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  Congratulations to all FAAWIS volunteers!!!

2016 FAAWIS President Maria Salomon Yumang presented Certificate of Appreciation to all dedicated FAAWIS volunteers in 2016 at the FAAWIS Christmas Party event on December 4, 2016 at the Wisconsin Club, Milwaukee.

FAAWIS Christmas Brunch with Santa 2016

By Mimi Ballesteros

The Bakalz Family singing Christmas Carols

Christmas celebration came upon our FAAWIS family on December 4th, with a brunch.
The brunch was on its 3rd celebration at the Wisconsin Club. It was very well attended as it has been in the past. The club was full with cheerful guests and the festivities were started by a cheerful rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” by our guests.

     As we have done in the past, we had a short program to entertain our guests. We had piano music from Ina Ramos and Cody Tilistiak.  Ral Enriquez played Saxophone while Mira Sto. Tomas played violin.  We were then serenaded by Alana Michaels and the Bakalz family with Christmas Carols. The FAAWIS scholarship for 2016 was awarded to Isa Ramos who is currently a freshman at Marquette University. Isa plans to pursue a career in the medical field. The Ninette Santos Scholarship honoring excellence in folk dancing, was awarded to Danny Wickman. Danny has been a long time and dedicated dancer for FAAWIS, greatly honoring Filipino culture.

The Induction of the New FAAWIS Board Members

     The other highlight of the party was the presentation of the 2017 FAAWIS new board members. The new board members were inducted by Mr. Roger Mendoza and Mrs. Zenaida Edralin.

     During the celebration, we had a brief presentation from Dr. Rowena Punzalan and the late Ms. Rebecca Abraham who informed us about bone marrow transplants and the need for donors. They encouraged us to learn about bone marrow transplant and to consider becoming donors to this worthy cause.

     The Christmas party would not be complete without family photo shoots with Santa. Photos were taken by Ramon and Pam Marcelino, courtesy of FAAWIS.

     We thank our 2016 president, Maria Salomon-Yumang, for her hard work and dedication throughout the year, ensuring success in all her events. In her graciousness, Maria presented a plaque to all of her Committee Chairs at the Christmas party, thanking them for their support and help in all her events.

     We thank our DJ, Derick Yumang, who provided our festive music. We also thank Ed and Myla Catacutan for being our event photographers.

     Lastly we thank all our guests for making this event a success.  We hope to see you again at the 2017 Christmas party.

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