Ronald McDonald House in New York City Hosts 28th Annual Gala Practically Amid Coronavirus Pandemic


NEW YORK (WABC) – Like so many events this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ronald McDonald House in New York virtually hosted its 28th annual gala.The online celebration raised vital funds to support families in the fight against pediatric cancer.The program took place on November 16 at 7 p.m. If you missed it, you can watch it here, on the ABC 7 New York mobile app, and on your smart TV, including Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku. To download the free app, search for “ABC 7 New York” on your streaming devices.Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a performance by Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, as well as special messages from famous guests such as Amy Poehler, Wayne Brady, Taylor Kitsch, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, William Moseley, Santino Fontana, Mauricio Martínez, ESPN Anchor and host Mike Greenberg, and more.

This year’s event honored several New York City leaders for going above and beyond in supporting Ronald McDonald House New York and its families.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Ronald McDonald House New York has continued to support families in their fight against pediatric cancer by transferring services and implementing new procedures and precautions to ensure health and the safety of families and employees of the House.

“Now more than ever, it is essential that we come together to support our families and ensure a sense of normalcy maintained in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Ruth C. Browne, President and CEO. Meanwhile, Ronald McDonald House New York provided meals and activities directly to family rooms, virtual programs, online support groups, transportation to and from treatment, and more, staff working 24 hours a day to meet the needs of each individual family. The House also continued to support its partner hospitals in the five boroughs by assembling and delivering special wellness packages to show their appreciation to healthcare workers and their dedication to patients.

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