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 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!! 

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