Ronald McDonald House Gala
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE® HOSTS ANNUAL HOME AWAY FROM HOME GALA
By Bahya Oumlil-Murad | Photos by Moanally Jeffrey Photography | November 25, 2014
Ronald McDonald House celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary and it's annual Home Away From Home Gala on Friday, October 17th, 2014. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing to Pride & Joy and a touching program.
The evening, emceed by ABC's Cheryl Jennings and Mike Nicco, highlithed personal stories from families who stayed at the House while attendees were dazzeled by former mayor Willie Brown and acclaimed retailer Wilkes Bashford's impromptu performance, magically transforming a lunch with the two of them at John Konstin's John's Grill auction package into three packages helping raise over $325,000, a first for the organization.
Since opening its doors, Ronald McDonald House has been providing a safe home-like environment for ill children and their families, believing families are stronger when they are together and that their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. The Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco was inspired by baby Simon Nagel Gold, who passed away from a cardiac condition after four weeks in the intensive care nursery at Mt. Zion Medical Center.
As a tribute to their son, and to help ease the burden of families faced with similar circumstances, Simon’s parents enlisted support from medical professionals, friends in the community and local McDonald’s owners to build the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco. The Bay Area community rallied in support and the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco opened its door to families on January 26, 1989.
Last year, 137 families found respite at the House for a combined total of 3,215 guest night stays.