Royals Charities to renovate basement at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

On Friday, Royals Charities will officially announce a basement renovation project for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. 

Starting at 10 a.m., Royals Charities will present a check for $50,000 to help fund the project at the organization's Longfellow House, located at 2502 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo., 64108. Jennifer Bertrand, winner of HGTV's Design Star, is donating her time to design the renovation, using baseball themed items to create a fun and comfortable space for families.

Immediately following the presentation, volunteers from the Royals front office and Royals Charities will prepare and serve a meal to families are who currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Royals catcher, Drew Butera will also join from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The morning event launches Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month for the Royals as September 2 will be recognized as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day across Major League Baseball. Players, coaches and grounds crew will wear special patches on-field. The Royals will also host non-profit organizations Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Braden's Hope for Childhood Cancer and Noah's Bandage Project to the stadium to raise funds and awareness through lemonade sales, calendar sales and a bandage drive.

About Royals Charities:

Created in 2001, Royals Charities strives to support children, education, youth baseball/softball, and military in and around the Kansas City area. The foundation accomplishes this mission through financial donations, as well as in-kind support, including memorabilia, tickets and publicity. Under the leadership of the Glass family, Royals Charities has donated more than $10.5 million dollars in grants since its inception and in 2015 donated $1.5 million to 122 Kansas City area organizations. For more information visit

About Ronald McDonald House Charities:

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City keeps families close to their sick children while they receive critical care at Kansas City-area hospitals. On any given night, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City serves 87 families. Annually, it provides lodging to over 5,500 families and supports more than 57,000 visits from inpatients and their families at its Family Room within Children's Mercy Hospital. By providing a comfortable place to stay, warm meals and other supportive services, RMHC-KC keeps families close during a difficult time.