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'Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House(R) at Front & Erie' Celebrates Grand Opening

Friday, December 28, 2007 General News J E 4
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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28 The 27,000-square-foot, three-story"Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie" will officially openits doors on Monday, January 7, 2008 - providing families whose children arereceiving medical treatment at area hospitals with lodging, comfort andsupport. To commemorate the grand opening, the House will host an inauguralhouse-lighting ceremony on Thursday, January 3 at 6:00 p.m. Families, friendsand supporters will be in attendance.

"The expansion of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House to the campus ofSt. Christopher's Hospital allows us to continue our mission of providing a'home away from home' for families traveling to Philadelphia for theirchildren's health care," said Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House ExecutiveDirector Susan Campbell.

"When a child is sick it puts a tremendous stress on the entire family.Helping them eliminate one part of that stress in knowing that they have aplace to stay near their child, is immeasurable," said John Durante,McDonald's(R) owner/operator and president of Ronald McDonald HouseCharities(R) of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. "With this current expansion, wecan continue our mission of providing a haven for families in their time ofneed."

The House includes 15 guest rooms, two living rooms, a fitness area,laundry facilities, and a family-style kitchen and dining area. It willprovide a home for families of children being treated at area hospitalsincluding St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Temple UniversityChildren's Medical Center and Shriners Hospital.

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, located on Chestnut Street, wasthe first Ronald McDonald House in the world. There are now 273 Houses in 30countries.

More than 200 monetary and in-kind donors have made the completion of the"Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie" possible.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC(R))

RMHC supports non-profit programs that directly improve the health andwell being of children. Ronald McDonald Houses provide lodging, comfort andsupport to families who travel 25 miles or more for medical treatment.Although families are asked to pay a nominal fee, no family is ever turnedaway due to an inability to pay. RMHC of the Philadelphia Region, whichreceives funds from McDonald's Corporation, McDonald's owner/operators,corporate donors and McDonald's customers, supports the Philadelphia, SouthernNew Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses. For more information, pleasevisit www.rmhc.org.

/CONTACT: Kate Cartmell-Martin, +1-215-790-4367, Mobile +1-434-242-6182,kmartin@tierneyagency.com, for Ronald McDonald House Charities/

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/Web site: http://www.rmhc.org /SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities-0- 12/28/2007

CO: Ronald McDonald House; St. Christopher's Hospital for Children; Temple
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