Cherry Street House
After months of planning and site selection in the historic Longfellow/Dutch Hill Neighborhood, ground was broken at 25th and Cherry Streets on the second Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City in June of 1987. The property was donated by Hallmark Corporation to Children's Mercy Hospital and leased to our organization for the new Ronald McDonald House. Construction of the 18,000 square foot home took 15 months, and the second House opened on September 19, 1988, exactly 7 years after the first Kansas City Ronald McDonald House had opened.
The $2.2 million home was built with the tremendous support of the Greater Kansas City Home Builders Association, resulting in over $750,000 worth of in-kind donations of materials, labor and furnishings. Approximately $1.5 million in cash was raised through a capital campaign involving thousands of groups, companies and individual donors. Thanks to the successful capital campaign, the ongoing support of the community and the Board's careful management of funds, the construction loan was paid in full before the second anniversary of Cherry Street's grand opening.
The Cherry Street Ronald McDonald House was the 100th to open within the United States and the 117th to open worldwide. Today the Cherry Street House continues to serve hundreds of families each year. In 2010, the Cherry Street House was the fortunate recipient of a brand new, state-of-the-art playground, donated by The NASCAR Foundation in memory of Tom Murphy, who served on both the NASCAR Foundation's Board as well as the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.