• Hani Sidaros and Michelle McCormack

    Hani Sidaros and Michelle McCormack

  • Con Kourpanidis, Gai Brodtmann and Tim Gavel

    Con Kourpanidis, Gai Brodtmann and Tim Gavel

  • Richard and Deb Rolfe

    Richard and Deb Rolfe

  • Paige Lowman, Emma Nicholls, Siobhan Dennehy and Naomi Adams of the Emeralds

    Paige Lowman, Emma Nicholls, Siobhan Dennehy and Naomi Adams of the Emeralds

  • Belinda Goedecke and Isabel Hampshaw

    Belinda Goedecke and Isabel Hampshaw

  • Erin Molan and Kimberley Balaga

    Erin Molan and Kimberley Balaga

  • Impressive but a nightmare to park.

    Impressive but a nightmare to park.

  • Volunteers at the RMHC Gala Ball

    Volunteers at the RMHC Gala Ball

  • Misty Maddox and Ally Macqueen

    Misty Maddox and Ally Macqueen

  • Shane Rattenbury and Louise Biltson

    Shane Rattenbury and Louise Biltson

  • Chris and Kerri Kimball

    Chris and Kerri Kimball

  • Ying Li Lu and Reynaldo Correa with Ronald mcDonald

    Ying Li Lu and Reynaldo Correa with Ronald mcDonald

  • Madelaine Watmore and Damon Peters

    Madelaine Watmore and Damon Peters

  • Tavis and Jen Hamer

    Tavis and Jen Hamer

  • Joy Burch

    Joy Burch

  • Karen Cassell and Peta Henare from Leader Security

    Karen Cassell and Peta Henare from Leader Security

Ronald McDonald House Canberra Gala Ball

2 May 2015

Ronald McDonald is quite a clown. I did get to try to dance with the not so fleet of foot Ronald at the Gala Ball fundraiser for the RMHC ( Ronald McDonald House Charities) at the National Convention Centre but his big feet and my cameras were an impossible pairing, so I stuck to encapsulating the pictures into a fair representation of the 860 who attended this sparkling event they gave the blingy moniker of Chandeliers and Champagne.

Lexus is the major sponsor with a fair representation of some glam styles from their range placed around the Convention Centre, one a raffle prize, and their main ambassador Anthony Minicello and his ever so elegant wife Tony Biviano happy to do an ‘Angelina’ pose with the high split on her strapless number. Her shoes simple and classy black patent stilletoes for the lady who just happens to design shoes. What a lovely couple and their catch up with MC Erin Molan was a case of “you didn’t tell me you were coming ” to each other because they’re all Sydney social to the hilt.

This was a big crowd and big hearted too. The set up and the entertainment worked well in the cavernous space and most dressed for the occasion. The speeches kept to the basics with Hani Sidaros acknowledging the work of Michelle McCormack on the ball committee, families who’ve benefitted were interviewed, as well a huge silent auction opportunity in the NCC foyer and a smaller live auction filled the coffers and artist Brad Blaze’s three ‘up‘sa-daisy paintings’sold.  And a big thank you given to all the sponsors ensuring that every cent goes to services for the Ronald McDonald House.

Mc Donald’s picks up the tab for the running of the house and those who’ve benefitted are full of praise for this simple idea that was started by Fred Hill, an American footballer from the Philadelphia Eagles, who needed accommodation to be close to his hospitalized daughter. That was in 1974 and as they say we’ve come a long way since then and the Canberra Ronald McDonald House opened in November 2012 is well established in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children at Woden.

That famous clown has become so familiar, and while the first was NBC’s weatherman Willard Scott, out of uniform at the Georgetown Hotel he was just someone I stood next to at the phones, before I suddenly realized who he was as he smiled and walked away. Those who’ve followed are the nameless and faceless clowns of the mega machine that is McDonalds, that they’re associated with this worthy cause is to be commended.