Thursday afternoon, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York (RMHC of WNY) unveiled the newly designed RMHC of WNY Meeting Center. A press release said the venue’s interior is “designed with a warm and modern theme, which includes photography collage walls showcasing previous guests.”
Located on the RMHC of WNY campus, houses staff offices and the Sally S. Vincent Meeting Room, which was dedicated during the event. Vincent led the organization for 23 years, through the expansion of programs and the difficulties the pandemic presented.
Organizers said, “The dedication is in honor of her strength, commitment and contribution to RMHC of WNY.”
RMHC of WNY boar chair and President Janice Larson said, “Our donors, the Tower Family Fund, National Fuel Gas, M&T Charitable Foundation, First Niagara Foundation, Steinwachs Family Foundation and the Buffalo Rotary, are true partners with Ronald McDonald House Charities – they share our vision of continually adapting to serve our diverse Western New York community. The Meeting Center is the next step in augmenting our ability to do just that, and we are truly grateful for their support.”
RMHC of WNY Executive Director Marianne Hoover said, “The Meeting Center has great benefits for RMHC of WNY. Having all the staff offices together in one location promotes camaraderie and vital idea exchange. The staff move to The Meeting Center will also give us the space in the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House to begin our vision of ‘Access for All,’ a fundraising campaign and initiative to make the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House fully accessible to all guests."
RMHC of WNY is a chapter of the national and international network of Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC of WNY is operated by a local volunteer board of directors. RMHC of WNY is responsible for its own fundraising and program priorities, and is 100% funded by donations from the local community.
Pictured, from left: Janice Larson, president and chair, RMHC of WNY board of directors; Sally Vincent, executive director emeritus, RMHC of WNY; and Marianne Hoover, executive director, RMHC of WNY. (Image courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York)
The mission of RMHC of WNY is to create and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. For over 38 years, the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House has served more than 21,000 families from Western New York, surrounding states and outside the U.S. Since opening in late 2017, our Ronald McDonald Family Room located in John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, serves over 1,000 visits each month, and the Happy Wheels Cart makes more than 500 bedside visits each week. For more information about RMHC of WNY and how to help, visit www.rmhcwny.org.