The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte Stays Connected Through ACN Global Reach Charities

Friday, May 6, 2011 General News
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CONCORD, N.C., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When the newly built Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte

begins accepting families in May, it can ensure that those who stay in the House have the personal support they need from loved ones, even when distance separates them. Concord-based ACN Global Reach Charities is providing
ACN DigitalTalk® business communications service for the offices and guest rooms in the House. DigitalTalk's robust digital phone service will ensure guests are never out of touch and that the House will benefit from the most advanced communications technology available for businesses of any size. The reliable phone service includes DigitalTalk's HD Voice™ technology, providing true-to-life sound quality on every call.

In addition to supplying DigitalTalk phone and Internet services to all administration offices as well as phone services to all guest rooms, ACN Global Reach Charities is installing ACN's Video Phones in the suites and common areas of the new House. Guests of the House will be able to send companion video phones home and make video phone calls free of charge, so they can see their loved ones every time they call – whether it is just to say "hello" or for that extra support needed at the end of a stressful day. This overall 10-year communications commitment by ACN Global Reach Charities has an estimated value of $450,000.

The provision of the DigitalTalk phones and Internet service as well as all of the video phones and related services have been made possible by donations to ACN Global Reach Charities by ACN, Inc. ACN, Inc. is the primary donor to ACN Global Reach Charities and has long been a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the construction of the House in Charlotte. In 2008, the company chose the Ronald McDonald House as its global charity and began collecting donations for the local Ronald McDonald House chapter at each of its quarterly training events held throughout the world. This effort is now being led by ACN Global Reach Charities.

"We are looking forward to when the House opens its doors and to having a continued presence there," said ACN President and Co-Founder Greg Provenzano. "At ACN, helping children is very close to our hearts, so it's an honor to work with an organization whose purpose is to provide families with the care and support they need during their darkest hours. It's a humbling experience."

About ACN Global Reach Charities, Inc.

Founded in 2011, ACN Global Reach Charities is a nonprofit organization with the mission of expanding the charitable efforts initiated by ACN, Inc. by providing focused management and increased fundraising efforts. The nonprofit continually seeks out new opportunities to work with charitable organizations and is devoted to making improvements on a local level. Its grass-roots efforts have raised awareness in the Charlotte area and surrounding communities. In addition to its many efforts, ACN Global Reach Charities organizes and hosts the RMHC Celebrity Golf Tournament, an event designed to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. For more information on ACN Global Reach Charities, visit acncharity.com.

About the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte The RMH of Charlotte will serve the families of children being treated at Levine Children's Hospital and Hemby Children's Hospital. Located at 1613 East Morehead Street on land donated by Carolinas Medical Center, the House will feature approximately 35,000 square feet of living space complete with 28 bedrooms (one family per bedroom/suite), providing more than 10,000 nights for the families. It is also scheduled to have a community kitchen, great room, library, playground and sitting porch. Construction began in early 2010. The RMH of Charlotte is an independent 501(c)(3) charity managed by a local board of directors which will oversee construction and operation of the home. The cost of building and operating the RMH of Charlotte will come primarily from individual and corporate donations. The RMH of Charlotte will be funded, constructed and operated by the Charlotte community. The mission of the RMH of Charlotte is to provide the families of children being treated in area medical facilities with a safe, affordable and caring "home away from home." For more information on RMH of Charlotte, please visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org.

About ACN, Inc.

Founded in 1993, ACN is the world's largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services for residential and business customers. ACN provides the services people need and use every day including Home Phone service, High Speed Internet, Wireless, Mobile Applications, Satellite TV, Home Security, Computer Support and Energy. ACN operates in 23 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit myacn.com. For information on ACN's home-based business opportunity, visit acninc.com.

SOURCE ACN Global Reach Charities, Inc.



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