Big Red Friday brings money to Omaha’s Ronald McDonald House
The money raised in Nebraska stays in Nebraska, with almost $100k brought in over 5 years.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Just a day away from the first Husker football game of the season and the Ronald McDonald House Charities are jumping into action with a very timely fundraiser.
The money comes from the sale of flags. $5 per flag adds up quite a bit when you consider the fact that this is the fifth year of the fundraiser that happens at every McDonald’s in Nebraska. This year alone is expected to generate $40 thousand.
This year’s flags, bright red with a white “Huskers” emblazoned across also feature some subtle detail work. Kari Ketcham, with the Omaha Ronald McDonald House Charities, says this year’s edition is far and away the favorite.
“It’s so cool because now that we’re gaining momentum in our fifth year, there are those who come out every year to get them”, Ketcham says of the flags. “We want this tradition to continue and be an iconic part of the Nebraska community.”
Mohamed Rady is in charge of 6 McDonald’s restaurants, with 4 in Lincoln alone. That means he gets to see the response from Husker Nation all over the place, and it’s the kind of reaction he loves to see.
“It’s a really exciting day for us, and it’s an honor for me as a local owner/operator”, says Rady. He adds how he’s involved his whole team of “6 restaurants to make it a very successful day for the Ronald McDonald House and the Huskers.”
It’s not just fans and McDonald’s employees helping this work, though. There’s a familiar face, that of DeMoine Adams, helping to bring in more visitors. Even though his college career has been over for a while, it’s never too late to show Husker pride.
“Once a Husker, always a Husker”, says Adams. “I’m proud to be a part of this ongoing tradition of making sure that we continue to help others, especially those off the field.”
It may be football that’s bringing everybody together, but the reason behind the game is so much more.