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Ronald McDonald House Gala Raises The Bar

By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Alexander Portraits

THE SCENE: Over 1,200 costumed Houstonians gathered at Hilton America’s grand ballroom to join chairs Suzanne and Bucky Farrow, along with honorary chairs Jan and Oniel Mendenhall for a one-of-a-kind biennial Halloween-inspired gala, Boo Ball: The Lost Lagoon, which as a frighteningly fun night for a great cause, the Ronald McDonald House of Houston.

THE VIBE: The Halloween-inspired event was an over the top philanthropic success.  With a dress code of black tie costume, a Lexus as the live raffle prize, silent and live auctions, an inaugural young professional’s after party, a costume contest, and a wine auction, this festive celebration proved once and for all the occasion was a sophisticated and philanthropic adult holiday. Besides the car raffle, the auction highlights included tickets to the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston (sold for $20,000), a Seabourn Mediterranean Cruise and artwork by Carlos Ortiz to be created with RMH Houston children ($20,000). After dinner the guests hit the dance floor to music by the band The Grooves as hundreds of young professionals joined the festivities for the after-party chaired by Lissa Goldsmith and hosted by Hasti Taghi.

THE CAUSE: Since 2010, Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Houston has hosted this biannual gala that has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated events in Houston. This year’s gala raised approximately $1.27 million, and honored long-time RMH supporters Joelle and Mitch Derrick and Derrick Equipment Company. All of the proceeds from the event benefit the thousands of families that call RMH Houston their home away from home.

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