A Look Back on 2021

A Look Back on 2021

December 8th, 2021

Wow, what a year it has been! We are excited to end 2021 by sharing the holiday season with the families staying at our Ronald McDonald House® and providing the comforts of home when home is far away.

As we look back on the year, one of the things we are most proud is the continued commitment to our mission shown by our Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and community. Supporting all of our guest families would not have been possible without the generous support we received this year. While many great things happened in 2021, we want to take a moment to highlight some of our big moments from the year!

Tab Toss Day

In May, we celebrated Tab Toss Day. Friends of RMHC® Eastern Wisconsin come from all around the state each year to drop off the pop tabs they’ve collected on our behalf. This event brings everyone from Girl Scout troops to motorcyclists together to raise awareness for our mission. We want to give a special thank you to Winter Services and Complete Recycling Services for making this event possible.

Imagine Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

On June 16, we gathered for the groundbreaking of our next expansion. We are incredibly excited to add 14 long term guest rooms designed to meet the unique needs of guest families who stay 60 days or longer. The new addition will include a family kitchen, a bright playroom for active play, a welcoming community room for programming and additional storage for volunteers and staff. We eagerly await the opening of our new space to welcome more families in the summer of 2022!

Grand Opening of Our First Ronald McDonald Family Room®

On August 11, a red ribbon was cut to signify the opening of the Ladish Co. Foundation Center, home of our first Family Room! Located on the Oconomowoc campus of Rogers Behavioral Health, the Family Room provides family members and other caregivers a place where they can relax, prepare a meal, have a snack, or rest while preparing for the emotional and mental demands of having a child in the treatment. We are proud to be one of the first within the RMHC Global Charity System to partner with a behavioral health on this venture.

Color the Night Gala

We entered the fall by hosting our “Color the Night” Gala at Saint Kate-The Arts Hotel on September 18. The night was a huge success thanks to everyone who attended, participated in the auction and donated. Thanks to the collective support, we were able to raise over $415,000, making it the highest netting Gala in our House’s history!

With Gratitude

We are thankful for all of the special moments, big and little, that we celebrated in 2021. For those that want to support RMHC Eastern WI as we close out 2021, here are a few ways to help. Make a donation and see if your employer will double your donation. Or, remember to use AmazonSmile while doing your holiday shopping. 0.5% of your purchase to be donated to our House!

Thank you for helping us make 2021 another successful year of keeping families together and promoting the health and well-being of children. We could not have done it without all of your support through your time, donations and gifts. As we look forward to what 2022 has to offer, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!

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