PEORIA - The Peoria Ronald McDonald House received a $3.3 million gift today.

The research-based biopharmaceutical company AbbVie announced a donation of $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities. This donation, the largest single gift in RMHC’s history, will be used to build family-centered spaces and more than 600 new guest sleeping rooms at 32 Ronald McDonald Houses the United States. The Peoria Ronald McDonald House was selected as one of the 32 houses and will receive $3.3 million to go toward the overall $7 million build cost of the new Peoria House.

“We are extremely pleased and grateful for this gift,” said Kelly Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. “Having this gift in hand means we can now move forward with our groundbreaking next month and shift our focus to the final $1.5 million needed to be raised to complete the project."

The new four-story Peoria Ronald McDonald House will be located on the corner of Spalding Avenue and NE Monroe Street and will serve over 700 families annually and provide hundreds of volunteer opportunities for the community as well as a dozen or more new jobs.