NEW YORK — A Philippine-American group for active seniors in America, better known as PAGASA Social Foundation Inc. (PAGASAsfi) in the East Coast, in cooperation with community-oriented events company Queens Asia Fest, is holding a year-end fundraising event for seniors billed as “Christmas Community Fashion Dinner Dance,” where community members strut down the runway in Christmassy red and green ensembles, at the Grand Ballroom of Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel (135-20 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354) on Saturday, December 20, from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight.
Members of the Filipino-American community, especially in the Tri-state area, are encouraged to join the fundraiser that will support PAGASAsfi’s various programs for senior adults, which include cultural, social, health, and spiritual activities.
“Most of PAGASAsfi members are now retired, dependent on their social security income and pension. PAGASAsfi, established by seniors for seniors, fills in the void through its programs, which we hope can restore our pride and respect for the zest of life,” says Consuelo Almonte, PAGASAsfi President and National Association of Professional Women’s (NAPW) 2014 Professional Woman of the Year.
Almonte adds, “We have programs held every month, such as health fairs, bingo games, yard sales, and cultural events. Many of these seniors are quite isolated; our programs provide them an essential outlet where they can socialize and get important information on their aging issues.
At the upcoming fashion dinner dance, community members Alice Soriano, CherryMarie Taneo Kreisberg, Consuelo Almonte, Dahlia Aman, Dara Valconcha, Mike Jampayas, Jocelyn Canita, John Sohn, Joji Rafael, Josie Sentosa Neri, Lisa Benedetto, Maricel Reyes, Marites Mantalaba, Melojane Valisno, Nancy Siedman, Nonoy Rafael, Ollie David, Rachelle Ocampo, Raul Cajigas, Rico Lirio, Robert Labarbera, Rufina Peralta, Steve Van Deroder, Tenette Lirio, Vincent Gesmundo, and Willyfreda Tejada are expected to grace the runway.
Helen Kwong-Labarbera is choreographer. Nonoy Rafael is the music DJ.
For tickets (Regular $75, VIP $125), call Consuelo Almonte, 347-488-9386; or Myrna Gutierrez, 917-502-9891.
Sponsorship packages are also available.