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

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.