Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte Selling Luminary Kits as Fundraiser

Charlotte, NC—November 19, 2008—The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of
Charlotte is looking for volunteers to sell luminaries and organize
their neighborhoods for the "Light the Night with Love" event.

Neighborhood captains are requested to help spread the word and sell
luminary kits for the event which is scheduled for dusk on Saturday,
Dec. 20, 2008 (rain/wind date is Dec. 21). All proceeds will go to
the RMH of Charlotte. To become a neighborhood captain or order
luminary kits, please call 704-335-1191 or visit

Each kit costs $10 and contains 8 luminary bags, 8 candles and enough
sand to weigh them down. Neighborhood captains would be asked to tell
neighbors and friends about the "Light the Night with Love" event by
collecting order forms and funds. All "Neighborhood Order Forms" are
due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.

"We are really relying on our neighborhood captains to make this a
magical night," said Mona Johnson-Gibson, Executive Director of RMH of
Charlotte. "We want to turn Charlotte and the surrounding areas into
a sparkling wonderland. This fund raiser will help our cause and
spread the news that something wonderful will be built on East
Morehead Street."

Johnson-Gibson added luminary kits also make a great gift and can also
be used at other times of the year for special occasions.

The RMH of Charlotte is scheduled to open sometime in 2010 and will
primarily serve children being treated at Levine Children's Hospital
and Presbyterian Healthcare's Hemby Children's Hospital. Located on
the 1600 block of East Morehead Street on land donated by Carolinas
Medical Center, the House will feature approximately 35,000 square
feet of living space complete with 20 to 30 bedrooms (one family per
bedroom/suite), providing more than 10,000 nights of stay each year
for needy families. It is also scheduled to have a family kitchen,
great room, learning center, playground and sitting porch.
Construction will hopefully begin in 2009.

About the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Charlotte
The RMH of Charlotte is an independent 501 (c) (3) charity managed by
a local board of directors which will oversee construction and
operation of the home. The cost of building and operating the RMH of
Charlotte will come primarily from individual and corporate
donations. The RMH of Charlotte will be funded, constructed and
operated by the Charlotte community. The mission of the RMH of
Charlotte is to provide the families of children being treated in area
medical facilities with a safe, affordable and caring "home away from
home." For more information on RMH of Charlotte, visit