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New Associate Nicky Bates Joins Staff of Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Nicky Bates has joined Ronald McDonald House of Detroit as marketing and development associate – leading the nonprofit’s social media and raising funds. Previously, she worked at a Detroit-based fundraising firm. She began her career at Focus Hope.

“I wanted to be at one place that I was passionate about and this position allows me to be a spokesperson and fundraiser for an organization that keeps families close when their kids are ill. Detroit is where I want to be and the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit is where I need to be,” Bates said.

Bates will work closely with Chrissy Cooper, director of marketing, and Jennifer Litomisky, executive director. She will also interact with professional staff at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where the House is building a satellite suite for families to stay overnight or relax.

Bates is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a B.A. in social relations and policy.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professions, Greater Detroit Chapter, where she was awarded a Marjorie S. Fisher Fellowship.

She is active in the community and serves as chair of the cultivation committee for Friends of Eastern Market. She lives near Midtown Detroit and is excited about riding her bike to work.

The Ronald McDonald House of Detroit provides a “home away from home” for the families of children who are hospitalized, most often at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan. No family is turned away due to an inability to pay. The nonprofit has a four-star rating in Charity Navigator, and was ranked as one of the best managed nonprofits by Crains Detroit Business.