2018 Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala – 14th Annual Moonlight Maritime, An Elegant Nautical Affair

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 11:59 PM

Front (l to r): Andrea Fetterman, Juli Schneiderman, Valerie Gumbiner Weiss, Susan Ratliff, Loretta Martinez, Komako Leland; Middle (l to r): Elizabeth Dever, Ann Moore, Patricia Kalish, Phyllis Harb, Linda Tiffany Carr, Jacqueline Ficht, Kera Saenz de Maturana, Lydia Valenta, Hilary Manners; Back (l to r): Cindy Flynn, Kathryn Winslow, Lynn Crouse, Jean Preciado, Suzanne Brugge; Not Shown: Britta Piotrowski, Janet Sedgwick, Kim Hutchings, Lora Unger, Susan Weise.


On Saturday evening, November 3, 2018, the Board of Trustees and the Gala Committee of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House invite you to their 2018 Moonlight Maritime an elegant nautical affair gala to raise greatly needed funds for the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. The Langham Huntington Hotel, Huntington Ballroom is the location for an evening that begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction and exclusive whisky tasting followed by dinner, a live auction, and entertainment by the smoothest yacht-rock band, Yachty By Nature. A highlight of the evening will include a ‘Best of Live’ opportunity drawing, allowing the winner to choose any live auction item before the bidding begins.


Each year the Gala honors individuals or families who have dedicated their lives to supporting the mission of the House. This year the committee has chosen to honor Tim Estes. Tim is the President of Fiesta Parade Floats and has personally overseen the construction and design of floats in the Rose Parade and beyond. The Team at Fiesta Parade Floats has maintained the highest award-winning rate in the Rose Parade industry and are leaders in floral technology. No other float builder has been more dominant than Tim and the Fiesta Parade Floats Team has been for the past three decades. With strong ties to the Pasadena community, Tim has been a longtime supporter of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. The children, families, Board of Trustees, and staff treasure his valued partnership.


The Committee, under the direction of Gala Chair Ann Moore, is delighted with the support of its many patrons, sponsors, and underwriters. While every donation is vital to the success of the Gala, special thanks go to the Diamond and Platinum sponsors – The Delphey Family, Lynda and Dale Laurance, Riboli Family Wine Estates, Rusnak Auto Group, and Sharp Seating Company.


The Gala committee has been working feverishly to obtain unique and exciting items for the Silent and Live Auctions. Silent Auction items include a private tasting experience from Louis XVII Cognac and Petrossian Caviar, personal training, music and sporting tickets, and so much more. Guests will be engaged during the Live Auction, as Auctioneer Suzanne Martin leads guests to raise their paddles for Fund a Family as well as a variety of wonderful items including premium Lakers Tickets, a Pasadena POPS VIP summer of music with reserved table for six, exclusive access to the Rose Bowl for a private flag football game and catering for 25, a personalized cooking experience for 12 at the Institute of Culinary Education, and seven nights on the Big Island of Hawaii.


Since opening in Pasadena on February 14, 2004, the 150th Ronald McDonald House has provided care, comfort, and support to children and their families throughout the Southern California area. Their desire is to create an atmosphere where children and their families are able to embrace life and healing with a sense of enthusiasm, hope, joy, and courage. Located across the street from Huntington Memorial Hospital it has twelve (12) rooms, and in 2017 served 1,581 guests, with an occupancy rate of 98% and an average length of stay of 9 days, and proudly boasts more than 500 of volunteers who donated over 4,000 volunteer hours.


In 2018 Pasadena Ronald McDonald House raised more than $160,000 from their Walk for Kids at Central Park in Pasadena, from their annual Gala, Red Shoe Society events, yard sales, Cinco De Mayo party and Oktoberfest party. Thanks to generous donations from the Pasadena Community Foundation and others, they were able to purchase a brand new van to transport families to various local hospitals. The guests can live for as little as $25 a day within a short distance of the hospital. The house has a fully stocked kitchen, Meals for Love provided three times a week by loving volunteers, a place for parents and other family members to rest and sleep in between visits to the hospital, supportive care from community resource groups, 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 further information and/or to make reservations at $250 per person, please contact Hilary Manners, Development Manager, at (626) 204-0410 or You may also visit the website at to sponsor, purchase tickets, whiskey tasting tickets, make a direct donation, and to preview the silent and live auctions. Please make your reservations and/or donations by October 19th, 2018.