What began in a garage more than 25 years ago has grown to more than 75,000 square feet of space filled with donated treasures to benefit families supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester.
Running from Sept. 27 through Oct. 4, Ronald McDonald House will host its annual Fall Household Sale, one of the organization’s largest fundraisers. The sale, which has been expanded by three days this year, will take place at Rochester Tech Park. The free event is expected to draw thousands.
The sale will feature more than 25 departments including antiques, collectibles, housewares, books and clothing. Items will be discounted from 15 percent to 90 percent off beginning the second day of the event.
All proceeds from the event will benefit local families and help support RMHC’s mission to provide a home away from home for families that need to be near their children who are receiving health care in Rochester-area hospitals.
In 1969, the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia. Today there are more than 307 houses throughout the U.S. and 30 countries and regions around the world.
In 1985, McDonald’s owner operators in the Rochester area approached Strong Memorial Hospital with a proposal to open a Ronald McDonald House in the community. Strong donated the land for the building, local McDonald’s owner operators pledged $250,000, McDonald’s Corp. gave a seed grant of $25,000, and the collaborative partnership began. In 1996, the Rochester Ronald McDonald House merged with the local chapter of Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities.
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