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McDonald’s donate 25 percent of sales to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore

October 15th Marks the 41st Anniversary of the first Ronald McDonald House

BALTIMORE, MD (October 12, 2015) – On October 15, 2015, the McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Baltimore will donate 25% of their sales all day directly to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore (RMHC® of Baltimore).  McDonald’s® and RMHC of Baltimore have a long-standing relationship and this  first-ever annual event is one more way that McDonald’s can expand their love and support of the local Chapter.  October 15th is also the anniversary date of the first Ronald McDonald House, which opened in Philadelphia, in 1974.

“Families are at the heart of what we stand for at McDonald’s and we take pride knowing that we are part of families’ everyday experiences and celebrations.  Through the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore, we are also there for even their most difficult moments,” said Jeff Taylor, President of the McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Baltimore Co-Op.  “On October 15th, Baltimore area customers will play an important role to help keep families of children receiving medical treatment and their families together at our local Baltimore Ronald McDonald House, simply by visiting their local McDonald’s.”

The McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Baltimore community involvement efforts are year-round and extend beyond this first annual BMore Lovin’ fundraiser.  As RMHC’s largest donor, McDonald’s and its franchisees help raise additional funds through the annual Red Shoe Shuffle, their Give-a-hand fundraiser every May, and by donating a percentage from every Happy Meal® sold to Ronald McDonald Houses. These funds help over 1,500 families stay at Ronald McDonald Houses in Baltimore every year.

“From the moment the doors opened at the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House, the Baltimore McDonald’s Franchisees, employees and customers, have called our mission their own,” said Sandy Pagnotti, the President and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore.  “Since 1982, Baltimore has opened their hearts to us, providing invaluable support to help over 35,000 families find comfort at a critical moment in their lives – the moment when their lives shift to focus on the one thing that matters most, healing their sick child.”

There are 135 McDonald’s restaurants in the Greater Baltimore area, which include locations in: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Cecil, Harford and Howard Counties.  The 25% donation will be tallied from sales that will include purchases made in both the drive-thru and inside the restaurants on October 15th.

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. The 135 McDonald’s restaurants in the Great Baltimore area are 83% independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McD_CharmCity and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds for updates on our business, promotions and products.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities ® (RMHC®) of Greater Baltimore

The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Baltimore is located on 635 West Lexington Street in downtown Baltimore and is an extension of care for six world-renowned local hospitals: University of Maryland Medical Center; R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; Johns Hopkins Hospital; The Rubin Institute at Sinai Hospital; Kennedy Krieger Institute and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.  For more than 33 years, the House has offered 35,000+ families a haven of comfort and support in a home-like atmosphere while their seriously ill children are being treated at local hospitals.  The Baltimore House awards grants to not-for-profit organizations serving the needs of children in the community.  These grants are funded by McDonald’s and owner/operators of local McDonald’s restaurants in the Greater Baltimore area and on the Eastern Shore.  Global Ronald McDonald House Charities also matches a portion of these donations.


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