The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Gourmet Gala to benefit Ronald McDonald House in Scranton is set for Sunday, March 25, 5 to 8 p.m., at Genetti Manor, Main Ave., Dickson City.


It was back in 1987 when an idea became a reality.
Two young women from Lackawanna County realized the need to help ease the burden of families with seriously ill children, especially when hospitalized. It was then that Ellen Beechko and Regina Peters combined their thoughts and multiple talents and laid the ground work to form a committee of local restaurateurs to participate in an evening of gourmet splendor, dazzling decorations, and delightful music. Some thirty restaurants participated (with some remaining today) in the first “Gourmet Gala” at Montage Manor in Taylor. Thus, this premier fundraiser to support “The House that Love Built” was born.
Today, 25 years later, volunteers are busily preparing for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Gourmet Gala set for Sunday, March 25, 5 to 8 p.m., at Genetti Manor, Main Ave., Dickson City.
This year’s theme is “Moulin Rouge,” with Carol Mueller (chairman) and Carol Chisdack (co-chairman) leading the way. Jennifer Strackbein, Restaurant Chair, reports that over 50 restaurants will be preparing their taste-tempting hors d’oeuvres and delicacies, including a wide array of special sweet treats. Raffle Committee Chair Sally Venesky reports the “Basket Raffle” will be ongoing throughout the evening and lucky winners will take them home that evening. Each basket is valued at $250.
Guests will saunter through the evening amid the fabulous and outstanding decorations of John Mackey and enjoy the delightful music of Ken McGraw and Orchestra.
Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door.  For tickets, call the Ronald McDonald House at 570-969-8998; or mail checks to: Ronald McDonald House of Scranton, 332 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, PA 18510. All major credit cards accepted.
All proceeds remain local to benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Scranton.