The relationship between the House and McDonald’s is two-fold. On a local level, theMcDonald’s New York Tri-State Owner/ Operators organization plays a major role in the House.
They guaranteed half of the original mortgage. In 1994, they rescued the House with a $200,000 gift to correct drainage problems that had caused a major flood. In 1996, they contributed more than $100,000 toward a much-needed renovation project. Seven years ago, they committed $1.8 million to the expansion of the facility.
The Tri-State Owner/ Operators also help promote many House fundraising events, such as the Annual Lloyd Frazier Memorial Golf & Tennis Outing and the Annual New York Mets Event. In addition, several Owner/Operators are members of our Board of Directors.
On a national level, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, give each newly established House $100,000 seed money as well as the license to use its name. It also provides a host of administrative services and operating standards and secures support from national donors. Examples of such donors are Coca Cola, which provides beverages to the Houses nationwide and La-Z-Boy, a company that supplies furniture.
Although the majority of the operating budget is our responsibility, the relationship with McDonald’s is crucial. While they are a substantial partner to the House, our operating funds are sustained through fundraisers, legislative grants and the generosity of the community.
While the majority of the operating budget is the House’s responsibility, the House receives invaluable assistance from the McDonald’s New York Tri-State Owner/ Operators organization on a local level, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities on a national level.