Moonlight Maritime Breaks Records Raising Funds for Pasadena Ronald McDonald House

From left: Ann Moore, the Gala Chair, Carl Everett, Co-Chair and Board of Trustees, Elizabeth Dever, and Megan Foker.The 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court: from left, Helen Rossi, Rucha Kadam, Lauren Baydaline, Louise Siskel, Sherry Ma, Ashley Hackett. Isabella Navarro, Maya Vyas, Conan Nghi, and Jessica Zellmer.Cookie Tosun, left, and Margarita AguilarAndrea Fetterman, left, and Susan RangelKera Saenz-de Maturuna, left, Betsy Foker, and Vivian Wheeler, pose with puppies that part of the McDonald House event raffle.Valerie and Aaron WeissThe Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Board Members pose for a picture.Jacqueline Ficht, left, and Janet SedgwickPrincess Lauren Baydaline, left, and Princess Rucha Kadam, meet a puppy thats part of the McDonald House event raffle. Elizabeth Dever, and Ann the Sea Creature pose for a picture.Steve and Sindee Riboli and guestsDonna Pierson and Paul Rusnak and guestsHonoree Tim Estes, Megan and Carl of Fiesta Floats

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

12:29 pm | November 5, 2018


On Saturday evening, November 3 a record 360 guests gathered for 2018 Moonlight Maritime, ” an elegant nautical affair.” The gala raised over $380,000 inĀ  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 and exclusive whisky tasting followed by dinner, a live auction, and entertainment by the smoothest yacht-rock band, Yachty By Nature.

Each year the Gala honors individuals or families who have dedicated their lives to supporting the mission of the House. This year the committee honored 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.

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.