Local McDonald’s® Restaurants Use Shamrock Shakes To Raise Funds For Ronald McDonald House® Charities

Restaurants Donate $1 For Each Shamrock Purchased Through March 30
Shamrock Shake
SAN DIEGO – Feb. 17, 2015 – To support families whose children are battling life-threatening injuries and illnesses, local McDonald’s restaurants are celebrating the eagerly awaited return of Shamrock Shakes by donating $1 for every shake purchased to Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

Community members are invited to participate by either purchasing the minty green treat or donating $1 for a paper shamrock that will be used to decorate local restaurants during the fundraiser through March 30.

“I look forward to this time of the year because of the nostalgia generated with the return of Shamrock Shakes,” said Bob Sutherland, co-op president of McDonald’s of San Diego County. “The Shamrock Shake fundraiser was the original promotion that generated enough funds to assist in opening the first Ronald McDonald House in the ‘70s and we’re proud to carry on this tradition in 2015.”

The McDonald’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities began in 1974 because of one child, Kim Hill, who battled leukemia. The Hill family struggled to remain close to their daughter while receiving treatment, which inspired one doctor, one professional team, one community and McDonald’s to create and build the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. Profits from the sale of Shamrock Shakes were one of the first fundraisers that supported Ronald McDonald House Charities and helped make the vision of a “home-away-from-home” a reality.

More than 40 years later, the Shamrock Shake remains a seasonal favorite. With the support of McDonald’s and its customers, Shamrock Shakes sold in San Diego will continue that spirit of giving. To learn more about the fundraiser’s beneficiary, visit www.rmhcsd.org. To make a donation to the charity online, visit the donation form.

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