Last month, the Associates Council hosted our 18th annual fall fundraiser, “Roman Holiday.” The event was held at Bread & Tulips, a cozy and rustic-chic restaurant in New York’s Gramercy area and gathered 130 guests to raise funds and awareness for The Children’s Aid Society’s (CAS) foster care program.
Through ticket and raffle sales, we raised over $5,000 to support foster care programs.
To kick-off the event, Director of Permanency for foster care programs at CAS, Michael Wagner, explained how event proceeds would support some of the non-traditional and unexpected expenses that arise during the year.
“I’m extremely moved and encouraged by the junior board’s efforts to raise awareness and funds for our foster care program,” said Michael Wagner. “Through their fundraiser, we have funds that enable us to provide the extra things that government funding doesn’t necessarily provide when a child has to be removed from the home.”
In addition to raising awareness and funds for a great cause, the event also gathered Associates Council members and their guests who sampled delicious handmade pizzas fresh from the oven and antipasti while socializing.
Associates Council members and event co-chairs Zandra Pernica and Kate Ruque secured sponsorship from a range of vendors including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tiziano, Weihenstephan beer and Southampton Breweries. The duo also worked to coordinate several raffle prizes including the “Porto Rotondo” Audrey bag donated by The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund and a signed New York Rangers hockey stick signed by NHL all-star Rick Nash.
Under Zandra and Kate’s leadership, young professionals were inspired to donate their time and talents to make this event a success. Dennis Han patiently designed the event graphics and Nick Wingfield of Lass Photography photographed and captured video of the event. Follow us on Facebook to view event photos and click here to view the video!
As 2014 winds down, the Associates Council would like to thank all of its members and supporters for making this event and this year a meaningful success. Planning for more great events and programming are already in the works, so follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on our news!
Interested in joining the Associates Council? Reach out to Malia Poai at firstname.lastname@example.org.