Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte Launches "Sport a Shirt" Program

Charlotte, NC—January 27, 2009—The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of
Charlotte is looking for area businesses to participate in its
upcoming 2009 "Sport a Shirt, Share a Night" program.

On Friday, April 24, 2009, companies throughout the State of North
Carolina will encourage their employees to purchase a RMH T-shirt for
$10. Donations will cover a night's stay at the RMH for a family who
needs a place to stay while their child is receiving medical treatment
at area children's hospitals.

"Even thought it costs more than $70 to host a family for one night at
a RMH, families are asked to donate $10 a night," said Mona Johnson-
Gibson, Executive Director of RMH of Charlotte. "Even this small
amount is a financial burden for some families; however, the RMH never
turns a family away because of their inability to pay. That's why we
are inviting members of the Charlotte business community to
participate in this unique and special program."

The RMH of Charlotte is looking for local businesses and their
employees to support this program. A business can participate in the
"Sport a Shirt, Share a Night" program with two easy steps:
· Designate Friday, April 24, 2009 as "Sport a Shirt, Share a
Night" day, where employees are encouraged to wear their RMH T-shirts
· Appoint a team coordinator for the business. The
coordinator will encourage others to make a $10 donation in exchange
for a T-shirt. The coordinator is responsible for accepting
donations, submitting your company's T-shirt order, picking up the
shirts in April and distributing the shirts to participating employees.

"Last year, throughout North Carolina, we had more than 13,000 people
participate," Johnson-Gibson said. "This year, the RMH of Charlotte
is looking to make a huge impact, and it will be really exciting if
Charlotte businesses will allow their employees to wear our T-shirts
showing they support us. We hope the Charlotte business community
will make a statement saying it's time for a RMH in the Queen City by
purchasing our T-shirts."

The RMH of Charlotte is scheduled to open sometime in 2010 and will
serve the families of 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 for the
families. It is also scheduled to have a family kitchen, great room,
learning center, playground and sitting porch. Construction will
hopefully begin in this year.

For more information about the 2009 "Sport a Shirt, Share a Night"
program, call 704-335-1191 or emailcharlottesportashirt@gmail.com.

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 www.rmhofcharlotte.org