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RMH Charities of Bluegrass head addresses Chamber
Sarah Warner addresses group about Ronald McDonald House Charities, a multi-faceted organization which provides a unique service to families of hospitalized children; Pam Hancock speaks for corporate sponsor McDonald's of Columbia, with capsule history of chain, her family's 10 area McDonald's stores
PHOTO: Sarah Warner, Donna Stotts, Pam Hancock
By Ed Waggener
Sarah Warner, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, spoke at the July 15, 2008, Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce at its regular business luncheon at Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY.
Ms. Warner, a reident of Richmond, KY, was introduced by Pam Hancock, Columbia, KY, Director of Operations of five McDonald's owned by her father, David Branscum, Russell Springs.
McDonald's of Columbia was corporate sponsor of the event.
Capsule history McDonald's, Branscum stores
Ms. Hancock gave a capsule history of McDonald's and of the her family's McDonald's stores in Columbia and other Southeastern Kentucky towns:
In 1955 Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, IL--he was a salesman who invested his entire life savings to become the exclusive distributor of a five-spindled milk shake maker called the Multimixer. Hearing abou the McDonald's hamburger stand in California running eight Multimixers at a time, he packed up and headed West. He was 52 years old.Ms. Hancock gave this introduction to Sarah Warner:
Sarah has worked as a non-profit administrator for over 15 years and was previously the Director of an inner-city public school and daycare center in downtown Cincinnati. Prior to working in education, she spent 10 years raising funds for arts organizations such as the Cincinnati Opera, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, WCET-TV (Cincinnati's public television station) and National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" in St. Paul, MN.Scope of RMH Charities reaches beyond its icon, RMH House
Ms. Warner gave an overview of the scope of the RMH Charities of the Bluegrass, which is best known for the Ronald McDonald House, which provides living quarters and many other amenities for parents of children hospitalized in the Lexington areq.
Besides the Ronald McDonald House, the organization also operates the RM Caremobile, which provides dental and care to underserved children in Hazard area, and the Ronald McDonald Dental Van, which delivers dental care to Central Kentucky children.
Ms. Warner said that the Lexington Ronald McDonald House, in 2007, served families from 87 Kentucky Counties , 15 U.S. States, and one foreign country.
The Mission of Ronald McDonald House
The mission of RMH, MS Warner quoted, "Is to operate a home awayfrom home for children and their families who come to Lexington for medical treatment and to support health related programs and projects for Kentucky's Children."
The RMH in Lexington has room for 20 families. "With up to four persons per family," Ms. Warner said, "we can have as many as 80 guests at one time."
Guests are given assistance beyond lodging, she said. Other services include transportation to and from Lexington hospitals, meals, and even clothes. She told of one mother who came to the house without even a pair of shoes. New shoes were provided when the new parents left, she said, along with many other wardrobe items.
RMH Charities are supported by several sources, including donations from the guests, which amounts to 6% of the budget. Another 30% comes from the donation boxes beside checkout cash registers in McDonald's restaurants, and 64% comes from campaigns, from people telling the story.
How RMH Charities spends revenues
The charity delivers 71% of its receipts for actual program expenses, with 16% going for fundraising costs, she said.
Adair Drug Court Pop Tab Effort recognized
One of the big income producers is the Pop Tab program. Ms. Warner gave special thanks to the Adair County Drug Court, one of the top Pop Tab collection agencies in the state. Ellen Zornes, who volunteers with the program, was recognized for the group's efforts.
Donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities can be made at McDonald's of Columbia, or can be mailed to Ronald McDonald House Charities, PO box 22414, Lexington, KY 40522. The phone number is (859) 268-0757. email firstname.lastname@example.org. To access the website, Click Here
Norma Scott recognized
Pam Hancock recognized the work of Norma Scott of Columbia, who raised over $6,000 for Ronald McDonald Charities in a fund raiser at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Next meeting August 19, 2008, at CUMC
The next meeting of the Chamber will be Tuesday, August 19, 2008, at the Columbia United Methodist Church. Eric Churchill will speak. His topic will be another children's charity very dear to Columbia and Adair County, Kosair Charities of Louisville. The meeting time is 11:45am. Phone (270) 384-6020 for details.
This story was posted on 2008-07-16 10:01:05
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