Ronald McDonald House Charities Hosts McNight to Remember

Gala breaks attendance and revenue records

Ronald McDonald House Charities hosted its annual McNight to Remember Under the Sea Gala on Nov. 11 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The record-breaking evening drew 667 attendees and raised $563,350. The funds will ensure families staying at the Valley’s three houses will not be turned away if they can’t afford the $15 nightly fee requested. Both numbers broke previous highs.

Katy Forseth, associate general counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, and Christine Sopa, learning and performing consultant with Nationwide Insurance, co-chaired the event. La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Arizona and Nancy Lewis, a former board member and a longtime champion for families and the Ronald McDonald House, received the Heart of the House awards. Marty Manning and Connie Colla emceed the evening.


Madison Major, Chloe Steadman, Allison Davis and Jeff Porter

Melissa and Douglass Grass and Chiko Swiney with Ronald McDonald

Robin and Frank Neal

Michelle King, Andrea Batchelor, John Heiland, Margaret Tierney, and Leslie and Jeff Lockridge

Vona and Ed Breunig III and Tatum and Bowen Breunig

Susie and Dave Allazetta

Shereka Jackson, Sullivan and Latasha Causey, Devin Del Palacio, Larry Sandingo and Ylenia Aguilar Velderrain

Nancy Roach and Carrie Ryerson

Joe and Paulette Maslick, Chris and Anysia Bates, and Michelle Newlin

Jennifer Bonnett and Dr. Javier Cardenas

Ildiko Laczko-Kerr and James Kerr

Emcees Marty Manning and Connie Colla

Drs. Nandita Keole and Sameer Keole

Co-Chairs Chris Sopa and Katy Forseth

Christine Davis

Chris and Anysia Bates with Ronald McDonald

Andrea Moreno and John Wirtje

Amy and Aidan McSheffrey

Amanda Thompson, Nancy Majerchin and Paige Malin with Under the Sea Characters

Michelle and Chris Paul

Christine Sopa and Becky Sorenson


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