McGala raises $300,000 for Ronald McDonald House

McGala raises $300,000 for Ronald McDonald House

The future rooftop garden at the Ronald McDonald House in San Marco was the inspiration for the 21st Annual McGala: An Evening in the Garden on May 30 at the Sawgrass Marriott.

McGala1More than $300,000 was raised at the event, which benefitted the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville.

Partygoers from all over the city – 480 in all – enjoyed the evening, which included cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing, and a live and silent auction.

House Executive Director Diane Boyle, Board President Curt Cunkle, local news anchor Jennifer Waugh and Billy Horschel, 2014 FedEx Cup Golf Champion, gave presentations. Cole Fox, an 11-year-old boy who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville while undergoing proton therapy treatment at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, shared the story of his eight-week visit.

McGala4Emily Dostie and Maryellen Williamson were co-chairs of the event.

The McGala is the annual signature fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House. The benefit ensures that more than 1,100 families have a place to stay when they travel to Jacksonville for pediatric medical treatment.

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