Ronald McDonald House Charities Gives $20,000 Grant to 2009 Kids' Fitness Festival

May 21, 2009


WEST PALM BEACH, FL- The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of South Florida once again to present the 2009 Kids’ Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. One of South Florida’s favorite children’s events, the Kids’ Fitness Festival will be held July 16th and 17th at the Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Last year’s event drew a record number of over 6,300 Kids aged 5 to 13, all with an interest in sports.

Presenting and accepting the check is Gerry Baron, Executive Director of PBCSC, Patty Dent, President of PBCSC, Ronald McDonald, Ricky Wade, McDonald's franchisee, and Jeff Zipper chair of the Kids Fitness Festval.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida presented the Palm Beach County Sports Commission with a check for $20,000 at the Sports Commission’s monthly Board of Directors meeting on Monday, May 18th, 2009.

Ricky Wade, a Palm Beach County McDonald’s franchisee representing RMHC of South Florida stated: “The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida is once again privileged to partner with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Kids’ Fitness Festival to promote the well being of children through sports. It is an excellent and well planned event, something RMHC strongly supports. We hope to continue supporting it and being part of it for years to come.”

The Kids’ Fitness Festival gives children the opportunity to learn and participate in over 40 different traditional and non-traditional sports. Some of the featured sports include: baseball, basketball, fencing, football, lacrosse, martial arts, netball, tennis, soccer and more. Also participating in the event are professional sports teams, former professional athletes, facilities and mascots. Kids can play games, enjoy midway rides, and interact with various special guests.

At Monday night’s presentation to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission board, Kids’ Fitness Festival chair, Jeff Zipper from Private Client Group – National City said, “Without the support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida this event would not have grown to its present success. We are very thankful for their kind donations over the past three years.” Zipper then went on to say, “We’re very excited about this year’s event and all that the Kids’ Fitness Festival has to offer. We have several retired NFL players putting on a mini-football camp, as well as the Florida Marlins for a baseball clinic and the Florida Panthers for a hockey clinic.”

 The Kids’ Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches is also sponsored by: ESPN Radio 760, KOOL 105.5 FM, Primetime Palm Beach County, Inc., Parenting Plus Magazine, and The Palm Beach Post.

For more information about the event go to or contact Rachel Miller at (561) 233-3178 or

About Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids’ Fitness Festival and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida
Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida was established in 1988 as a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping local children live happier and healthier lives. They are committed, through their grant program, to funding solutions that address serious children’s issues – pediatric cancer, child abuse, youth suicide, are just a few of their efforts. Since their inception they have given over $3,500,000 in local grants. RMHC of South Florida also helps support its cornerstone program the Ronald McDonald House, which is a “home-away-from-home” for families who travel hundreds of miles outside their own community to seek medical treatment for a child. Currently there are two Ronald McDonald Houses in South Florida; the Miami House is located on the grounds of Jackson Memorial Medical Center and the Fort Lauderdale House on the grounds of the Broward General Medical Center. RMHC of South Florida’s goal is to build a third Ronald McDonald House in Palm Beach County.

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