Our History

1984 – Welcomed First Guest Family

1984 – Welcomed First Guest Family

Hershey’s Ronald McDonald House opens its doors on Nov. 19 and welcomed the first guest family to the original 13-bedroom home.

1993 – Eight Bedroom Wing Added

1993 – Eight Bedroom Wing Added

An eight bedroom wind was added to the Ronald McDonald House and dedicated to the memory of Bob Burgess and his daughter, Pamela, through the Burgess Foundation, the generosity of

2000 – Ronald McDonald Family Room Opened

2000 – Ronald McDonald Family Room Opened

Ronald McDonald Family Room was opened at Penn State Children’s Hospital, featuring a living room that converts to an overnight dormitory, stocked kitchen, computers, laundry, shower, and private meeting room.

2009 – Ground broke to expand

2009 – Ground broke to expand

Ground was broken to expand the 20-bedroom Ronald McDonald House to 35 bedrooms.

2010 – Grand Opening after Expansion

2010 – Grand Opening after Expansion

Grand opening of expanded 35 bedroom Ronald McDonald House.

2013 – Hospitality Cart

2013 – Hospitality Cart

Hospitality Cart debuts at Penn State Children’s Hospital supplying pediatric patients and their families with snacks, games, stuffed animals, arts and crafts, personal care items and much more.

2014 – Family Room Renovated

2014 – Family Room Renovated

The Ronald McDonald Family Room is renovated with new appliances, furniture, and calming tones of beige and light green.