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Chocolate Fantasy Ball 2017 Was Sweetest Ever

LITTLE ROCK, AR (February 15, 2017) – The fourteenth annual Chocolate Fantasy Ball was the sweetest yet, setting a new record for money raised to help families stay close to their children who are being treated in area hospitals. The event brought in over $390,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas (RMHCA) to use in serving families who need a "home-away-from-home".

The black-tie event was held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in the Wally Allen Ballroom at Statehouse Convention Center. It brought together over 650 guests who enjoyed signature chocolate martinis, 6,000 pieces of decadent chocolate delights, dining, dancing, spectacular live auctions, over 300 silent auctions and a unique raffle. KTHV’s Craig O’Neill served as the event’s emcee and Doug Westgate with Wilson Auctioneers performed the live auction.

Carla Gunderman, who has volunteered with Chocolate Fantasy Ball for the past five years, was Chair of this year’s successful event. The 2017 honoree was Susie Morgan who was recognized for her hard work, dedication and accomplishments as a Ronald McDonald House volunteer and board member. 

“We are extremely grateful for our friends and partners in the community who stepped up to support the 2017 Chocolate Fantasy Ball,” said RMHCA Executive Director Janell Mason. “It costs much more to operate our new facility, so we needed to grow this year’s event to continue giving families a free place to call home during very stressful times. Thanks to our sponsors, donors and attendees, it was the most successful gala to date.”

The Chocolate Fantasy Ball raises money to support the two core programs of RMHCA. The Ronald McDonald House® is a 32-bedroom "home-away-from-home" that provides housing and services to families who have a child receiving treatment at an area hospital. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® is a 40 foot, state-of-the-art mobile unit that provides free, full-service dental care and education to children who would not otherwise have access to dental care.

For more information about Chocolate Fantasy Ball or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, please visit www.rmhcarkansas.org or call (501) 978-3118.

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2017 Chocolate Fantasy Ball to be Sweetest Ever

Fourteenth Annual Ronald McDonald House Gala Helps Keep Families Close

LITTLE ROCK, AR (February 11, 2017) – The fourteenth annual Chocolate Fantasy Ball, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas (RMHCA), is set for 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 11 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

The annual black tie event is Little Rock’s premier Valentine’s gala and is the largest fundraiser for RMHCA, with last year’s event resulting in $350,000 in contributions. This year’s special Chocolate Fantasy Ball honoree is RMHCA board member and volunteer Susie Morgan and the event chair is Carla Gunderman. The elegant evening will be emceed by KTHV’s Craig O'Neill and live music will be performed by White Chocolate.

This year’s celebration will be sweeter than ever with a chocolate-themed cocktail reception featuring our famous chocolate martinis and thousands of pieces of decadent chocolate from over 40 chocolate makers. There will also be a gourmet dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and a limited participation raffle with chances to win The Closet (for ladies) or The Cellar (for gentlemen), worth thousands of dollars each.

The fabulous live auction will include one of a kind items, such as a large, custom-built backyard playhouse created by Nabholz Construction, a custom-made gold and chocolate pearl necklace and earring set valued at $13,000 from Jones & Son, and a fantastic Super Bowl travel package for next year’s game provided by Clinton McDonald with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There will also be hunting trips, vacation getaways and more.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas enhances the lives of children and their families by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. The Chocolate Fantasy Ball raises money to support the two core programs of RMHCA. The Ronald McDonald House® is a 32-bedroom home away from home that provides housing and services to over 900 families a year who have children receiving treatment at area hospitals. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® is a 40 foot, state-of-the-art mobile unit that provides free, full-service dental care and education to children who would not otherwise have access to dental care.

To purchase tickets for this year’s event, or to learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, please visit www.chocolatefantasyball.com or call (501) 978-3118.

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF ARKANSAS CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF NEW HOUSE

 LITTLE ROCK, AR, (November 15, 2016) – After years of hard work, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA) is celebrating the grand opening of the new Ronald McDonald House facility at the corner of 10th and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Little Rock.

The celebration of the new House begins at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 15 with a VIP Donor Preview Party and the inaugural lighting of the Beacon of Hope and culminates with a public ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

“Our current facility has served us well by allowing us to provide a ‘home away from home’ for 30,000 families over the past 36 years, but it has always had limitations on providing all the comforts of home,” says Janell Mason, RMHCA Executive Director. “Our new facility was designed specifically with families in mind, so the House will have everything families need to feel at home while remaining close to their child in the hospital. It’s three times larger, much brighter and more interactive than our old facility, so children and adults can get a respite from the daily stressors they are facing.”

Project Highlights:

  • 1 year + 15 days construction time
  • 398 donors raised $9,004,291
  • 32,000 square foot facility
  • 32 family suites with restrooms
  • 80 person dining room
  • Large kitchen and pantry
  • Well-being salon with volunteer stylists
  • Toy closet
  • Basketball half- court
  • Treehouse with slide
  • Outdoor playground
  • Indoor playroom
  • Library and Media room
  • Wellness Garden and Courtyard
  • MACtivity Room for Families
  • Capitol View Meeting Room

The new Ronald McDonald House is now a reality thanks to the dream and hard work of the RMHCA Board, Capital Campaign Committee, and Design and Construction Committee. Nearly 400 donors contributed a total of $9,004,291 specifically to it’s construction. The facility was built with the highest quality by Nabholz Construction and was designed by the team at WDD Architects.

The schedule of events for both the VIP Preview Party and the Grand Opening Celebration are as follows:          

VIP Donor Preview Party - Tuesday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m.

  • 5:30 p.m. – 1st floor open for donors
  • 6:00 p.m. – Gather in front of new House for short ceremony
  • 6:15 p.m. – Welcome by Rodney Showmar, RMHCA Board President
  • 6:18 p.m. – David Stokes, President of the Central AR McDonald’s Co-op, sponsors of Beacon of Hope
  • 6:22 p.m. – Inaugural Lighting of the Beacon of Hope
  • 6:30 p.m. – Entire House open for browsing

Grand Opening Celebration - Wednesday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m.

  • 10:00 a.m. – Arkansas Baptist College Choir
  • 10:10 a.m. – Welcome by Rodney Showmar, RMHCA Board President
  • 10:13 a.m. – Mrs. Ginger Beebe addresses attendees
  • 10:18 a.m. – David Stokes, President of the Central AR McDonald’s Co-op
  • 10:21 a.m. – Rodney Showmar, RMHCA Board President
  • 10:22 a.m. – Janell Mason, RMHCA Executive Director Tammie Del Donno, Chair of the Design and Construction Committee
  • 10:27 a.m. – Ribbon cutting with dignitaries and Ronald McDonald
  • 10:29 a.m. – Balloon release / performance by Arkansas Baptist College Choir
  • 10:30 a.m. – New House open for tours
  • 10:30 a.m. – Refreshments in Dining Room / Delta Dental Photo Booth

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas Wins Arkansas Nonprofit of the Year

Little Rock, AR—March 4, 2016 —Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas (RMHCA) was named Arkansas’s Nonprofit of the Year at the 28th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards dinner hosted by Arkansas Business Publishing Group (ABPG).  ABPG has honored the state's top executives, small businesses, and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards since 1988. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners. 

RMHCA was among five top nonprofit finalists, located throughout the state, for this award that was presented at a black tie dinner on February 25th with more than 700 attendees at the State House Convention Center in Little Rock.  Each nonprofit was featured in Arkansas Business and in a two minute video at the awards ceremony, prior to the announcement of the winner.  Janell Mason, Executive Director for RMHCA, accepted the award with remarks at the event. 

Mason stated, “with more than 20,000 nonprofits in the state of Arkansas, what an honor, and a privilege to be recognized as the best in our state with this most prestigious award. Ronald McDonald House Charities® globally has 357 Houses, 206 Family Rooms, 49 Care Mobile programs worldwide that support keeping families close. We are extremely proud of our dedicated staff, generous donors, and passionate volunteers who help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas fulfill this important mission locally.”

The organization is in the last phase of an $8.7 million capital campaign to build a new 32,000 square foot House. The new Ronald McDonald House, currently under construction, is scheduled to open November 2016.  

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES® OF ARKANSAS AWARDED $15,000 LET’S PLAY CONSTRUCTION GRANT FROM DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP AND NATIONAL NON-PROFIT KaBOOM!

LITTLE ROCK, AR, October, 18, 2016 – Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground at the new Ronald McDonald House facility at 10th and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Little Rock.

The grant is part of Let’s Play, an initiative by DPS to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. As a result of expanded Let’s Play grants and projects, more than 1 million kids will benefit from new or improved playgrounds around the nation by the end of 2016.

“We are thrilled that we can create this fantastic playground for the children who are living in Ronald McDonald House, thanks to the generosity of Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM!,” said RMHCA Executive Director, Janell  Mason. “The children staying in the House desperately need an outlet to relieve stress and have fun, so this playground is just what the doctor ordered.”

The grant will be used to purchase a colorful new play area designed for 5-12 year olds who are staying at Ronald McDonald House. It will feature a rock wall climber, jungle vine climber, rock n’ roll slide, touch and play piano, touch and play drum and a tom-tom drum. Having this playground will allow kids who are being treated at the hospital, or are here because a sibling is in the hospital, a way to get exercise and have fun with playing with new friends. The playground will be a part of the healing process, both mentally and physically.

DPS launched Let’s Play in 2011 with a $15 million commitment to KaBOOM! to build or improve 2,000 playgrounds. In 2014, Dr Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! extended their partnership through 2016 with an additional $10 million commitment from DPS to continue providing kids with the active play they need.

Visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas enhances the lives of children and their families by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. These programs include the Ronald McDonald House® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with ill children being treated at local hospitals. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a 40-foot, state-of-the-art mobile clinic that provides free dental care and education to underserved children in their own neighborhoods. To learn more, visit rmhclittlerock.org. Social Media: @RMHCArkansas #KeepingFamiliesClose

About Let’s Play

Let’s Play is an initiative launched in 2011 by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. By 2017, DPS will provide nearly 10 million children across North America with new opportunities to play and be active through Let’s Play. In partnership with the nonprofit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports, Let’s Play is working to eliminate the ‘play deficit’ by building and improving play spaces and providing grants for athletic equipment and gear. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at www.Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or www.Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters and why cities are embracing #playability: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF ARKANSAS TEAMS UP WITH NIKE FACTORY STORE TO BUILD PLAYGROUND IN A DAY

LITTLE ROCK, AR, (October 18, 2016) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA) is teaming up with volunteers from the Nike Outlet Store and the United States Air Force to build the playground at the brand new Ronald McDonald House at the corner of 10th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Little Rock.

On October 31 and November 1, volunteers from Nike Outlet Store and U.S. Air Force Unit 373TRS will work with RMHCA staff to build a colorful new play area designed for 5-12 year olds. It will  feature a rock wall climber, jungle vine climber, rock n’ roll slide, touch and play piano, touch and play drum and a tom tom drum.

The build will incorporate the professional guidance and community-build model of Davis  Playgrounds.. After a two-day construction “blitz”,  the amazing new playground will stand where there is currently just a concrete slab. Davis Playgrounds will also install a two story spiral slide that allow kids to travel from the second floor treehouse down to the playground itself. After the poured-in-place rubber surface is installed a few days later, the new playground will be ready for kids and families to enjoy.

The Grand Opening of the new Ronald McDonald House will take place on Wednesday, November 16, at 10:00 a.m. After the ceremony is complete, a child will take the first slide down from the treehouse and children will be encouraged to use the playground for the fist time. After families start moving in to the new House on November 18, the playground will be used by all families staying  at the House.

“We are thrilled that we can create this fantastic playground for our famiies,” said RMHCA Executive Direcctor, Janell  Mason. “We are grateful for the grant from KaBOOM! Dr Pepper Snapple Group that made the playground possible.”

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF ARKANSAS CELEBRATES DAY OF CHANGE AND KEEPING FAMILIES CLOSE

Spare Change Donations Fill RMHCA Donation Boxes at McDonald’s to Help Strengthen Families with Critically-ill Children

LITTLE ROCK, AR, (October 7, 2016) –Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA) is celebrating its annual Day of Change and 36 years of keeping families close. RMHCA invites individuals, businesses and community groups to support local families with critically-ill children by visiting participating Central Arkansas McDonald’s locations  between 7-9 am on October 7 and donating their spare change in the restaurant’s Donation Boxes. 

Throughout 2015, coins donated locally through the Donation Box program totaled more than $145,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas. The funds collected are used to support families with children facing medical crises. A full Donation Box sponsors one night at a Ronald McDonald House for a family while their child receives medical treatment in a nearby hospital.

“A simple act of kindness at the front counter or drive through is a powerful gift for local RMHC families,” said Janell Mason, Exectutive Director of RMHCA. “For families with children in need of critical medical care, the thought of being more than a few steps from the hospital seems just too far. A person’s spare change combined with that of their neighbors can add up to make a big difference for these families. It keeps them close to each other and to the care and resources their child needs.”

On October 7, from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., Ronald McDonald House volunteers will be collecting change in the drive-through lines at a number of Central Arkansas McDonald’s locations, The spare change helps parents remain close to their children and get higher quality of sleep so they can be better equipped to make important medical decisions. McDonald’s customers who participate in Day of Change are encouraged to share photos to  show how they helped support RMHC on social media using #forRMHC.  (On October 7th and everyday)

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Ronald McDonald House Announces New Board Members

Little Rock, AR - [June 27, 2016]  Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas (RMHCA) is proud to announce that three new community leaders have accepted appointments to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Joining the Board are McDonald’s Owner-Operator Kristy Lopez-Allen, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Lee Anne Eddy and Onebanc CFO Jim Schnoes. They are all strong leaders who bring high levels of expertise to the Board from their respective fields.

Kristy Lopez-Allen is a McDonald’s Owner-Operator who owns the McDonald’s franchises in Russellvile, Arkansas with her husband. Kristy’s extensive background as a McDonald’s Owner-Operator in Texas, Oklahoma, and now Arkansas, has given her a passion for the mission of Ronald McDonald House. Kristy is a long time a supporter of RMHCA.

Lee Anne Eddy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is the Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is responsible for the operational oversight and planning for Patient Care Services, including nursing, social work, child life, respiratory care and the cardiac service line. She is very familiar with the challenges RMHCA families face every day and her perspective and input will be an asset to the Board.

Jim Schnoes is Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of Onebanc. He has been very influential in the recent success of Onebanc and will be bringing strong leadership skills to the RMHCA Board. Jim has been a long-time supporter of Ronald McDonald House and the bank’s employees routinely dedicate volunteer hours to help make a difference.

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B. Barnett Presents Check to Ronald McDonald House

                                                                               

Little Rock, AR – [May 18, 2016] On May 19 at 1:30 p.m., B. Barnettt in Little Rock will present a check to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas (RMHCA) from the funds raised as part of the Sisley Paris event on April 13, 2016.  B.Barnett teamed up with Sisley Paris to donate 20% of sales on that date.As a result, nearly $6,000 is being donated to RMHCA.  

The check will be presented on May 19 at 1:30 p.m. by Marisa Ensminger, owner of B. Barnett at Ronald McDonald House, 1009 Wolfe Street in Little Rock

B. Barnett has 43 years experience as a luxury ladies boutique in Central Arkansas providing top end clothing, shoes, accessories, facial salon, and cosmetics.  Among the high quality brands represented is Sisley, a specialty cosmetic company that uses natural plant extracts and essential oils that guarantee visible results. 

Janell Mason, RMHCA Executive Director, says “B. Barnett has been a huge supporter of the Ronald McDonald House for many years by cooking meals for our families, donating auction items for our events, decorating the House for the holidays, and so much more.  We are also honored that Sisley-Paris, an international high-end company, chose to support keeping families close in our community.”

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA) has been a partner in enabling family-centered care for over 35 years and is a vital part of the health care continuum. Through improved access to medical care, RMHCA services enhance a family’s hospital experience as well as give families a place to rest and recharge so they can focus on their child’s well-being while staying together. To learn more, visit rmhclittlerock.org. Social Media: @RMHCArkansas #KeepingFamiliesClose

About B. Barnett

B. Barnett, founded in 1973, is a Ladies Luxury Boutique located at 8201 Cantrell Road.  Visit our Designer Clothing Department, Shoe Salon, Cosmetic Department or schedule an appointment in our Day Spa.  Brunello Cucinelli, Michael Kors, La Prairie, Ralph Lauren, Vince, Eileen Fisher, Sisley and Trish McEvoy are just a few of our designer collections.  Hours of operation are 10:00 - 5:30 Monday - Saturday. www.bbarnett.com

About Sisley

Founded in 1976 by Hubert d’Ornano, Sisley is a French company specializing in the manufacture of innovative, and exceptionally high-quality cosmetic products. Sisley’s know-how is in phytotherapy and aromatherapy, using natural plant extracts and essential oils in skincare products, to guarantee immediately visible results on the skin. Sisley-Paris creates the highest quality products by selecting only the best plant species in each category. www.sisley-paris.com

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New Ronald McDonald House to Top Out

Little Rock, AR - [April 21, 2016] Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas will soon be celebrating the topping out of the new Ronald McDonald House being constructed at the corner of 10th and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in Little Rock.

The ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. at the construction site. At that time, instead of a traditional topping out beam placement, the Beacon of Hope will be set in place, representing the completion of the framing of the new facility. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign the Beacon before it is hoisted to the top of the building.

The Beacon of Hope was designed by the architect to be a comforting night light that can be seen from nearby Arkansas Children's Hospital. It will also guide and welcome families to their home away from home as they arrive from their own homes or other nearby hospitals. McDonald's generously sponsored the creation of the Beacon of Hope with their $1 million gift to the construction of the new House.

As of April 2016, Ronald McDonald House has raised $8.39 million of the $8.7 million needed to complete the 32,000 sq. ft. facility that will have 32 family suites, an 80-person dining room, large kitchen, family activity and play spaces, wellness garden, half-court basketball court and more. The 35 year-old organization has served more than 30,000 at its current location. The new facility plans to open in November of this year.

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Ronald McDonald House® in Little Rock receives $1,200,000 donation from The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Little Rock, AR - [May 2, 2016]  Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas has been awarded $1,200,000 from The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation to help fund the new Ronald McDonald House facility currently being built at the corner of 10th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Little Rock.

In order to receive the donation from the Mabee Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA) was challenged to successfully raise $8,000,000 by the deadline of April 15, 2016. RMHCA met the fundraising goal by November 2015. As of April 2016, total donations have exceeded $8.4 million of the $8.7 million needed to complete the campaign.                         

"We are so thankful for the gift given to us by The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. Their support is a huge boost to the effort to fund the creation of a new larger House for our families,” says Janell Mason, RMHCA Executive Director. “Thanks to the Foundation, we only need $300,000 more to meet our goal." 

The new 32,000 sq. ft. facility that will have 32 family suites, an 80-person dining room, large kitchen, family activity and play spaces, wellness garden, basketball half-court and more. The 35 year-old organization has served more than 30,000 families at its current location. The new facility will open in November of this year. 

About the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation is a private charitable foundation based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serves the geographical areas of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. John E. Mabee and his wife Lottie E. Mabee formed the Foundation in 1948 for the purpose to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, and institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature.

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Chocolate Fantasy Ball 2016 a Sweet Success!

LITTLE ROCK, AR (February 17, 2016) – The thirteenth annual Chocolate Fantasy Ball was a sweet success, bringing in over $350,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas (RMHCA) to use in serving families who are away from home.                                             

The black-tie event was held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in the Wally Allen Ballroom at Statehouse Convention Center. It brought together almost 700 guests who enjoyed chocolate martinis, 8,000 pieces of tasty chocolate delights, dining, dancing and spectacular live and silent auctions. Local television host Chris Kane with KATV served as the event’s emcee and Doug Westgate with Wilson Auctioneers performed the live auction.

“We are extremely grateful for those who sponsored, attended, and donated items for this year’s Chocolate Fantasy Ball”, said RMHCA Executive Director Janell Mason. “Because of their generosity, we are able to give families a place to call home during very stressful times.”

The Chocolate Fantasy Ball raises money to support the two core programs of RMHCA. The Ronald McDonald House® is a 28-bedroom home away from home that provides housing and services to families who have a child receiving treatment at an area hospital. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® is a 40 foot, state-of-the-art mobile unit that provides free, full-service dental care and education to children who would not otherwise have access to dental care.

RMHCA is currently building a new House two blocks away from our current location that will replace our existing facility. It will include suites with a bathroom and sitting area, family lounges, larger kitchen and dining rooms, wellness garden, indoor/outdoor play areas, and more.

For more information about Chocolate Fantasy Ball or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, please visit www.rmhclittlerock.org or call (501) 374-3318.

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Flipping the Switch at Ronald McDonald House

DECEMBER 1 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Lighting Ceremony at the Ronald McDonald House was held on Tuesday, and some of the THV11 crew was there to help flip the switch. The Ronald McDonald House is a 28-bedroom home that provides housing and services to families with a child receiving treatment at an area hospital, particularly Arkansas Children's Hospital. This will be the last year at its current location, which is located at 1009 Wolfe St. in Little Rock.

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Scottie Pippen Returns to Arkansas for Ronald McDonald House

September 13, Little Rock

Scottie Pippen popped into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 after he had played celebrity — and shot a round of scratch golf — at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas golf tournament at Pleasant Valley Country Club that day. Two flights of approximately 120 golfers — along with sponsors and Pippen — helped raise $100,000 or more... CLICK HERE TO VIEW GALLERY

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas Breaking Ground on New House With Help from Tyson Foods

Little Rock, AR – [July 16th, 2015] On July 21st at 9 a.m., Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas (RMHCA) will break ground on a new 35,000 square-foot House located at the entrance of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Mayor Mark Stodola, and of course, Ronald McDonald himself will be in attendance for the occasion. 

The state’s only Ronald McDonald House will triple in size and replace the current facility at 1009 Wolfe Street. The new House will provide families a larger and more comfortable place to stay while their children are receiving treatment at local hospitals. The five-story building will include: 32 bedroom suites, each with a private bath, queen-size bed and a sitting area with extra sleeping space. There will be a large kitchen and dining room, as well as laundry facilities, lactation rooms, and family lounges on each residential floor. Other amenities include indoor and outdoor play areas, a wellness garden, a tree house, and a basketball half court.

On this historic occasion for the House, Tyson Foods, Inc. is announcing a $500,000 donation that will go toward the 80-person dining room in the new House.  In addition to the monetary donation, the company is also helping RMHCA keep its pantry stocked with products reflecting their house of brands which include, but are not limited to, Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee® frozen bakery, Ball Park®, Wright®, and State Fair®.

“With this donation, we hope to give families precious time together and help alleviate some of the stress that comes along with having a child in treatment,” said Annetta Tirey, director of corporate social responsibility for Tyson Foods “This donation is about making sure that families have access to nutritious food that helps them be as comfortable and relaxed as possible so they can focus on what matters most--their child.”  

The organization will continue to fundraise throughout the construction process, which will take approximately 14 months. Naming opportunities are still available and contributions of all sizes are welcome. Katie Kirkpatrick Choate, RMHCA Executive Director said, “We are inspired by the support of our lead donors, including McDonald’s of Central Arkansas and Tyson Foods, on this momentous occasion. Little Rock has become a world-wide hub for innovative medical care, which is underscored by the need for this House. Nearing the end of our campaign, we look to our community for support to reach our goal.”

ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF ARKANSAS

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (RMHCA) has been a partner in enabling family-centered care for over 35 years and is a vital part of the health care continuum. Through improved access to medical care, RMHCA services enhance a family’s hospital experience, as well as give families a place to rest and recharge so they can focus on their child’s wellbeing while staying together. To learn more about RMHCA and its work, visit www.rmhclittlerock.org or call Emily at 501-374-1956

About Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®,  Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 113,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

 

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Foundation issues challenge for grant

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette May 12, 2015

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has issued a challenge grant of $1.2 million to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas if the organization can raise $900,000, a news release from the Ronald McDonald House said.READ MORE....

Jacksonville Memorial Run to Benefit Ronald McDonald House

By Angela Spencer Published March 5, 2015 at 12:00 a.m in Three Rivers Edition

JACKSONVILLE — For the third consecutive year, Linda and Stan Valley are asking people to go the extra mile in memory of their son, Brian, and to support the Little Rock Ronald McDonald House. The Brian Valley Memorial 5K+1, a four-mile race in Jacksonville, will be held April 25. In the past two years, more than $24,000 in proceeds from the race have been donated to the Ronald McDonald House, an organization dear to the Valleys’ hearts. READ MORE....

Choc-full ballroom: Chocolate gala draws big crowd to benefit Ronald McDonald House

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette By Helaine Williams This article was published February 22, 2015 at 2:28 a.m

Chocolate-covered toffee. Chocolate-chip cookies. Chocolate fudge. Chocolate brownies. Chocolate truffles. Chocolate cupcakes. Various loose morsels of brown and white chocolate. Several chocolate-strawberry incarnations. A chocolate bird sculpture. With all the goodies that await attendees of the annual Chocolate Fantasy Ball, it's easy to wonder: why have dessert at dinner anyway? Celebrating the 35th year of its beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, the Feb. 14 ball was oversold this year, forcing organizers to squeeze a few extra tables in to the ballroom of the Little Rock Marriott Hotel. VIEW GALLERY...

Ronald McDonald House to grow: New LR site to have bigger rooms, serve more families

By Emily Walkenhorst This article was originally published October 31, 2014 at 2:21 a.m. Updated October 30, 2014 at 10:51 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK, AR—October 22, 2014—On October 30th, at 9:45 am at the corner of Martin Luther King and 10th Streets, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkansas (RMHCA) will host a press conference to announce an $8,000,000 campaign to build a new House as well as the $1,000,000 lead gift from McDonald’s of Central Arkansas. VIEW GALLERY...