Transforming a Los Angeles venue to a 1920’s speakeasy, the Ronald McDonald House Los Angeles brought together benefactors, celebrities, and the families they have helped to come together and “Give Easy.”
Walking into the Avalon Hollywood, guests were instantly transported to a scene out of the 1920’s when prohibition was in full swing – and so was the dancing! Cutouts of keys hung overhead as a large LED screen greeted guests that said to “Unlock Hope,” and proceeded to show photos of the families who have so generously received assistance from the Ronald McDonald House of Los Angeles.
The Ronald McDonald House LA works to provide a “home away from home” for families with seriously and critically ill children. They have worked diligently for 39 years to prepare and relieve any daily stress so parents can completely focus on what is most important … healing their ill child.
In recognition of their humanitarian works to improve the lives of children in the U.S. and around the world, Hollywood couple Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter received the Spirit of the House Award presented by their friend, Mario Lopez. Sanchez will make her directorial debut with the short film “Satos,” and Winter currently stars on the hit ABC show “The Rookie.” In addition to their work as animal
rights activists through Sanchez’s nonprofit RS Events for Life, Sanchez and Winter are advocates for underprivileged and homeless youth through their work with organizations such as the San Jorge Children’s Foundation, Inc.
To celebrate the spirit of giving, guests dressed to impress in their 1920’s attire and enjoyed a fun filled night of entertainment from Blake Lewis, dancing featuring the LA Follies, and magic from Magic Bar to benefit the families who call Ronald McDonald House Los Angeles their home away from home when their children are receive treatment at local children’s hospitals. A silent and live auction were also held to benefit the organization with offerings such as a Dodgers Game Suite for 20 people to an LAPD helicopter ride, but the most significant of these was the artwork auctioned. Paintings from children who have stayed at the RMHLA, including one from a girl named Anna – a Siamese twin separated from her twin – went for thousands of dollars and all benefit those families.
Other guests in attendance included Aubrey Anderson Emmons (“Modern Family”), Comfort Fedoke (“So You think You Can Dance”), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Heather Rae Young (“Selling Sunset”), Hudson Thames (recording artist), India de Beaufort (“Emergence”), Jake T. Austin (“Rio 2”), James Pickens Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Miles Brown (“Blackish”), Perez Hilton (TV personality), Sean Giambrone (“The Goldbergs”), Tarek El Moussa (“Flip or Flop”), and more!