Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. Elects Two Trustees

Michael D. Richard and Alex C. Rodriguez, McDonald's Owner/Operator, Join RMHC Board of Trustees

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2012) - Ronald McDonald House Charities®, Inc. (RMHC®), a nonprofit that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children around the world, recently announced the appointment of Alex C. Rodriguez and Michael D. Richard to its Board of Directors, effective January 2012.

Alex C. Rodriguez is a McDonald's® Owner/Operator and a passionate supporter of RMHC. He currently serves as the chairman of the local RMHC Chapter in South Florida and is an active supporter of the RMHC®/HACER® Scholarship program. Through Rodriguez's leadership over the past 20 years, RMHC of South Florida has provided care for over 22,000 families in need. Alex was recently honored by the Charity with the Gerry Newman McTLC Award of Excellence for his passion, commitment to and tireless work with RMHC of South Florida.

"Alex is a testament to our strong relationship with dedicated McDonald's Owner/Operators who work tirelessly to help raise money to support our mission and to create greater awareness about how RMHC makes a direct and tangible impact on children's lives. His leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and on-going contributions to children will be a valuable asset as we continue focusing on providing care through our three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®," said Marty Coyne, president and CEO, RMHC.

Michael D. Richard joined McDonald's Corporation in 1987 as a director of Financial Accounting and Reporting. Recently retired from McDonald's, Richard also served as the RMHC Treasurer. Prior to his retirement, he held numerous accounting and treasury positions. He was named treasurer of McDonald's in October 1999 and promoted to senior vice president later that year. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society, where he has served as a member of the Accounting Principles Committee and as a council member for CPAs for the Public Interest.

"Michael's financial expertise and level of critical thinking has helped RMHC previously in the stewardship and development of our organization as we expand to provide stability and vital resources to children and families," said Coyne. "He brings to the table not only business acumen, but also a passion to help children and families fighting through one of the toughest times of their lives."

The RMHC Global Board of Trustees is comprised of a distinguished group of individuals who bring diverse backgrounds, knowledge and expertise that help the organization remain focused on the fulfillment of its mission. With their support, local Chapters in 54 countries and regions and three core programs, RMHC is able to make a difference on the lives of 4.5 million children and families every year.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 54 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@RMHC) or like us on Facebook ( Global).

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