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McHappy Day brings back thousands of SMILES!

Three people pose outside a McDonalds restaurant withe cardboard hearts

On September 22, 2021, McDonald’s restaurants in Elmvale and Midland partnered with the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation for McHappy Day®.  The one-day event raised $20,000 – $10,000 of which will be donated to the GBGH Foundation’s Impact Fund, addressing the highest priority capital needs at GBGH. The other half of funds raised support Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto.

We are so proud of our teams for their incredible efforts this year,” says Mark Cruden, owner of the McDonald’s restaurants in Midland & Elmvale. “With so many challenges facing everyone this year – staffing shortages, public health requirements and very wet weather – everyone really pulled together to make a difference for our charity partners.

In 2018, Mark & Carol Cruden, owners of the McDonald’s restaurants in Midland and Elmvale, began a partnership with the GBGH Foundation to direct a portion of McHappy Day® proceeds to help the local hospital’s smallest patients.  Funds from the campaign have helped to build a children’s play area in the newly redeveloped ED at GBGH, and will help to purchase items for the hospital’s Birthing Unit.

We are so fortunate to have the continued support of such passionate community supporters like Mark & Carol Cruden,” shares Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation.  “They work so hard, and truly bring the community together to maximize the collective impact for our hospital and RMHC. Plus, they are kind, generous and humble people, so it is a delight to work with them.


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