I was invited to be a part of the 28th Annual Bandana Ball for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and I have to say it was a very special moment in my photography career. Never have I been a part of something so special and magical as this event. The amount of love and support from our community is something really special. This year they celebrated the life of Denny Meyer, a longtime supporter who was once their founders. If you are not familiar with what Ronald McDonald House Charity of Central Texas does, you can read about it here.
The 28th Annual Bandana Ball kicked off at around 6pm Saturday, April 1st at the beautiful Wild Onion Ranch, with live music. Guests shuttled in wearing their best cowboy or cowgirl attire. During the first hour guests mingled while enjoying their favorite signature cocktail from the bar and delicious hors d'oeuvres. There was also a special cake revealed from the Food Network. Yes, the cake was delicious! (yum!)
There was an array of activities including photos with a Texas longhorn, snagging the winning bottle at the wine toss, and enjoying a cigar at the cigar lounge. There were people getting their boots shined, buying a child painted artistic plate, heads or tails and having the winning bid at an extensive silent auction. One of my personal favorites was the Photo Booth, I might be a little bias because I'm a photographer. (View my photo from the photo booth here - haha!)
As night fell and our tummies were grumbling, we were all greeted with delicious BBQ in the main tent. The program kicked off with an introduction of why we are all here and a thank you to all of the sponsors. Followed up with a very special memorial of Denny Meyer, who had served on the RMHC of Central Texas Board for a total of 17 years.
Then the auction started and boy was it fun. They started off with a game called heads or tails. It's simple really, you basically pick heads or tails and if you chose right you advance to the next round until you are the last person standing. This young lady was the winner and boy was she excited! Congratulations!!! Remember, this all for a children and their families, there are only winners at this event.
As dinner was wrapping up and the auction was coming to a close, the Zavala family was highlighted and honored. Emerson Zavala was born prematurely at 24 weeks. The Zavala family stayed at the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Dell Children's Medical Center. They had all of the comforts of home so they could focus on Emerson while staying by her side. This is the power of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Everyone stood clapping, honoring the Zavala family and RMHC for helping this family through tough times.
As the main program wrapped up, live music started up in the distant from In10City Band. Everyone made their way to the dance floor to get busy dancing. The melody of music echoed throughout the venue and the dance floor filled rather quickly with two-stepping and booty's shaking. The night was filled with cheer and happiness as the event came to a close around midnight.
When I started this story I mentioned how proud I was to be apart of this event, I can't stress that enough. Thank you very much Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas for allowing me share your story through my lens.