LA Kings, Ontario Reign Donate $1 Million To Ronald McDonald House Inland Empire1:31 AM
The LA Kings and the club's American Hockey League affiliate – the Ontario Reign – teamed up to present Ronald McDonald House Inland Empire with a check for $1 million at last night's LA Kings game versus the St. Louis Blues.
The donation, presented by Kelly Cheeseman, COO AEG Sports, and Luc Robitaille, President Business Operations, LA Kings, during the game, helped to expand the facility, which reopened on Dec. 11 – doubling the amount of guest rooms and creating new team-themed family and children's recreation rooms.
"The Kings and the Reign are partners on and off the ice," Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille said. "Since the Reign began play in the AHL last season one of our cumulative goals was to be very active in the community. We feel this is a great example of that commitment while benefitting a group, the Ronald McDonald House, that is very close to our hearts."
"Due to the sheer geographic size of the community it serves, our Ronald McDonald House has been operating at more than max capacity for years," Reign President Darren Abbott said. "Contributing to this capital campaign will ensure that more families will have a comfortable place to call home while their children visit the hospital. We thank our fans, our community partners and the Kings for allowing us to collaborate on such a great cause."The $1 million gift expanded the House to 54 guest rooms in total and includes Kings and Reign-themed family and children's recreation rooms complete with new TVs, furniture and bubble hockey.
The Ronald McDonald House Inland Empire opened in 1996 with 21 guest rooms for families of critically ill and injured children receiving specialized medical treatment at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.
This is the latest charitable effort from the Kings in their 50th Anniversary season, which is highlighted by the franchise's Forever 50 initiative.
The Kings and Kings Care Foundation launched the Forever 50 program with a mission of engaging players, alumni, staff and fans to perform 50 charitable acts throughout the city of Los Angeles during this milestone season. The legacy program will feature monetary and in-kind donations, awareness campaigns and volunteerism efforts that will touch nearly every part of the community.