Alumni mothers, volunteers, supporters and friends come together in the power of sisterhood, raising $40,000 for families of Ronald McDonald House® Orange County (RMHOC). 

To celebrate RMHOC’s community of women, over 240 guests filled the Velvet Rose Event Center in Orange, CA. Sisterhood Brunch & Boutique was a morning filled with fun, food, shopping and inspiration! Guests were treated to a flower bouquet bar, complimentary eyebrow touch-ups and mimosas from Billion Dollar Beauty, brunch and coffee, and a specially curated boutique of 32 artisanal vendors to shop from. View photos from Sisterhood

Opening remarks were given by Ronald McDonald House Charities® Southern California CEO Fatima Djelmane Rodriguez with inspiring words shared by RMHOC Development Manager and alumni mother, Narleen Kristel N. DePauw: “Sisterhood is inspired by our amazing bond as mothers of the House [...and] the loving women of the House and Family Room programs who always welcomed us with the comfort and support that we needed to get through our toughest days [...] and the generous board members and donors who compassionately give so much of their time or treasure so that mothers like me can call RMHOC our ‘second home.’” 

Guests enjoyed a bountiful brunch while hearing about their experiences and the impact RMHOC has made in the lives of our panel: alumni mothers Delanie Loera and Randa Perry, Ronald McDonald Family Room® volunteers Sally Field and Pam Krey, and RMHOC Director of Operations, Katie Russell.  

By the afternoon, Development Director Ruth Wu challenged attendees to raise enough to become Adopt-A-Room sponsors (annual sponsors with a naming opportunity) - of which, they did! $7,500 of the support raised at Sisterhood’s Hearts for the House fundraiser will go towards a Sisterhood Class of 2024 Adopt-A-Room sponsorship! Learn more about becoming an Adopt-A-Room Sponsor.


Special thanks to: 

  • Entertainment Sponsor – Cargill | Fullerton Branch 
  • Decor Sponsor – New York Life | Anaheim Branch  
  • Specialty Coffee Bar Sponsor - Widdicombe Enterprises | Patti Widdicombe   
  • Champagne & Mimosas Sponsor – Billion Dollar Beauty & Billion Dollar Bubbly  
  • Party Favor Sponsor – Alliant Insurance Services 
  • Alumni Mothers’ Table Sponsors – Cargill | Fullerton Branch, Leena Bhakta, Doug Kanner, Bev Sandelman, Virginia Schacher & Rebecca Walsh 
  • Gift Bag Contributing Sponsors – Maggie Mather, Billion Dollar Beauty, Mad Hippie, RealHer Cosmetics, Cetaphil, Ella + Mila, Groovy Baby Cocktails, & Nothing Bundt Cakes 
  • Committee Members – Nesreen Ibrahim, Helane Cohen & Melissa de la Torre