The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded Ronald McDonald House Charities with a $5 million grant. The organization has been busy for the past three years, raising funds to build a new facility in Baltimore. The $30 million capital campaign puts the total raised at $27.2 million.
The new Ronald McDonald House will be opened in the Jonestown neighborhood on Aisquith Street. The new 60,000 square foot facility replaces the existing house located on Lexington Street and will facilitate 2,200 families annually, which is double the capacity of the current house.
The new facility will feature a teen room, rooftop outdoor area, a floor with suites dedicated to serving families of oncology patients and a two-story underground garage.
“The magnitude of the Weinberg Foundation gift is overwhelming and transformative in every way,” Sandy Pagnotti, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore, said in a statement. “Because of this $5 million capital grand we can now bring this long dream to reality”.
Pagnotti went on to say that she hopes the new Ronald McDonald House will spur future development in the neighborhood.
The Ronald McDonald House works with six Baltimore-area hospitals, including Kennedy Kreiger Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and The Rubin Institute at Sinai Hospital.