Rancho Santa Fe residents co-chair ROMP gala Oct. 3

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s annual ROMP gala brings together longtime supporters and philanthropists for “A Moment in Buenos Aires” at Estancia La Jolla on Oct. 3.

Led by event co-chairs Steve and Rex Romande of Rancho Santa Fe, the sixth annual gala will feature musical entertainment, gourmet food and a live auction to raise funds for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House. The organization provides meals, overnight rooms, nap rooms, laundry facilities and more to alleviate stress and financial burden for families who have a child undergoing treatment at a San Diego hospital.

Steve and Rex Romande’s history with the Ronald McDonald House dates to when they welcomed their daughter Kingsley, now aged 5, into their lives and had to rely on the House for its services. Shortly after their personal experience with the Ronald McDonald House, close friend Mary Drake founded the first ever ROMP gala. Steve and Rex have been involved with the charity ever since.

“The Ronald McDonald House was there for us when we needed help, allowing us peace of mind,” said Steve Romande.

“We’re thrilled to bring our family and friends together to raise essential support for this charity that once gave us so much,” said Rex Romande. “For us, the Ronald McDonald House really is all about family.”

Steve and Rex Romande have backgrounds as an esteemed talent coach and award-winning hair stylist, respectively, and have poured their creativity into this year’s ROMP gala. The Argentinian-themed event will feature authentic Argentinian dancing, and a live performance by David Cook, an inspirational musician with more than 5 million tracks sold and an avid supporter of charitable organizations.

Live auction items include a five-night vacation to Buenos Aires, private Landmark Aviation jet from San Diego to Napa to dine at The French Laundry, being a cheerleader for a day with the Charger Girls, attending New York Fashion Week with couture designer Yigal Azrouël, and other amazing prizes.

More information about the ROMP gala and San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House is available at Tickets to the event are nearly sold out. Please contact Lauren David at to attend.