THE EVANS MURRAY SOCIETY

When communities come together with a common goal, extraordinary things can occur. The world’s first Ronald McDonald House was founded in 1974 by a small group of individuals in Philadelphia who saw that providing comfort, companionship, and a welcoming place to stay could change the lives of families with seriously ill children and also improve their clinical outcomes. 

Leading this group of dedicated visionaries was noted pediatric oncologist Dr. Audrey Evans and beloved former Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Jimmy Murray. It was their leadership and foresight that made the dream of the Ronald McDonald House a reality for generations of families in Philadelphia and around the world. 

The Evans Murray Society recognizes those individuals and organizations whose annual support of $1,000 or more demonstrates leadership by supporting families with seriously ill children and reflects the generosity and boldness of spirit of that first house and its founders. 

In appreciation of their annual philanthropy, Evans Murray Society benefactors are recognized in Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House publications, annual reports, and other materials. As the most valued and closely connected members of our community, they also are extended early and/or exclusive access to attend special events and are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities throughout the year.

Evans Murray Society benefactors are recognized at the following levels of support:

Whether you grew up down the street or thousands of miles away, when you meet Ronald McDonald House founder Jimmy Murray you know what it is to instantly be welcomed into a community. Everyone involved with the Ronald McDonald House is part of a “neighborhood of care” that spans the globe. Here, we always find friends who serve as extensions of our immediate family – these are our Neighbors. The Neighbors level recognizes donors whose annual giving totals $1,000 or more. In appreciation of their support, Neighbors are extended the following:

  • Neighbors level recognition in Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House publications
  • Invitation to annual events
  • Special mailings and notices throughout the year
  • Evans Murray Society signature item

World-renowned pediatric oncologist and Ronald McDonald House founder Dr. Audrey Evans has said, “I want to be remembered as a woman who cared.” In her more than 60 year medical career she has cared for hundreds of thousands of patients and extended her kindness to everyone she meets. In honor of all who follow in Dr. Evans’ footsteps and care enough to help create a safe space for families, the Caregivers level recognizes contributors whose annual giving totals $2,500 or more. In appreciation of their support, Caregivers are extended the following:

  • Caregivers level recognition in Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House publications
  • Special invitations to signature events and receptions throughout the year
  • All other benefits identified previously

Dr. Evans and Jimmy Murray founded the Ronald McDonald House as a place where families could breathe a bit easier and find companionship with others who understand what it is like to have a seriously ill child. Named in honor of all who provide emotional and financial support to families in trying times, the Companions level recognizes contributors whose generous annual giving totals $5,000 or more. In appreciation of their support, Companions are extended the following:

  • Companions level recognition in Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House publications
  • VIP access to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House activities throughout the year
  • All benefits identified previously

As a trailblazer in the medical world, Dr. Evans opened many doors for fellow clinicians and researchers, and gave voice to the needs of countless patients and families. She is one of our most prominent voices, but we know that every guest, volunteer, and friend who walks through our doors becomes an ambassador for our House. In honor of all those who believe in and help to further our mission, the Ambassador level recognizes those contributors whose annual giving totals $10,000 or more. In appreciation of their support, Ambassador are extended the following:

  • Ambassador level recognition in Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House publications
  • Exclusive invitations to events with Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House leadership
  • Public recognition of support
  • All benefits identified previously

A vision for the care of families fueled our co-founders to create the Ronald McDonald House. Today we depend on our most determined and impactful partners to sustain the House for generations to come. It is these influential representatives, our Visionaries, who have chosen to prioritize our mission and serve as our voice within their wider professional and philanthropic circles. Visionaries are devoted individuals and organizations whose incredible annual support totals $25,000 or more each year. In appreciation of their support, Visionaries are extended the following:

  • Highest-level recognition in Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House publications
  • Private dinner/engagement with Ronald McDonald House founders and leadership
  • Public recognition of support
  • All benefits identified above