$1 Million Halloween Party

A $1 million Halloween party: No slutty costumes, just classy and rich in giving

A $1 million Halloween party: No slutty costumes, just classy and rich

23 Noelle and Chris Donnelly, from left, and Brad and Melissa Kalmans at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Noelle and Chris Donnelly, from left, and Brad and Melissa Kalmans. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
20 Maria and Neil Bush at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Ronald McDonald House Boo Ball co-chairs Maria and Neil Bush. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
25 Ozzie and Debbie Bauer at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Ronald McDonald House Boo Ball co-chairsOzzie and Debbie Bauer. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
12 Andy and Diane Scardino at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Andy and Diane Scardino. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
16 David Derr and Mary Theresa Bergeron at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
David Derr and Mary Theresa Bergeron. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
17 Greg and Beth Looser at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Ronald McDonald House board president Greg Looser and wife Beth. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
19 Madeleine and Larry Hanrahan, from left, with Leslie Bourne at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Madeleine and Larry Hanrahan, from left, with Leslie Bourne. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
30 William and Melissa Allen at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
William and Melissa Allen. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
22 Mikki Donnelly and Joe Varaban at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Mikki Donnelly and Joe Varaban. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
8 A scene from the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
The Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom was transformed into The Haunted Forest.. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
21 Mike and Lynn Plummer at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Kentucky Fried: Mike and Lynn Plummer. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
15 Chris and Noelle Donnelly, from left, and Jennifer and Rusty Stein at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Chris and Noelle Donnelly, from left, and Jennifer and Rusty Stein. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
9 The venue at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Special lighting created a spooky atmosphere while lightning flashed and thunder roared. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
14 Catherine and Chris Hanslik at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Catherine and Chris Hanslik. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
3 Performance at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
Guests were entertained during dinner by a dance performance. Photo by © Morris Malakoff
23 Noelle and Chris Donnelly, from left, and Brad and Melissa Kalmans at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
20 Maria and Neil Bush at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
25 Ozzie and Debbie Bauer at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
12 Andy and Diane Scardino at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
16 David Derr and Mary Theresa Bergeron at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
17 Greg and Beth Looser at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
19 Madeleine and Larry Hanrahan, from left, with Leslie Bourne at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
30 William and Melissa Allen at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
22 Mikki Donnelly and Joe Varaban at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
8 A scene from the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
21 Mike and Lynn Plummer at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
15 Chris and Noelle Donnelly, from left, and Jennifer and Rusty Stein at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
9 The venue at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
14 Catherine and Chris Hanslik at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014
3 Performance at the Ronald McDonald House Houston Boo Ball October 2014

Getting a jumpstart on Halloween revelry, Ronald McDonald House filled the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston with a sellout cotillion of 1,000 costumed revelers Friday night for its biennial Boo Ball (this was number 3) and earned $1 million in the process.

While most Halloween events are buffet affairs, this "black-tie or costume" evening includes musical programming, live auction, dance band and a seated dinner. Imagine a ballroom filled with Wizard of Oz scarecrows and Dorothys, the Flintstones, wicked witches and the walking dead seated at decorative dinner tables amid "The Haunted Forest." Delightfully bizarre.

In fact, the visuals on this night provided high entertainment. Consider Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook dressed as Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody, respectively, and Ellie and Michael Francisco costumed as The Flintstones' Wilma and "yabba dabba doo" Fred. Taking a different spin on costuming Debbie and John Daugherty accessorized their black-tie attire with Venetian carnival masks.

The benefit was chaired by Maria and Neil Bush, who opted for the black-tie fashion dictate, and Debbie and Ozzie Bauer, who dressed as Fiona and Shrek. It was hats off to the Houston Area Lexus Dealers, honored for two decades of support for the gala. The hot ticket on this night was for the raffle of the Lexus IS 250.

Joining the class act costuming (no sluts in the bunch) Ronald McDonald House board president Greg Looser and wife Beth, Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff, Flo McGee, Paula and Steve Letbetter, Susan Hansen, JoLynn Falgout and Melissa and William Allen.

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