The Sparks Society is Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Michiana’s opportunity to honor individuals who have joined us in our vision to keep families close. The Sparks Society was created to recognize our founders, Kathleen and David Sparks and their 20 years of commitment to support families and help alleviate the isolation and stress they feel when a child is sick or injured.
Kathleen and David Sparks have dedicated their lives to enhancing our Michiana community. David began his career with McDonald’s as a crew member and went on to become a corporate employee at the company’s Oak Brook, Illinois headquarters. He traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Japan, and Asia to work with McDonald’s restaurants. After working for the UpJohn company and Eckrich Meats in Kalamazoo, Kathleen co-founded KADA Partnership with David when they moved to the South Bend area in 1990. From that time until their retirement, they built the organization into a company that operated 18 McDonald’s restaurants and employed approximately 1,000 Michiana residents. In 2009, the two were inducted into the South Bend Hall of Fame.
You can help continue the Sparks’ legacy and help keep Michiana families close at a time when they need it the most.
Members of the Sparks Society provide critical support for RMHC of Michiana’s services. These individuals play an integral role in all that we do to provide families with a haven of certainty, a home away from home. With an annual gift of $2,002 or more, Sparks Society members ensure that RMHC of Michiana can continue to provide our programs at no cost to families.
Sparks Society members understand that the House cannot be a home-away-from home for our families, without general operating support. Sparks Society members provide the necessary funds to ensure the house will always have:
- A refrigerator full of staples (milk, eggs, bread, and butter)
- Laundry supplies (detergent, dryer sheets, baskets)
- An inviting space to rest and recharge
Members of the Sparks Society will receive a personalized Stewardship Report, a mailed Annual/Impact Report, and an invitation to the Sparks Society Reception.
Giving Levels and Impact
The purpose of this leadership giving society is to encourage donors to support our mission through unrestricted gifts. General operating support is vital, and we will create giving levels that will SPARK care, comfort, compassion, and community. Each level will positively impact the families we serve by providing the necessary funds to truly make our House a home-away-from home.
Sparks Society members can give monthly and become a House Hero. For instance, a gift of $167/month will qualify them as a member of Sparks Society.
Use the form below to select your giving level and process your donation. Once you have selected your giving level from the drop-down menus in the “Additional Information” section, please include that amount in the donation box at the top of the form. We cannot thank you enough for supporting our mission and being a part of our generous community!