Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas Hosts 34th Annual Bandana Ball
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by John Cabuena
THE SCENE: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum was the recent setting for one of the Capital City’s longest-running and most beloved Fall social events. The Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas’ 34th Annual Bandana Ball drew several hundred of the city’s most notable sociables and community leaders for a festive night of fun that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.
THE VIBE: The cowboy-chic attired crowd featured a fun mix of Western wear where many Stetsons, bandanas, boots, and other festive gear could be spotted throughout the space. Partygoers began the evening al fresco on the promenade of The Bullock Museum for cocktail hour. As guests mingled about the crowd while sipping on their favorite spirits, they were treated to live music as well as other activations including games that brought out the kid in many guests, and Longhorn photo opportunities.
The action then moved inside to the atrium of The Bullock Museum for the main program. As guests dined on their multi-course meals, they were treated to words from the organization and its event leaders on how the Ronald McDonald House has positively impacted their lives. Next, came a spirited live auction helmed by Heath Hale and The Cowboy Auctioneers. The night was capped off with dancing where revelers cut a rug to celebrate another triumphant year of this storied Central Texas gala.
THE NON-PROFIT: The event, co-chaired by Katie and Sam Owen, raised over $794,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to provide lodging and other support services for families with children in Central Texas hospitals. Proceeds raised from the Bandana Ball will go towards programming services at a time when the organization is striving to keep up with the growing demand for its services in the rapidly growing region.