Grand Marshal – 2022

We are excited to announce that Chuck Kraft, the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Piedmont Triad Chapter will be our Grand Marshal for the 2022 holiday parade.

Chuck was born and raised in Philadelphia (he talks funny). He came to Winston-Salem
to attend Wake Forest University on football scholarship where he was a member of the
1979 Tangerine Bowl Team. Upon graduating in 1980 with an accounting degree he
entered public accounting, earned his CPA license and worked for two local CPA firms
for ten years. In 1990 he entered the non-profit world serving the YMCA of NWNC as
their CFO for 14 years. Chuck then served with Smart Start of Forsyth County for eight
years. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities
of the Piedmont Triad, Inc. (RMHCPT) since September 2012, when it was Ronald
McDonald House of Winston-Salem. Chuck has served RMHCPT as a volunteer board
and/or committee member since 1986.
Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem opened on September 14, 1984, offering 10
bedrooms for families with children receiving medical care in our community. Due to a
constant waiting list, we expanded our House in 1997 to 17 bedrooms. In 2002 we
expanded the programs we offer by opening our first Ronald McDonald Family Room
(RMFR) on the 6 th floor of Brenner Children’s Hospital at Atrium Health Wake Forest
Baptist. In 2008 we opened our second RMFR in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. Still maintaining a long waiting list, we
expanded our House again in 2010 to 35 bedrooms. In our efforts of “Keeping Families
Close”, the best medicine for sick children, we started our Hospitality Cart program in
2019. We now operate 7 Hospitality Carts spread over 5 different medical facilities to
bring that “home away from home” feeling directly to the families we serve so they
spend even less time away from their child’s side! In 2021, we expanded our House by
one bedroom, a long-term stay suite, to a total of 36 bedrooms; opened our third RMFR
on the 6 th floor of the Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital; and
changed our name to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Piedmont Triad to better
reflect the growing geographic region that our programs are being offered in.
In addition to his volunteer and staff service to RMHCPT, throughout the years Chuck
has given his time to numerous other community boards and his church. Chuck and his
wife Sue have two adult children, a daughter and a son. Outside the office Chuck enjoys
eating out at our great Winston-Salem restaurants and cheering on the Demon