Changing lives in the name of burgers and fries

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville held its annual McGala May 21, as the Sawgrass Marriott transformed into a Mardi Gras masquerade. The organization specializes in creating a “home away from home” for children and their families undergoing challenging treatments at local pediatric hospitals.

This year’s gala celebrated the nonprofit’s ability to ease the emotional and financial burdens associated with healthcare and lodging. The honorary chair of the ball was hailed by RMH executive director, Diane Boyle, as a “champion” for the organization as she honored long-standing leader, Ryan Schwartz.

Schwartz has helped to develop the dream of the expansion of the current facilities at the Ronald McDonald House in San Marco as capital campaign chairman and remained committed to the cause throughout the process. The RMH of Jacksonville is currently working toward a final leg of completion of the construction that has taken the facilities from 24 rooms to a 54-room facility. The newly minted C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Campus will be unveiled in the coming months.

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