A Night at the Copacabana

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The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego welcomed guests for their annual ROMP gala, A Night at the Copacabana, which raised important funds for the home away from home for critically ill children. I consulted on the night's Entertainment and talent on THE SCENE and brought Dancing with the Stars, Pro-Dancer Lindsay Arnold and Emmy-nominated choreographer, dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas who stormed the stage with a show that left the audience spellbound.  

The event took place at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe with a theme of “A Night at the Copacabana.”

Families with critically ill or injured children may find a “home away from home” at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House during their child’s hospitalization, thanks to the generosity of attendees at the gala.

“Our event Chairwoman Fernanda Whitworth and Co-chairwoman Jennifer Gramins went above and beyond the call of duty this year to create an unforgettable night for our attendees and help raise much needed funds to allow our organization to offer lodging, meals and other supportive services to families with hospitalized children,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

Notable philanthropists and supporters of San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House gathered for dinner, cocktails, celebrity entertainment, and live and silent auctions plus Emmy-nominated choreographer, dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas from “Dancing with the Stars.”

The highlight of the evening was the live auction, which featured 10 excursions and experiences. The chance to be at the starting line of the Indianapolis 500, including suite tickets and pit passes, sold for $60,000. Front row seats to Yigal Azrouël’s New York Fashion Week sold twice thanks to the generosity of the auction item donors Yigal Azrouël, and David and Miriam Smotrich.

Also in attendance as volunteers were members of the Unites States Marine Corps and Navy. They were greeted by Gen. and Mrs. Daniel Yoo, who were special guests that evening.

Dione Marie BeckerComment