The House That Love Built celebrates $12.5 million addition

The House That Love Built celebrates  $12.5 million addition

The man himself – Ronald McDonald – was on hand when distinguished visitors, families and staff of San Marco’s Ronald McDonald House celebrated the opening of its new $12.5 million addition Sept. 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and much fanfare.

Assisting the happy clown in cutting the ribbon was Mary Virginia Terry, one of several prominent donors whose names now adorn the new renovation.

Speaking at the event were Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Diane Boyle, Capital Campaign Chairman Ryan Schwartz, Board President Jonathan Andersen and 13-year-old Cole Fox, a former resident of the house.

“We are so grateful to the community of Jacksonville that have supported this building. They have supported our vision of the future that all children that need to come to Jacksonville for medical treatment will have a place to stay. This is such a compassionate community,” said Boyle.

The new addition includes a new rooftop garden, 26 new bedrooms, a volunteer kitchen, music loft, stair tower and renovated kitchen and dining area.

“We have built one of the finest Ronald McDonald Houses in the global system,” said Boyle, who gave a shout-out to staff members, Shelli Martin of San Marco, who planted the rooftop garden, Lisa Brock, the facilities manager who oversaw the day-to-day building of the new addition and Carol Harrison, Ronald McDonald House’s development director, who worked tirelessly to ensure the funds would be there to make build the new addition. 

By Marcia Hodgson
Resident Community News

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