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Press Release


  Nov 8, 2016   jasonopat

Wichita, KS (November 8, 2016) – Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a global nonprofit that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children around the world, honored McDonald’s Owner/Operator Bob Lane with the Gerry Newman McTLC Award of Excellence for his ongoing philanthropic support of youth programs across the state of Kansas on Saturday, November 5th. More than 1,300 RMHC leaders and guests came together to recognize Lane at the annual Awards of Excellence in Rosemont, IL where Bob announced that $300,000 will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita.

Lane was recently awarded The Gerry Newman McTLC Award of Excellence. As one of the founders of RMHC and its first president, Gerry Newman was a champion for the Charity, touching the lives of millions of children. Since 1988, The Gerry Newman McTLC Award of Excellence has honored the Charity’s founding mission partner and McDonald’s owner/operators who have stood out among all others for their efforts on behalf of children, and best exemplify Newman’s dedication to RMHC.

Each year the event attracts hundreds of business, community and health care leaders who are dedicated to helping the Charity support seven million children and families annually.

Past recipients honored at the RMHC Awards of Excellence have included puppeteer and screenwriter Jim Henson (1990); Former First Lady Betty Ford (1998); Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan (2002); founder of Southwest Airlines, Herbert D. Kelleher (2010); and the Honorable Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s minister of health (2015).

About Lane Enterprises

Established in 1975, Bob earned his first McDonald’s franchise in Arkansas City, KS, becoming the youngest franchisee in the McDonald’s System at the age of 27. Today that restaurant and 26 others make up Lane Enterprises, a business that also includes Bob’s wife Jen, his son Michael and nephew Joe.

Bob’s philanthropic outreach began with sponsorships of local sports teams. His first project as a volunteer for RMHC was leading the effort to build two Ronald McDonald Houses in Wichita. His fundraising efforts gained momentum when Bob led a team of his fellow owner/operators and McDonald’s staff people in hosting the 4th annual McDonald’s All-American Basketball Tournament at Wichita State University in 1981 – the year that featured High School Seniors Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing. That game raised more for RMHC Wichita than the three previous games combined.

Opening both Ronald McDonald Houses helped drive Bob’s life-long commitment to philanthropy. Today Lane Enterprises continue their active involvement with RMHC Wichita. He has contributed generously to his community in El Dorado, KS, serving as co-chairman of fundraising campaigns for the El Dorado YMCA and BG Products Veterans’ Sports Complex. He was also a major contributor to the SBAMH Cancer Center - all projects that have truly changed the face of the town.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of 300 Chapters in more than 63 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC operated and supported programs, enable family-centered care, provide a bridge to quality health care, are a vital part of the health care continuum and give children and families the time they need to heal and cope better together.