Industry News | February 20, 2002

McDonald's Dedicates 215th Ronald McDonald House—In Salt Lake City

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Against the global backdrop of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Mike Eruzione, Johann Olav Koss, and McDonald's World Champion Crew gathered to dedicate a new Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City.

Among the first of its kind, this new house features private apartments to address the needs of families whose children are immune-compromised and require long-term care. It is located at 130 South 800 East, just four blocks from Salt Lake City's first Ronald McDonald House.

"This new Ronald McDonald House will provide comfort and care to families throughout Salt Lake City and to families who will travel here from around the world for their special medical needs," said Ken Barun, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities. "It's very exciting to be dedicating this Ronald McDonald House, the 215th to open in the world, surrounded by the spirit and international atmosphere of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games."

The new Salt Lake House offers fifteen private apartments for families whose children are immune-compromised and require ongoing treatment. To help ease their financial burden, families can stay at the House virtually free of charge.

Work on the house began in August 2001 and the facility will officially be ready for families next month.