Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted Evening

Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted EveningPasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted EveningPasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted EveningPasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted EveningPasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted EveningPasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted EveningPasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted EveningPasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala Was An Enchanted Evening

From STAFF REPORTS

1:30 pm | November 6, 2017


On Saturday evening, October 28, 2017, the Board of Trustees and the Gala Committee of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House held their 2017 An Enchanted Evening Gala to raise greatly needed funds for the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. The Langham Huntington Hotel, Huntington Ballroom was the location for the evening that began at 5:30 p.m. with Cocktails and a Silent Auction followed at 7:30 p.m. with Dinner, a Live Auction, followed by dancing with the ever popular DJ Noble, and hanging out in “the lounge.” Guests enjoyed complimentary wine and champagne donated by long time House supporter San Antonio Winery.

A few of highlights of the evening were a special guest appearance of Ronald McDonald, balloon pop chances, and Whiskey Tasting. Only sixty tickets at $50 each were sold for two sessions of Whiskey Tasting in an elegant room off the main ballroom. Each taster received a monogrammed Ronald McDonald House whiskey glass to take home.

The Master of Ceremonies this year was John Horn and Jane Kaczmarck. John serves as host of KPCC’s The Frame, a daily arts and entertainment program. He has covered this genre for nearly thirty years, working at Newsweek Magazine, Premier magazine, The Associated Press, Orange County Register, and serving as a lead writer on the film industry at the Los Angeles Times, taking readers behind the scenes explaining how Hollywood works. Jane, currently appearing on the USA network’s Playing House, is best known for her role as Lois on Malcolm in the Middle. She is both a television and stage actress currently appearing at the Pasadena Playhouse in Our Town. She is founder of Clothes Off Our Back, an online auction that raised $4 million for children’s charities by selling celebrity finery, and serves on numerous boards in the Pasadena area.

Each year the Gala honors individuals or families who have dedicated their lives to supporting the mission of the House. This year the committee chose to honor Nestle USA. For the past ten years, employee volunteers from Nestle USA have assisted the children, families, and staff at the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. Nestle volunteers started by visiting the House to complete days of service. They continued serving the House by cooking Meals of Love. Their generous support has grown over the years to include sponsoring the Gala and Walk for Kids. Their visits are appreciated and anticipated by the children and families alike.

Since opening in Pasadena on February 14, 2004, the 150th Ronald McDonald House has provided housing, comfort, care, and support to children and their families throughout the Southern California area. Located across the street from Huntington Memorial Hospital it has twelve (12) rooms, and in 2016 served 1853 guests, with an occupancy rate of 98% and an average length of stay of 9 days, and proudly boasts 167 volunteers who donated 7518 volunteer hours.

The house has a fully stocked kitchen, a place for parents and other family members to rest and sleep in between visits to the hospital, special in house activities, educational services, and errand transportation. The House keeps families together and near the care that they need—the main goal of the Ronald McDonald House charities. For more information about the House visit, www.rmhcsc.org/pasadena or call them at (626) 204-0400.