La-Z-Boy® Furniture Brings Comfort to Ronald McDonald House Charities’® 300th House

Company Furnishes Library at West County Location in St. Louis as Official Furniture Provider to Ronald McDonald House Charities

MONROE, Mich. (September 23, 2010) – For the families of ill and injured children staying at a Ronald McDonald House®, the comforts of home bring a sense of normalcy during a time that’s anything but normal. With the help of La-Z-Boy, the new 20-room West County Ronald McDonald House® will serve as a comfortable home-away-from-home for these families at a time when they need it most. Five La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores in the St. Louis area have donated beautiful furniture including sofas, chairs, tables and more to completely furnish the library in the House, making the West County Ronald McDonald House feel more like home. The West County Ronald McDonald House location will be the 300th Ronald McDonald House in the world.

“The West County Ronald McDonald House will provide families of ill and injured children a wonderful place of rest during tough times,” said Keith Medlin, market sales manager of the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores in the St. Louis area. “We are so pleased to support Ronald McDonald House Charities as they celebrate the opening of their 300th House. These Houses provide such an important calm and supportive environment for families in need.”

Among La-Z-Boy products donated to the West County Ronald McDonald House were the company’s comfortable “Metro” sofas, a “Madison” chair and multiple wood accent pieces.

“We are thrilled to have a library filled with comfortable La-Z-Boy furniture that will make our families feel at home the moment they arrive,” said Dan Harbaugh, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis®. “With La-Z-Boy's support, we will be able to offer a supportive environment for families so they can focus on the health of their children.”

In addition to the furniture donation, employees of the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in the St. Louis area will carry on their tradition of serving dinner to residents at one of the three local Ronald McDonald Houses once a month, donating about 30 hours a month to the charity. The stores also will donate La-Z-Boy Comfort Bears stuffed animals to the new house to offer added comfort.

Furniture Partnership

As the official furniture provider for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), La-Z-Boy is committed to providing a home-away-from-home to families in their time of need. The La-Z-Boy contribution to RMHC includes annual furniture donations to all Ronald McDonald House programs and Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs in the United States and Canada, as well as a monetary donation to RMHC. Since the partnership’s inception, La-Z-Boy has donated more than 1,000 pieces of furniture to Ronald McDonald Houses across North America.

The grand opening of the West County Ronald McDonald House will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 29, with the ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m.

About La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
The St. Louis area La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores are located at:

  • 4110 Von Talge Road, St. Louis, Mo.; Phone: 314-416-4661
  • 11201 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, Mo.; Phone: 314-291-7447
  • 14177 Manchester Road, Manchester, Mo.; Phone: 636-394-7447
  • 1238 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon, Ill.; Phone: 618-628-6399
  • 271 Megan Avenue, O’Fallon, Mo.; Phone: 636-379-3945

For more information, visit www.la-z-boy.com/stlouis.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St. Louis
Since 1981, RMHC of Metro St. Louis has served as a “home-away-from-home” for more than 30,000 families traveling to St. Louis with seriously ill children. The Houses provide a comfortable bed, warm meals, hot showers, and a network of families who share the similar burden of having a seriously ill child. In addition, three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms have provided comfort and care to more than 10,000 families of pediatric inpatients at St. Louis hospitals since 2005. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide many of the same comforts of the House, but within the hospital.

About La-Z-Boy
Headquartered in Monroe, Mich., La-Z-Boy is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers. The company manufactures a full line of comfortable products for the living room and family room, including the company’s world-famous recliners, reclining sofas and love seats, sleep sofas, modular furniture and leather upholstery, as well as stationary sofas, love seats and chairs. It is a division of La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE: LZB), one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. Comfort. It’s what we do.®

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 53 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, www.rmhc.org or follow us on Twitter (@RMHC) and Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).

About La-Z-Boy

Headquartered in Monroe, Mich., La-Z-Boy has been producing some of the world’s most comfortable furniture for over 85 years. The company manufactures a full line of comfortable products for the living room and family room, including the company’s world-famous recliners, reclining sofas and love seats, sleep sofas, modular furniture and leather upholstery, as well as stationary sofas, love seats and chairs. It is a division of La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE: LZB), one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. "Live Life Comfortably.®"

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