Weed Man Lawn Care donates $60,000 to Ronald McDonald House
MADISON, Wis. — The Ronald McDonald House is going into the new year with optimism and gratitude after a local family-owned business donated thousands of dollars.
It all started at Weed Man Lawn Care’s holiday party. Andy Kurth and his family, who all own Weed Man Lawn Care, invited Mary Donahue from the Ronald McDonald House to their holiday party in Wisconsin Dells after they called to tell her they wanted to donate $10,000.
“When someone calls and says we have a $10,000 check for you, it makes it a pretty good day at the house,” Donahue said.
When Donahue was accepting the check at the holiday party and talking about what the Ronald McDonald House is all about, Kurth’s parents were touched by the impact the Ronald McDonald House has on their own employees.
“Mary had asked everybody to raise their hands [asking] if they had somebody in their lives that had been to the Ronald McDonald House,” Kurth said. “It really sank in hard when we had 10 employees raise their hands to say they’ve had a family member that’s been touched by the Ronald McDonald House.”
Moments later, Kurth’s parents told Donahue they wanted to donate an additional $50,000.
“My husband said, ‘It’s the first time I’ve seen her speechless in years and years and years,'” Donahue said.
Donahue said the Ronald McDonald House is fortunate to have received such a large sum of money considering they are undergoing a major project.
“Our house has been in the process of an $8.9 million capital campaign to about double the size of our house,” Donahue said.
Donahue said that kind of money will help them reach their goal, possibly even exceed it.
“It took me completely by surprise and the thing that’s so amazing is this is the time at the end of this campaign that every gift matters,” Donahue said.
Kurth said he was just as happy as Donahue was when he heard his parents make the donation at the holiday party, but said it’s what the Weed Man business is all about.
“We’re at the point where we’re doing things that really help our community and there’s really no better cause than what the Ronald McDonald House does,” Kurth said. “It’s an amazing experience to be able to do anything we can to help.”
If you would like to donate to the Ronald McDonald House, you can do so here.
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