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SRP Donates $50,000 Toward Ronald McDonald House

Salt River Project has approved a $50,000 donation toward construction of a new Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.  The new House will be the first in the East Valley and the third in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The new 12,600 square foot Ronald McDonald House will be located in a renovated former residential facility adjacent to the hospital.  The House will include 16 bedrooms, kitchen, common area, indoor dining room, two outdoor dining areas, work spaces and an outdoor play area.

The two operating Ronald McDonald Houses are located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. and on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“For more than 100 years, water and power have been essential to SRP’s mission of building a strong Arizona. Equally important is our commitment to improving the communities where we work and live,” said SRP President David Rousseau.  “We are proud to support Banner’s Cardon Children’s Hospital, which provides the East Valley and Arizona with access to quality pediatric care, as well as the Ronald McDonald House Charities as it provides vital services and comfort to families in times of great stress and crisis.”

The joint fundraising effort between Ronald McDonald House Charities and Banner Health Foundation has so far raised $1.22 million toward the $2.1 million goal and is expected to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter this year.

“Salt River Project is an important partner for the Ronald McDonald House in our effort to serve the East Valley, and we are incredibly grateful for this generous contribution to help meet our fund-raising goal,” said RMHC Executive Director Nancy Roach.

In 2012, more than 1,850 families stayed at the two Ronald McDonald Houses in Phoenix, nearly 90 percent from Arizona but also from 23 states and 11 countries.  The average length of stay was 15 days.

The new House will be the first serving the East Valley.  Families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses must live outside a 30-mile radius from the nearest House.

No one is ever turned away for not being able to pay the $15 nightly fee asked of families whose children are undergoing medical care in the Valley.

The cost for housing a family for one night is $51.  In 2012, only 12% of families staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix were able to pay all or part of the fee.  Community donations and contributions help cover the difference between the daily cost and the fee the House asks for those who can afford to pay.

For information about making a donation to the Ronald McDonald House capital campaign, contact Jerry Diaz, Director of Development, (602) 798-5092 or jdiaz@rmhcphoenix.com.  For more information about Ronald McDonald Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.


Ronald McDonald House board adds Pixler Ryerson

Carrie Pixler Ryerson, an attorney at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.

Ryerson practices in the area of labor and employment. She regularly represents employers before administrative agencies and courts, defending against discrimination and harassment claims, wrongful termination and wage and hour issues as well as enforcing restrictive covenants against employees. She received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Arizona.

LHM Nissan Mesa

Larry H. Miller Dealerships Announce Acquisitions

Larry H. Miller Dealerships Announces

Avondale Store Acquisitions

Three additions further solidify group’s commitment

to Valley community.

PHOENIX (April 1, 2013)- Larry H. Miller Dealerships has announced the acquisition of three Avondale stores: Avondale Chrysler, Jeep; Avondale Dodge, Ram; and Avondale Fiat, bringing the group’s commitment to providing increased options to customers in the Greater Phoenix Area to nine locations. The acquisition is by far the largest in the company’s history, further affirming the group’s dedication to the Arizona market and its communities.

“Larry H. Miller Dealerships has been an active member of this community for more than 30 years,” said Dean Fitzpatrick, president. “In addition to providing our guests with options to suit various price points and style, we are also committed to giving back to the community by assisting local nonprofit organizations. The addition of these dealership locations will expand our footprint in the Avondale area and allow us to provide even more support.”

The dealerships were purchased from two partners; John Grant and Doug Moreland.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships opened its first Valley location, Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria, in 1980. The automotive group added a Dodge dealership to the site in 1995 and Hyundai in 2000. Larry H. Miller Volkswagen was opened in 2004 in Avondale, and its Nissan dealership was opened in Scottsdale in 2006, and then moved to Mesa in 2008. As well, the group opened a brand new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Surprise in late 2012.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships will retain the existing employees of the three newly-acquired dealerships bringing the total number of Arizona-based personnel to more than 1,000. These employees are located throughout the state with nine stores in the Valley and an additional four that were also acquired from Moreland and Grant in Tucson.

“An important part of the purchase value of these dealerships is the employees,” stated Fitzpatrick. “We are impressed with the corporate culture at these stores and the high-caliber, experienced people who work there. We feel that they will be a great fit for our organization.”

John Grant added, “It is always a difficult decision to make when selling our dealerships to a new group.  It is important to both me and Doug that we select a company that values its customers and employees. Our decision was made easier knowing how Larry H. Miller Dealerships conducts business and the benefits they offer their workers.”

Outside of the latest acquisition, Larry H. Miller Dealerships currently operates six stores in the Phoenix market; three of which are part of a $30 million West Valley reconstruction project. The Larry H. Miller Toyota, Hyundai and Dodge Ram stores on Bell Road in Peoria are anticipated for completion in summer 2013.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships has a strong legacy of giving back to communities where they do business. Through its charitable foundation, Larry H. Miller Charities, approximately $500,000 has been donated to nearly 150 qualified nonprofit organizations throughout the greater Phoenix area. Beneficiaries include the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, The Maricopa Pediatric Foundation, Special Olympics Arizona, the Peoria School District Foundation and Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona.

With these new acquisitions, Larry H. Miller Dealerships will remain 10th on the Automotive News list of top 125 dealership groups in the country, now operating 19 different automotive brands at 55 locations in seven Western states.  The company is privately owned by the Larry H. and Gail Miller family.

For more information about Larry H. Miller dealerships, visit www.lhmauto.com.


Ronald McDonald House opening at Cardon

The Valley of the Sun will be home to a third Ronald McDonald House, and the first in the East Valley, when a former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa is converted into a 10,255 square foot home-away-from home

The 248-bed Cardon Children’s Medical Center is operated by Banner Health. When the $2.116 million renovation, funded primarily through donations, is complete in late 2013, Ronald McDonald House Charities will be able to accommodate up to 89 families a night at its three facilities.

The original House is located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave.  A second House opened in 2008 on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The new facility will feature 16 bedrooms, including 3 apartments with kitchens for families with children with suppressed immune systems; a community kitchen and dining room; play area for children and outdoor area for adults.

Fundraising for the new location is ongoing.  As of Nov. 1, nearly $967,000 has been raised to support the project, including a generous $500,000 gift from the Gila River Indian Community.

Banner Health Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities are working to raise the remaining $1.15 million necessary to complete the building conversion. McDonald’s owner/operators in the Valley have committed to provide up to 75 percent of required operating expenses for the first three years.

As a nonprofit health care system, Banner Health relies on philanthropy. Charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations fund important services and initiatives, such as the Ronald McDonald House, and helps Banner deliver excellent patient care to more people in more places.

“There has been a tremendous need for a House in the East Valley for quite some time,” says Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “The convenience of being located on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center means that families won’t have to travel the 17 miles each way to the Roanoke House and can spend more time with their children.”

HKS Architects of Phoenix has designed the new house.  UEB Builders is the general contractor.   Historically, community and school groups and organizations, businesses and individuals have adopted and decorated individual rooms. Roach said that the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization will hire up to ten new employees to manage and maintain the new House.

“The Ronald McDonald House at Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be a home away from home for our families, providing a level of safety and comfort at an incredibly difficult time in their lives and relieving stress by being with other families facing similar challenges,” said Cardon Children’s Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Anderson.  “The partnership between Ronald McDonald House and Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be vital in the healing process for the children and their families.”

A special ceremony at the site of the future House, and including a “blessing of the ground” by members of the Gila River Indian Community, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the Cardon Children’s Medical Center campus at Southern Ave. and Dobson Rd. in Mesa.  Additional events, including a Hard Hat tour and official ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced at a later date.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.  For more information about Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.bannerhealth.com/CardonChildrens.

Lee Heriaud

Ronald McDonald House honors Heriaud

Lee Heriaud, a longtime Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) supporter, and The Coca-Cola Company will receive the annual Heart of the House Awards at A McNight to Remember in OZ Gala, a fund-raising dinner, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

The Heart of the House Awards recognize individuals and business partners for their consistent, ongoing and unselfish support for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are undergoing often life-saving medical care in the Valley.

Heriaud, a McDonald’s owner-operator who also chairs the McDonald’s Owner/Operators National Leadership Council, has served on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix board of directors and on Accent on Kids, RMHC’s Endowment Board.  He operates McDonald’s restaurants in Glendale and Phoenix.

The Coca-Cola Company, a corporate donor to the Ronald McDonald House Charities global organization for more than 36 years, provides the two Phoenix Houses with the full range of Coke products at no cost.  The House is then able to offer the products to families at highly reduced prices with all proceeds allocated to House operations.

“Ronald McDonald House has always relied on the generosity, participation and partnerships with our community and Lee Heriaud and The Coca-Cola Company have been among the most consistent and most generous for many years,” said RMHC Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “We are honored to have them as part of our family and to be able to recognize their incredible contributions to the House and the families we serve.”

A McNight to Remember in OZ features dinner, dancing, a raffle and more than 100 live and silent-auction items.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and raffles begin at 6 p.m.  The dinner program, awards presentation and live auction begin at 7:30 and an After-Party starts at 9:00.  The After-Party is hosted by the RMHC Red Shoe Society, a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting the RMHC mission by raising awareness and funds for the House through a series of social and volunteer events and activities.

Co-chairs for A McNight to Remember in OZ are Kevin Robinson, Assistant Chief, Phoenix Police Department, and Michele Halyard-Robinson, MD, of Mayo Clinic.

Individual gala tickets are $275 each or $325 with admission to the After Party. Tickets to the gala are not required to attend the After Party and may be purchased separately at $50 each.  Event sponsorships are available.

For more information about sponsorships, individual tickets or table sponsorships, contact Development Manager Leslie Tan at (602) 798-5097 or email at ltan@rmhcphoenix.com.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.