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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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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


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