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RONALD McDONALD HOUSE® AT STANFORD CELEBRATES “TOPPING OFF” MILESTONE OF VAST EXPANSION WITH MATCHING FUND CHALLENGE FROM PHILANTHROPIST TAD TAUBE
San Francisco Design Center to Unveil Preview of Interior Designs at Ceremony

Palo Alto, CA—PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Ronald McDonald House® at Stanford will celebrate a major construction milestone of its expansion project that will more than double its size at a “topping off” ceremony on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the House located at 520 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto. The event will conclude with a spectacular visual of the project’s construction team hoisting the final beam of the new building, signed by hundreds of supporters, to the top of the structure, marking the end of the framing period and the start of the final construction phase.

Tad Taube, founder and chairman of Taube Philanthropies, will be on hand at the event to announce a major community matching fund challenge to support the public phase of the Hope is Growing campaign to finance the expansion. Taube Philanthropies is donating $1 million with a commitment to match up to an additional $2 million. The Taube Philanthropies donation will provide financial support for the House’s new 52,000 square-foot expansion, which will make it the largest of the 348 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide. Taube has a long-standing relationship with the House at Stanford dating back to 2002, with numerous donations, sponsorships, and other philanthropic support.

“It is my strong belief that collaborative giving can achieve a much greater impact than a single philanthropic gift,” said Taube. “Bringing donors together for a great cause like the expansion of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is a great example of this principle.”

“The amazing support from Taube Philanthropies will ultimately help us achieve our goal to serve more families in need for years to come,” said Annette Eros, chief executive officer at the House. “To date we have raised more than 87 percent of our $40.5 million campaign goal for the expansion, and we are confident that the community will rally to support our matching fund challenge to help us meet our goal.”

The new building, scheduled for completion in Spring 2016, will add 67 new private guest suites to increase capacity for more families to stay close to their children while they are treated for critical illnesses at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Currently, the House has a nightly waiting list of 40-50 families. The House serves families with a child who is receiving treatment at a local hospital and is living outside of a 50-mile radius of the facility, regardless of their ability to pay.

The topping-off event also will feature a sneak-peek unveiling of several exciting interior designs of the new building, courtesy of the San Francisco Design Center’s “Where Hope Has A Home” project, which engaged 51 interior design firms to provide approximately $2 million in pro bono design services and materials to outfit the new family suites and common areas. The partnership is spearheaded by co-chairs Elizabeth Martin, principal of the MartinGroup, Inc., and Geoffrey De Sousa, principal of Geoffrey De Sousa Design, and co-creative director of De Sousa Hughes.

“Our underlying goal in designing for the new building is to provide additional comfort to the families while they are undergoing transformative and lifesaving care – while providing a homey environment where healing can actually take place,” said Martin.

The SFDC recently launched a website dedicated to “Where Hope Has a Home,” www.hopehasahome.com, where visitors can get updates on the expansion, as well as learn more about the designers, sponsors, and donors.

The expansion, which broke ground last summer, will include a home-like kitchen and dining areas; age-specific activity rooms; classroom; great room; children’s great room, multi-purpose room;; healing garden; fitness center and rehabilitation room; spa facility for free haircuts and massages; day pass room for single-day use by all families at LPCHS; underground parking; and storage.

In addition to Taube, Eros and Martin, other participants in the ceremony include Bob McIntire, construction manager/principal at Nova Partners, Inc.; Anne McCune, COO at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; and India Brigger, a mom currently staying at the House.

Construction is expected to take 15 – 18 months and will be completed in early 2016.Those who wish to donate can contact Jay McCullough, chief development officer at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford at 650.470.6005. You can also visit the House’s expansion project website: www.hopeisgrowingcampaign.org.

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