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'Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House(R) at Front & Erie' Celebrates Grand Opening

The Facility, an Extension of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, will

Mark its Grand Opening with an Inaugural House-Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, January 3rd; House Opens to Families on Monday, January 7th

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The 27,000-square-foot, three-story "Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie" will officially open its doors on Monday, January 7, 2008 - providing families whose children are receiving medical treatment at area hospitals with lodging, comfort and support. To commemorate the grand opening, the House will host an inaugural house-lighting ceremony on Thursday, January 3 at 6:00 p.m. Families, friends and supporters will be in attendance.

"The expansion of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House to the campus of St. Christopher's Hospital allows us to continue our mission of providing a 'home away from home' for families traveling to Philadelphia for their children's health care," said Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Susan Campbell.

"When a child is sick it puts a tremendous stress on the entire family. Helping them eliminate one part of that stress in knowing that they have a place to stay near their child, is immeasurable," said John Durante, McDonald's(R) owner/operator and president of Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. "With this current expansion, we can continue our mission of providing a haven for families in their time of need."

The House includes 15 guest rooms, two living rooms, a fitness area, laundry facilities, and a family-style kitchen and dining area. It will provide a home for families of children being treated at area hospitals including St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Temple University Children's Medical Center and Shriners Hospital.

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, located on Chestnut Street, was the first Ronald McDonald House in the world. There are now 273 Houses in 30 countries.

More than 200 monetary and in-kind donors have made the completion of the "Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House at Front and Erie" possible.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC(R))

RMHC supports non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Ronald McDonald Houses provide lodging, comfort and support to families who travel 25 miles or more for medical treatment. Although families are asked to pay a nominal fee, no family is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. RMHC of the Philadelphia Region, which receives funds from McDonald's Corporation, McDonald's owner/operators, corporate donors and McDonald's customers, supports the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses. For more information, please visit

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