Through the end of 2018, Race 4 the House, with the support of the most dedicated and generous community of people we’ve ever met, has raised over $242,000 for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. They’ve also sent a truck full of donated toys every year, for 15 years. Those toys help stock the play room at the House and every child whose parents stay there – and their siblings – get a toy as well. Race 4 the House toys can also be found at CHOP and other Philadelphia hospitals.
Denny presenting a check to Anthony Stover, Special Events Manager for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
Denny with Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
Co-Founder and woman extraordinaire Dr. Audrey Evans.
Denny with Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Co-Founder and former General Manager of the Philadelphia Eagles Jimmy Murray.
In the fall of 2004, Race 4 the House founder Denny Parisan felt the need to give back to the community. He remembered that decades earlier, when his son was born severely premature and wasn’t expected to survive, representatives from the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House repeatedly went out of their way to approach him at the hospital, offering support, encouragement, and a place to stay. It meant the world to him at the time, and though he never actually stayed at the House, he decided that he wanted to thank them for the work they do for the families of sick kids.
Race 4 the House began as a simple toy drive and car show and has expanded over the years to include an annual drag racing event at Maple Grove Raceway, a fundraising dinner at the Cedar Hollow Inn in Malvern, PA, and a go-kart race in Oaks, PA. Race 4 the House is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
About the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was the first and original House, founded by Dr. Audrey Evans and Jim Murray in 1974. Today they are a 4-Star Charity with Charity Navigator and almost everyone in the Philadelphia region knows someone who has benefited from their work. To learn more, visit their website at www.philarmh.org.
To learn more about the extraordinary medical and philanthropic careers of Audrey Evans, watch this video: