The man who brought McDonald’s Restaurants to Chillicothe and other locations in southern Ohio, is celebrating 60 years with McDonald’s.
Ron Fewster began his career with McDonald’s in Toledo, Ohio in 1961, then came to Chillicothe in 1972 as a McDonald’s owner-operator.
His first store was on Bridge Street and played a major role on the committee that brought the Ronald McDonald House to Columbus. He later branched out with McDonald’s locations in Waverly, Circleville and Greenfield.
Among his community awards includes being named the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce “Entrepreneur of the Year” and Jaycee’s “Citizen of the Year”, along with other awards during his time with McDonald’s.
The annual Chillicothe Handbag Hullaballoo is coming in September benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities. While the night is fun for those attending or playing the matching raffle game virtually, it’s all about helping fund the world’s largest RMDH located near Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
In 2020, 48 families and 127 individuals from Pickaway, Pike and Ross Counties were served by the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. Overall, the stays tallied 828 nights at a total cost of $82,800.
The Chillicothe Handbag Hullaballoo event offsets that cost to help families stay for free, allowing them to be close to their child while hospitalized at Nationwide Children’s. Last year, the event raised more than $38,000.
The 2021 Handbag Hullaballoo will be held at the Christopher Conference Center on September 16th. The in-house event is a sellout, but a companion virtual event was launched last year due to the pandemic. Players can participate virtually for $25 each. Up for grabs, high-end, brand name designer handbags from Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach and more. Participants purchase game booklets and work to match randomly drawn words. Those who match shout “Hullabaloo” and they’re in line to win one of the nearly 30 handbags to be awarded.
For more details, contact Caitlin Wilcott at 614-227-3729.