First published in the Nov. 3 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Photos by Larissa Althouse
Supporters of Ronald McDonald House Pasadena gathered together for the annual Shine Gala at a private club in Pasadena.
More than 280 attendees raised more than $340,000 to provide a home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving life changing medical treatment.
Bringing life to the party were corporate honoree and presenting sponsor Bank of America, and community honorees the Felton family — Mitsuko and Dave and Christopher and Hanako. Each honoree brought enthusiastic and passionate supporters to celebrate the Ronald McDonald House mission, joining with longtime advocates, active community members and corporate partners.
“Ronald McDonald House Pasadena is all about community — having a place where everyone feels welcome, where they are supported, and where they can relax,” said Executive Director Mara Leong-Maguinez. “Everyone here tonight is part of our community of support — making sure families are greeted with comfort and kindness when caring for their critically ill child.”
The highlight of the evening was hearing from Zenae and Justin Kindred, a family currently staying at Ronald McDonald House Pasadena as their newborn daughter, born four months premature, gains strength in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Funds raised through the Shine Gala, which was co-chaired by Sandra Larson and Andrew Nay, 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.
“We are grateful that we can stay at Ronald McDonald House Pasadena for as long as we need,” Kindred said. “Anyone can find themselves in a position needing help. Thank you for helping us and so many other families.”