ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Just a year after breaking ground, the Ronald Mcdonald House of Rochester expansion has reached the finish line. The charity provides housing for hundreds of families around the world with seriously ill or injured children and is now the largest Ronald McDonald House in Minnesota.
“It’s a beautiful day for our mission and as I was reflecting on the past year since we started our groundbreaking I just think of the countless people who have pulled and come together to make this happen for us,” said Peggy Elliott, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House.
More patients are coming to Rochester as the city continues its efforts to become the most hospitable city in the world. Elliott says in the past five years, there have been long waitlists and more than 3,000 families were turned away because there wasn’t enough space.
Now, with the addition of 30 rooms, more family spaces, and outdoor play area, the Ronald McDonald House will be able to serve about 600 more families each year.
More than 1,600 donors contributed to the expansion, making the new home a reality.
In celebration of the opening, the House hosted a private ribbon-cutting on Thursday. The ceremony opened with remarks from Peggy Elliott, as well as representatives from the RMDH board president, the development community, and Mayo Clinic.
Families who stayed at the Ronald McDonald house or are currently staying there lined up together for the official ribbon cutting. Marking a huge milestone for the city and the culmination of millions of dollars raised and hundreds of hours spent planning.
There will be a public open house between 4-6 p.m. Friday.
NewsCenter’s Linda Ha was at the private ribbon-cutting ceremony and has the details.