A "topping-off" ceremony was held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford to celebrate a milestone in the 52,000-square-foot expansion project, which broke ground last summer.
The event concluded with the project's construction team hoisting the final beam of the new building, which was signed by hundreds of supporters, to the top of the structure, according to a press release.
The event also featured a sneak-peek unveiling of several interior designs of the new building done by the San Francisco Design Center's "Where Hope Has A Home" project. Fifty-one interior design firms provided approximately $2 million in pro bono services and materials to outfit the new family suites and common areas in the new building, according to the announcement.
The new building is scheduled to be completed in spring 2016 and will include 67 new guest suites, a kitchen and dining areas, age-specific activity rooms, classroom, great room, children's great room, multipurpose room, healing harden, fitness center and rehabilitation room, spa facility for free haircuts and massages, day-pass room for single-day use by all families at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, underground parking and storage.
Tad Taube, founder and chairman of Taube Philanthropies, announced at the event a matching-fund challenge to fund the expansion. Taube, who has a long-standing relationship with Ronald McDonald House dating back to 2002, donated $1 million with a commitment to match up to an additional $2 million.
"The amazing support from Taube Philanthropies will ultimately help us achieve our goal to serve more families in need for years to come," said Annette Eros, Ronald McDonald House's chief executive officer, in a press release. "To date we have raised more than 87 percent of our $40.5 million campaign goal for the expansion, and we are confident that the community will rally to support our matching fund challenge to help us meet our goal."
To get updates on the expansion project and more information on the designers, sponsors and donors, visit rmhstanford.org.