In the past nine years, your support via the raffle has raised over $5 million for the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California provides support and housing to families whose children face life threatening illnesses and injuries. Funds raised via the raffle have allowed the organization to extend its mission and serve more families. The Sacramento Ronald McDonald House has served approximately 18,000 families since its inception by providing affordable, temporary housing to families who must travel to the Sacramento area to receive medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured child at any of the area hospitals.
In 1974, the first Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in Philadelphia, PA thanks to Fred and Fran Hill, the Philadelphia Eagles, local McDonald's restaurant owners, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Throughout the last 43 years, over 360 Ronald McDonald Houses have opened in more than 43 countries around the world in order to provide a temporary residence for families of children being treated at local hospitals.
In 1998 the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House opened its doors providing a 'home away from home' for families who have children age 0-18 being treated in one of the five Sacramento-area hospitals: UC Davis Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mercy, Kaiser, and Sutter Medical Center. Since then, the 40-bedroom facility has provided affordable, temporary housing for approximately 18,000 families who have traveled from all across the United States as well as countries around the world in order to provide their child with the best medical treatment available.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Global provides each House with in-kind goods and services. However, each House relies on the people and businesses in its own community to provide additional funds, goods and services necessary for operations.
McDonald's restaurants play an important role by providing assistance with the campaign to build the House initially and offering their stores as a vehicle for additional fundraising, but they are not the sole financial provider to the Charity. It is through community donations, corporate support, and volunteers that Ronald McDonald House Charities is able to support these children and their families during their time of need.
Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is a 'special place for special children.' The 35 acre, fully handicap-accessible site provides a true summer camp experience to disabled and/or disadvantaged children. At-risk kids with emotional, physical, or developmental disabilities are provided the opportunity to experience a week of summer camp with typical activities including hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, talent shows, and much more. For one week each summer, these campers are able to experience an environment without limitations or boundaries.
The Sacramento Ronald McDonald House is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children and their families by providing an atmosphere where families can rest, reflect, and find mutual support. This 'home away from home' provides shelter and comfort to families who must travel to the Sacramento area in order to receive medical treatment for their child. The House offers family members of seriously ill and injured children a refuge from the hospital setting.