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2019 ANNUAL REPORT Ronald McDonald House CharitiesÂŽ of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc.

SINCE 1984 … the House has been more than just a place to stay. We offer families therapeutic programming, a comprehensive meal program, comfortable community spaces, and so much more. A team of over 550 volunteers and a dedicated staff are always ready to do whatever it takes to make a family’s stay a little easier. Living in a community, side-by-side, families form friendships and support one another through difficult times.






Creating Connections: We create connections with our friends of the House, including our donors and volunteers. Our guest families create meaningful connections with each other – whether engaging in Art Therapy, enjoying family dinner made by our volunteer groups, or relaxing in the Secret Garden. We know the healing power of togetherness and believe every family deserves a supportive environment.

WELCOME TO OUR HOUSE ANN PETRIE, PRESIDENT/CEO TODD JONES, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Over the past 36 years, RMHC® Eastern Wisconsin has provided a place to call home for more than 48,000 families. Like the very foundation of this House that Love Built, our commitment to keeping families together while their child receives medical treatment far from home remains steadfast. We honor this by living the following Core Values – for those we work with, serve, and inspire:

Communication: Open, honest, and thoughtful communication with our supporters, community, guest families, partner hospitals, and each other is a part of our everyday lives. Community: Just as our guest families experience a sense of community among each other, RMHC Eastern WI is committed to positively impacting our community through our partnership with the Ascension Smart Smiles Program, our Happy Wheels Hospitality Cart at Children’s Wisconsin, and new projects being planned. All of this and more is made possible through the dedication of our 550 volunteers, our 31 full- and part-time staff, and the generosity of our friends and our community. With gratitude,

Compassionate Care: Whether it’s through therapeutic programming, our healthy meal program, a trip to the Magic Room for a child who has reached a medical milestone, or simply a warm, friendly smile, we provide a sense of comfort and care for our guest families and each other. RMHC Eastern Wisconsin 2019 Annual Report l RMHC-EasternWI.org




Outside of WI 24% Northern WI 4%


Central WI 8%

Fox Valley and Northeastern WI 42%

Originally from Lexington, SC, Cortney and Grace stayed at our House for 179 nights while Grace participated in an experimental treatment program.

Southwestern WI 3% Southeastern WI 19%


LINDSEY, ROB & MILES Neenah, WI, is about an hour and a half drive from Milwaukee. New parents Lindsey and Rob were able to remain close to Miles while he received treatment as an infant.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT The Ladish Company Foundation has been making a difference in our local community since it was established by the company’s founders in 1952. Supporting numerous nonprofits in Southeastern WI, the Foundation focuses primarily on education and healthcare. The Foundation’s belief in our mission for nearly 30 years has helped support general House operations and two House expansions with donations totaling over $500,000. Our partnership is built on trust and a shared commitment to making sure that each family that calls our House home has everything they need - even if it’s an extra special touch! Several years ago, we had a big idea that needed a little help and the Ladish Company Foundation was there once again to assist! Thanks to their support, each guest family now receives their own plush version of our House therapy dog, McNugget. These mini-McNuggets help provide our youngest guests with a furry friend to help them get through some pretty tough days. “The Ladish Company Foundation has supported Ronald McDonald House Charities® Eastern Wisconsin for many years because we believe in the mission and have always been impressed with the stewardship and commitment of those who manage the House. The Ronald McDonald House mission aligns with our focus and is certainly deserving of our support. We are looking forward to a productive future with the House as we explore other opportunities to work together.” – Wayne Larsen, Trustee We are grateful that our partnership with the Ladish Company Foundation allows us to continue our mission to keep families together and promote the health and well-being of children. RMHC Eastern Wisconsin 2019 Annual Report l RMHC-EasternWI.org






McDonald’s Donation Boxes - Net


General Donations

Room Donations & Other


Investment Income


Total Revenue


House Operations





Management & Office


Total Expenses



Individuals, Corporate & Foundations


NET ASSETS YEAR END Without Donor Restriction - Undesignated


Without Donor Restriction - Designated


With Donor Restriction Total Net Assets 6


$1,476,326 $34,660,339


11% 10% 79%





Our volunteers dedicate their time to keep our House safe and clean for our families.



AVERAGE NIGHTS STAYED On average, our families stay for one week. In 2019, 65 families stayed for 60 days or more.





Volunteers served 307 dinners and 94 brunches. They also prepared 145 Lunches-2-Go, 24 makeahead-meals and 79 Snacks from Scratch.

Every Tuesday, our Happy Wheels Hospitality Cart volunteers deliver goodies, gifts and the RMHC® mission to Children’s Wisconsin.


“It is so empowering for Grace to have a voice in her treatment. This is a kid who, a year and a half ago, wouldn’t make eye contact with her doctors, refused to tell us how she was feeling, or told us she didn’t want to talk about it. Now for her to say she may need a treatment - she’s prepared to speak up. That empowerment and part of this change we have seen in Grace is not from treatment, it’s from being here, in this House, with people who understand what she’s going through.”

* $128.14 OUR ACTUAL COST PER NIGHT *Includes in-kind donations

Our families are never required to make a financial contribution towards their stay. We suggest a $20 per night donation. In 2019, 27% of our families were able to make a contribution.

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HOUSE PROGRAMS & WHY THEY MATTER Our mission is about so much more than the bricks and mortar of our 70 guest-room House. It is about identifying and providing therapeutic programming, healthy meals and clean comfortable living spaces for the entire family to enjoy. Seventeen-year-old Maddie and her family stayed at RMHC Eastern Wisconsin for nearly a year. Art Therapy was a favorite pastime, and Maddie’s love for drawing quickly filled the halls of the House. She even won an RMHC® Global drawing competition – her art was showcased on McDonald’s Happy Meal boxes nationwide in October 2019.

EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES Art, music and dance movement therapists provide group sessions at the House several times each week to help address the emotional well-being of our guests. In 2019, 1,631 children and parents participated in 191 therapeutic sessions. These programs are funded by a grant through Kohl’s®. 8

FAMILY MEAL PROGRAM Families are invited to enjoy daily family meals, Lunch-2-Go and other healthy food initiatives. In 2019, 294 teams of community volunteers provided 649 complimentary dinners, brunches, snacks and Lunches-2-Go. These programs provide RMHC Eastern WI families healthy meal choices, and help reduce their financial burdens. Program funded in part by a grant from Northwestern Mutual Foundation and other generous partners.

FAMILY GUEST ROOMS We have 70 guest rooms to provide families with comfortable accommodations and keep them together near area hospitals for as long as their children are receiving treatment. Program funded by individuals, corporations, foundations, fundraising efforts and McDonald’s donation boxes.


PET THERAPY PROGRAM Pet Therapy promotes social interaction and emotional support through visits with specially trained dogs and their handlers. In 2019, we hosted 186 hours of Pet Therapy visits, as well as 125 additional hours from our certified House therapy dog, McNugget. Therapy certification for McNugget is funded through a grant from The Jeanie Marie Fund.

OUR mCDONALD’S PARTNERSHIP As RMHC’s Founding Mission Partner, McDonald’s provides support through in-store fundraising, raising awareness about our mission, and volunteering by McDonald’s employees. Every year, a portion of our annual operating costs are funded through the donation boxes located at area McDonald’s restaurants, as well as other fundraising efforts, including Give a Hand and RMHC 365. The remainder of our annual operating income is provided by generous individuals and corporate donors. RMHC Eastern Wisconsin 2019 Annual Report l RMHC-EasternWI.org



On November 2, 2011, Lindsey and Rob Pearson welcomed their son Miles into the world. Arriving three months early, Miles spent the first weeks of his life at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin. A seemingly harmless bump on Miles’ belly turned out to be necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a bacterial infection in the wall of the intestine. His intestine had ruptured and his little body had become septic. The only chance Miles had for survival was to be airlifted to Children’s Wisconsin. Reliant on a breathing machine (that had never been used on an infant before inflight), there was great uncertainty whether Miles would even survive the flight. Miles did survive, and he became one of the first infants to be treated with a technique that enabled surgeons to keep his incision open so they could clean out the sepsis every two to three days while protecting him from further infection. Over the next three months, the House became the Pearson Family’s home. Today, Miles is happy, healthy, and fully aware of the impact RMHC had on his family. Lindsey describes him as witty, funny, giving, kind, and genuine – anyone who interacts with him is touched in some way. He has an old soul that so many are drawn to. In a recent progress report from school, Miles’ teacher shared that he is kind-hearted and helpful, and that he puts a smile on her face every day. 10

Lindsey reflects on her long nights at the House: “The prayers I would say at night, the thoughts of what he was going to be like if he did survive - all these things happened here. I cried here. I laughed here. We celebrated our first Christmas being parents in this home.”

OUR GENEROUS 2019 DONORS $100,000+

Estate of Jeanne F. Gruber Estate of John C. Hammond Kohl’s Northwestern Mutual & Northwestern Mutual Foundation Estate of Carolyn M. Vassel


Benevity Community Impact Fund Fotsch Family Foundation Jane A. Gallant Revocable Trust Ladish Company Foundation Ronald McDonald House Charities® The ROS Foundation


Joseph R. Birkett Fidelity Charitable Anonymous Fund: • Breton-Buletza Charitable Gift Fund • Timothy S. and Laura E. • Collins Charitable Fund • Melissa and Scott Conger • Family Fund • Richard and Lori Duffey Giving Account

• Bill and Joy Fotsch Family Fund • Dan and Peggy Fults Charitable Giving Account • Germain Family Charitable Fund • Goetzke Giving Account • Gordon Family Fund • H. Thomas & Jean M. Hamill Charitable Fund • Hanken Giving Fund • Geraldine V. Hoffmeier Fund • Kalata Family Giving Fund • Tim and Mary Keane Family Fund • Diane and Joseph Lawler Giving Fund • Gerald Loebe Charitable Fund • Linda & Barry Martin Charitable Account • McCreary Charitable Fund • Richard and Judith Piefer Donor Advised Fund • Pulec Family Fund • Arlene L. Rentmeester Charitable Gift Fund • ROCEN Family Fund • Christine Schlosser Giving Fund • Schultz Family Fund

• The Shaffer Giving Account • Ron and Debra Uecker Charitable Fund Mrs. Geri Fotsch Kailyn & Jake Garro Greater Milwaukee Foundation: • Bechthold Family Fund • Anthony and Andrea Bryant Family Fund • Joseph and Laura Mantoan Family Fund • Rodney F. Park and Betty Park Family Fund • Dick and Kay Schmidt Family Foundation Fund • Dan and Sheila Vander Sanden Family Foundation Fund David A. & David W. Rause and Valley Management Inc. Kim & John Schlifske Sensient Technologies Foundation, Inc. Yabuki Family Foundation


The Victor and Christine Anthony Family Foundation, Inc. Brewers Community Foundation Children’s Wisconsin 11

The Coca-Cola Company Community Health Charities of Wisconsin Creative Business Interiors Cybergrants: • Alliant Energy Foundation • Allstate • J.P. Morgan Chase • Nationwide • Nordstrom • U.S. Bank Rebecca & Randy Doane Tracey & Michael Dorsey Susan & Scott Erickson Kim & Daniel Geigler Greater Green Bay Community Foundation: • Bay Tek Entertainment • Community Trust Fund • Jadin Family Foundation Fund • Schreiber Sponsorship Fund • Barbara M. Strnad Memorial Fund • Sandra & James Ward Fund Greater Wisconsin Operator’s Syndicate HSA Commercial Real Estate J.P. Morgan Charitable Giving Fund: • The Nannette M. Gardetto Charitable Fund • Meier Foundation • Roger and Nancy Ritzow Family Foundation 12

Karen & Carl Kitzinger Maureen & Kenneth Manning McCarthy Grittinger Financial Group, LLC Daniel McNulty Merkel Foundation, Inc. Miles 4 Madyson, Inc. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation Sarah & Matt Nuccio Old Republic Risk Management Peter Schwabe, Inc. Katie & Jeff Ripple Robert W. Baird & Company Darla & Jim Schneider Janet Kloth-Sinks & Patrick Sinks Margaret C. Standaert Frank Trummer Grace E. Turnbull UBS: • William and Karen Muehlbauer Charitable Fund • UHNW Americas • The Ursula Fund Henry H. Uihlein, Sr. & Marion (Polly) S. Uihlein Foundation United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Bolger • Wendy & Scott Falk • Barbara Fuldner • Mel & David Johnson • Mr. & Mrs. Ted D. Kellner

• Mantoan Family • Mr. & Mrs. Ryan D. Schultz • James Wigdale YourCause: • AbbVie • Accenture • AmFam • AT&T • Best Buy • DentaQuest • Kimberly-Clark • Lenovo • Medtronic • PriceWaterhouseCoopers Financial Group • Principal Financial Group • ThedaCare • Thermo Fisher • Thrivent • Wells Fargo


A.O. Smith Foundation Admirals Power Play Foundation The Allstate Foundation ANON Charitable Trust Ayco Charitable Foundation: • The Michael and Sandra Harsh Charitable Fund Jean Bauman Bell Bank Mortgage Duane and Dorothy Bluemke Foundation BMO Harris Bank Deborah & Steven Brynd Circle Electric, Inc. Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation Daun Cziok Jennifer & James Dennison Dr. Pepper - Snapple Group Drexel Building Supply Sandra J. Evans Fiserv, Inc. Sara & David Frieder GE Foundation Mary & Tony Gentine Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Great Clips-Webincs, Inc. Jessica & Michael Greb Gail & Herbert Harris Anne & Doug Horter Beth & Daniel Hurrle Hydrite Chemical Co. Colleen & Eugene Jacobus Johnson Bank Kim & Todd Jones Kathy B’s, LLC

Kilian Family Kroger LulaRoe Tina Arthur Mantoan Family Sauve Terre Farm Masters Gallery Foods Midwest Thermal-Vac, Inc. Milwaukee Bucks, LLC Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Oshkosh Corporation Foundation, Inc. Marlene & Otto Radke Richard A. Sachs Sargento Foods, Inc. Schwab Charitable: • Jerome and Joan Duffy Family Fund • Daniel & Margot Griesbach Charitable Fund • John J. and Julie A. Kita Family Charitable Fund • Randy and Judy Nelson Charitable Fund • John and Ann Petrie Charitable Fund • Dan and Anna Robbins Fund • The William and Jane Schulz Charitable Fund • The Tom and Arlene Ziety Charitable Fund Schreiber Foods Seda North America Michelle R. Sirinek Trina & Corey Stephens Steren Management Co., Inc. Thrivent Financial Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association Tyson Foods, Inc.

U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management: • Kuehl Family Foundation U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation Carla & Kevin Zevnik-Seufzer

$2,500+ American Endowment Foundation: • William and Karen Muehlbauer Charitable Fund • Jeff and Ann Stuckert Charitable Fund • Margery Holley Uihlein Fund All Community Events Ameriprise Financial Azco Baldinger Bakery, LP Gabrielle Becker Bedrock Sewer & Water, Inc. Adam Bieck Geri & Tom Bitters Bostik, Inc. Botchek Philanthropy Fund Shelley & Robert Botchek Gretchen Brueske Daven Claerbout Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.: • Brillion Area Ronald McDonald House Charities® Fund • James and Mary Kabacinski Charitable Fund • Myra M. & Robert L. Vandehey Foundation, Ltd. Continuum Architects + Planners Maria & Mark Crass



Dave Jones, Inc. Deborah & Edward Deuter Barri & David Drury Elmbrook Family Dental Partners, S.C.

Little Hearts for Life, Inc. Lisa & Tan Lo Marcus Hotels and Resorts Marian Milwaukee, Inc.

Evan & Marion Helfaer Foundation Karrie & Walter Fiorentini Fond du Lac Area Foundation: • Nelson Fund Forsite Benefit Partners, LLC Elisa & Nathan Fregien Christina & Christopher Fugman Game Day Sports Bar, Inc. The George Kress Foundation Susan & Dennis Giza Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star of Wisconsin Great Clips-L.A.C.E., Inc. Store #16 Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reyes Holdings, L.L.C. Great Midwest Bank Grunau Company Angela & Nicholas Hankes Sandra & Michael Harsh Joan Heckel J.R. Simplot Company Foundation Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems Andrea & Paul Jonas James A. & Peggy F. Karpowicz Spencer Kellogg Kendra Scott Bridget & Alan Kesner Courtney & Adam Kinjerski Klug Family Foundation Trust Alicia & Erich Korth Debra & Wayne Larsen Angela & Eric Lenzen

Rogers Behavioral Health Service Club of Milwaukee Sikich LLP Dennis Skrypchak

Amy & TK Moon Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Kristin & Ed Mueller Melanie & Daniel Muhlenbeck Terri & Roger Mullins National Insurance Services Mark W. Natzke Nicolet Bank Joyce Noffke Northern Labs Haley & Josh Oehlke Kevin O’Leary Oostburg Concrete Oshkosh Area Community Foundation: • Anonymous Fund • Guenther-Motz Trust Fund Park Bank Foundation Ann & John Petrie Phoenix Hospitality Group Milwaukee Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors Alliance, Inc. Quarles & Brady LLP Micki & David Rause Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Inc.: • Barbara J. Maloney Donor Advised Fund • Steinberger Donor Fund Renee & Brandon Robison Jacob Roder Dianne & David Roembke

Amy & Mark Sobczak Spancrete Richard Stratz Technology Resource Advisors, Inc. Jennifer Tews Marsha A. Tietz Maria & John Triggs U.S. Bank Foundation Vilter Foundation, Inc. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park John Zacher

In-Kind $1,000+

Almo Distribution Aquatica, LLC B Media & Communications Badger Liquor Co., Inc. Kim Beaudoin BelAir Cantina, Inc. Big Bend Elementary School Black Shoe Hospitality Bonness Cosmetic Surgery & Spa Breadsmith Briggs & Stratton Brookfield Lutheran Church Capitol-Husting Children’s Wisconsin Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Circle Electric, Inc. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Mequon Continental Properties, Inc.

Cookers With Hart/Terri Cardenas Cranky Al’s Creative Business Interiors Jennifer & James Dennison

Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee Foundation, Inc. Laura Knapp Kohl’s

Ashley Schmitz Schreiber Foods Sensient Technologies Foundation, Inc.

ECM Industries Edible Impressions Educators Credit Union Eisenhauer Elementary School Kristyn & Mike Eitel Elite Sports Club Everbrite, LLC F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc. Jennifer & Martin Ferris Finastra Fotsch Family Foundation Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Christina & Christopher Fugman Tim Gaedtke Gigi’s Cupcakes Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast Susan & Dennis Giza Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reyes Holdings, L.L.C. Tabrina Harrington Emily & Benjamin Hermus Hive Salon Horseshoe Bay Golf Club Beth & Daniel Hurrle Image First J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy Kemps, LLC Ken Michaels Furniture Ken Wright Cellars Kendra Scott

Joanne & Don Krause Kitty Krausert Lamplight Farms Debra & Wayne Larsen La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Lifeline Church Luce Lighting and Design, LLC Marcus Hotels and Resorts Marquette University Athletics Paul E. Martin Medtronic Megal Development Corporation Milwaukee Admirals Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Bailey Mitchell Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Sarah & Torrance Names Neroli Salon & Spa Northwestern Mutual & Northwestern Mutual Foundation Overstocked Retail, LLC Lindsey & Robert Pearson Pebble Valley of Waukesha PRP Wine International Ann Rantanen Ray Alderman & Sons, Inc. Jon Reetz Residence Inn by Marriott Green Bay Downtown Rocket Baby Bakery Ronald McDonald House Charities® Laura & John Rossi S.K.I.P. Supporting Kids In Pain

Service Club of Milwaukee Jane Simmons SOLID Surface Care, Inc. Special Spaces St. John Vianney Parish Steinhafels Trina & Corey Stephens Straight Up, Inc. Stray Voltage Studio Gear, LLC Swagelok Milwaukee T.J. Maxx Tosa Farmers Market Underwriters Laboratories, LLC United Press and Graphics The Victory Companies, Inc. Wachtel Tree Science, Inc. Winter Services Zoological Society of San Diego

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RMHC® EASTERN WI BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman: Todd Jones, Vice President, Controller, Northwestern Mutual Vice Chairman: Sandra Evans, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank Treasurer: Dave Sandstrom, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Landaas & Company Secretary: Anne Horter, Senior Vice President, Store Operations & Experience, Kohl’s Department Stores Peter Bartz MD, Clinical Vice President of Ambulatory Services, Children’s Wisconsin Dennis Buchan, Executive Account Manager, Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging Joshua Carlson, Market President, BMO Harris Bank David Frieder, Senior Vice President/General Manager, U.S. Bank Daniel Geigler, First Vice President, Morgan Stanley Andrea Jonas, Partner for Moroch Partners Rashi Khosla, CEO & President, MARS Solutions Group Steve Kilian, Owner/Operator McDonald’s, Kilian Management Services, Inc. Paul LeTourneau, Vice President, LeTourneau Plastics, Inc. Maureen Manning, Community Volunteer Mark Natzke, Account Executive, Clear Channel Outdoor Christopher Nickels, Attorney at Law, Labor & Employment, Quarles & Brady LLP Lindsey Pearson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Badger Liquor Patrick Sinks, Retired Executive Jeffrey Steren, Owner/Operator McDonald’s, Steren Management Co., Inc. Scott Turner, President & COO, Children’s Wisconsin & Executive Vice President, Children’s Hospital & Health Services Gary Zimmerman, President & Co-Founder, Creative Business Interiors

Ronald McDonald House Charities® Eastern Wisconsin 8948 Watertown Plank Road Milwaukee, WI 53226 414-475-5333 RMHC-EasternWI.org

RMHC Eastern WI Annual Report 2019  

RMHC Eastern WI Annual Report 2019  


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