On September 30th, the New York Tri-State Area McDonald’s Owner Operators Association hosted a community grant check presentation for the Bronx Children’s Museum. Natalie Wood, Bronx Children’s Museum Program Manager; Gustavo Rivera, State Senator; Alexander Carter, Director of Operations at McDonald’s; Owner/Operators from the NY Tri-State area and community leaders were in attendance.
The museum was awarded a $7,500 community grant by the RMHC NYTSA that will also include an opportunity to tour and learn more about the Bronx Children’s Museum’s Waters On the Go program. This is a mobile interactive environmental science exhibit, installed in a retrofitted school bus, designed to help pre-K through 3rd grade teachers supplement their science and social studies lessons.
The New York Tri-State Area McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association hosted a community grant check presentation for Guiding Eyes for the Blind on September 22nd. In attendance was Chris Perry, Executive Director of the NY Tri-State Area Ronald McDonald House Charities; Tom Panek, President and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind; Kevin Byrne, Assembly Member of 94th District; Maryanne Oros, Director of Community Outreach from NYS Senate office; Senator Terrence P. Murphy; and Carlos and Lupe Wong, NY Tri-State Area Owner/Operators.
The community grant check presentation included an opportunity to learn about the Guiding Eyes for the Blind campus and training program. The grant helps support the partnering of blind young people with professionally trained guide dogs, fostering independence, confidence and productivity.
The Peter Westbrook Foundation was awarded a $5,000 community grant by the Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area on September 23rd. In attendance was Peter Westbrook, Founder of the Peter Westbrook Foundation; Chris Perry, Executive Director of the RMHC NYTSA; Linda Dunham, McDonald’s Owner/Operator; Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; and several Olympic Fencers including Keeth Smart, Erinn Smart, Nzinga Prescod, Ivan Lee, and Daryl Homer.
The foundation offers training grounds for many Olympic Fencers including, Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Bronze medalist in the 2016 Olympic Games. The check presentation took place during the foundations’ Saturday Fencing Program. Each week, over 100 students gather on floor for rigorous warm ups followed by group sessions based on age and skill level with their preferred weapon—epee, foil or sabre.