It’s bigger than a donation jar, and tastes better, too.
The Magnolia Hotel Omaha today unveiled a “gingerbread wonderland” in its hotel lobby that serves as a spot for guests and others to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.
The 5-foot by 8-foot candy village took 204 hours to create and involved 220 pounds of frosting, 64 pounds of gingerbread and 54 pounds of candy, among other confections.
“We wanted to create a new tradition for our hotel, our guests and the community,” said Tim Darby, Magnolia Hotel general manager. “The guest feedback has been amazing and we are very excited with the donations that are being made to support the local Ronald McDonald House.”
He said building the village was a team-building exercise for hotel staff.
Each department contributed and Chef Mike “Pudge” Mulder served as the head creative “elf” and provided the overall design.