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Ronald McDonald House Completes $2.1M Capital Campaign

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix has completed a two-year, $2.1 million fund-raising campaign to cover all construction, furnishing and decorating expenses for the Valley’s third Ronald McDonald House and the first in the East Valley.

Renovation has begun on the 12,600 square foot former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, which is expected to open in November. The 248-bed Cardon Children’s Medical Center is operated by Banner Health.

The new facility will feature 16 bedrooms, including 2 apartments with kitchens for families with children with suppressed immune systems; a community kitchen, living and dining room; play area for children and outdoor area for adults and children. When completed, and in combination with the other two Ronald McDonald Houses, up to 79 families will have a home-away-from home every night. The new House will provide 5,840 nights a year.

“We now know it’s possible to be relieved and thrilled at the same time,” said Executive Director Nancy Roach, who has been at the helm of the organization for 14 years and has overseen fundraising and construction of two of the three Ronald McDonald Houses in the Valley. “Being able to serve families in the East Valley has been a longtime goal of ours. The community fully understood that by helping to fund this project, they ensure that families traveling to Cardon Children’s Medical Center can stay close to their children.”

The original Ronald McDonald House is located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. A second House opened in 2008 on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The $2.1 million was secured primarily through private donations from individuals, foundations, corporate supporters and Valley-based McDonald’s owner/operators, who have committed to provide up to $150,000 of required operating expenses for the first three years. The Ronald McDonald House does not receive direct funding from the McDonald’s Corporation, but is generously supported by McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators in Central and Northern Arizona.

Among the largest donors to the project are the Gila River Indian Community, The Kemper Marley Foundation, The Halle Family Foundation, SRP, The Thunderbirds, Ronald McDonald House Charities Global and other generous community donors.

Plans for opening celebrations are underway and details will be announced later this summer.

HKS Architects of Phoenix designed the new house. UEB Builders is the general contractor.

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.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities Names New Director

Bethany Anne Eppley, who spent the past 14 years as Director of Development with Florida’s largest regional legal aid organization, has been named Development Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix (RMHC).

“Beth brings an incredible depth of experience to the Ronald McDonald House that will enable us to take the organization’s fund-raising and longterm relationship building to the next level of success,” said Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach.

During her tenure with Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., Eppley created and implemented a comprehensive development program that resulted in highly successful stewardship programs, phonathons, a sustaining giving women’s philanthropic program and a $1.5 million endowment at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, among other achievements.

Before joining Bay Area Legal Services, Eppley was Executive Director of the Wabash County Hospital Foundation in Wabash, Ind., where she established the Wabash County Hospital Foundation and an endowment program.

Eppley holds both bachelor and master’s degrees from Ball State University. She is a two-time recipient of the Network for Executive Women Member of the Year Award and was recognized by Indiana Governor Evan Bayh for her work with the Wabash Addiction Care Center.

For more information on Ronald McDonald House, visit Ronald McDonald House’ website at rmhc.org.