Families with critically ill or injured children being treated at local hospitals will continue to get the much-needed support and services from San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House thanks to generous contributions amounting to $556,698 raised at the seventh annual ROMP gala, held on Oct. 29 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
The 1980s “House Party” theme featured musical entertainment by local band The Mighty Untouchables, gourmet food by Fairmont Grand Del Mar, live art from Art Attack, and a live auction. The theme was embodied through the décor, a photo booth with a hand-built cassette tape wall, acrobatic bartenders and break dancers. Hoehn Motors Carlsbad donated a 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster or $50,000 cash, winner’s choice, for the charity’s car raffle. The winner, James Frybarger, Jr., was announced during the evening, stirring another moment of excitement.
A key moment of the evening included a $75,000 donation from Brian Cahill, chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego board of trustees, in memory of his parents. Cahill challenged ROMP attendees to match his donation and 15 partygoers generously pledged their support for $5,000 each.
This year’s ROMP gala was led by an executive committee, which included Carrie Campbell, Leslie Mannes, Jamie Straza and Fernanda Whitworth. All four women have been actively involved with San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House prior to ROMP, donating their time and resources to the charity.
“We are forever grateful for the time and effort Carrie, Leslie, Jamie and Fernanda gave to make this year’s ROMP a memorable event and extraordinary success,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. “Our ROMP attendees continue to amaze us with their generosity. Though this support, we’re able to meet the needs of 15,000 family members each year, including daytime and overnight guests, who rely on us for lodging, meals, emotional support and other services, as their children face long-term medical challenges.”
To learn more, visit rmhcsd.org.