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The Trains at NorthPark 2020

 

In a year that has challenged all, The Trains at NorthPark will still bring joy by the carload starting November 14, 2020, hauling holiday hope forfamilies through January 3, 2021. Benefiting Ronald McDonald of Dallas (RMHD) and presented by Bank of Texas, The Trains is currently selling the keepsake personalized railcars that will run the 2020 season’s tracks. Helping conduct The Trains at NorthPark 2020 are Honorary Chair Sandy Phillips, a long-time RMHD volunteer, along with co-chairs Nicole Brewer and Natalie Lesikar.

The largest miniature train exhibit in Texas with 1,600-foot of tracks set against a charming and elaborate variety of holiday landscapes, The Trains will once again include over 700 railcars bearing the names of the companies, organizations, families, and individuals that make the attraction possible. Each year, hundreds of customized cars hit the tracks in support of the House, with available 2020 options including a variety of standard railcars for $200, a caboose for $250, a special edition Tangerine Orange Passenger Car for $300, and an engine for $350.

“The holidays seem an eternity away, but the prospect of the arrival of The Trains has given our families and staff a new cause for hope,” said Jill Cumnock, Chief Executive Officer of RMHD. “This is the highlight of our year and the keystone of our funding. For the past 32 years, The Trains has helped raise a significant portion of our funding – more than $13 million for the over 39,000 families of seriously ill children we serve.”

Precautions in place for COVID-19 will adhere to state and local government guidelines, including masks for staff, volunteers, and guests, except for those under three. Interaction will be limited for safety, will only allow one-way traffic and restricted capacities, and will have regular and rigorous cleaning. Those wanting to avoid peak holiday traffic are encouraged to come earlier in the season, especially during weekdays.

While supporters can buy railcars throughout The Trains at NorthPark season, the deadline to purchase in time to have a car on the tracks for opening is October 5. Tickets will only be available online for the 2020 event, which will remain at its 2019 location on the second floor near Nordstrom.

Those interested in supporting The Trains at NorthPark by purchasing a railcar, as a sponsor or volunteer can visit www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com or contact Kathlyn McGuill at kmcguill@rmhdallas.org. For sponsorship information contact Diane Fullingim at dfullingim@rmhdallas.org.

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Mark the Month of Love with a heART Lock

Be Honored in Perpetuity at the Newly Expanded Ronald McDonald House of Dallas : Purchase a Limited Edition heART Lock

 

In honor of the month of love, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) is offering a limited release of customizable heART Locks that will be displayed at the House’s new heART installation permanently. Revealed when RMHD opened The Dekelboum Family Foundation Wing, the heART installation is a 9-foot wide red metal heart that will eventually feature 400 customized heART locks highlighting the individuals and families that support the House through the campaign. 

“Purchasing a heART lock is such a fun and meaningful way to show your support for the House, and a terrific way to honor loved ones while receiving permanent recognition,” said Jill Cumnock, Chief Executive Officer of RMHD. “These heART locks will be displayed for years to come as we continue to serve generations of families as they deal with the challenges of children needing medical treatment. Every name they see at the House evidences another individual invested in their well-being, and that sense of shared love makes a difference.”

 

RMHD serves as a home-away-from-home to families while their children are being treated for critical illnesses or serious injuries in the Dallas area. The House has served more than 39,000 families in its nearly 40-year history, and no family is ever turned away for an inability to pay. In late 2019, RMHD opened The Dekelboum Family Foundation Wing, adding 30 new guest rooms that allow the House to serve 800 more families a year while their children are being treated for critical illnesses or injuries in the Dallas area. 

The limited quantity RMHD heART locks are currently available                                                                                at www.rmhdallas.org, or by calling 214-631-7354. 

 

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF DALLAS

Established in 1981, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served as a home-away-from-home for more than 39,000 families of seriously ill children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals. By providing a caring, supportive, home-like environment, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps the family intact and helps allow a family to establish a normal routine in the midst of crisis. It also provides families with the opportunity to share their concerns with other families in similar circumstances. For more information, please contact Ronald McDonald House of Dallas at 214.631.7354, or visitwww.rmhdallas.org

 

 

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The Trains at NorthPark Celebrates the Patrons and Sponsors That Keep Them Chugging Along

Presented by Bank of Texas and Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas,

 The Trains at NorthPark wraps its 31st Year exceeding its goal for support 

The Trains at NorthPark benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas celebrated the patrons and sponsors that kept them chugging along for the 2019-2020 Holiday season at a party at the home of Melinda Emmons. Attended by Honorary Chair Sandra Estess and 2019 Co-Chairs Jill Harvey and Lindy Berkley, the party also welcomed several from presenting sponsor Bank of Texas, including CEO Norm Bagwell

“There are so many organizations and individuals that make this magical exhibit possible each year,” said Jill Cumnock, CEO of RMHD. “Their commitment to this holiday event provides joy not just to the tens of thousands that visit us each season, but also to the more than a thousand of families we serve each year.”

The Trains at NorthPark welcomes more than 70,000 visitors to Dallas’ favorite shopping destination each season and this year was one of the biggest to date. The largest miniature train exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark featured 1,600 feet of tracks and more than 700 railcars featuring the corporations, organizations, families, and individuals who make the seasonal attraction possible. Since its launch in 1987, The Trains has helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD. Supporters that made this year’s exhibit possible include:

Presenting Sponsor at $60,000: Bank of Texas

Platinum Baron Sponsor at $25,000: Kirkland & EllisNBC5NorthPark CenterRonald McDonald House Charities of Greater North TexasRyan LLCTom Thumb, and Ussery Printing Company

Golden Spike Sponsor at $10,000 to $24,999: AnonymousBeckBerkley and Harvey FamiliesChildren’s HealthCirro EnergyEnergy TransferKB Homes/Sherwin WilliamsMcDonald’s of Greater North TexasSandra EstessScovell Family,Sewell Automotive Companies, and Summit Transportation

Silver Express Sponsor at $5,000 to $9,999: BNSF Railway Co.Chuy’sDFW ChildLyda Hill FoundationMedical City Children’sPark Cities People & Preston Hollow PeopleTexas Scottish Rite HospitalTrinity Drywall and Plastering, and Trainworx/TW Design

Those interested in supporting The 2020 Trains at NorthPark as a sponsor or volunteer can visit www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com or contact Kathlyn McGuill atkmcguill@rmhdallas.org.

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF DALLAS

Established in 1981, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served as a home-away-from-home for more than 38,000 families of seriously ill children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals. By providing a caring, supportive, home-like environment, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps the family intact and helps allow a family to establish a normal routine in the midst of crisis. It also provides families with the opportunity to share their concerns with other families in similar circumstances. For more information, please contact Ronald McDonald House of Dallas at 214.631.7354, or visit www.rmhdallas.org.

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Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Opens R2S Donation Drop in Frisco

Residents of Frisco and Surrounding Areas Can Now Support the Families Staying at The House While Their Children are Being Treated for Critical Illnesses and Injuries

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Recycling 2 Support (R2S) has opened a donation drop off center in Frisco that benefits Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD). Located at 10601 Ohio Drive, this R2S location will allow residents of Frisco and its surrounding areas to support the mission of RMHD directly by donating unwanted clothing and household items. R2S pays RMHD by the pound for items dropped off at the center, these items are then sold in their thrift stores or repurposed in other ecological ways.

“We are the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, which reflects our physical location in Dallas and speaks to the hundreds of families we care for from all over the state of Texas and beyond. Since 2018, our care area actually extends to local families whose children are being treated at our RMHD Family Room at Texas Scottish Rite for Children in Frisco.  This drop-off center is an ideal way for our Frisco community to support RMHD,” said Jill Cumnock, Chief Executive Officer of RMHD. “Our partnership with R2S invites those in our geographical service area to be a part of creating the caring community we provide to more than 1,400 families each year – and to do so by simply donating items they no longer need.”

R2S works to prevent unwanted clothing and household items from ending up in landfills by providing a convenient and eco-friendly way of disposing them. It has been recycling textiles and household items since 1986, and maintains a passion for raising awareness of how the apparel and textile industries affect the environment. Promoting a greener future by educating and involving communities like Frisco in landfill diversion and sustainability, R2S works collaboratively with nonprofits like RMHD to reduce carbon footprints, to create jobs that fuel the economy, and to provide support through funding. R2S also offers convenient pick up service to homeowners who simply visithttps://rmhdallas.org/get-involved/donate to schedule a pick-up.

RMHD serves as a home-away-from-home to families while their children are being treated for critical illnesses or serious injuries in the Dallas area. The House has served more than 38,000 families in its nearly 40-year history, and while families are asked to contribute a mere $15 per night to their stay, no family is ever turned away for an inability to pay. In 2018, RMHD also opened its first-ever Family Room, located at Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Frisco, to provide a special place of respite, relaxation, comfort, and privacy to families with children receiving outpatient care.

The RMHD R2S Drop officially opened on Saturday, February 1, and is now open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF DALLAS

Established in 1981, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served as a home-away-from-home for more than 38,000 families of seriously ill children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals. By providing a caring, supportive, home-like environment, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps the family intact and helps allow a family to establish a normal routine in the midst of crisis. It also provides families with the opportunity to share their concerns with other families in similar circumstances. For more information, please contact Ronald McDonald House of Dallas at 214.631.7354, or visit www.rmhdallas.org

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Make plans to get sidetracked from your holiday shopping when The Trains at NorthPark returns Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 for a seven-week run through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) and once again presented by Bank of Texas, The Trains at NorthPark welcomes more than 70,000 visitors to Dallas’ favorite shopping destination each season to revel in the magical display and show their support for the House.

With 1,600-foot of tracks, The Trains at NorthPark features glittering and intricately detailed cityscapes like Dallas, New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco set among other highlights like New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, and Route 66. All throughout are beloved holiday characters and hidden scenes. 

The largest miniature train exhibit in Texas will debut in a brand-new space to showcase the more than 700 railcars featuring the corporations, organizations, families, and individuals who make the seasonal attraction possible. Since its launch in 1987, The Trains has helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD and has a bigger-than-ever fundraising goal this year to help the House serve an additional 50 percent more families annually. 

“We’re already feeling the joy of the season with The Dekelboum Family Foundation Wing, our just-opened expansion that allows us to serve an additional 800 families each year,” said Jill Cumnock, Chief Executive Officer of RMHD. “The last thing we ever want to say is ‘we have no room’, and, as our largest annual fundraiser, The Trains at NorthPark makes sure we don’t have to while also spreading holiday cheer to our supporters of all ages.”

In 2018, RMHD hosted over 1,400 families while their children were being treated for critical illnesses and injuries in the Dallas area. Unfortunately, they also had to turn away nearly 800 families because the House was at full capacity. With the 18,000 square-foot addition offering six larger suites for longer-stay families and 24 new guest rooms, RMHD has significantly increased its program access, as well as its operating costs. 

Several members of the community have already shown their support, including Lindy Berkley and Jill Harvey, this year’s Chairs, and long-time supporter Sandra Estess, who is serving as Honorary Chair. Many have already purchased the hundreds of customized railcars, engines, and cabooses that will hit the tracks in support of the House. Still available options for 2019 include a standard railcar for $200, a caboose for $250, a special edition cherry red baggage car for $300, or an engine for $350. 

Those interested in supporting The Trains at NorthPark by purchasing a railcar, as a sponsor or volunteer can visit www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com or contact Kathlyn McGuill at kmcguill@rmhdallas.org.

 

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF DALLAS

Established in 1981, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served as a home-away-from-home for more than 38,000 families of seriously ill children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals. By providing a caring, supportive, home-like environment, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps the family intact and helps allow a family to establish a normal routine in the midst of crisis. It also provides families with the opportunity to share their concerns with other families in similar circumstances. For more information, please contact Ronald McDonald House of Dallas at 214.631.7354, or visit www.rmhdallas.org

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RMHD Family Kathleen Herman, Anthony Herman, Ronal Photos courtesy of Bret Redman

Ribbon Cutting!

 

There was much to celebrate on October 10, when Ronald McDonald House Dallas (RMHD) cut the ribbon to open The Dekelboum Family Foundation Wing. The $11.5 million expansion at RMHD offers 30 new guest rooms, allowing RMHD to serve 800 more families a year while their children are being treated for critical illnesses or injuries in the Dallas area. In 2018, RMHD hosted over 1,400 families, but had to turn away nearly 800 families because the House was at full capacity. 

The 18,000 square-foot two-story addition, designed by HKS Architects and built by Hill & Wilkinson, includes two stunning art installations, six larger suites for longer-stay families and 24 guest rooms. Donors, including AbbVie with its lead gift of $4.5 million, along with long-time supporters of the House and past and current Families came out to share the joy in the opening of the much-needed new addition.

 

RMHD Family Kathleen Herman, Anthony Herman, Ronald McDonald, Abigail Herman

RMHD Family Kathleen Herman, Anthony Herman, Ronald McDonald, Abigail Herman - All photos courtesy of Bret Redman

 

 

Kelly Williams (RMHD Building Committee Chair), Natalie Dossett (RMHD Capital Campaign Chair), Heather Gandy (AbbVie), Jill Cumnock (RMHD CEO), Bert Crouch (RMHD Chair) - All photos courtesy of Bret Redman

 

Hill & Wilkinson team - Cynthia O’Brien, Chad Anderson, David Regelean, Thomas Pipes, Stephanie Hernandez, Joey Viviano, Ty Walton, Ronald McDonald

Hill & Wilkinson team - Cynthia O’Brien, Chad Anderson, David Regelean, Thomas Pipes, Stephanie Hernandez, Joey Viviano, Ty Walton, Ronald McDonald - All photos courtesy of Bret Redman

 

New butterfly installation by Carlyn Ray

New butterfly installation by Carlyn Ray - All photos courtesy of Bret Redman

 

 

 

 

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Addison Rotary Open

Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, and presented by the Addison Rotary Foundation, the Addison Rotary Open will mark its 29thanniversary this year. The four-man team scramble includes holes along the course designated for awards such as luxury automobiles, travel packages, and cash. Following the 18 holes, dinner and beverages will accompany the awards presentation and a raffle drawing. https://rmhdallas.org/events/addison-rotary-open/

The Addison Rotary Open at Gleneagles Country Club has benefited Ronald McDonald House of Dallas over the past 11 years, and the annual golf tournament has helped raise nearly $2 million for the RMDH.

 

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                                                        The Trains at NorthPark

It may be time for “Back to School”, but tis also the season to purchase your personalized railcar for The Trains at NorthPark 2019 benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD). Once again presented by Bank of Texas, The Trains at NorthPark will return Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, for a seven-week run through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.  In a brand-new space at NorthPark, the 2019 Season of The Trains has a bigger fundraising goal than ever as the House begins serving 50% more families each year once the new wing opens in Fall 2019. 

Annually, hundreds of customized railcars, engines, and cabooses hit the tracks in support of the House. Options for 2019 include a standard railcar for $200, a caboose for $250, a special edition cherry red baggage car for $300, or an engine for $350. While supporters can buy railcars throughout The Trains at NorthPark season, the deadline to purchase in time to have a car on the tracks for opening is October 15.

“Not only was 2019 a record-breaking for The Trains at NorthPark, but it was also followed this year by the House expanding to accommodate many more families,” said Jill Cumnock, Chief Executive Officer of RMHD. “Last holiday season, the Trains surpassed our revenue goal, which allowed us to provide more than 4,000-night-stays for the patients and their families that we serve. Now, with 30 more rooms, we’re hoping to make The Trains go even further for RMHD. We can’t pull off The Trains without all our wonderful supporters who sponsor the event or purchase a railcar each season – I am especially grateful to our 2019 Chairs, Lindy Berkley and Jill Harvey and our long-time supporter and 2019 Honorary Chair, Sandra Estess for their hard work and dedication in preparing for the season to come.”

The Trains at NorthPark The Trains at NorthPark is the largest miniature train exhibit in Texas with more than 700 railcars featuring the corporations, organizations, families, and individuals who make the attraction possible. Since its launch in 1987, The Trains have helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD and has welcomed more than 70,000 visitors to Dallas’ favorite shopping destination each year.

 With 1,600-foot of tracks, The Trains at NorthPark will feature cityscapes like Dallas, with landmarks like the Nasher Sculpture Center and Fair Park; New York with Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Other highlights will include New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods, and Route 66.

Those interested in supporting The Trains at NorthPark by purchasing a railcar, as a sponsor or volunteer can visitwww.thetrainsatnorthpark.com or contact Kathlyn McGuill atkmcguill@rmhdallas.org.

 

 

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF DALLAS

Established in 1981, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served as a home-away-from-home for more than 38,000 families of seriously ill children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals. By providing a caring, supportive, home-like environment, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps the family intact and helps allow a family to establish a normal routine in the midst of crisis. It also provides families with the opportunity to share their concerns with other families in similar circumstances. For more information, please contact Ronald McDonald House of Dallas at 214.631.7354, or visit www.rmhdallas.org

 

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RMHD Young Friends

The Young Friends of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) threw their annual fundraising party on Friday, April 26, 2019 at The Joule. Chaired by Ellie Lewis and Lauren Rellihan, the 16th annual spring event drew Dallas’ young and upcoming for an evening of cocktails, dining, dancing to the incredible Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra, and a silent auction to support the house that love built.

 

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Chairs and CEO - Chad and April Cook-Kris and Jill Cumnock-Alyson and Robert Engstrom

It was a record-breaking 14th year for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas’ (RMHD) annual Under the Texas Moonlight Gala. Presented by LiquidAgents Healthcare on Saturday, March 30 at The Hall on Dragon Street, the Gala exceeded fundraising expectations thanks to the exceptional work of Chairs, April Cook and Alyson Engstrom and Live Auction Chair, Allison Lent. Immediate Past Board Chair Doug Smellage and his wife Ann served as Honorary Co-chairs. Guests were entertained Austin City Limits-style by the Texas soul group Shinyribs, made possible by Rockit Resource Group and Quadrant Investment Properties. 

 

All the pictures are labeled and they are courtesy of photographer Bret Redman