Dear RMHC Friends and Supporters,
As 2022 comes to a close, I reflect on a year of dynamic growth that will bring exciting opportunities to expand and enhance our mission in 2023 and beyond.

With the lead gift of $2 million from CONSOL Energy to our comprehensive campaign, More Than Just a House, we began the much-needed Morgantown House expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 7th. Celebrating with the community, we unveiled our plans to add 11 rooms and redesign the communal spaces for increased accessibility, providing more comfort to more families traveling to the Morgantown area for their child’s medical care.

In addition, this campaign will support renovations to both the Pittsburgh and Morgantown Houses to enhance the family experience as well as invest in programs to ensure the mission of the Charity continues well into the future.

We are constantly striving to improve the well-being of the families we serve during a very difficult time in their lives, and we are fortunate to have the support of all of you to help make that happen. As we embark on this journey, we will be sure to share with you the progress of this monumental project that will allow us to lift even more families to a better tomorrow.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season.

Take care,
Eleanor B. Reigel, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown
Reasons to Smile
Read a few of the many ways families are supported by people just like you…
The Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council #10376 hosted the Knights Fore Kids Golf Tournament in August and raised $7,000 for families at RMHC. The event was coordinated by a grandfather whose family stayed at Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh while his granddaughter underwent treatment. 

Fife Family

After staying at the Ronald McDonald House this summer, The Fife Family wanted to give back by hosting three paper product drives, donating plates, toilet paper, paper towels and more.
Scarecrow Spectacular

Ronald McDonald House Morgantown participated in the Scarecrow Spectacular, held annually in the West Virginia Botanic Gardens Tibbs Run Reserve to highlight nonprofit organizations throughout Marion, Monongalia, and Preston Counties during the Fall Children’s Festival. 

Dick's Mom Squad

Dick’s Sporting Goods Mom Squad coordinated an amazing giving event where they created over 100 snack bags, activity bags, and welcome bags for the families at RMHC. 

WVU Pumpkin Drop

WVU’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department hosted students from over 165 local schools, dropping pumpkins from the roof for the Annual Pumpkin Drop, raising nearly $3,000 for the Charity. 

Costumes for Courage

Halloween was quite a treat at the Houses thanks to the incredible supply of costumes donated by Costumes for Courage. 
The power of family, the power of togetherness—they cannot be overstated. At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown, keeping families together is at the heart of everything we do. Together, we are helping families access the medical care their child needs. Thank you for your support!
Meal Program Brings Comfort at the Holidays 
We all know the comfort a warm meal brings, especially during the holidays. This year, with the support of generous donors, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schmidt and Apron Angels as well as meal partners, John Marshall Catering and Sam’s Club Mt Nebo, families staying at the Pittsburgh and Morgantown Houses enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This heartwarming gift, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and dessert, gave families the opportunity to celebrate this special day with their loved ones even when they could not be home. 

The meal program at RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown provides much–needed support to families who are away from home to get medical care for their children during the holidays and all year long. Having a hot meal readily available to them is an invaluable comfort during busy days filled with doctor’s appointments, tests, and/or procedures. 

A special message regarding the meal program from an RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown family:

“Words cannot express how grateful we are for all the meal sponsors and meal fund donors and for all who take the time to come make dinners!! Your generosity is incredible!! Everyone in the offices here in the Ronald McDonald House and so many more!! You all really do make a difference for us!! Thank You and God Bless you not just this Holiday Season but always.” 

Evgeni Malkin Supports Charity with Special Initiative
Pittsburgh Penguins Center, Evgeni Malkin, unveiled his “I’m Score for Kids” initiative, benefiting the families at RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown. During the Penguins’ season, Malkin will donate $710 to the Charity for every point he scores. As of December 7th, he has tallied 25 points, totaling $17,750. Additionally, he will host RMHC families in his suite at PPG Paints Arena for 10 games this season.

“This is an amazing initiative that will ensure the families we serve have the resources they need while far from home,” said Eleanor Reigel, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown.  
Red Shoe Ball Takes Guests on the Trip of a Lifetime 
Nearly 250 guests gathered in person after a two-year hiatus to celebrate the mission and families of RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown at the Red Shoe Ball. The Adventure-themed evening invited guests to stroll through a culinary tour of international destinations as they enjoyed delicious foods representing countries from which the Charity hosted families at the Houses. Furthermore, there were raffles, including a diamond giveaway from Diamonds Direct, beer and whiskey tastings and a DJ. Guests also participated in a live and silent auction of more than 75 items.

During the event, Eleanor Reigel, Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown presented the Giving Heart Award to Jamie Bordas, Managing Partner of Bordas & Bordas. Jamie Bordas and the law firm of Bordas & Bordas’ involvement with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) started in 2015. Through the law firm’s partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bordas & Bordas donates $500 to RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown for every sack recorded by the Steelers defense and has now given over $200,000.

We are grateful to everyone who was part of this special night. The event raised more than $150,000, providing more than 1,500 nights of stay for families traveling for their child’s medical care.
McDonald’s Summer Slushie Program Benefits RMHC Families
Thank you to all the local McDonald’s restaurants and their customers for supporting RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown families through the Summer Slushie and Frozen Beverage program. McDonald’s restaurants in the area donated 10 cents every time the sweet treats were purchased, resulting in $75,152. There is no cooler way to support the families we serve!