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Gladiators team up with McDonald's to go "Behind the Counter" to help raise money for RMHC

Thursday December 4, 2014

 LAKE ERIE MONSTERS AND CLEVELAND GLADIATORS FANS WILL BE SAYING “I’M LOVIN’ IT” FOR A CHANCE TO MEET TEAMS’ PLAYERS AT BROOKLYN MCDONALD’S

BROOKLYN, OH (December 3, 2014) – McDonald’s is teaming up with the Lake Erie Monsters and the Cleveland Gladiators, who will be serving customers at the front counter and at the drive-thru in an effort to help raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) this Thursday, December 4th at the Brooklyn McDonald’s, located at 10700 Brookpark Road, from 3:30pm-7:30pm.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to have our Monsters and Gladiators players on premises at McDonald’s to help serve meals and raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Our players are looking forward to a fun evening of interacting with our fans and customers of McDonald’s,” said Mike Ostrowski, Senior Vice President and COO of the Lake Erie Monsters and Cleveland Gladiators.

“This is a wonderful contribution from the Lake Erie Monsters and the Cleveland Gladiators to help bring awareness and raise money for such a great cause as RMHC,” said David Stiles, Owner and Operator of the Brooklyn McDonald’s. “The fans will also get a big kick out of getting their orders taken by these athletes and having a chance to meet them.”

McDonald’s fans and Monsters fans alike will have a chance to receive a pair of Lake Erie Monsters game tickets between the hours of 3:30pm and 5:30pm at the Brooklyn McDonald’s. Also, McDonald’s will be offering customers food specials to include a FREE Big Mac with the purchase of a Big Mac Extra Value Meal and a FREE Club House Sandwich with the purchase of any Club House Burger Extra Value Meal!

Monsters players Andrew Agozzino (#18) and Dan Maggio (#44) will be serving customers from 3:30-5:30pm, and Gladiators players Chad Schofield (#75) and Kitt O’Brien (#79) will be behind the counters from 5:30-7:30pm.

The Monsters are in action at Quicken Loans Arena this Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. for a pair of games against the Chicago Wolves. Friday’s game is a Dollar Dog & Soda Night presented by Pepsi and Sugardale. For tickets call (216) 420-0000, log onto www.lakeeriemonsters.com, visit any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart or The Q Arena Box Office.

Cleveland Gladiators memberships for the 2015 season are on sale now beginning at just $9 per game. Secure your seat location now by calling (216) 420-2222 or by logging onto www.clevelandgladiators.com.

About the Lake Erie Monsters and Cleveland Gladiators

Single game tickets for the 2014-15 season are on sale now. Full season Monsters Hockey Club memberships, partial season, group ticket and birthday bash packages are also on sale now. All tickets can be purchased by visiting LakeErieMonsters.com, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart.

The Lake Erie Monsters and Cleveland Gladiators are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.

ABOUT RMHC

Ronald McDonald House Charities was created in 1984 in memory of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, to reach beyond the Ronald McDonald Houses and help local children in need. In 1987, local McDonald’s Owner/Operators incorporated the first RMHC chapter in the state.

Since then, RMHC-NEO has granted more than $8.9 million to thousands of organizations with a long-standing commitment to helping children and families in their local communities. RMHC-NEO is recognized as a leader in the community, a charitable arm that extends to other non-profits in need of support for families and children through all walks of life.

Grant monies from RMHC-NEO provide medical services for children without health care; resource materials for youth counseling centers and mental health clinics; and safe playgrounds for domestic violence and homeless shelters. Other grants have funded adaptive equipment for disabled children; furnishings and equipment for domestic violence and bereavement centers; bully and violence prevention materials for middle school students, and much more.

RMHC-NEO grants also support the Ronald McDonald Houses® of Akron and Cleveland and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program – a state-of-the-art, mobile dental clinic that provides dental services to children ages 3 – 12 living in underserved areas of Northeast Ohio.

The RMHC-NEO Board of Directors meets three times a year to award grant funding. Grant application deadlines are early April, early August and early December. For more information, contact Ann Newman, RMHC-NEO Executive Director, at 216-986-0855, e-mail Director@rmhc-neo.org, or visit the web site at http://rmhc-neo.org.


About McDonald's Restaurants of Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio is home to nearly 260 McDonald’s restaurants in 22 counties. Most are owned and operated by independent franchisees who live, work and serve the communities where they do business. For more information about McDonald’s restaurants of Northeast Ohio, visit www.mcdonaldsneo.com.