The holiday season arrived with a flourish at the AID FOR AIDS offices last Tuesday, as our headquarters staff hosted a party for more than 50 clients of the New York Immigrant AIDS Link (NYIAL) program, as well as their friends and families.
By all accounts, the 2011 AFAI Holiday Party was a bash.
“The office was packed with people and everybody was having fun,” said NYIAL case manager David Mosquera. “We’ve had some really good parties in past years, but this one, I believe, was the best yet.”
Among the many highlights were a D.J. who kept the action going on the dance floor; goodie bags for every adult attendee and toys for the children; the raffling off of prizes (gift bags of beauty products, candies, etc.); trays of delicious meats and cheeses, and even a faux Christmas tree. Two clients used the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of an appreciative audience.
“One did a very funny comedy act, and the other, a professional drag entertainer, delivered a terrific rendition of Rocio Durcal’s ‘Costumbres,’” noted NYIAL case manager Jonathan Capote.
On behalf of our staff and clients, we wish to thank those organizations and individuals who made all this fun possible. Our special thanks goes to Elm Health, the main sponsor, whose contribution covered much of the cost of the party, including the 80 goodie bags. Other key contributors included the Hispanic Federation, which donated toys for all the tots; Great Performances, which donated serving trays, utensils and other catering essentials; and Farmacia Unica Latina, which also made a substantial financial donation to the event.
“It’s impossible to express the value of something like this in concrete terms,” concluded Dr. Jaime Valencia, AFAI’s director of operations. “The value is in the eyes of the children as they receive their toys, and the sound of music and laughter that fills the room. It’s the kind of thing that makes us all very glad we work here.”