One of the nation’s largest dealers of hotel-grade televisions, Jacksonville-based MDM Lodging, has donated 30 guest-room television sets to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Jacksonville. The local non-profit organization, working through Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs, has provided compassionate support for families of critically ill, chronically ill and seriously injured children for decades.
“When I founded MDM in 1990, Ronald McDonald house Charities of Jacksonville was the first charitable organization that received our support,” said MDM’s CEO Steve Austin. “Ronald McDonald House plays an important role in our community and has been a part of our family’s life since the late 1980s when my mother, Patricia, formed the charity’s advisory board.” Austin made the donation in memory of his parents Ed and Patricia Austin.
MDM Lodging’s donation of 30 LG Pro:Centric model televisions will be used in Ronald McDonald House guest rooms that are provided to the families of children receiving medical treatments at Jacksonville hospitals and pediatric medical facilities. As a leader in the hospitality industry, LG Electronics also donated a Pro:Centric server that will allow for remote management of TV settings along with onsite programming for facility channels such as hospital branding, healthcare information, local weather and advertising.
Austin added, “The people at the Jacksonville Ronald McDonald House fill a vital role by providing warm and loving hearts to families in need. We initially began preparing meals for guests at the Ronald McDonald House on Children’s Way and now take great pride in helping the organization upgrade their lodging television systems.”
According to the chief executive officer, MDM will continue to provide dinners at the new facility located adjacent to the Nemours Children’s Hospital, and MDM’s associates will continue to donate money to buy gift cards for the families at Christmas. To become a Facebook Fan or to learn more about Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs, visit www.rmhcjax.org.