you can donate at any McDonalds or Old National Bank branch.  You can also pledge at 1-800-402-RMHC.

You can also donate on the website at http://www.rmhevansville.org/

To respond to this editorial, send an e-mail or call 812-253-0107.  You can send a letter to me at: Debbie Bush, WFIE-TV, and P.O. Box 1414, Evansville, IN 47701.

 

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