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Ronald McDonald House's Krantz Cottage Offers Lake George Retreat For Families

Posted: 7/7/2021 - 2-minute Read

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Lake George is a place of peace and rest.

Now our community in the Southern Adirondacks is home to a Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Cottage, providing a space year-round for families who are facing series childhood illness or losses.

On Saturday, July 17, 2021, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Capital Region (RMHC-CR) will welcome the first guest family to stay at the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat at Krantz Cottage, located at 161 Ottawa Street in the Village of Lake George.

“Families who are experiencing serious childhood illnesses are under a significant amount of emotional, physical, and financial stress,” said Dr. David Jacobsen, CEO of RMHC-CR in a post on the RMHC-CR website. “This year-round retreat is intended to provide a peaceful respite that allows families to spend time doing what matters most – being together.”

We can’t wait to show our support for these families and share our destination with them.

The cottage is conveniently located within walking distance of beaches, restaurants and several attractions.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Wednesday, July 14, 2021,  we celebrated the grand opening of Krantz Cottage with a ribbon cutting ceremony along with the Office of Mayor Robert Blais.

Click here to view the ceremony. 


About Krantz Cottage

Krantz Cottage guest families enjoy a five-day, four-night stay in the two-story, two-apartment cottage — all free of charge! A RMHC host is available on-site to offer any necessary assistance. Families also receive a complimentary welcome bag with services from the Lake George community business partners, again at no cost to them.

The two-story cottage, which houses an apartment on each floor, is the former law office of the late Howard Krantz.

Community collaboration helped make Krantz Cottage possible. The family of Howard Krantz, Mayor Robert Blais, and the Lake George community worked together to make the project a reality and offer generous support to guest families. Many people and businesses donated gift certificates to restaurants and local attractions. Others gave the gift of their time, most recently including a group of Amish artisans who know firsthand the comfort and compassion RMHC-CR has offered their family members.

Click here to view the Family Retreat Application.

How can you help?

 Donate to the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat at Krantz Cottage Wish List for Christmas in July!

They’re looking for gift cards and gift certificates for families including:

  • Price Chopper Gift Cards
  • Home Depot Gift Cards
  • Gas Cards
  • Lake George Restaurant Gift Certificates
  • Lake George Activities Gift Certificates

Gift cards and certificates can be mailed to or dropped off between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at:

Ronald McDonald House
139 S. Lake Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

 You can also help by becoming a Renovation and Furnishing Sponsor!

 Contact Lori Emery, director of operations, for more information at lemery@rmhcofalbany.org.

Here are items you can sponor:

  • 3 Queen Mattresses — $500 each
  • 2 Twin Mattresses — $300 each
  • Queen Sleeper Sofa w/ mattress upgrade — $1,500
  • Queen Sleeper Sofa w/ mattress upgrade — $1,500
  • 48” Smart TV (Children’s Nook) — $350
  • Deck Furniture for 2nd Floor Deck — $1,000
  • Dining Room Chandelier — $300
  • 2 Microwaves — $300 each
  • Full Size Refrigerator — $2,000
  • Apt. Size Refrigerator — $500
  • 40” Smart TV — $250
  • Sectional Soda – $2,000
  • Patio Furniture for Back Yard Unit One — $1,000
  • Gas Grill — $500
  • Front Porch Furniture for Unit One — $800
  •  Apt. Size Stove — $1,200
  • Stove for Downstairs — $700
  • 1 Dishwasher — $800
  • Stackable Washer/Dryer — $1,700
  • 2 iPads (approx.) $500 each

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