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Masquerade ball benefits Ronald McDonald House

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Party-goers will don their masks and head out to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Saturday night for the third annual Columbus Arts Ball, an event aimed at raising awareness, and funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

The masquerade ball, which features live entertainment, local artwork and a silent auction, comes at a time when the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus is growing into the largest in the world.

The Columbus Arts Ball started in 2010 to help local causes and provide an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talent.

“We wanted to focus on raising awareness for causes that have very minimal spotlighting in Columbus, as well as we want to bring local artists, from painters to sculptors to do different art pieces that would tie to the cause,” co-founder Ryan Hartley said.

This year, artists are asked to incorporate the theme of “hope” into pieces that also include “arts,” “Columbus,” and “Ronald McDonald House,” Hartley said.

“Columbus has such a wide spectrum of talent and because of that we wanted to create a fun-filled, memorable event that would essentially give back to the local community,” said

The Ronald McDonald House is currently undergoing a major expansion, adding 42 more rooms, making the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world.

“It is very exciting to be able to serve more families of seriously ill children, and without generous support from community events like the Columbus Arts Ball, this expansion would not be possible,” said Dee Anders , CEO & Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.

The Columbus Arts Ball kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and guests are encouraged to wear colorful masks and black and white attire. Tickets can be purchased online for $28 or at the door for $35.

The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio provides a home away from home for families with seriously ill children staying and receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

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