Last year, we were proud to offer a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to over 3,379 families with seriously ill children from 348 cities around the world.
I am often asked if spending time at the Ronald McDonald House Houston is 'depressing' or 'sad' and my response is always 'absolutely NOT!' For me, this is the most hopeful place I know. Seeing families share not only their difficulties but also their joys with one another helps me see what a truly special place the House is. The secret to what we do is the community aspect that brings families to lift each other up during some of their darkest times. Please know that your support brings a spirit of hope and healing to everyone who calls the House their home away from home.
Lesha Pulido Elsenbrook 2017 Board President & Capital Campaign Chair
The Five Things I Love Most About Ronald McDonald House Houston
The courage of our families
They are the bravest, strongest people I know. I come away continually inspired by their determination to beat the illnesses their children are battling.
The selfless volunteers
We hear so many negative things about our world today, but every day I see the good in our volunteers through the way they offer so much of their free time and spend it showing love and compassion to our families.
Our special touch
Ronald McDonald House Houston is unique in providing care to the entire family during a child’s time of greatest need. It provides a place for families to call home and it’s a place where mom and dad can rest, rejuvenate, and meet other families going through similar situations.
Facing the future
Through our Behind Every Door Capital Campaign, we are making plans to serve even more families that need us and meet the growing need for a place to call home while their child receives life-saving treatment.
Strong community support
YOU make everything possible. I am overwhelmed by your generosity and thankful for each and every gift. We literally could not make this work without you.
2016 Board of Directors
W. Gregory Looser, President
Deborah S. Gibson*, Vice President
Marilyn Mogas*, Secretary
Tom McGee, Treasurer
John R. Allender*
Carin Marcy Barth*
Deborah L. Bauer
Agatha E. Brann*
Daniel P. Connally
David E. Copeland*
Emily A. Crosswell*
Ana M. Denena
Marc M. Dickson
Karen W. Dixon
Lesha Pulido Elsenbrook
Lawrence M. Hanrahan, M.D.
Shannon Hayes, M.D.
David E. Hicks
Tandra C. Jackson
Elizabeth D. Kelley, Founding Member
Josh M. McMorrow
Marjana Lindsey Roach
Susie A. Smith
Christine M. Underwood
Maurine L. Alfrey
ZoAnn Dreyer, M.D.
Christian A. Garcia
Randy K. Howard
Eugenie S. Kleinerman, M.D.
Flo W. McGee*
Marilyn M. Miller
Don Mullins*, Founding Member
N. Jane Pierce
David G. Poplack, M.D.
Jeffrey S. Rawson
Diane M. Riley
Sally Bell Rutherford
Janet I. Theriot
Bette P. Thomas
Richard E. Wainerdi
Leonard E. Weisman, M.D.
C. Dean Woods
*Indicates past president
Impact: Our Programs
Ronald McDonald Houses
Our Ronald McDonald House programs provide a safe, comfortable, and affordable place for families to stay close by the hospital while their child receives treatment. We offer bedrooms, bathrooms, meals, activities, and quiet spaces at our various programs.
17,170 Overnight Stays
553 Different Families
604 Meals Served
HOUSE INSIDE TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
20 bedrooms, 4 family rooms and Cookie Corner at West Campus location
9,237 Naps & Overnight Stays
1,689 Different Families
206 Meals Served
HOUSE INSIDE CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL HERMANN HOSPITAL
6,869 Naps & Overnight Stays
1,078 Different Families
113 Meals Served
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms
Our Family Room programs provide safe and welcoming places for families to take a break, enjoy a peaceful moment with a fresh cup of coffee, and share the companionship of other moms and dads.
FAMILY ROOMS INSIDE TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
We have four family rooms, plus our signature Cookie Corner program inside Texas Children's Hospital West Campus.
FAMILY ROOM INSIDE MD ANDERSON CHILDREN'S CANCER HOSPITAL
Our family room offers two overnight bedrooms, a family kitchen, waiting area, and lounge.
598 Naps & Overnight Stays
59 Different Families Stayed Overnight
82 Meals Served
Impact: Our Families
In 2016, we served families from more than 16 countries around the globe seeking care in the Texas Medical Center for their critically ill child.
Supporting families is the driving force behind all that we do. Through our programs, families are able to form friendships and take comfort in having others around them who understand exactly what they are going through. And while they may not all speak the same language, they easily connect and understand each other through common experience and compassion. Learn more about the families we serve.
664 volunteers donated 26,635 hours for a total of $627,525 of donated time!
*The latest estimated value of volunteer time nationally is $23.56 per hour. (Indpendent Sector, 2015)
Did You Know?
Child-patients registered for an extended stay at our Holcombe House can keep up with their education at our on-site school room taught by Houston Independent School District (HISD) certified teachers.
Many organizations hosted fundraisers for us. From Peyton’s lemonade stand to Pin Oak’s annual charity horse show to Spring Klein’s girls’ softball tournament in partnership with Triple Crown Sports, these incredible fundraising efforts raised over $300,000 for our mission.
Hi there! I’m Mogie, and I'm the Key Comfort Ambassador at Ronald McDonald House Houston. Last year, one of my very special friends, Marissa, drew a picture of ME for the cover of our holiday cards. Thanks to many holiday elves like Lisa Kretzschmar and her team of Friends volunteers, we mailed over 3,000 cards and raised $59,585 for all the kids and families.
We gained 1,443 new and incredible Facebook followers. Thank you for standing up for our families on social media by donating supplies each #WishlistWednesday, giving BIG for #BigGiveHouston, and keeping families close on #GivingTuesday.
Over 90 runners ran for our families in the Chevron Houston Marathon. Together, our runners raised $84,439 putting Ronald McDonald House Houston in sixth place out of 62 participating charities. Read more
The RMH Cup
April 18, 2016
Teeing off at River Ridge Golf Club each year, The RMH Cup offers a competitive, yet fun day on the greens, as over 200 participants golf FORE the House. Your outstanding support helped us exceed our goal by raising $163,000! Read more
Each summer we offer a hands-on day camp packed with educational activities, fun games, arts and crafts, and a weekly field trip for kids and siblings staying at our Holcombe House. Camp brings the children a sense of normalcy and provides a welcome break from the daily reality of their illness. Read more
McDonalds Olympic Kids Program
In partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s USA, Nadia and Brice, a sibling friendship duo who stayed at our Holcombe House, were selected for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of participating in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Read more
BOO BALL: The Lost Lagoon
October 29, 2016
Over 1,100 costumed guests attended the bone-chilling Boo Ball at Hilton Americas Houston. The evening featured spooktacular scenery, a frighteningly fantastic auction and dancing to the enchanted energy of The Grooves. Emceed by Don Nelson disguised as Nemo, this one-of-a-kind biennial gala raised $1,287,000 in gross revenue for our families. Read more
Trafigura Run for the House
December 3, 2016
In its seventh year, our annual fun run broke fundraising records raising $627,000 thanks to a generous match of up to $300,000 by the Trafigura Foundation. We couldn't have done it without the thousands of community supporters and our Trafigura family. Thank you, everyone! Read more
Our Santa Store tradition, made possible by generous community donors, offered our children and families the opportunity to handpick gifts for one another so they could celebrate the holidays together even while away from home. Read more
Thank You To All Of Our Generous Event & Program Supporters!
Often, the strongest partnerships with Ronald McDonald House Houston are forged because a critically ill child and his family need immediate support. This is, indeed, how Trafigura and later, the Trafigura Foundation, became one of our most significant supporters. In 2009, an employee from Trafigura’s Houston office had a newborn who needed emergency care at Texas Children’s Hospital. The Trafigura team rallied around the family, brought them meals and supported them while they stayed inside the hospital. Ronald McDonald House Houston’s staff and volunteers inside the hospital were pivotal sources of comfort. Mom and Dad needed to stay close to their son during his most critical days.
After the crisis, Trafigura asked how they could give back to the House. It was a natural fit to start a fun run! The first committee included Trafigura staff and others who benefited from the House. Since the initial Trafigura Run for the House in 2010, over $2.6 million has been raised, thanks to the generous matching funds from the Trafigura Foundation. In addition to helping plan our annual Trafigura Run for the House, their staff serves meals and hosts family activities regularly at our 50 bedroom Holcombe House. Key team members, including their Charity Committee members, attend our major fundraising events and serve on committees.
Today, Trafigura continues to have a lasting impact on Ronald McDonald House Houston. We are grateful for the generosity of Trafigura’s support, and the continued commitment of their employees
to support our children and families.
We are grateful for the generous contributions of our supportive community partners, who contributed $5,000 or more to our mission.
Agility Project Logistics
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Andrews Myers, PC
Anne and Don Fizer Foundation
Baker Botts, LP
BBVA Compass Foundation
Berkeley Eye Center
Bobby & Morton Cohn Family Foundation
Bruce Alan Barkhurst Charitable Trust
Buckeye Partners, LP
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Champion Energy Services, LLC.
Charity Guild of Catholic Women
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
The Coca-Cola Company
Derrick Equipment Company
Dewberry | Wilson
Elite Orthopedic & Spine Foundation
The Ellwood Foundation
Energy Transfer Partners, LP
EnVen Energy Ventures
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Franklin Valve, LP
The Friedkin Group
Geico Philanthropic Foundation
General Electric Corporation
George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
GeoSouthern Energy Corporation
Girls on the Run Greater Houston
Goosecap Enterprises, LLC
Houston Astros Foundation
Houston Junior Woman's Club
The Houston Rockets
JE Dunn Construction
John P. McGovern Foundation
John Zink Company LLC
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Lone Star Golf Classic Fund
Lyondell Chemical Company
The Lyons Foundation
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Memorial Hermann Health System
Michael & Rebecca Cemo Foundation
Mogas Industries, Inc.
Moroch & Associates
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Physicians At Sweetwater
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show
PwC Charitable Foundation
RBF Port Neches, LLC.
Regency Centers, LP
RH Investments, Inc.
Rigid Global Buildings
Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.
Sage Refined Products
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Smith Thompson Security
Spring Klein Girls Softball League-Triple Crown Sports
St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
Team Industrial Services
Texas Children's Hospital
Trafigura Trading LLC
Trecora Chemical, Inc.
Trini and O. C. Mendenhall Foundation
U.S. Trust, Bank of America
The Vaughn Foundation
The West Endowment
The Winston Charitable Foundation
We are so grateful to all of our big-hearted individual and in-kind donors who support our mission in so many ways. Without your support, we could not do what we do for families.
Expanding Our Reach
Behind Every Door: Capital Campaign for Our Holcombe House
When children face life-threatening illnesses, their families will travel any distance to find the very best medical care for them. Amidst treatment and appointments inside the hospital, these families need a home away from home, an affordable place where they can rest, rejuvenate, and focus their energy on caring for their sick child. This need has grown so significantly: on any given day, we must turn away 10-12 families requesting to stay at Holcombe House. To meet this growing need for children and their families, we launched our Behind Every Door capital campaign in 2015. Our campaign will increase the capacity of our existing 50 bedroom Holcombe House by 40%, with the addition of 20 new bedrooms, completely rebuild the existing first floor which includes the kitchen and common areas, and renovate all existing bedrooms to meet current ADA requirements. We are truly touched by those who have already committed to our cause.
Our House and Family Room programs inside Texas Children’s Hospital are vital resources for families with children being treated for serious illnesses, especially those from Texas. As Texas Children’s Hospital significantly expands its services to more children, it is crucial that Ronald McDonald House Houston is ready to grow its programs inside the hospital. In 2016, 1,689 different families stayed overnight at our Ronald McDonald House inside Texas Children’s Hospital (94% of those families were from Texas and 45% were local). These numbers do not include the thousands of families we serve from all over the world in our four family rooms inside Texas Children’s Hospital. In these spaces, parents can take a break, enjoy a peaceful moment with a fresh cup of coffee, and share the companionship of other moms and dads. For just a few comforting moments during a time of stress, it’s almost like being at home. With your support, we will add six Ronald McDonald Family Rooms to our program. If you are interested in supporting this project to make a difference for more local families, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-795-3587.