LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings and the club’s American Hockey League affiliate -- the Ontario Reign -- have teamed up off the ice to announce a significant community gift.
The Kings and Reign are providing to Ronald McDonald House Inland Empire $1 million to help that facility double the amount of guest rooms and create new team-themed family and children’s recreation rooms.
“The Kings and the Reign are partners on and off the ice,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. “Since the Reign began play in the AHL last season one of our cumulative goals was to be very active in the community. We feel this is a great example of that commitment while benefitting a group, the Ronald McDonald House, that is very close to our hearts.”
“Due to the sheer geographic size of the community it serves, our Ronald McDonald House has been operating at more than max capacity for years,” said Reign President Darren Abbott. “Contributing to this capital campaign will ensure that more families will have a comfortable place to call home while their children visit the hospital. We thank our fans, our community partners and the Kings for allowing us to collaborate on such a great cause.”
The Ronald McDonald House Inland Empire opened in 1996 with 21 guest rooms for families of critically ill and injured children receiving specialized medical treatment at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. More than 50,000 people from throughout the Inland Empire have called the Ronald McDonald House their “home away from home.”
The $1 million gift expands the House to 54 guest rooms with a grand reopening scheduled for December 12, 2016. The expansion includes a Kings and Reign-themed family and children’s recreation rooms complete with new TVs, furniture and bubble hockey.
Today’s community announcement is the latest by the Kings in this their 50th Anniversary season which is highlighted by the franchise’s Forever 50 initiative.