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BOO BALL: The Lost Lagoon


Over 1000 costumed guests attended the bone-chilling Boo Ball at Hilton Americas – Houston. The evening featured spooktacular scenery, a frighteningly fantastic auction and dancing to the enchanted energy of The Grooves. Emceed by Don Nelson disguised as Nemo, this one-of-a-kind biennial gala raised over $1,287,000 for our families.


Creating such a unique and successful special event could not be possible without the involvement of so many dedicated committee members and volunteers. Gala Chairs, Suzanne and Bucky Farrow, and Honorary Chairs, Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, with their team of over 40 committee members, worked diligently to produce an experience offering something for everyone. Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Houston was delighted to honor Joelle and Mitch Derrick and Derrick Equipment Company for their on-going dedication to our mission and programs.

 

Hundreds of treasures were found on Treasure Island where 150 Boo Bags sold out within one hour! Inside the Grand Ballroom, guests perused over 80 silent auction packages that included an exclusive French River Boat Cruise, signed JJ Watt Jersey, dinner party for 24 at Grace’s, VIP admission to the Firestone Grand Prix, and much more. Wine connoisseurs browsed 50 lots of incredible wine selections in the Haunted Wine Cellar. The excitement continued to build with the exhilarating 350 RX Lexus Raffle drawing! Later in the evening, guests bid high on six terrifically terrifying live auction packages, including a beautiful vineyard villa vacation in Tuscany and tickets to Super Bowl LI!

 

All of the mischief and mayhem continued at the Boo Ball’s first Young Professionals After-Party, chaired by Cricket and Daniel DeWalch. Approximately 100 ghostly guests added flair and fun to the evening, at this ghastly gala addition hosted by Hasti Taghi.

 

The most meaningful moments of the night, however, were captured in the debut of a special RMH Houston video presentation followed by the appearance of eight former children and siblings! The audience understood the true meaning of the night and the ultimate reason for every dollar contributed.

 

Support for this event was provided by countless committee chairs and members, event supporters, and vendors. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the screaming success of the Boo Ball, we could not have done this without you!

The Gala Committee

GALA CHAIRS
Suzanne & Bucky Farrow

HONORARY CHAIRS
Jan & Oniel Mendenhall

HONOREES
Joelle & Mitch Derrick
Derrick Equipment Company

GALA ADVISOR
Debbie Bauer

Sub-Committee Chairs

AUCTION
Catherine Hanslik
Elaine Shaffer

WINE AUCTION
Heather Burkhart
Lynn Guggolz

AUCTION DISPLAY
Kathryn Paine

BOO BAGS
Jean Brackendorff
Lisa Kretzschmar

DÉCOR
Paula Letbetter
Bette Thomas

LOGISTICS
Pam Domingue
Candy Provine

PROGRAM
Alexis Geissler
Amy Reddell

RAFFLE
Marie Brown
Marilyn & Louis Mogas
Karen Smith

RESERVATIONS & MENU
Lynn Guggolz
Susie Smith

UNDERWRITING
Tom McGee
Chris Weber

Young Professionals After-Party

AFTER-PARTY CHAIRS

Cricket & Daniel DeWalch

COMMITTEE-AT-LARGE
Kathy Aldridge
Arthur L. Bryan, II
Hildy Caplan
Nallely Conley
Beth Cooper
Emily Crosswell
Pamela Floyd
Melissa Ford
April Foster
Patty Glasscock
Kristin Hamilton
Donna Hemmi
Randy & Jo Howard
Carolyn Klevenhagen
Debbie Ludwig
Kate Maupay
Peggy Murray
Ginger Niemann
Lisa Parkhill
Meryl Parks
Gwen Ribe
Diane Riley
Alice Rohrman
Evelyn Salman
Karen Sanford
Cindy Schlesener
Maggie Stacy
Karli Stegeman
Jennifer Sterling
Debbie Strudler
Mills Toomey
Carole Uttecht
Jennifer Walter