Ronald McDonald
House Charities®
Northern California

Inspiration behind
Ronald McDonald House Charities,
Kim Hill

Kim Hill, whose childhood battle with leukemia inspired the first Ronald McDonald House, the model for an international network of temporary housing for families of sick children, passed away in early March in Orange, California. She was 44.

The cause was brain cancer, her father, Fred Hill, said. When her family learned she had leukemia at age three, doctors predicted she would not reach adulthood.

Ms. Hill first came to public attention in 1972, when her father, a former tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, held a team fund-raiser for the Leukemia Society of America in her honor. Its success - more than $10,000 was raised - prompted Mr. Hill and a neighbor, Stan Lane, to start their own charity, Eagles Fly for Leukemia, with backing by the Eagles' owner, Leonard Tose.

The housing idea was suggested by Dr. Audrey Evans at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia when Mr. Hill and Mr. Lane asked her about ways to use the money they raised. She saw a need for short-term lodging near the hospital for families of cancer patients.

Local McDonald's restaurants were brought into the effort in 1974, when the Eagles reached an agreement with them to feature the quarterback Roman Gabriel and other players in a promotion for Shamrock Shakes if the franchises would donate a portion of the sales to buy a house. The chain's regional manager later offered all the shakes' proceeds if the house was named after their mascot, Ronald McDonald. The Eagles accepted.

Ronald McDonald House Charities now operates 307 houses in 30 countries.

Mark Your Calendars

2nd Annual Red Shoe Crawl
Sunday, June 26th, 2011

15th Annual RMHC Golf Classic
Monday, August 29th, 2011

Wish List

  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent, powdered
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Paper towels
  • Raisins
  • Shortening
  • SOS pads
  • 409
  • 9 Volt Batteries
  • D Batteries

Items in red are the most needed.

Online Donations

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Camp Ronald McDonald® at Eagle Lake

July 7th- 16th and August 7th- 12th

Accredited by the American Camp Association, Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is a fully accessible residential summer camp for campers who are "at-risk" with a variety of special medical needs, economic hardship and/or emotional, developmental or physical disabilities. This summer we will bring two sessions of traditional camping activities such as arts and crafts, hikes, fishing, canoeing, sports, swimming, talent show and campfires. Our campers typically have special challenges that would normally hinder their ability to experience the joys of nature and camp, however, this is not an issue at Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake. Here all barriers- physical and mental, are removed.

The goal of Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is to provide confidence-building experiences and programs that are designed to support each camper's individuality through the challenges of outdoor group living and teamwork in a supportive environment. Our program areas help to further Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake's mission and allow campers with all types of disabilities to experience the wonderful program of Summer Camp! We staff qualified, trained Program Specialists in the fields of Waterfront, Sports, Outdoor Education, Arts and Crafts, Drama and Nutrition Education. Our specialists take the extra time to create programs that accommodate all our camper's abilities regardless of mobility, cognitive or emotional issues.

Campers will spend their days having both mountain and lakeside adventures with such adapted program activities as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, arts & crafts, drama, sports, nature walks, archery, and nutrition/cooking classes. Evening activities will include dances, talent shows, carnivals, group games and of course campfires! At night campers will reside in roomy, ventilated log cabins in bunk style beds. Each cabin cluster has a magnificent view of Eagle Lake.

Ronald McDonald House Charities In The Community

  • On February 18th, Fabian's Italian Bistro celebrated the opening of their doors, and along with the providing guest with some of the most delicious items from their menu, they hosted a silent auction to benefit RMHCNC. The prizes ranged from Giant's tickets, to Fabian and friends signed memorabilia. Thanks to these donations, RMHCNC was able to provide housing for one family's stay for two weeks!
  • RMHCNC thanks both the L Wine Lounge, Lucca and 3 Fires Grill for letting us celebrate Happy Hour with them! These are three of the restaurants participating in the Red Shoe Crawl and our guests had a chance to sample their food as well as purchase tickets to the event!
  • Thanks to the Roaring Twenties event hosted by the group at, RMHCNC benefitted from the silent auction. Guests were decked out in their 20's costumes and the event was a huge success!
  • The 17th Annual Ken Little Memorial Golf Tournament took place on May 23rd and benefited Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake. This year's even took place at the Stockton Golf & Country Club in Stockton, CA. We love this event, as it gives us an opportunity to celebrate the life of Ken Little, the inspiration behind Camp Ronald McDonald.

Featured Family

18 year old Timothy and his family generously donated many Wish List items in late April to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California. Earlier in the year, Timothy had to undergo a double-lung transplant and subsequent to his surgery he and his family found the RMHC Stanford House serving as their 'home away from home'. Fortunately, Timothy healed up wonderfully and as a family service project, they looked to give back to their community and chose our House as the beneficiary.

Timothy's sister plays for a competitive volleyball team and at each one of her tournaments the family went around and collected empty water bottles. Each time they would walk away with bags of water bottles and turn around and recycle them for cash. They then took the cash that they had saved up and put it towards items on our Wish List. We are so grateful for all their hard work and dedication!

La-Z Boy Donation

Each year La-Z-Boy donates furniture to Ronald McDonald House Charities nationwide
and we received our items earlier this year! Thank you La-Z Boy for making a cozy environment for our families!

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Our annual Volunteer Appreciation was held on April 21, 2011 and our Volunteers of the Year for 2010 were announced. We are very proud to share the winners who go the extra mile!

Our Teen Volunteer of the Year is Sarah Sands. She exemplifies true leadership at our House events and as Vice President of Teen Council.

Our Volunteer of the Year is Barbara Andres, and been volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House almost since the opening of the House in 1998. Barbara has supported us with our Golf Tournaments, Galas and is even known for her kitchen skills and making warm and tasty soups for our families!

Our NON-PROFIT GROUP VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR is Gramma's Hugs. Led by Shirley King, the founder of this non-profit has been supplying handmade blankets and bags to our families since 2004. Since she is unable to provide a hug to every child that needs one, she offers her blankets and consider this her own way of providing that must needed hug. The House has received thousands of blankets and bags that have been given to our children from this group, and we are honored and pleased to recognize and thank Gramma's Hugs.

Our CORPORATE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR is Home Team Pest Defense. This organization has done everything, from pull weeds, repair plumbing problems, clean our playrooms and kitchens, organize storage closets and more. In addition to all of this, they have provided free pest control to the House and visit monthly to spray and take care of any pest problems.

We are so thankful for all of our volunteers, for we would be lost without them!
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