Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Telethon Is Saturday

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In an act of continued support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chattanooga, the Tennessee La-Z-Boy manufacturing facility will donate a custom La-Z-Boy couch valued at $1,419 to RMHC to be auctioned off during the 20th annual telethon airing on News Channel 9, Saturday rom 7-11 p.m. In addition to the couch, La-Z-Boy representatives and furniture craftsmen will build a chair on-site in the House live during the telethon for auction as well.

The telethon will showcase stories of local families, volunteers and businesses that help to move forward the organization’s mission of serving families with critically ill and injured children.

The telethon is a four-hour prime time telecast on WTVC-NewsChannel 9. It is part of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga Annual Share-A-Night Campaign which asks supporters to donate in $55 increments to help pay for a family’s night stay at the Ronald McDonald House. It costs Ronald McDonald House Charities $55 per night to house one family for one night. Families are asked to make a $10 donation to help offset some of the expenses however, 63 percent of the families are unable to afford this nominal contribution. No family is ever turned away because of their inability to make the requested donation.   

The average stay for families at the Ronald McDonald House is 15 days. Share-A-Night contributions make it possible for families to stay at Ronald McDonald House regardless of their financial situation.

This will be the second chair built specially inside the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House since La-Z-Boy hosted their first local “Build-A-Chair” event in October when around 20 La-Z-Boy sales associates, warehouse technicians, and corporate representatives gathered in the Great Room together with Ronald McDonald House families to construct, piece by piece, assorted planks and parts into a fully finished La-Z-Boy recliner for use in the Ronald McDonald House for years to come.  

Since 2008, La-Z-Boy has been the official furniture provider for RMHC, during which time over 3,500 pieces of furniture have been donated to more than 150 Ronald McDonald House Charities across the U.S. and Canada. 



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