2016 Ronald McDonald House Gala

12TH Annual Gala SHARE IN THE MAGIC – November 5, 2016

Bottom row from left to right: Megan Foker, Victoria Kemp, Kristin Thorell, Lynn Crouse, Phyllis Harb, Elizabeth Dever Top Row from left to right: Melinda Leung, Natalie Cerpa, Valerie Gumbiner Weiss, Jacqueline Ficht, Sarah Porath, Suzanne Brugge, Susan Ratliff, and Lydia Valenta. Not pictured Jennifer DeBoskey, Rebecca Johnson, Patricia Kalish, Britta Piotrowski, Linda Sabatella, and Janet Sedgwick

Imagine your child has a life threatening disease or condition and you live hundreds of miles away from the hospital where your child is being treated. It would be a hardship to rent an apartment or stay in a hotel for an extended period of time and is not possible to commute on a daily basis to visit and care for the needs of your child. Imagine a House where you can live for as little as $25 a day within a short distance of the hospital. A house where there is a fully stocked kitchen, Meals for Love provided three times a week by loving volunteers, a place for you 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. Such a fabulous house exists across the street from the Huntington Memorial Hospital. It is the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House, which opened twelve years ago on February 14, 2004 as the 150th House to provide housing for families in crisis.

Since opening in 2004, the Pasadena 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.

On Saturday evening, November 5, 2016, the Board of Trustees and the Gala Committee of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House invite you to their 2016 SHARE IN THE MAGIC 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 followed at 7:30 p.m. with Dinner, a Live Auction, followed by dancing with the electrifying band FM Radio and hanging out in “the lounge”.

A highlight of the evening will include a special guest appearance of Ronald McDonald and Magic by Chris Mitchell.

Each year the benefit honors individuals or families who have dedicated their lives to supporting the mission of the House. This year the committee has chosen to honor Jacobs Engineering. Jacobs Engineering has graciously supported the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House over the years through small and large acts of kindness – from preparing meals for families to sponsoring the inaugural Pasadena Walk for Kids. Jacobs is a worthy partner we are proud to honor.

Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally.

The committee has been working feverishly to obtain unique and exciting items for the Silent and Live Auctions. Silent Auction items include numerous coffee, wine, bath and body, children’s etc. baskets; jewelry, gift certificates to area restaurants, gift items, theatre tickets, art, Musique tickets, Year of Bundt Cakes, Horse Racing, Magic Castle passes, and more. Guests will be mesmerized during the Live Auction, as Auctioneer Vanessa Thanos of That Auction Girl, formally trained at the “Harvard of Auctioneering” Missouri Auction School, and who excels in the art of fast talking, will urge guests to raise their paddles for Fund a Family as well as a variety of wonderful items including a Rose parade Sharp Seating Package, Rose Bowl Football Game package, Pagosa Spring Colorado Getaway, Movie Spot with Lines, Jewelry from China Art, and a Hawaii Condo Escape.

Generous community members have stepped forward to either underwrite or sponsor the Gala. While every donation is vital to the success of the Gala, special thanks go to the Diamond, Platinum, and Gold sponsors –Paul Rusnak Rusnak Auto Group, Trader Joes, Jacobs Engineering, Riboli Family Wine Estates, Sharp Seating, Chris and Jennifer Allen, Unical Aviation, Inc., The Holford Family, Huntington Hospital, Rick and Megan Foker, S. Bravo Systems, Inc., Harb & Company, The Hale Corporation, and Pediatrix Medical Group, Pasadena NICU and PICU.

The Committee, under the direction of Gala Co-chairs Kristin Thorell and Lynn Crouse, is delighted with the support of its many patrons and sponsors. Guests will once again enjoy complimentary wine and champagne donated by long time Pasadena Ronald McDonald House supporter San Antonio Winery.

For further information and/or to make reservations at $250 per person or a donation, please contact Victoria Kemp, Special Events Manager, at (626) 204-0410 or vkemp@rmhcsc.org. You may also visit our website at: http://rmhcsc.org/pasadena/events. Please make your reservations and/or donations by October 21st, 2016.


  1. I’m sure the Ronald McDonald house is great marketing for Mc. D’s — but it also sounds like it’s just a great way to help families. Win win situation. I’m sure there are a ton of families who are extremely grateful to the charity — can’t imagine how hard it is to have a little one who is so sick.

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