The event was a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald Foundation and I was overwhelmed in totality of the evening. The event featured the most incredible video documentary of shared stories from families whom have stayed at Ronald McDonald House or benefitted from Ronald McDonald House Charities from from all over the United States. Their encore was a parade on stage led by Dr. Evans herself: Dr. Evans was at the helm of the first Ronald McDonald House, right here in Philadelphia, 40 years ago. There were many tears flowing in The Simeone Auto Museum this evening in support of this great anniversary accomplishment.
THE CAUSE : RONALD MCDONALD FOUNDATION
RMHC help ease the financial and emotion strain that a sick child can have on a family. RMHC provide housing near children’s hospitals that are in locations away from home. Since 1974, RMHC have established:
- Ronald McDonald Houses
- Ronald McDonald Family Rooms
- Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles
- International chapters
I was approached by Philadelphia director Susan Campbell to create the Ronald Mcdonald 40th Anniversary commemorative Pop painting that represented the brand and celebrated the foundations great accomplishment. We worked together in choosing heartfelt photographs of 2 real children, “veterans” you might say, of the Philly house. Susan suggested the use of the word “home”, which I used as an inspirational graphic honoring Robert Indiana’s famous Philadelphia LOVE PARK SCULPTURE. I added a few iconic philly landmarks and the words “Keeping families together” because that is the signature mission of the Ronald Mcdonald House. They are a remarkable foundation, and I am greatly honored to have had the opportunity to help them
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