Ronald McDonald to step away in light of clown controversy

Published: Oct. 13, 2016 at 4:21 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2016 at 9:55 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - In Columbia, the Ronald McDonald House shares its name with the famous McDonald's clown and often hosts Ronald at fundraisers and community events such as the Red Shoe Run.

Although Ronald McDonald may not be in the public eye for a while, officials say the promotional change won't impact their mission.

"For us, having Ronald at our promotional event is just a blessing," said executive director Karen Marinelli. "Right now, Ronald is stepping back out of respect for our community and just empowering our mission from behind the scenes."

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