McHappy Day campaign gives over $34K to local YMCA

(L to R): John Mundell, ops consultant with McDonald’s Kingston; Mary Howlett, director of operations for McDonald’s Kingston; Rob Adams, CEO of YMCA of Eastern Ontario; Todd Shea, owner-operator with McDonald’s Kingston; Scott Garrison, ops consultant with McDonald’s Kingston, and; Katrina Ryce, market people lead for McDonald’s Kingston, gather together as the YMCA of Eastern Ontario is presented with the funds raised through McHappy Day 2024. Submitted photo.

Kids’ programs at the YMCA of Eastern Ontario just got a boost from McDonald’s Restaurants in Kingston and Gananoque with a donation of $34,046 raised on McHappy Day.

“We are so grateful to Todd Shea and the McDonald’s team for this partnership and for choosing us as their children’s charity for this year’s McHappy Day,” said
Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario.

“Money will go to our financial assistance program to ensure that no child is left behind from summer camps or other programs because of financial circumstances. It was a thrill for our staff and volunteers to participate in raising money that will not only support kids and teens in our region, but also helps to fund Ronald McDonald House.”

McHappy Day took place on May 8, 2024, and the cheque was presented to the local YMCA on Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2024. According to a release from the YMCA, McDonald’s restaurants in Kingston and Gananoque have supported the YMCA of Eastern Ontario over the past four years in different fundraising events with this year being the second time the YMCA of Eastern Ontario was chosen as the local charity for McDonald’s McHappy Day.

“The success of this year’s McHappy Day is a testament to the generosity and support of our entire community,” said Todd Shea, owner-operator of a McDonald’s location in Kingston. “It has been a record year and I would like to thank our employees and the numerous YMCA volunteers, for their tireless efforts in supporting these worthwhile charities. Without our employees and the volunteers’ engagement and commitment, we certainly wouldn’t be able to achieve these outstanding results. We are incredibly honoured to be able to partner with Rob Adams and his organization enabling us to contribute to the impactful work of the YMCA kid’s programs and Ronald McDonald House Charities who both do so much to support the communities in which we live.”

The fundraising goal for the YMCA of Eastern Ontario’s 2024 Ignite the Spark annual campaign is $432,000.

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