The 2009 event is the 14th annual Hugs & Kisses Ball, with all proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of New Orleans.

The ball will take place on Saturday, March 21st at the New Orleans Marriott.  An evening of indulgence is the theme, with delicious details such as chocolate-inspired cocktails and both live and silent auctions filled with luxury items. 

This is the first New Orleans Ronald McDonald House event since Hurricane Katrina

An endless dessert buffet will feature chocolate creations from local chefs and restaurants.

After dinner, guests may dance to the live music of the "Bobby Cure & the Summertime Blues," an icon in the Greater New Orleans music scene.  This year's gala will honor the life of Roy Fisher.

Roy and his family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House as he battled three different types of cancer through his short life. Roy passed away in 2008 at the age of 18. We titled our Gala "Hugs and Kisses" because of Roy's outlook on life and his desire to be an inspiration to all sick children.

Tickets and more information may be obtained by calling Corey Staehle or Lynn Giuffria at the Ronald McDonald House at 504-486-6668. The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families whose child is being cared for in New Orleans hospitals, and for some adults who are receiving outpatient cancer treatments locally.

The New Orleans House was built in 1983 to provide a home-like atmosphere for families facing the stress of medical treatment for their child. The House is supported by charitable contributions from companies and individuals. Nearly 18,000 families have been assisted since the House opened.