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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • McDonald's supports new Hawley playground

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    Reflecting the legacy of the late George Rubin, founder of the Honesdale McDonald's Restaurant, a $10,000 donation was presented by his family July 24th benefitting the new handicapped accessible
    playground coming to Hawley.
    The donation came through Ronald McDonald House Charities of
    Northeastern Pennsylvania Inc. Half came from the national level, matched by the regional office.
    Joseph Regenski, who is coordinating the playground, was on hand at
    McDonald's Restaurant at the Route 6 Plaza, for the picture with Judy
    Rubin, George Rubin's widow, as well as Judy's daughter Leeanna Rubin.
    The donation is benefitting the CJR Memorial Playground planned for Bingham Park in Hawley. This is an all-inclusive, handicapped-accessible playground, designed for ages 5-12. It will sit next to the existing toddler playground. Also included in the project
    are handicapped-accessible restrooms; Bingham Park presently lacks any
    permanent restroom facilities of any kind.
    Regenski started the CJR Memorial Foundation in memory of his son
    Caleb who died at age 2 in 2007, from a brain tumor.
    The Foundation
    has been raising funds to raise money and awareness on behalf of
    children who are critically ill.
    The Foundation directly supports
    families who are unable to care for their sick child because they need to prioritize their job to cover bills such as the mortgage or utilities.
    Some of the contributions are made to Ronald McDonald House
    Charities, which offer support to families who need assistance to be near their hospitalized child.
    Judy said her husband who, died June 22, 2014, cared very much about the community and contributed in various ways through
    the years. He was formerly on the board of the Ronald McDonald Charities in Scranton.
    George opened McDonald's just outside Honesdale in November
    of 1977.
    Page 2 of 2 - His daughter, Leeanna, said he was known to embrace the community like it was his family. He thought of the restaurant not so much as a franchise, but as a "mom and pop" operation where he genuinely cared about his customers and got to know many of them.
    The local McDonald's sponsored the grant, Judy said.
    Although he did not live to present the check, he was well aware of the playground project and supported it.
    The Rubins live in Tafton. Judy has taken over full management, having worked at her husband's side in the business these
    many years.
    LeeAnna is studying theater at graduate school, but said she is contemplating whether to one day be the "second generation" to manage her father's McDonald's.
    A $225,000 state grant is funding the bulk of the project; Wayne
    County contributed $15,000, Regenski noted.
    Regenski said that the current schedule is to set up the playground in September. The playground is to be delivered on
    September 10th, and it should take only five days to set it up.
    The blue stone walkway needs to be placed before the surface mat. Although most of the project has been funded, donations are still needed.
    Blue stone pavers, engraved according to the donor's wishes, are being sold through the Foundation. He said he expects to have a grand opening of the playground in October.
    For more information online: www.cjrmemorialfund.org
    http://rmhscranton.org (Ronald McDonald House of Scranton).

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