There were pictures of kids as the backdrop of the stage--we knew almost all of them! I loved seeing those smiling faces!
Each place setting had a menu with a different child's picture and story on the back. Gala-goers got to read about 800+ different children that have walked through the doors of RMH! You may remember that one of our friends recently lost her son Malachi, who was a fellow trach kid. When they sat at their place at our table, Malachi's sister had his picture and story at her place! It was such a sweet moment for them.
Whether they meant to or not, the gala colors coordinated perfectly with the colors in the carpet! It really looked nice with the yellow, red, and blue.
These trees lined the hall of the hotel where the cocktail hour was. There were 700 pictures of kids hanging from the sparkling branches, and it was breathtaking. This picture does not do it justice. Each photo was hand-cut and I can only imagine how much time it took to do this! I absolutely loved it--my favorite decoration by far!
Can I just say that only The Ronald McDonald House would bring their therapy dogs to a formal gala?!? I LOVE THIS!!! What an awesome way to show people what life in the House is like!
This was a glimpse of what the cocktail hour looked like. Yeah...a bit crowded! I grabbed my glass of red wine* in one hand and Abby in the other, and we high-tailed it out of there!
*No, I did not pull a Shelton Cooper during my speech and go up there intoxicated! I drank my one glass of wine over three hours, thank you very much!
Thank goodness for the green room for the RMH families! They had coloring books, crafts, and snacks to entertain the kids during the waiting game. We hid there during the very crowded cocktail hour.
Charm City Cakes made this ridiculously cool cake for the House. They are so good for the House and make cakes for them all of the time. If you look closely, there are SO many details that depict what goes on at the House. It was so cool!!!
This is obviously not a great picture, but it does give you an idea of the number of people there during the dinner service...which was fancy, fancy food, I might add! After a salad of butternut squash and shredded beets over a bed of arugula with goat cheese sprinkled on top (which, for the record, I loved...but it was lost on my boys!), we had filet mignon and a crab cake. Matt got two (reportedly amazing) filets, and I got two absolutely delicious crab cakes! It was a win-win situation!
The servers were so sweet and accommodating. I think they would have brought Abby just about anything she would have eaten! :) They brought her a little plate of fruit, and she happily
munched sucked on a strawberry while I ate my dinner. Yes, I realize how dangerous this was with the white cuffs on that dress, but it worked out okay.
They even had rock candy for the kids at the end of the night! (Matt still thinks that these may have actually been sugar stirrers for the coffee that we never saw. He may have been right, but Abby thought it was rock candy and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I'm going with that!)
Next up: The play-by-play of the Gala in as many photos as I can gather! :)