The iconic image of Ronald McDonald is a cultural mainstay of America and one of the most recognizable corporate symbols ever created. It is also the image of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting families with sick children in their time of need.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso (RMHC El Paso) is the only local organization that provides these services in El Paso for families in crisis.
While attending to so many needs, the group was unable to keep its life-size Ronald McDonald statue in good repair. The decades-old clown icon had a broken leg and multiple layers of paint. The group’s Executive Director Frank Lopez saw an opportunity to have the statue restored and reached out to Pronto Body Shop owner Tiffany Menefee.
“I have known Tiffany and Javier for a few years as a client at their body shop and got to know them on a personal level,” said Lopez. “They have always been community conscious and willing to give back so I reached out to them first. Of course, Tiffany agreed without hesitation.”
The Pronto Body Shop staff worked extensively to remove the old paint and restore the statue as an in-kind gift to the charity. When it came to painting the detail work, Menefee reached out to El Paso artist Victor “Mask” Casas to add the fun finishing touches to the Ronald McDonald statue.
“We were happy to help with this project. The Ronald McDonald House Charities do fabulous work with sick children in our community and we are happy to support them any way we can,” Tiffany Menefee said.
On Thursday, Nov, 5, Menefee and Casas delivered the statue back to RMHC El Paso where he could once again greet families and children for years to come.
“Pronto and Victor “Mask” Casas did an extremely good job and now we have Ronald back welcoming families to the Ronald McDonald House. We truly appreciate everyone at Pronto Body Shop,” said Lopez.