Boston Celtics Team Up with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) ® of Eastern New England and Present over $46,000 in Grants

Copper Cannon Outdoor Education Center (NH), YMCA of Greater Boston and Big Sisters of Rhode Island receive over $46,000 during an on court presentation with the Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MA (March 7, 2005) - Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England and the Boston Celtics joined together for McDonald's Night and presented grants totaling over $46,000 to three local non-profit organizations representing Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire as the Celtics took on the Charlotte Bobcats.

In an ongoing effort to improve the lives of children and their families, RMHC of Eastern New England granted $24,000 to Copper Cannon Outdoor Education Center to sponsor a week of free camp for less fortunate children, $15,000 to The YMCA of Greater Boston - Roxbury Branch to repair the roof and heating systems and $7,500 to support the Big Sisters of Rhode Island traditional Big Sister program and one on one mentoring.

"McDonald's Owner/Operators in Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire have long supported RMHC of Eastern New England and we are grateful for their generous donations and support," said Charlie Winterhalter President of RMHC of Eastern New England and local McDonald's Owner/Operator. "It is a great way to show our customers we care about the community and we are excited to have the support of the Boston Celtics."

During the game, McDonald's donated free Happy Meals® coupons to one lucky row of Celtics fans. In addition, Ronald McDonald and Celtics Mascot Lucky showed their support for RMHC® of Eastern New England by presenting grants to YMCA of Greater Boston – Roxbury Branch, Copper Canyon Outdoor Education Center and Big Sisters of Rhode Island during the halftime show.

"We are proud to have great partners like McDonald's who have a deep commitment to the community," said Executive Vice President for the Boston Celtics, Rich Gotham. "We want Celtics fans all over New England to be aware of such a worthy cause – Ronald McDonald House Charities."

Copper Cannon Outdoor Education Center, YMCA of Greater Boston – Roxbury Branch and Big Sisters of Rhode Island are just three of the many organizations supported and funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England, Inc. Since it began in 1986, RMHC of Eastern New England has awarded over $12 million to more than 1,000 non-profit organizations and programs helping thousands of children and families. Grants also support the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in Worcester, and the Ronald McDonald Houses in Boston and Providence, which provide a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

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