MARETA PRILL - RECIPIENT OF THE NINETTE SANTOS OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
FAAWIS President Zen Edralin with Mareta Prill - recipient of the Ninette Santos Outstanding Community Service Award
FAAWIS 41st Annual Dinner Dance
by Amy Schemenauer
Mabuhay! On Saturday, August 31, 2013, FAAWIS held its 41st annual dinner dance. It was a smashing success, thanks to our hard working and dedicated committee and Chairs, Sheila Jackson, Joyce Coury, JoAnne Capitan and Mareta Prill. But most of the success lies with our faithful community who showed their continuous support by attending. Many, many thanks to EVERYONE! If you missed it this year, you missed a wonderful evening.
The night got started with cocktails and registration at 5 p.m. How beautiful everyone looked as they arrived through the doors dressed to the hilt. Next came the introduction of the evening’s Emcee, Chad Albano. The event was kicked off with Donald Mondano’s rendition of Lupang Hinirang, followed by the Star Spangled Banner, sung by Sheila Jackson and her son, Kaylib Berkshire. Now it was time to eat…dinner was served. It was a scrumptious meal consisting of chicken wellington, rounded out by a decadent and delicious dessert. While attendees dined, Amy Schemenauer, our own Puting Pinay, sang a rendition of Gaano Kita Kamahal, accompanied by Noni Dijamco on the piano.
During the meal, the prestigious Ninette Santos Outstanding Community Service Award was presented by Ellen Gresen and Marlou Kelly, both board members. This year’s very deserving recipient was Mrs. Mareta Prill, coordinator of volunteers at the PCCCF’s Free Medical Clinic and PCCCF board member. Mrs. Prill gave a speech, thanking everyone for their support and the wonderful honor.
The theme for our dinner dance this year was Fashionista’s of FAAWIS and highlight of the evening was our spectacular Fashionista Fashion Show, coordinated by Janette Weiss. She did a superb job bringing it all together! The show featured many members of our community, from small children and men and women of all ages. The “contestants” got to strut their stuff up and down the runway, while Tom Hey Emceed the affair. There were several categories which included: Children’s wear (FAAWIS’ future Fashionistas); Traditional Filipino (Showcasing the various costumes of the Philippines); Fun and Trendy Business Chic (Not your typical black suit); Formal Evening (Better than Victoria’s Angels); Formal Filipiniana and Barong (Hotter than Brad and Angelina). This sophisticated and glamorous show dazzled the crowd. Everyone had such fun whooping and hollering for their favorites and I think the participants reveled in the glitz of it all!! All those camera flashes absolutely lit up the house!!
Now it was time for EVERYONE to get involved and put on their dancing shoes.
Our dance DJ was MC Jammer. Sometime during the night, in between our dancing, our very own Bakal Boyz and Girlz gave us a very rousing and entertaining performance. It’s always great fun watching them perform. Around 9:30 p.m. our yummy Filipino dessert bar opened, where dancers could take a break and partake of a variety of Filipino desserts, including mocha cake, leche flan, biko cakes, cassava cakes, cuchinta, pitsi pitsi, maja blanca, sapin sapin, finger desserts and many more. Boy it didn’t take long for those desserts to disappear. Gotta love those Filipino desserts….mmmmm!!
Last but not least, raffle prizes were drawn and given out throughout the night, interspersed between dance numbers. There were 3 lucky winners who won the VERY generous grand prizes. Miss Clarisse Rebancos won the Packer package which included 4 Packers tickets to an October game, 2 Packer shirts, Packers drinking glasses and other Packer items. Delilah Dijamco won the new IPad and Sol Yoder won a $500 spa/hotel/shopping package. Many, many thanks go out to those who generously donated this years’ grand prizes and raffle prizes.
Wow! What a great event….truly a night to remember. Thank you FAAWIS for putting together such an incredible and fabulous evening to be enjoyed by all. Thank you to our dedicated president, Zen Edralin for overseeing ALL of it and making sure it was a success for FAAWIS and our community. Once again, I say, Mabuhay!!
If you’re not already excited enough, our next event is the Holiday Folk Fair on Nov. 22, 23 and, 24, 2013. This year’s theme is “The Culture of the Community.”
More information will come in your email, so please watch out for it. Jojo Ramos, Don Mondano and Jake Edralin will head the team to decorate our Cultural Booth. If you would like to help out please do not hesitate to contact us, your input is very much appreciated. Our youth and children’s dance group will be performing traditional folk dances: Tinikling and Estudiantina while the Munting Tinig have been busy rehearsing their song number. We cant’ wait to see all of them perform. Once again, we are looking for volunteers to help man our Marketplace Booth where we will be selling cultural artifacts as well as for our Cultural Booth. The event will not be a success without cooperation and support from all members. Remember, as the unknown quote say “Volunteers are love in motion!”
Finally, we are going to host our annual “Brunch with Santa” on December 8th 3pm at the Zoofari Conference Center. We have tons of exciting activities planned for our all ages of the family so we hope you can join us for this event. Save the date!
I would like to end by saying Thank You. We acknowledged that the Organization exist for the purposes of preserving Filipino culture and traditions and to provide a source of unity, understanding, sharing and support among its members, its families, and friends through participation and involvement in social activities. We hope to continue this tradition as we, the board members, officers and myself, work hard to serve the community. We know that without your support and participation we will never succeed. Thank you to all.
Enjoy the change of Season!