Boston Celtics’ Rookie Delonte West and McDonald’s Team up to Bring the Balanced, Active Lifestyle Message to the Woonsocket Boys & Girls Club

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England invites Celtics star to speak with recent Rhode Island grant recipients and award $56,000 in grants

BOSTON, MA (April 7, 2005) - Boston Celtics Rookie Delonte West did some double dribbling on Thursday when he teamed up with McDonald's to give valuable balanced, active lifestyle messages to the Woonsocket Boys & Girls Club and help present $56,000 in grants to local Rhode Island Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England grant recipients.

In an ongoing effort to improve the lives of children and their families, RMHC of Eastern New England granted $20,000 to Woonsocket Boys & Girls Club in support of the organization's effort to make their new facility handicap accessible, $20,000 to The Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center to support the programs and services of Rhode Island Children's Advocacy Center and $16,000 to support the Federal Hill House Bundles of Joy Family Resource Center.

"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."

The Celtics star spoke with participants from the Boys & Girls Club's sharing examples of healthy living from his own personal training regimen, including tips on eating right and staying in shape. West also answered questions from the Boys & Girls Club members and participated in an autograph session.

"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."

The Woonsocket Boys & Girls Club, Sexual Assault Trauma Resource Center, Federal Hill House and Big Sisters of Rhode Island are just four 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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