Art Show, Chef Cook-Off Raises Funds For Ronald Mcdonald House

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The Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix has assisted parents in Payson and around the state over the years by providing them lodging while their critically ill children undergo medical care.

The annual Best of the West Art Show and Chef's Cook-off and sale benefits Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix, a home-away-from-home for families who must travel to the Valley.

Danielle and Matt Bolton stayed at the House for seven months when their baby, Aiden, suffered medical complications resulting from his premature birth.

"Everyone at Ronald McDonald House was so sweet and supportive, and they were always there to offer a hug at the perfect time," Danielle said. "Other families were going through the same situation as we were, and it was neat the way everyone would open up and be so comfortable with each other. They gave us space to really talk and visit and cope with what we were facing."

Aiden died as a result of his medical issues, but the Boltons have not forgotten the kindness and care they received during their baby's short life.

Aiden's grandparents, Ellie and Dan McKinney, have been very supportive of the Ronald McDonald House, said Keri Ruiz, spokesperson for Ronald McDonald House. "In fact, the family came down and cooked dinner for other families staying at the House as a thank-you for all the House did for Danielle and Matt during their difficult time."

Ronald McDonald House is hosting the Best of the West Art Show and Chef's Cook-off at Hon-Dah Resort Casino in Pinetop June 23 through 25.

"The money we raise through Best of the West will help us enhance services at the House and provide even more support and care for families like the Boltons," said Nancy Roach, Ronald McDonald House executive director.

People who attend Best of the West can walk away with artwork from Western artists from Arizona, Wyoming and as far away as Oklahoma.

The art show is paired with the Chef's Cook-Off in which the area's finest chefs, including Amberian Peaks Restaurant, Charlie Clark's Steak House, Hidden Meadow Ranch, Hon-Dah Resort, Munich Haus, Pinetop Country Club, Torreon Golf Club and others, will prepare delicious specialties for guests to sample as the chefs vie for the coveted "Best of the West" chef's title. The cook-off and gourmet tasting are scheduled for Friday, June 23, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tickets for the Best of the West Art Show and Chef's Cook-off package cost $70 per person or $135 per couple. Tickets for the art show only are $15 per person and $25 per couple. Tickets for the Chef's Cook-Off only are $60 per person. Individual tickets or ticket packages may be purchased by calling (800) 573-4031 or online at www.rmhcphoenix.com.

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