Beverly Morrow Keeps Arches Golden for Ronald McDonald House

As a McDonald’s owner/operator for 25 years, Beverly Morrow gets the pleasure of directly supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities by donating a portion of Happy Meal proceeds to the organization. But her passion for the local chapter goes deeper than that.

“My younger sister died of cerebral palsy when I was 7 years old. My mom was only able to see her once a day and sometimes only every other day because of where the hospital was located,” she says. “My mom’s only transportation was my dad, who had to take her after he came home from work. So I personally have seen the pain and frustration parents and families go through when they can’t be near their sick child.”

On Feb. 16, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas will hold its annual Chocolate Fantasy Ball. Here’s what you need to know about the organization and the event.

Q: What inspired you to first get involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas?

A: My involvement began as a McDonald’s owner, as we all donate through the in-store promotions. Our stores host the Give a Hand fundraiser where we sell paper hands for $1, $3 or $5 in the restaurants each November, and we sponsor the Chocolate Fantasy Ball and the Ronald McDonald Golf Classic.

Q: Why do you feel it’s an important organization?

A: In addition to my family’s own experience, I have been on the board of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and have seen firsthand the importance of the Ronald McDonald House to the hospital and what it means to the patients’ families. It is a safe, close place for these parents to stay, so that is one less burden that they have to deal with during a difficult time.

Q: What’s been your favorite experience?

A: The Ronald McDonald House provides dinner every night, laundry facilities and many supplies to the families so they can focus on their child’s healing. I enjoy providing meals for the families so it’s one less thing they have to worry about.

Q: Tell me a little bit about Chocolate Fantasy Ball.

A: You can expect lots and lots of chocolate, exceptional auction items, fantastic music and delicious food. It’s a great time to relax and enjoy the company of the many supporters of the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock. I love the silent and live auctions. I believe the Chocolate Fantasy Ball has one of the best silent and live auctions in Arkansas. Some of our amazing auction items this year include a custom diamond piece, courtesy of Sissy’s Log Cabin, a weeklong vacation in Cabo San Lucas, tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game, a wine lot, and lots more.

Chocolate Fantasy Ball
When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m. | Where: The Peabody Hotel  
Tickets: $250 per person, patron tickets and sponsorships also available | Contact: 374-1956

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