Phoenix International Raceway, through Phoenix Raceway Charities, is spearheading a $500,000 renovation project for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.
The donation marks the largest contribution to date by the organization and is a result of fundraising and commitments generated from Phoenix Raceway’s 50th Anniversary season in 2014.
“The services and support Ronald McDonald House provides to families whose children are facing major medical issues gives them comfort and safety at a deeply difficult time,” said Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber.
“PIR is delighted to be able to do what we can to help make those family visits as comfortable as possible and to acknowledge the value and importance of what Ronald McDonald House Charities does in our community.”
The 10-week project is expected to begin at the Ronald McDonald House’s main building at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. in mid-August and be completed in time for the Can-Am 500, the semifinal race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Phoenix International Raceway.
“We are overwhelmed by this incredibly generous and thoughtful effort by Phoenix International Raceway,” said Nancy Roach, executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. “We can’t wait for our families to experience the results.”
The Roanoke House opened in 1985 with 16 guest rooms and became the first of three RMHC houses serving the Valley. The House was expanded by 10 bedrooms in 1995 and to 45 bedrooms in 2005.
In 2008, the Valley’s second Ronald McDonald House opened on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital with 18 rooms and the 16-room third House opened on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in 2014.
Phoenix Raceway Charities began in 2014, coinciding with the track’s 50th anniversary celebration, as a way for PIR to give back to the community. Funds have primarily been raised through the sale of official PIR-branded Arizona license plates, race weekend raffles and donations from fans and partners.
For the project, Phoenix Raceway has teamed with renowned Phoenix-based designer and founder of Daniel Germani Designs, Daniel Germani. “This is a deeply personal project and I’m excited to transform the space into a vibrant, bright, welcoming place where children and their families will be able to enjoy the time that they must spend there,” added Mr. Germani.
During 2015, the three Ronald McDonald Houses recorded 3,092 family visits for a total of 19,926 nights. More than 90 percent of the families were from Arizona. RMHC requests a $15 per night donation, however, no family is ever turned away because of their inability to contribute during their stay.
The average length of stay was nearly 16 nights.
The No. 1 reason for families needing medical care to stay at RMHC was for premature births (21 percent) followed by cancer care (9 percent), heart problems (7.5 percent) and respiratory challenges (2.1 percent).
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