Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) helps families whose children are staying in local hospitals by providing a “home-away-from-home,” regardless of their ability to pay, so they can focus on their child’s recovery. Their annual gala fundraiser, the Red Tie Gala, helps them accomplish this mission and provide much needed assistance and comfort to parents. To learn more about this incredible event and the families it benefits, we spoke with RMHCK’s Development Manager Rebecca Washer.
What is The Red Tie Gala?
The RMHCK Red Tie Gala features a cocktail hour, a three-course meal, complimentary beverages, silent and live auctions and dancing late into the night. This year’s gala will be held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown on February 17.
How has the event evolved over the years?
Each year, the Red Tie Gala has grown in both the size of the event and in quality. A few years ago we moved to mobile bidding with BidPal, which both creates ease for the guests during the auction and streamlines the check-in and check-out process. We’ve also added a cork pull and a photobooth, which are big hits with our guests.
What can guests expect at this year’s gala?
This year, our auctions include new and unique items, the decor by In Bloom Again is to die for, and the three-course meal for this year is especially delicious. We expect to have over 600 guests in attendance!
How does the event benefit the RMHC and the greater community?
Last year our gala raised over $300,000! As our largest event of the year, The Red Tie Gala is critical to helping us maintain our mission of providing a “home-away-from-home” for families of children receiving medical treatments here in Louisville. Families are never turned away due to their ability to contribute, and we rely heavily on the community to help us support these families that have traveled to receive the incredible healthcare Louisville has to offer.
Are there any sponsors we should thank for their support?
We are thrilled to have McDonald’s Bluegrass Operator Association return as our presenting sponsor. This year’s Red Tie Gala is also sponsored by Commonwealth Bank & Trust, In Memory of Betty Rutledge, Martin Brower, Kosair Charities, Old 502 and Heaven Hill Brands.
How can tickets be purchased?
Tickets to the RMHCK Red Tie Gala can be purchased by visiting our website: rmhck.org/redtiegala VT