Ronald McDonald House Charities® Annual Report 2015


Ronald McDonald House Charities® Annual Report 2015
Ronald McDonald
House Charities®
Annual Report
“I was able to be at ease knowing each meal was taken
care of, and I could share my pain with other families
for support. We can each provide comfort to the
different situations—laugh, cry and vent a little.
When it’s time to check out, it is bittersweet
because you feel like you are leaving a
family member behind. Those families
become a part of your family.”
— Melissa Johnson
At the tender age of five, Paige Johnson is no stranger
to hospitals, and her family—mom Melissa, dad Byron
and little brother Brawley—are frequent guests of Ronald
McDonald House. Paige was born with arthrogryposis
multiplex congenital, a condition that causes stiff and
crooked joints, and bilateral club feet. Her treatment
started at birth with five weeks of serial casting. At only
four months, she had to go under anesthesia for the
first of many surgeries to get her right foot to a normal
90-degree angle.
“The feeling is always the same when they are putting
her under. I get scared and nervous knowing this is
happening to my baby,” said mom Melissa.
But Paige’s family always feels welcome at the House.
Their latest visit was the sixth, and they know they will
always have a comfortable, homey place to stay and meals
provided by a doting staff who, as Melissa remembered,
“loved on my kids and family as if we were their own.”
When they are not at the hospital, the Johnsons relax
on the House’s patio, and Paige especially enjoys the
playroom, where she could forget about her pain and be
a typical five-year-old. December 2015 was particularly
hard on the family because Paige had to undergo
multiple procedures to correct her foot. Melissa and
Byron weren’t sure how they were going to afford gifts,
but thanks to our Santa’s Workshop, the children had
“the best Christmas ever.”
Today, Paige is able to put weight on her foot, and each
procedure improves her everyday life. She is back in her
walker, and the goal is to get her walking without aid.
I consider it a great privilege to
take the helm as president of
the RMHC Board of Directors
this year. I look forward to the
future with excitement, gratitude
and an enormous amount of
pride in this organization. It’s an
awesome responsibility; taking care of families
at a difficult time in their life, then changing
from strangers to friends, making someone feel
at home under the most trying circumstances.
Because of the dedicated board leaders who
came before me, a committed Executive Director
and staff, and an army of selfless volunteers, I
know I’m in the best company on this journey.
In my seven years on the Board of Directors,
I’ve seen our home-away-from-home experience
tremendous growth. When we opened the
doors to the “new” House in 2010, we tripled
the number of families served every year. We
now provide a home to more than 1,000 families
annually, as well as a place of respite to another
500 people who desperately need a place of
comfort. 2015 marked the first year since 2010
that our Home experienced months with doubledigit waiting lists.
It’s clear the need for the House is still urgent.
As we explore new ways to expand our mission,
I would like to celebrate all of the people who
have made our story possible. In the words of
one of our families, “You make this terrifying
situation more bearable. We thank heaven for
people like you.”
Because of people like you, lives are changed
at “The House that Love Built” every day. Our
heartfelt thanks go out to all of you for your
commitment to taking care of our families when
they need it most.
Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors
Steve Williams, President
Gulf Power
Allison Hill, Past President
Lakeview Center, Inc.
Paul Robinson, Chair, Board of Governors
R&L Enterprises dba Papa John’s
Molly Murphy, Treasurer
Saltmarsh Cleaveland & Gund
Lucy McLendon, ASID, Secretary
Lucy McLendon Designs, Inc.
Vice Presidents and Committee Chairmen
Kendrick Doidge, VP of Planning & Marketing
West Florida Healthcare
Brian Masterson, Chair, Nominating & Governance
Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation, Inc.
Lucy McLendon, ASID, Family Room
Lucy McLendon Designs, Inc.
Mary Mehta, M.D., VP of Family Services
Nemours Children’s Clinic
Molly Murphy, VP of Finance
Saltmarsh Cleaveland & Gund
Russ Parris, VP of House Operations
Parris Construction Company
Karen Aloy
A Loyal Vision
Ed Carson
Carson Lovell, Inc.
David Deliman
Cox Communications
Julian Irby
Irby Engineering & Construction, Inc.
Pete Nowak
Nowak Enterprises, Inc. (McDonald’s)
Daniel Rentz
McMahon Hadder Insurance
Buzz Ritchie
Gulf Coast Community Bank
Daniel Saba
Locklin, Saba, Locklin & Jones, P.A.
Steve Williams
President, RMHC of NWFL
Board of Directors 2016
Henry Stovall
Sacred Heart Health System
Adam White
Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon
“Be kind, for everyone you meet
is fighting a hard battle.”
This quote is especially true for our families at Ronald McDonald
House. Recently, a mom described the anger she felt that other
parents welcomed healthy, “normal” babies. It only took a day’s stay
in our House to change her perspective. In the company of other
exhausted, frightened families and strangers who wanted nothing
more than to make her feel comfortable, she felt a community unlike
any other. This extended family is one she swears she’ll never forget.
The kindness, love and compassion exemplified by our volunteers, donors and staff
humbles me day after day. For those fighting hard battles, the impact is profound.
Thank you for caring, and for making an impact on every parent, grandparent, brother
and sister entrusted to our home-away-from-home.
Caring for Families,
Judy Burns,
RMHC Executive Director
Board of Governors
Mr. Dick Appleyard
Mr. Jerry L. Maygarden
Mr. Bryan Ball
Ms. Nikki Nash
Mr. Brian Baumgardner
Mrs. Peg Nickelsen
Mr. Chad Bonner
Mr. Pete J. Nowak
Mr. Alan B. Bookman
Mr. John O’Connor
Mrs. Sheilah Bowman
Mr. Daniel Rentz
Mr. Ed Carson
Mr. Buzz Ritchie
Mr. David Costa, Jr.
Mr. Grover C. Robinson, IV
Mrs. Shirley F. Cronley
Mr. Paul W. Robinson
Mr. David Deliman
Mr. Daniel P. Saba
Mr. Kendrick Doidge
Dr. Jeffrey H. Schwartz
Ms. Kathy D. Dunagan
Mr. Monroe Watley
Mr. Jim Fletcher
Mr. Rick West
Rabbi Joel Fleekop
Mr. Harrison Wilder
Mrs. Allison Hill
Mr. Kenneth H. Woolf
Mr. Ronald E. Jackson
Mr. Mike Wright
Our Volunteers
The heart of the Ronald McDonald House lies in the hands of the thousands
of volunteers who come through our doors each year. Our volunteers relieve
some of the burden, stress and anxiety of families that have been at the
hospital for hours, days or even weeks and need a place of rest. In 2015,
7,304 volunteers cooked 794 meals and logged 29,651 hours to provide
comfort to families when they needed it most. When it comes to the impact
of our volunteers, one family says it best:
“We were welcomed with open arms
and treated like family every day.
Thank you for all of the kind words,
support and love to our family
during our stay. Everyone at the House
is a true blessing, and we could
never thank you enough.”
—The Gillis Family
If you want to make a difference at our House,
here are a few ways you can volunteer:
Help around the House
Volunteers give our families a break on their assigned daily chores by helping
with day-to-day cleaning around the House.
Prepare a Meal
Volunteers purchase groceries and prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner in our
fully stocked, community-style kitchen!
Host a Family Activity
Volunteers coordinate family activities like ice cream socials, movie nights
or bingo.
Help with Special Events
We always need group volunteers for our special events! For a list of annual
fundraisers, visit the “Events” page on
Hold a Wish List Drive
Volunteers collect much-needed items for the House from our Wish List.
Collect Pop Tabs
Save your pop tabs from aluminum cans! The House recycles them to help
offset utility bill costs.
Signature Events
2015 Kaps 4 Kids
Kaps 4 Kids is RMHC of NWFL’s largest annual fundraiser,
incorporating thousands of people across the Panhandle.
Individuals and groups participate in K4K by joining in on the
“casual day” at work to show support for the House. The event
took place on May 8th, when participants sported their K4K
caps, visors, t-shirts and socks to support our families. The
event culminated at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium for the Blue
Wahoos game.
Presenting Sponsor
Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
Gulf Coast Community Bank
Gulf Coast Heath Care
Gulf Power
Hancock Bank
Lakeview Center, Inc.
Miss Kathy’s Early Learning Center
Navy Federal Credit Union
Nemours Children’s Clinic
Okaloosa County Teachers Federal Credit Union
Parris Construction Company
Sacred Heart Health System
Sonny’s BBQ
Tony Del Gallo Construction Company
You’ve Got Maids
2015 Firecracker 5K
The annual Firecracker 5K took place on July 4th, when more than
1,000 runners shared their patriotic spirit. Concluding the event was
the “Rock Our Socks” Kids Fun Run where our youngest supporters
were invited to join in on the excitement. In conjunction with the race,
live music, games, food and beautiful weather aided in making this
year’s run one of the best!
Presenting Sponsor
Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
Kids Fun Run Sponsor
The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart
Appleyard Agency
The Blake at Gulf Breeze
Climate Control of Pensacola Inc.
Cox Communications
Cumulus Radio – WXBM
Great Southern Restaurant Group
Gulf Coast Community Bank
The Lewis Bear Company
Papa John’s
Running Wild
Sacred Heart Health System
Saltmarsh Cleaveland & Gund
Seville Quarter
SOML Racing
Waste Management
Zarzaur Law P.A.
Zoës Kitchen
Community Partnerships
2015 Community Events
We are grateful to be the beneficiary of numerous events organized
throughout the Panhandle. These events raise much-needed funds for
the Ronald McDonald House to provide families with the best homeaway-from-home possible while their loved one is in critical condition.
The top fundraisers for 2015 are listed below.
Big Mac Classic Fishing Tournament
Dillard’s Southern Living Christmas Cookbook Sale
The Blake at Gulf Breeze Bake Sale and Silent Auction
Gulf Power Fishing for Families
Big Mac Classic Poker Run
Big Kahuna’s VIP Day
Alpha Delta Pi Lion’s Share Challenge
Gulf Coast Regional Mustang and All Ford Show
Bill Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo
Breakwater Inshore Fishing Tournament
Throw Down at Wind Creek Casino
Destin 5K Rodeo Run
Bodacious Gingerbread House Contest
Bridge the Gap Partners
Over the course of the year, there were numerous community businesses who donated a variety
of goods and services to ensure our families felt more at home during the most difficult time of
their lives. The care they provided to our families ranged from entertainment to transportation
and medical services. Please join us in thanking them for their generosity throughout 2015.
Gulf Coast Vision Center
Vision Care
Skating Passes
Marcus E. Paul, DMD
Dental Care
Spanish Trail Veterinary Hospital
Pet Lodging
Carmike Cinemas
Movie Passes
Pediatric Associates, P.A.
Health Care
Self Salon
Hair Care
Spanish Trail Dentistry
Dental Care
Sport Clips
Hair Cuts
Summer Camp Passes
Yellow Cab
Fast Eddies Fun Center
Day Passes
Cordova Lanes
Bowling Passes
Painting with a Twist
Painting Sessions
Other Donated/Discounted House Services
Sacred Heart
Environmental Services
Laundry Services
Pest Control Services
Waste Management
Refuse Pickup
Bob Brown Heating and Air
Repair Services
Joe Schmo the Lock Pro
Installation and Repair Services
Environmental Security
Pest Control Services
Elite Services
Floor Cleaning
George Stone Technical Center
Repair Services
Marcone Appliance
Parts and Service
Nelson’s Appliance Repair
Parts and Service
Superior Termite & Pest Management
Pest Control Services
Catalyst CRE Facilities Management
Maintenance Services
PetSmart – Davis Highway and Pace Locations
Sundae’s Therapy Lessons and Pet Supplies
Adult & Child Mental Health Care, LLC
Family Counseling Sessions
Gulf Breeze Painting, LLC
Painting Services
Bereavement Arrangements Partners
Alyce’s Floral Design
Katie’s House of Flowers
McLean’s Florist and Gifts
Beach House Florist
Destin Floral Designs
Blinging Up Daisies
Artistic Designs Unlimited
Plant & Flower Boutique
Hotel Partners
Red Roof Inn
Quality Inn
La Quinta Inn
Hampton Inn
Hyatt Place – Pensacola Airport Location
Hilton Garden Inn – Pensacola Airport Location
A Special Thanks
to McDonald’s
A thank you to all of the people who help make
our House a home would not be complete without
recognizing the contributions of our McDonald’s
family. The Ronald McDonald House has been
designated as McDonald’s charity of choice since
the very first House opened in 1974. Here at
home, we are honored to work side by side with
our local McDonald’s Owner/Operators and their
employees. These generous supporters are more
than volunteers and friends; they are family.
The McDonald’s team is involved in virtually every
project at the House, from serving on our boards
and committees to participating in and hosting
our events to serving as meal donors and House
volunteers. In addition, RMHC donation canisters
can be found at every McDonald’s restaurant
along the Gulf Coast, providing a constant
reminder of the RMHC mission.
We also must recognize the contributions of
McDonald’s Advertising partners, Appleyard
Agency and Moroch Agency. From promotional
opportunities to media coverage and leveraging
relationships to benefit the House, they are just
as much a friend to our organization, and we
appreciate their ongoing support. A huge debt
of gratitude is owed to everyone in our extended
McDonald’s family. We’re Lovin’ McDonald’s!
Current Assets
Cash and Equivalents.....................................$757,563
Restricted and Other Investments.........$1,682,589
Unconditional Promises to Give.................$361,275
Prepaid Expense.................................................$16,674
Total Current Assets................................... $2,818,101
Liabilities and Net Assets
Current Liabilities
Payroll Liabilities.................................................$34,813
Accounts Payable.............................................. $10,556
Total Current Liabilities.....................................$45,369
Other Assets
Deposits.................................................................. $2,000
Net Assets
Temporarily Restricted.................................. $100,225
Permanently Restricted..............................$1,039,638
Total Net Assets..........................................$6,433,259
Total Assets............................................... $6,478,628
Total Liabilities and Net Assets...... $6,478,628
Property and Equipment, Net.......... $3,658,527
(includes Gifts, Grants, Memorials)
In-Kind Donations............ $324,000
RMHC Events............... $78,380
Community Events.............$297,387
Total Revenue......... $1,310,977
Program Services
Family Services........... $679,082
In-Kind Supplies............$307,462
Total Program Services..........$1,137,417
Management and General......... $76,767
Fundraising........... $154,444
RMHC Global..............$39,094
Total Expenses........$1,407,722
1,057 Families served in 2015
3,322 Family Members
7,596 Room Nights
The majority of families we served were
from the Florida Panhandle and the state.
197 traveled from Alabama and other states.
Our mission partners, McDonald’s®, have
provided their generous support since the
first Ronald McDonald House opened in
1974. A special thank you to our local owneroperators and the entire McDonald’s Family.
©2016 McDonald’s
Photographs of the Johnson Family by Lucy Steiner

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