Thanks To All Who Participated In This Year’s
Rockin “Beach Party”!
On Saturday, September 17th, 2005, the Ronald McDonald House was transformed into the largest Beach Party to ever hit Madera. At 5:00 pm, the party started and hundreds of “beach bums” swarmed the Ronald McDonald House in their shorts, Hawaiian Shirts and sandals ready to dance the night away. Guests had a chance to bid on live, silent and dessert auction items, dance and view the classic car show with over 45 cars. At one point, a yellow Corvette drove in and brought with it a very special guest, Ronald McDonald himself! He mingled with guests and even handed out free cheeseburger cards. Partygoers also had the chance to have a caricature done, take pictures by an actual Woody Wagon or get a massage.
At about 7:30 pm dinner was served, and included chicken, tri-tip, rolls, spicy green beans and potatoes prepared by Anthony’s catering and served by 40 hard working volunteers from Bank of the Sierra. As the evening went on, guests had a chance to meet a past resident at the Ronald McDonald House: Rachel Roberts, also known as “Baby Gorilla.” Her father, Hayes Roberts, told the captivated audience about their experience at the Ronald McDonald House and what the House meant to them and Rachel even said a few words to the guests!
Near the close of the evening, a secret was let out. The Ronald McDonald House Charities is embarking upon a 3 year Comprehensive Capital Campaign to expand the House. The need for a “home away from home” is constantly growing and the Ronald McDonald House is in need of expansion. Patty Manfredi, Executive Director, along with Ronald McDonald announced this secret to the guests as balloons filled the air and party poppers went off with a bang! Hold on to your hats, because… Here We Grow Again!
The highlight of the evening was when the winning ticket for the 1967 Corvette was pulled from a bin full of tickets. The lucky winner was Pat Bowman of Fountain Valley, California…Congratulations Pat!