For the Lane Family, being owner/operators of McDonald’s is not only about providing a place where families can have a meal delivered quickly, with friendly service, it’s about how they can truly impact the lives of the families in their community for generations to come. Because to the Lane’s, carrying the McDonald’s name enables them to do great things for those around them.
Bob’s philanthropic outreach began with sponsorships of local sports teams. His first project as a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a global nonprofit that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children around the world. Bob led the effort to build two Ronald McDonald Houses in Wichita. His fundraising efforts gained momentum when Bob led a team of his fellow owner/operators and McDonald’s staff people in hosting the 4th annual McDonald’s All-American Basketball Tournament at Wichita State University in 1981 – the year that featured High School Seniors Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing. That game raised more for RMHC Wichita than the three previous games combined.
Opening both Ronald McDonald Houses helped drive Bob’s life-long commitment to philanthropy. Today Lane Enterprises continue their active involvement with RMHC Wichita. He has contributed generously to his community in El Dorado, KS, serving as co-chairman of fundraising campaigns for the El Dorado YMCA and BG Products Veterans’ Sports Complex. He was also a major contributor to the SBAMH Cancer Center - all projects that have truly changed the face of the town.
In 2016, RMHC Global honored Bob with the Gerry Newman McTLC Award of Excellence for his ongoing philanthropic support of youth programs across the state of Kansas. More than 1,200 RMHC leaders and guests came together to recognize Lane at the annual Awards of Excellence in Rosemont, IL., where Lane was awarded a $100,000 grant.With his generous nature, Bob recently announced that he and his wife, Jen, will personally match the $100,000 grant, providing $200,000 to kick-start a capital campaign for RMHC Wichita to build a new 20-bedroom Ronald McDonald House.
As one of the founders of RMHC and its first president, Gerry Newman was a champion for the Charity, touching the lives of millions of children. Since 1988, The Gerry Newman McTLC Award of Excellence has honored the Charity’s founding mission partner and McDonald’s owner/operators who have stood out among all others for their efforts on behalf of children, and best exemplify Newman’s dedication to RMHC.
Each year the event attracts hundreds of business, community and health care leaders who are dedicated to helping the Charity support seven million children and families annually.
Past recipients honored at the RMHC Awards of Excellence have included puppeteer and screenwriter Jim Henson (1990); Former First Lady Betty Ford (1998); Actress Jamie Lee Curtis (2012); founder of Southwest Airlines, Herbert D. Kelleher (2010); and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps with actor Paul Newman accepting on their behalf (2005); actor, director and humanitarian, Danny Glover (2004).