Macon retailer organizes fashion show to benefit Ronald McDonald House

hgoodridge@macon.comMay 15, 2013 

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Arizona White, seen Wednesday with her 13-month-old son, Journey, at their home in Macon, has organized a fundraiser to benefit Ronald McDonald House. White and her family stayed at an Atlanta-area Ronald McDonald House when Journey had surgeries that required extensive time at a hospital.

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  • The Heart of the Matter Fashion Show

    What: Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House
    When: 6 p.m. Saturday
    Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon
    Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 972-0517

Arizona White has been pretty familiar with the Ronald McDonald House the past several years.

She volunteered there for a number of years, bringing food to families.

Her familiarity with Ronald McDonald House grew more intimate after her son was born. He, Journey, 1, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects blood flow through the heart. He has had two surgeries that required extensive hospital stays.

As he recovered at Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta, White and her family stayed at a neighboring Ronald McDonald House.

Because of the top-notch accommodations and services they received during such a difficult time, White said she wants to give back to the organization.

She organized The Heart of the Matter Fashion Show being held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon.

“Our family wanted to do something for the Ronald McDonald House because they have been such a blessing for us,” said White, owner of Virtuous Woman Boutique & Consignment, 4500 Billy Williamson Drive, Macon.

She volunteered at Macon’s Ronald McDonald House when she was a member of a group called Macon Professional Women’s Sertoma.

“When we were volunteering, we didn’t know from experience how important they (Ronald McDonald House) are to families,” White said.

She learned how special the organization is after staying in the Atlanta-area Ronald McDonald House with her husband, Dontia and her other three sons. Their two stays each lasted three to four weeks.

“The accommodations were excellent,” White said. “Not only was it home-like, but they provided meals for us. ... It played a major role helping us in the ordeal we were dealing with. ... We were truly blessed.”

Saturday’s show will included a range of fashions, White said, such as cultural, swimwear, weddings and formal. White’s boutique and other local designers are providing the apparel.

Julie Wilkerson with Macon’s Ronald McDonald House, said events like White’s are very helpful to the organization. “Third-party events are very important to our grass-roots efforts,” she said. “It grows our base of support.”

Wilkerson said when people like White organize events for Ronald McDonald House, it goes a long way to bolster the organization’s mission because they’re sharing personal stories.

Tickets are available for a $20 donation at the door and $15 in advance. Proceeds will benefit Macon’s Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald House, Gatewood at Egleston in Atlanta.

For tickets, call 972-0517.

To contact writer Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.

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