Giving Back

Dallas patrons party to the moon and back for Ronald McDonald House kids

Dallas patrons party to moon and back for Ronald McDonald House kids

Ronald McDonald gala, Cooper Eddy and Amanda Melser
Cooper Edd, Amanda Melser Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald House gala, Christine Cook and Cecilie Holman
Christine Cook, Cecilie Holman Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, Susan and David Rosenberg
Susan Rosenberg, David Rosenberg Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, Randy Cockrill, Jennifer Stalkup, Rachel and Prentiss Cutshaw
Randy Cockrill, Jennifer Stalkup, Rachel Cutshaw, Prentiss Cutshaw Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala
A toast to Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, Jamie Sowa, April Cook, and Holly Wittorf
Jamie Sowa, April Cook, Holly Wittorf Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, Patrick and Lorry Wallace
Lorry Wallace, Patrick Wallace Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, 5 Myles and Marty Kelley with Bill and Susanne Bancroft
Myles Kelley, Marty Kelley, Bill Bancroft, Susanne Bancroft Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, Sheldon Arora and Morgan Miller
Sheldon Arora, Morgan Miller Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald House gala, 1 Jill Cumnock, Cecilie Holman, Susan and David Rosenberg, Christine Cook, and Diane Fullingim
Jill Cumnock, Cecilie Holman, Susan Rosenberg, David Rosenberg, Christine Cook, Diane Fullingim Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, Moonlight Mule
Moonlight Mule was the signature cocktail. Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, Caroline Gehan, Natalie Dossett, and Heather Cooper
Caroline Gehan, Natalie Dossett, Heather Cooper Photo by Bret Redman
Ronald McDonald gala, Cooper Eddy and Amanda Melser
Ronald McDonald House gala, Christine Cook and Cecilie Holman
Ronald McDonald gala, Susan and David Rosenberg
Ronald McDonald gala, Randy Cockrill, Jennifer Stalkup, Rachel and Prentiss Cutshaw
Ronald McDonald gala
Ronald McDonald gala, Jamie Sowa, April Cook, and Holly Wittorf
Ronald McDonald gala, Patrick and Lorry Wallace
Ronald McDonald gala, 5 Myles and Marty Kelley with Bill and Susanne Bancroft
Ronald McDonald gala, Sheldon Arora and Morgan Miller
Ronald McDonald House gala, 1 Jill Cumnock, Cecilie Holman, Susan and David Rosenberg, Christine Cook, and Diane Fullingim
Ronald McDonald gala, Moonlight Mule
Ronald McDonald gala, Caroline Gehan, Natalie Dossett, and Heather Cooper

What: Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Under the Moonlight Gala

Where: Pavilion at the Belo Mansion

The 411: The Pavilion at the historic Belo Mansion proved to be a gorgeous backdrop for the moonlight-themed party, with its 17-foot barrel vault ceiling and alabaster chandeliers and sconces. Christine Cook and Cecilie Holman co-chaired the elegant event, and Susan and David Rosenberg were honorary chairs.

Donning chic cocktail attire, guests gathered for drinks — including the signature Moonlight Mule — while the band The After Party played. Then they sat down to a Southern-inspired menu of white cheddar cheese grits, beef tenderloin with Cajun shrimp, and a scrumptious family-recipe bread pudding.

Bidding got competitive in a live auction that featured trips to the Kentucky Derby, Aspen,Vermont, and the Four Seasons Punta Mita; a luxury suite at a Rangers game; and an LA getaway to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Since 2006, Under the Moonlight Gala has raised more than $2 million for RMHD, which serves families with seriously ill or injured children who are receiving treatment in the Dallas area by providing them with a home-away-from-home. In 37 years, it has hosted over 38,000 families with compassionate care. 

Who: Caroline Gehan, Natalie Dossett, Heather CooperCooper Edd, Amanda MelserJamie Sowa, April Cook, Holly WittorfLorry Wallace, Patrick WallaceMyles Kelley, Marty Kelley, Bill Bancroft, Susanne BancroftSheldon Arora, Morgan MillerJill Cumnock, Diane FullingimRandy Cockrill, Jennifer Stalkup, Rachel Cutshaw, and Prentiss Cutshaw.