Art Gala announced for Peoria Ronald McDonald House®!

6/14/2019 RMHC Central Illinois

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois will hold it's first ever art gala in November to help raise funds needed to complete the new Peoria Ronald McDonald House®.

Art Gala - Peoria Ronald McDonald House

PEORIA, IL —  Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois is proud to announce it’s first ever Art Gala, which will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois. The “Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois Art Gala” will feature the original work of central Illinois artists which has been specifically selected for our new Peoria Ronald McDonald House®. Guests at the event will have the fun of selecting one or more works of art for placement in the new home. Individuals, collective groups of friends and families, organizations and businesses will be able to choose which piece(s) they want to sponsor. Artists may submit up to 10 works for consideration., and can do so at:

“We recognize the arts as an important component to a peaceful environment that helps nurture our guests and supports their healing and well-being,” states Kelly Thompson, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. “This community shares in our belief and has come together in support of this event for the benefit of our children and their families. Members of Farnsworth Group, our designers, local artists, arts advocates, friends of our charity and community leaders helped make this a reality.”

“The Ronald McDonald House Charities Art Gala is a win-win-win situation—the guests who stay at the house will enjoy beautiful artwork, the donors will have the great feeling of helping others (as well as a tax write off), and artists will be rewarded for their talent," said Doug Leunig. "We applaud RMHC for their progressive approach in healthcare and support of local artists," said Eileen Leunig.

Questions regarding the Art Gala can be directed to (309) 401-2525.


The Ronald McDonald House provides the necessities of home for families with a seriously ill child receiving treatment. At RMHCCI, families can stay together and find strength in numbers during a critical time. RMHCCI provides families with a private bed and bath, meals, laundry, parking and more in order to ease the stress of a difficult time in their lives. Families stay at the House at no charge to them, regardless of their length of stay at the House. The Springfield House currently serves over 400 families each year, and the Peoria House, estimated to open in late 2019 is estimated to serve 700 families annually. RMHCCI depends on the generous support of the community, especially through the Give a Little Love campaign. Support from the community is essential to keep the house running smoothly for their families.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois and ways you can help, please visit