Red shoes and ties were appropriate attire for a Red Tie Affair, held at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls on Saturday evening.

Sarah Thomarios chaired the fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Akron, which provides care, comfort and support for families with loved ones being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Ten-year-old Delaney Chand enjoyed posing for photos with Ronald McDonald, along with her stepfather, Rich Hall, and Antha Poleondakis, Emily Browning and Chelsea Fierda.

Kristine and Rick McMullen, Kristen and James Hennings, Sarah Flannery, Phil Slaght, Erin Luke and Jon Todd were among the guests placing bids in the silent auction that stretched around the room, while Briana O’Malley and Carley Seigers were in charge of the wine pull.

Director Anne Collins said she looks forward to the opening of the new addition to the Ronald McDonald House, which will be ready in March, adding 42 new rooms, bigger play rooms, long-stay suites and new kitchens.

Bob and Sheila Otto joined Joe and Val Carlier and their daughters Emily and Kaitlyn for dinner at tables set with miniature centerpieces of the Ronald McDonald House by Every Blooming Thing.

Co-hosts Sue Wilson of WQMX (94.9-FM) and Tim Daugherty of WONE (97.5-FM) introduced Janis Worley, president of the board. She thanked guests for their support of the Ronald McDonald House, which drew 10,505 individuals in 2017, with guests coming from 43 Ohio counties, 24 states and four countries.

Special guests were Pat and Alexis Fiocca and their children — Talia, Tatum and Liam — all attired in red tennis shoes. Alexis Fiocca told of moving experiences during their family’s stay at the Ronald McDonald House while 7-year-old Liam received a bone marrow transplant from his older sister, Talia. She spoke of the wonderful staff and volunteers and the families they befriended during their stay.

Brooks Ames conducted the live auction where Stanley Katanic had the winning bid for a wheelbarrow of booze, Paul Thomarios won a ride on the Goodyear Blimp, Erin Luke had the winning bid for a getaway to Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jerry Sude took home an autographed electric guitar signed by Jason Aldean.

The event was expected to raise over $80,000 for the Ronald McDonald House.