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40th National Teams Up With Ronald McDonald House Charities

The National Sports Collectors Convention (National), the annual premier showcase event of the multi-billion dollar collectible industry announced today they are teaming up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) to provide a child receiving medical treatment, and his/her parents, staying at an area Ronald McDonald House, an opportunity to enjoy a “Once In A Lifetime VIP Experience” July 31 through August 4, 2019, at the 40th National, hosted by the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

One lucky Ronald McDonald House family will experience an opportunity of a lifetime with National VIP ticket packages which includes a personal behind-the‑scenes tour of the show, meet and greets and photo-ops with superstar athletes and entertainers, exclusive limited-edition trading cards and free autographs, thanks to supporting sponsors to-date, including; The Industry Summit, Beckett Media, TRISTAR Productions, Panini America, OYO Sports, Ultra Pro, Power Tower, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and HandBid Auctions.
Further, the National has provided complimentary tickets for additional families from the Charity and will be conducting an auction at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the RMHC-CNI.
“We are extremely excited the 40th National Sports Collectors Convention is partnering withRonald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana on this amazing experience,” said John Broggi, National Show Promoter. “The opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference in a child’s life is extremely rewarding for the National, our exhibitors and show attendees.”
Open to the public, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center will be transformed into a collector’s paradise utilizing 400,000 plus square feet, including 650 high profile exhibitors from around the country who are buying, selling and trading sought after sports/entertainment collectibles and memorabilia. The National’s TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion will feature 140 plus superstar athletes / entertainers signing and taking photo-ops with sports fans and collectors alike throughout the week.
 “We are incredibly grateful to the National Sports Collectors Convention for giving families an experience to remember together,” says Holly Buckendahl, Chief Executive Officer, RMHC-CNI. “Childhood illness creates an unimaginable amount of stress and challenges for families, so enjoying moments of fun makes a tremendous difference in helping families get better together.”
The National advance VIP Packages and General Admission tickets are on sale online In addition, visit TRISTAR Productions to view participating autograph guest, such as; Dick Butkus, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Hulk Hogan, Bobby Hull, Ric Flair, Bob Gibson, Dennis Rodman, Reggie Jackson, Andre Dawson, Pete Rose, Rickey Henderson, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, William Shatner and newly elected Baseball Hall of Famers – Harold Baines, Edgar Martinez and Lee Smith, just a few who will be signing at the National’sTRISTAR Autograph Pavilion throughout the week. Advanced autograph tickets will be available for purchase on the TRISTAR website starting May 31, 2019.
About National Sports Collectors Convention
The National Sports Collectors Convention is the world’s largest gathering of collectors, dealers and any other groups interested in buying, selling and collecting trading cards, autographs and other related sports and entertainment memorabilia. Started in 1980, the National has grown into an annual extravaganza that is the premier showcase event of the multi-billion dollar collectibles industry. It’s been said, “If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the National, it probably doesn’t exist.”
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About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana exists so families can get better together. Each night, we keep 158 families close to the care and resources they need through five area Ronald McDonald Houses® and three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®. Enabling families to stay close to their hospitalized child supports the health and well-being of the child and saves families more than $10 million in hotel and food costs each year. We are located near Advocate Children’s Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Edward Hospital in Naperville and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. The Charity also operates the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program, providing medical care to children in underserved areas. RMHC-CNI is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is an approved BBB Accredited Business and recipient of Guidestar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency.
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