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Fiesta Bowl Charities donation aids Mesa Ronald McDonald House

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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 5:45 am | Updated: 10:48 pm, Mon Jul 22, 2013.

Ronald McDonald House Charities has received a $100,000 grant from the Fiesta Bowl Charities toward renovation of a facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa that will be the Valley’s third Ronald McDonald House.

The award, which puts the Ronald McDonald House Charities over the $1 million plateau in its fund-raising for the new house, was one of 27 Fiesta Bowl grants totaling $410,000 for numerous projects.

Fiesta Bowl Charities has awarded more than $4 million over the past five years to organizations across Arizona.

The new 12,600-square-foot Ronald McDonald House will include 16 bedrooms, a kitchen, common area, indoor dining room, two outdoor dining areas, work spaces and an outdoor play area.

In 2012, more than 1,850 families stayed at the two Ronald McDonald Houses in Phoenix, nearly 90 percent from Arizona but also from 23 states and 11 countries. The average length of stay was 15 days.

No one is ever turned away for not being able to pay the $15 nightly fee asked of families whose children are undergoing medical care in the Valley. Families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses must live outside a 30-mile radius from the nearest House.

The cost for housing a family for one night is $59. Community donations and contributions help cover the difference between the daily cost and the fee the House asks for those who can afford to pay.

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