Camera: a snow globe, Rockettes-inspired leg kicks and more at the Ronald McDonald House Gala at the Carlu

Camera: a snow globe, Rockettes-inspired leg kicks and more at the Ronald McDonald House Gala at the Carlu

Ronald McDonald House Gala
Ronald McDonald House Gala

December 8, The Carlu. The ballerina pirouetting inside a giant snow globe and the Flintstonian bone-in beef main course reinforced the notion that to raise money, you’ve got to spend a little—in this case, to help finance the new, $33-million Ronald McDonald House, which will accommodate up to 81 families of kids who are undergoing treatment at Toronto’s hospitals. Event chair Suzanne Cohon handled the evening’s MC duties with aplomb, even delivering a rousing Rockettes-inspired performance punctuated by high kicks. But her five-year-old daughter, Parker, stole the show. The MC-in-training frolicked freestyle onstage—dancing and running amok—behind Mom, who took it all in stride: “I knew I was a ham,” said Cohon. “Apparently, it’s genetic.” By night’s end, some $360,000 had been raised. Even Morgan Spurlock would approve.

(Images: George Pimentel)