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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. 

 

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Ronald McDonald House of Dallas to Host Under the Texas Moonlight

Featuring Music by Shinyribs on March 30 at The Hall on Dragon Street

 

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) will host its Under the Texas Moonlight Gala presented by LiquidAgents Healthcare on Saturday, March 30 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at The Hall on Dragon Street. Immediate Past Board Chair Doug Smellage and his wife Ann will serve as Honorary Co-chairs, while long-time volunteers April Cook and Alyson Engstrom will co-chair the gala, which will feature entertainment by the Austin-based, Texas soul group Shinyribs.

“We’re delighted to have Shinyribs perform for our supporters at this year’s gala, bringing some of the magic and energy they do to their Austin City Limits appearances,” said Jill Cumnock, Chief Executive Officer of RMHD. “Between the Texas soul music, the elegant Texas chic attire, and guests who have hearts as big as Texas, we’re expecting another entertaining and beautiful evening that does a great amount of good for our families living at the House.”

In its 13th year, the annual Under the Moonlight gala has raised more than $2 million for the families living at RMHD. Being presented for the second year by LiquidAgents Healthcare, the event is also being supported by Quadrant Investment Properties, Rockit Resource Group, Ann and Doug Smellage, Prairie Creek Partners, Children’s Health, Sewell

Automotive Companies, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas, Texas Scottish Rite, and UT Southwestern Medical School/Southwestern Medical Foundation, among many others.

"We look forward to this gala every year to support the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and the many families that need their services,” said Jenny Hanlon, CFO and co-owner of LiquidAgents Healthcare. “Having a sick or hospitalized child can be heartbreaking; but RMHD gives hope, joy and love to those who need it most. Every dollar raised means another family can be supported during a very difficult time in their lives.”

In addition to the Shinyribs, Under the Texas Moonlight will also include a live auction, dinner and an open bar. Tickets and sponsorships are available by visiting https://rmhdallas.org/events/under-the-moonlight/

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 September 2018, RMHD broke ground on The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation Wing, an $11.5 million expansion that will add 30 additional guest rooms to its Medical District location. The next month, it opened its first-ever family room for families with children receiving outpatient care at Scottish Rite in Frisco.

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Photo Credit Bret Redman Bob White, Jill Cumnock, Jennifer Burns, and Pat Staudt

 

Celebrating over 30 years benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), 20 years at NorthPark Center and 10 years with presenting sponsor, Bank of Texas, The Trains at NorthPark and its sponsors once again brought the holiday spirit to North Texas. Since its debut in 1987, The Trains at NorthPark has helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD, and has welcomed more than 70,000 visitors to Dallas’ favorite shopping destination each year.

 

A beloved family tradition, The Trains at NorthPark is the largest miniature train exhibit in Texas with more than 750 railcars featuring the corporations, organizations, families and individuals who make the seasonal attraction possible. Last year’s event helped provide over 4,000-night stays for families whose children were receiving essential medical care, including the family of the 2018 Kid Conductor, Gil McKoin, who stayed at the House after he underwent a life-saving heart transplant. Leading the effort to surpass the success of 2017 was Honorary Chair Peggy Hill and Co-Chairs Jennifer Burns and Christina Gray.

 

“This was such a special year for us as we celebrate significant milestones with our two top supporters, NorthPark Center and Bank of Texas,” said Jill Cumnock, chief executive officer of RMHD. “Their partnership has not only brought hope to the thousands of families we have served and millions of happy memories to the visitors that have experienced the magic of the exhibit over the years.”

 

The Trains at NorthPark arrived on Saturday, November 17, on the 2nd level of NorthPark Mall between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus and they were on the tracks through January 6, 2019. With 1,600-foot of tracks, it once again featured cityscapes like Dallas, replete with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, 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 included New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods, Mount Rushmore and Route 66. NorthPark recently received the 2018 Project Collaboration Award by D Magazine recognizing the successful partnership between NorthPark Center and Ronald McDonald House Dallas for The Trains at NorthPark, which is supported by:

 

Presenting Sponsor at $60,000: Bank of Texas

 

Platinum Sponsor at $25,000 and above: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas; MHBT, a Marsh and McLennan Agency LLC Company; Ryan LLC; and Kirkland & Ellis

 

Golden Spike at $10,000 to $24,999: Sewell Automotive Companies; Anonymous; Cirro Energy; Children’s Health; and Energy Transfer Partners

 

Silver Express at $5,000 to $9,999: Anonymous; BNSF Railway Co.; LiquidAgents; Lyda Hill Foundation; Cate and Jeremy Ford; Medical City Children’s; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital; and Tom Thumb

 

Chief Engineer at $2,500 to $4,999: ACIG Insurance Company; Axxys Technologies, Inc.; The Cain Foundation; CDC; Sally and Mark Cullum; Dallas Children’s Charities; The Enrico Foundation; Gehan Homes & Gray Point Homes; Cecilie and Ronnie Holman; ISI Commercial Refrigeration; Quadrant Investment Properties; Misty and Steven Smathers; and Thompson & Knight Foundation

  

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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 36,000 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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The Trains at NorthPark has helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD - Credit Bret Redman

The 2018 Trains at NorthPark Launches its 20th Year at NorthPark

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

The Trains at NorthPark runs November 17, 2018 until January 6, 2019

 

Celebrating over 30 years benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), 20 years at NorthPark Center and 10 years with presenting sponsor, Bank of Texas, The Trains at NorthPark is launching its 2018 season this Saturday, November 17. Since its debut in 1987, The Trains at NorthPark has helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD, and has welcomed more than 70,000 visitors to Dallas’ favorite shopping destination each year.

 

A beloved family tradition that runs until January 6, 2019, The Trains at NorthPark is the largest miniature train exhibit in Texas with more than 750 railcars featuring the corporations, organizations, families and individuals who make the seasonal attraction possible. Last year’s event helped provide over 4,000-night stays for families whose children were receiving essential medical care, including the family of the 2018 Kid Conductor, Gil McKoin, who stayed at the House after he underwent a life-saving heart transplant. Leading the effort to surpass the success of 2017 is Honorary Chair Peggy Hill and Co-Chairs Jennifer Burns and Christina Gray.

 

“This is such a special year for us as we celebrate significant milestones with our two top supporters, NorthPark Center and Bank of Texas,” said Jill Cumnock, chief executive officer of RMHD. “Their partnership has not only brought hope to the thousands of families we have served and millions of happy memories to the visitors that have experienced the magic of the exhibit over the years.”

 

Two limited edition railcars are still available for sale for 2018, including a Passenger Car in green or orange for $275, and a new dining car for $275. Other railcars range from $175 for a standard railcar, $225 for a caboose, and $325 for an engine.

 

The Trains at NorthPark will arrive at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, on the 2nd level of NorthPark Mall between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Families who want to catch a sneak peek of the exhibit before the doors open to the public can do so by purchasing a $100 Family Pass. With 1,600-foot of tracks, it will once again feature cityscapes like Dallas, replete with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, 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 include New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods, Mount Rushmore and Route 66. NorthPark recently received the 2018 Project Collaboration Award by D Magazine recognizing the successful partnership between NorthPark Center and Ronald McDonald House Dallas for The Trains at NorthPark.

 

Tickets for The Trains at NorthPark are $4 for children ages 2-12 and seniors over 65. Adults are $7, while children under 2 are admitted for free. The exhibit closes for Christmas and Thanksgiving, also closing early for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Those interested in supporting The Trains at NorthPark through sponsorship, volunteering or purchasing a railcar or Family Pass can do so by visiting www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com or contacting Kathlyn McGuill at kmcguill@rmhdallas.org.

 

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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 36,000 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