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Ronald McDonald House celebrates expanded home

Ronald McDonald and Victoria Tillinghast, a former guest of the CNY Ronald McDonald House, cut the ribbon.

Ronald McDonald and Victoria Tillinghast, a former guest of the CNY Ronald McDonald House, cut the ribbon. Klineberg Photography

— Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York has officially opened the doors to its new Central New York Ronald McDonald House and guest families are expected to stay at the house starting in December. The new house is located at 1100 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse.

The new house is 100-percent accessible and will allow the organization to meet diverse needs and offer expanded services for new populations of guest families. The house features an elevator, guest rooms with private baths, a large family centered kitchen, a private registration area for guest families and a community room.

"We are excited to open our doors and welcome families into the new Central New York Ronald McDonald House," said Beth Trunfio, executive director. "It has taken many hearts to build this home and it wouldn't have been possible without the tremendous support from the community, volunteers and our donors, who have helped to make this dream a reality."

Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY operates the CNY Ronald McDonald House 24-hours a day, year-round as a “home away from home” for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries. The new, larger Ronald McDonald House will allow the organization to help keep even more families with seriously ill children together.

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