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2013 Cavs Draft Picks Make Their First Mark on the Community with Cavs Draft Legacy Project at Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland
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Anthony Bennett at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

Not even a full day after the 2013 NBA Draft, one of the Cavaliers’ newest members is already hands-on in the Cleveland community! First overall draft pick Anthony Bennett made his inaugural appearance alongside General Manager Chris Grant, Head Coach Mike Brown and Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland Executive Director Craig Wilson with the dedication of a new family lounge and resource center at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

The Cavs, with great support from Sherwin-Williams, Target and Quicken Loans, designed the rooms to provide families staying at the House with a place to relax while their children receive treatment at area medical centers. The new family lounge and resource center dedications are a part of Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland’s 20,000-square-foot expansion and renovation project, set to be completed this October.

“We are honored to work with the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and create a space that provides families with a quality place to spend time together,” said Cavs General Manager Chris Grant. “Our Draft Legacy Project also provides a key opportunity for our newest Cavalier family members to see firsthand how important community support is to our organization.”

After a brief press conference and ceremonial ribbon cutting, guests were invited to explore the comforts of the new space. Designed to give families a place to relax, the family lounge includes comfortable seating, a big screen TV, gaming area (video games, board games) and a cozy reading nook. Next door, the resource center features six new desktop computers, four iPads as well as a multi-purpose printer.

“My family is eager to use these beautiful new rooms – my kids will love the new TV and computers, and I’ll be able to do research and stay in touch with family and friends back home,” said Ronald McDonald House guest Kathleen Blake.

“We are so grateful for the Cavs partnership. These rooms are a wonderful addition to our house, helping us provide all the comforts of home while supporting families in crisis,” said Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland Executive Director Craig Wilson.

About the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland Founded in 1979, the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland provides a home-away-from-home for families who come to Cleveland for world renowned pediatric medical care. RMH is currently undergoing a $13.5 million capital campaign and expansion project. Estimated to open later this year, the expansion will allow RMH to accommodate up to 55 families each night.