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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

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Bob White (Bank of Texas), Jennifer Burns (Chair), Christina Gray (Chair), Cristie Escochea (Bank of Texas), Jill Cumnock (RMHD CEO)

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas celebrated The Trains at NorthPark at Tory Burch in NorthPark on September 26, 2018.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Trains at NorthPark being held at NorthPark and is the 10th anniversary of Bank of Texas as Presenting Sponsor. All photos are courtesy of Bret Redman.

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Photo Credit: Bret Redman

 

Presented by Bank of Texas and Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, The Trains at NorthPark kicks off its season with limited edition railcars for sale.

 

A beloved family tradition, The Trains at NorthPark is the largest miniature train exhibit in Texas with more than 750 railcars honoring the corporations, organizations, families and individuals who make the seasonal attraction possible. Since its launch in 1987, The Trains at NorthPark has helped raise more than $13 million for RMHD and welcomes more than 70,000 visitors to Dallas’ favorite shopping destination each year. Purchasing railcars, which need to be reserved by October 15 to be ready for opening, is one way to enhance the charm of visiting The Trains at NorthPark.

 

“The magic of The Trains at NorthPark is multiplied in the best way when you have a car you’ve helped put on the track. It’s always a delight to see families search for and spot their railcar when they visit,” said Jill Cumnock, chief executive officer of RMHD. “2018 is a very special year for us as we are celebrating significant milestones with our two best supporters, North Park Center and Bank of Texas.  Their partnership has not only brought hope to the thousands of families we have served but also millions of happy memories to visitors of the exhibit over the last 20 years.”

 

Celebrating over 30 years benefiting the Ronald McDonald House (RHMD), 20 years at NorthPark Center and 10 years with presenting sponsor, Bank of Texas, The Trains at NorthPark is launching its 2018 season with its limited-edition railcars now for sale. All railcars purchased will be on display during the Trains exhibit from November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019.  The goal is to surpass the success of 2017, one of the best years to date, which helped provide over 4,000-night stays for families whose children are receiving essential medical care.  Leading this effort for 2018, is Honorary Chair Peggy Hill and Co-Chairs Jennifer Burns and Christina Gray.

 

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 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.  The Trains at NorthPark has just received the 2018 Project Collaboration Award by D Magazine recognizing the successful partnership between NorthPark Center and Ronald McDonald House Dallas.

 

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 rmcguill@rmhdallas.org.

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AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced a donation of $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), which includes $4.5 million for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMH Dallas). This donation, the largest single gift in RMHC’s and RMH Dallas’s history, will provide housing and family-centered services for pediatric patients and their families during hospital treatment across the United States. The gift comes as RMH Dallas is in the midst of a capital campaign to fund an $11.5 million expansion that has also received generous support from local donors.

Recognizing the unique needs of families with a hospitalized child, AbbVie’s support will further enable Ronald McDonald House Charities to provide a welcoming place for families to stay along with the critical services they need. The donation will be used to build family-centered spaces and more than 600 new guest sleeping rooms in at least 26 states and at 32 Ronald McDonald Houses. This will allow for approximately 230,000 additional night stays for pediatric patients and their families each year, helping RMHC Chapters to meet increasing demand and serve more families.

“While RMHC serves millions of children and their families each year, we know that we only serve a small percentage of pediatric patients’ families who need our services. This extraordinary gift from AbbVie will move us closer to meeting that unmet need.” said Sheila Musolino, president and CEO, RMHC.

The donation was announced at the Ronald McDonald House Charities International Conference in Chicago, which runs Aug. 19-22. The Conference brings together close to 1,200 attendees from 64 countries and regions.

“Having a child with a serious illness is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can face,” said Laura Schumacher, executive vice president, external affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, AbbVie. “Our donation is grounded in the shared belief that families should have the necessary resources to care for a hospitalized child, along with the support to strengthen their well-being and resiliency during a challenging time.”

The expansion at RMH Dallas that AbbVie is helping fund will allow 800 more families a year to use the House as a home-away-from-home while their children are being treated for critical illnesses or injuries in the Dallas area. Each year, RMH Dallas hosts 1,400 families, but recently has had to turn away nearly 1,000 families because the House has been at full capacity.

“AbbVie looked closely at the RMHC capital campaigns in progress around the country. After seeing the success of Dallas’ campaign with support from our generous donors, we were selected as a beneficiary of this historic gift.” said Jill Cumnock, CEO of RMH Dallas. “AbbVie’s vision of opening the doors to more guest rooms sooner is coming to fruition as we break ground on The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation Wing on September 6 of this year, and anticipate opening the new wing in October of 2019.”

Funding from AbbVie will also be used to enhance services that support each family’s journey through care of their child, including meals, groceries, laundry services, parking, playrooms and family-centered spaces.

The donation from AbbVie is part of a larger pledge to nonprofits that help children with serious illnesses and the people who care for them, a reflection of AbbVie’s commitment to helping families across America thrive. This donation is part of AbbVie’s commitment to make an additional $350 million in charitable donations to nonprofit partners in 2018, starting in May with AbbVie’s announcement of $50 million donations each to Habitat for Humanity and Direct Relief for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.

About AbbVie
AbbVie is a global, research and development-based biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of over 275 Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions, and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC helps families with sick children stay together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit www.rmhc.org. Follow @RMHC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) keeps families together, inspires strength, and gives love and support to families whose children are receiving essential medical care. It is the only organization that provides a welcoming, safe home-away-from-home for families who travel and need a place to stay while their children receive treatment at any Dallas area hospital. For a suggested contribution of $15 per day (with no family turned away for an inability to pay), RMHD serves three meals each day; provides shuttle transportation to and from local hospitals; and offers activities and services to make the stay as comfortable as possible. Families are also able to connect with caring volunteers, other families, and our House dog, Shiloh, the Chief Cheer Officer. To learn more, please visit www.rmhdallas.org.