Elk Grove McDonald's owner to head chain's global children's charity

06/26/2014 11:21 AM

06/26/2014 11:23 AM

Elk Grove McDonald’s franchisee Steven Ramirez will chair the board of trustees of Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2015, officials announced Thursday.

As the non-profit arm of the hamburger giant, Ronald McDonald House Charities funds and supports children’s programs including its well-known Ronald McDonald Houses, which provides low- and no-cost lodging for families of seriously ill children close to where they are receiving care.

The Sacramento Ronald McDonald House, at 2555 49th St., is located behind the UC Davis Medical Center and down the street from Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Ramirez was recently elected chairman by the non-profit’s board of trustees and will assume the role Jan. 1, 2015.

Ramirez and wife Carmen have been McDonald’s owner/operators since 1988 and now own seven franchises in the Sacramento area. Ramirez became involved in Ronald McDonald House Charities, which serve nearly 9 million children a year, in 1989.

He helped to expand the charity’s presence in Mexico and joined the global board in 1996.

Ramirez’s new role “will...ensure our ability to expand our reach in support of the critical needs of children around the world,” said J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities, in a statement.

Editor's Choice Videos

 

Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service