The past three years have been anything but normal for the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston. Care for critically ill children and children seeking burn treatments were greatly challenged because of the pandemic, as was fundraising. Enter Michelle Edgerly Byrd, creative event chairwoman, and Dixie Messner, vice president of fundraising, and their committee.

They planned an evening very different from any previous events — no black-tie or cocktail attire or sponsor tables. And best of all, they planned an event where children were welcome.

Carla Peoples covers the social and nonprofit scene in Galveston. Contact her at with “Seaside Scenes” in the subject line.


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