17th Hearts and Hands Roaring 20’s Gala Raises nearly $82,000 for RMHC of Maine

On October 27, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine held this year’s 1920’s themed Gala at Brick South on Thompson’s Point to benefit the children and families they serve throughout Maine and New Hampshire.  This new venue in Portland was elevated into elegance by Transformits; fabric structures radiant with orange lighting.  The evening featured a silent and live auction, dinner and program with heartfelt stories and dancing to music performed by the popular local band, Tickle.

Nearly 250 guests wearing an assortment of outfits with the glitz and glamour of the 1920’s began the evening with bidding on over a hundred enticing items generously donated by the local community.  “An event of this scale is not possible without the support of our amazing community who help us continue to provide a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families of critically ill children” says Robin Chibroski, Executive Director.

The program began with a heartfelt video was played featuring footage taken by Rinck Advertising for our Day of Change Celebration on October 14. The live auction featured seven big-ticket items such as a Cocktail Party at your home, a Catered BBQ for 25 people, and a Signature Studio Family Session with Mallory Parkington Photography. Following this excitement, the Hutchins and the Burby families took the stage to share their experiences staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.  Without a dry eye in the room, the “Give-A-Night” portion of the evening was introduced.  It consisted of a room full of raised bid cards in support of keeping families close.  This alone raised over $23,000, so that the Ronald McDonald Houses in Bangor and Portland can continue to provide a place where, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, families can find a warm bed, a home cooked meal and receive the support that they need while their child undergoes medical treatment.  Each year, RMHC of Maine recognizes members of the community that go above and beyond with compassion, depth of giving and thoughtfulness.  At this event, Daniel Thornton and Peter Benson were presented with the Heart of Gold Award.

A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and those community members who donated items or volunteered their time to make this event a tremendous success!  A special thanks to the wonderful photographers from our media sponsor, Maine Magazine who helped us capture the incredible moments of our Roaring 20’s Gala.  Nearly $82,000 was raised to benefit RMHC of Maine, whose programs include two Ronald McDonald Houses together offering 35 guest rooms to keep families close to their critically-ill children while they receive medical treatment and one Ronald McDonald Family Room at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital providing respite for families within the hospital to have a snack, do their laundry, or just have a quiet few minutes to re-energize.



Our Master of Ceremonies:
Tracy Sabol

Our Amazing Auctioneer:
Tom Saturley

Thank you to our sponsors!


Helping Hands

Caring Hearts

Heart of the Community Supporters

Media Sponsors

Audio Visual Sponsor


For more information about the event or to become a sponsor, contact:

Alicia Milne, Development Director at 207-780-6282 ext. 331 or email development@rmhcmaine.org.