Rev Up! Pasadena’s Ronald McDonald House Gala Races to Fuel Families!

Published on Sep 18, 2023

Honorees: Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. and Martin and Heather Holford

Start your engines! On Saturday, October 14, 2023, supporters of Ronald McDonald House Pasadena will unite for the 19th annual SHINE Gala Grand Prix: Fueling Families Together. On this spectacular evening under the stars at a private golf club in Pasadena, community leaders and advocates will gather for dinner and drinks, silent auction bidding and dancing—all to raise critical funds that enable families in need to access the best medical care possible for their child.

This year’s corporate honoree is Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., who partners with Ronald McDonald House locally and globally to provide support to families through community engagement. The community honoree will be Martin Holford, who has been a dedicated Ronald McDonald House Pasadena advocate and leader for over fifteen years.

“With your support, Ronald McDonald House Pasadena provides everything a family needs while their child is receiving medical treatment,” says Executive Director Mara Leong-Maguinez. “From a safe place to rest, to food, fun, and friendly faces, we’re here to reduce stress and anxiety for families, allowing them to focus on what matters most: helping their child heal.”

Funds raised through the SHINE Gala will support the Ronald McDonald House Pasadena mission of providing comfort, care, and support to families with critically ill children, keeping them close to one another, their doctors, and needed medical care. The gala committee is chaired by Kim Oblak of LA Financial Credit Union.

Space is limited at the exclusive venue, so step on the gas! To reserve your space and support kids and families, tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at

About Pasadena Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Pasadena is a home-away-from-home for families with critically-ill children, keeping them close to one another, their doctors and needed medical care. The House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child—not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest. Ronald McDonald House Pasadena occupies three historic homes in Pasadena, just steps away from Huntington Health and Shriners Children’s, and offers 17 guest bedrooms. Families staying at the House have access to a fully stocked pantry, meals prepared by volunteer groups, a large yard with outdoor seating, and therapeutic family support services. Ronald McDonald House Pasadena is a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. For more information, please visit our website at

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