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Ronald McDonald House Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley hosted a 10 Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting Celebration last week to reveal newly remodeled family spaces.

After a decade of serving more than 2,000 families with sick or injured children the communal spaces were ready for an upgrade. The remodeled kitchen, living room and playroom were all made possible through the donations of One Room Wonders, Bjorn Bjornsson Designs, and Smart D2 Playrooms.

The entire community came together to lend a hand and help support this huge project for Ronald McDonald House which is just steps away from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. One Room Wonders, a non-profit located in Rye, successfully recruited more than 15 local businesses to donate their time, talent, goods and resources to transform the kitchen. The result is a brand new, state of the art modern kitchen and dining area for the families who are staying at the House and volunteers who support the meal program. Bjorn Bjornsson completely redesigned the living room by updating the paint, carpeting, and adding trendy décor. Smart D2 Playrooms turned the existing playroom into a vibrant, safe and fun playhouse for children of all ages to enjoy. The complete transformation of the spaces positively impacts so many families today and will continue for years to come.

The celebration included lite fare and refreshments on the patio, donated by local restaurants and businesses including; McDonalds of Thornwood, Beehive, Italia Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant, Silvio’s Pizza, Gulotta House, Ossining Elks and Ronald McDonald House Board Member Chris Adams. Attendees were invited into the House for ribbon cutting ceremonies held in front of each individual room as local dignitaries presented the donors with proclamations for their commitment to the organization. “After 10 years it’s always time to refresh any home and our Home here at Ronald McDonald House is no exception. As families walk in our doors in distress and dealing with their child’s medical crisis, they feel like they can manage the situation in this new environment,” said Richard Landau, Chairman of the Board. “People do the nicest things at the toughest times and thanks to all three donors who made this possible.”

Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families who are dealing with children needing medical care that requires them to be far from their own homes. Families that stay at the House are provided meals that are donated by local restaurants or prepared by thousands of volunteers who come to the House to cook. For over a decade Ronald McDonald House has been providing families with sick children all the comforts of home and eases some of the burdens they face every day. For more information about Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley visit www.rmh-ghv.org Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMHGHV) provides families with all the comforts of home and eases some of the emotional and financial burdens they experience when faced with their child’s illness.

When children must travel long distances to access top medical care, accommodations for families can be expensive or not readily available. Located on the campus of Westchester Medical Center the House is just steps away from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Since opening in 2011, RMHGHV has saved more than 2,000 families over $5,000,000 in out-of-pocket lodging and meal costs. As partners in enabling family-centered care RMHGHV strives to be part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families by providing programs that strengthen families during difficult times. For more information on RMHGHV visit www.rmh-ghv.org or https://www.facebook.com/rmhghv/

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